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

  • 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...

  • Commentary: Commission was answer to public outrage

    What David Hansen fails to mention in his column on the California Coastal Commission ("Tiptoeing around panel shake-up," Feb 18) is that the commission was created in 1972 by the California electorate, which was fed up with out-of-control coastal development and increasingly restricted access...

Columns

  • Fitness Files: Being in shape helps one through life's rough spots

    Fitness Files: Being in shape helps one through life's rough spots

    My running friend Ed's caring for his mom, changing jobs and moving, so I texted him to say, "Hope your day is going well." "Nope," he said, "left my workout, turned on Jamboree, got rear-ended. Big bump on my forehead, car's back end is crushed. I'm fine." "Go see a doctor!" I told him. "You may...

  • Fitness Files: Shark behavior up close and too personal

    Fitness Files: Shark behavior up close and too personal

    Anybody see the recent news coverage of the shark breaching in Sunset Beach, in Huntington Beach? My son, Ben Slayback, was one of the surfers interviewed. As his friend Drew Palumbo aimed his GoPro at Ben catching a wave, a shark caught Drew's eye and he got the rare footage. Maybe you heard Ben...

  • A Word, Please: 10 words that may astound or annoy you

    A Word, Please: 10 words that may astound or annoy you

    Are you the person friends turn to when they need a resume proofread or a grammar bet settled? Do you still beam with pride at having won your third-grade spelling bee? Then you're probably right. In my experience, people who think they're word savvy usually are. But the English language, like...

  • Fitness Files: Sweat away the threat of Alzheimer's

    Fitness Files: Sweat away the threat of Alzheimer's

    As I left a meeting, a charming lady stopped me and said, "I never miss reading your Friday 'Fitness Files,' and there's a lecture you gotta hear, 'The Brain and Exercise.' " It was free, she said, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. If you tell me you read my articles, I'll do anything you say. So...

  • A Word, Please: Explaining why the joke is funny

    A Word, Please: Explaining why the joke is funny

    In 2014, to promote a new exhibit on Vikings, the British Museum set sail with a clever public relations spectacle: an authentic-looking vessel manned by a motley crew that sailed down the Thames and past government buildings where members of Parliament had a front-row seat for the show. As one...

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