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Opinion

Mailbag: Heroes worth honoring? Not necessarily

I read with interest the article about state Assemblyman Matt Harper's grandstanding ploy to honor John Wayne ("Harper's day for 'Duke' nixed," May 5). This is typical election-year theatrics. Harper (R-Huntington Beach) is running for reelection and is being challenged by a Republican, Katherine...

Letters and Commentary

  • Mailbag: Old pools 'a sad commentary'

    Mailbag: Old pools 'a sad commentary'

    The recent article about the deplorable condition of our high school pools was an eye-opener for most of us who don't still have kids in education. I was stunned to hear that the pools are so unsuitable that water polo teams' home games have to be played in other cities. One of the pools has even...

  • Commentary: Californians work too long each year to pay their taxes

    As the song goes, everybody's working for the weekend. But if you are a California taxpayer, you are working for the government until April 30. According to the Tax Foundation, that is the day tax freedom comes to us here in the Golden State. While most of the country will be celebrating sooner,...

  • Commentary: Think before closing off libraries on Sundays

    Literacy experts have established the notion and proved the fact that literacy skills are positively correlated with easy access to a library. USC professor Stephen Krashen and other researchers have found unequivocally that the presence and accessibility of a library is consistently aligned with...

  • Mailbag: People need low-cost housing

    People need low-cost housing I have just one question for those Huntington Beach residents who oppose any plans for adding low-income housing in our community ("Low-cost housing again is a no-go," March 10): You know those people who make your coffees, wash your cars, prepare your meals, wash your...

  • Commentary: Lester's firing is a great loss

    In trying to present the argument for firing the Coastal Commission's executive director, Charles Lester, David Hansen made a number of unsupported assumptions and presented conclusions that were not factually based ("Tiptoeing around panel shake-up," Feb. 18). First, he said the firing would likely...

Columns

  • A Word, Please: An expert has her not-so-secret source

    A Word, Please: An expert has her not-so-secret source

    Wouldn't it be nice to have your own grammar concierge? Anytime you needed help writing something, anytime you needed a bet settled, anytime you were just curious about a language issue, you could call an expert for answers. Your information valet would have so much experience studying grammar...

  • A Word, Please: Avoid too many Ss for appearance' sake

    A Word, Please: Avoid too many Ss for appearance' sake

    I don't hear many people saying "for goodness' sake" these days. "For conscience' sake" and "for appearance' sake" are pretty much nonexistent in my world, too. In fact, the only "for … sake" expression I hear lately includes a word I wouldn't use in this space even if I could. So you might think,...

  • Fitness Files: Adjust to 'bad' knees if you can

    My group of retired teachers stood to leave our spring get-together at Mitzi's. Mitzi sat, planted in a chair, leg propped. Awaiting knee-replacement surgery, she grimaced in pain but called out gamely, "We'll have our usual teacher's retreat at my cabin, but I'll sit. You guys do all the work."...

  • Fitness Files: Horrors of hiking in the heat

    Two hours into a hot El Moro hike, I caught Natalie, who'd hiked ahead. Miki, a hiker new to our group, was with me. "Natalie's training for an all-day, uphill Sierra trek," I told Miki. "Where?" asked Miki. "Can't answer that," Natalie said, in flat tones. "How far?" Miki continued. "Can't say,"...

  • Fitness Files: Eat that burger, but I'll end up paying the healthcare consequences

    The laugh's on me. Well, me and everybody else who preaches diet and exercise. An article in the Los Angeles Times says 38% of adults and 17% of kids are considered obese and that studies show that we are largely failing to keep Americans from getting fat. "We" includes government agencies, foundations,...

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