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Civics and the City


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East Side, West Side, All Around the Town

* BASEBALL AND POLITICS This is from my good friend and fellow Forum columnist Jean Ardell: “Maybe Congress should hire an umpire to settle disputes. This way a Senator or Representative could be called out on three strikes and/or thrown out of the building.”  * KIDS...

Bananas

* The Envelope Please No doubt you have read or heard that the Angel’s are keeping Manager Mike Scioscia, General Manager Jerry Dipoto and third base coach Dino Ebel, and letting batting coach Jim Eppard and bench coach Rob Picciolo go. Someone must have handed owner Arte...

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Letter to the Editor: Citizens of the Year Endorse Brenner and Stoaks

It has been our collective honor to serve as Citizens of the Year in Newport Beach.   All of us share a love for our community and a deep appreciation for the values that make our city great. We also share a concern about the direction of our city over the past four years and how...

Letter to the Editor: Time for a Change

As a Newport Beach resident, I am very troubled by the fact Mayor Duffy Duffield has skipped the recent Speak Up Newport Candidate forum and, along with the other incumbent council members, has not confirmed their participation in the Feet to the Fire Forum. If they will not...

Letter to the Editor: Peotter Will Not Get My Vote

I am disappointed to hear that City Councilman Scott Peotter and our Mayor Duffy Duffield are willing to attend a fundraiser at the home of Bob McCaffrey.  McCaffery referred to Joy Brenner as a “drooling dog.” Brenner is running against Peotter for a seat on the City...

Left of Center

Freedom from Religion

Whenever I stop by the Corona del Mar post office to mail a package, the man at the counter asks whether it contains anything liquid, fragile, perishable, flammable, or potentially hazardous. If I’m mailing a book, I like to reply, “Well it does contain ideas.” He never rewards...

Reflections on Hope

Tempe, Arizona. To a baseball fan, the month of March is all about hope. Each team sits first (or last, if you’re a pessimist) in the standings: zero wins, zero losses. Fans herald their team’s hopeful rookies and the resurgence of the veterans: Has Angels first baseman Albert...

Lynn's Spin

Lynn’s Spin: Not Goodbye, Simply Farewell

Nashville Tennessee may seem like a long way from Newport Beach, but for retiring City Library Services Director Cynthia Cowell, the state’s capital will soon to be home for her and husband Jeffrey and their four dogs. During a retirement reception held earlier this week at Big...
Posted On 07 Oct 2013

Lynn’s Spin: West Marine Opens Flagship Store in Lido Village

As a former commercial vessel and long-time recreational boat owner, I can say with impunity that I have spent many an hour perusing the aisles of West Marine stores up and down the California coast. From Long Beach to San Diego, their knowledgeable and friendly staff has saved...
Posted On 28 Sep 2013

Mom's Voice

Mom’s Voice: Musings on the Moon

The cow jumped over it, we say goodnight to it, when its full werewolves howl at it.  In its absence, the oceans and seas would loose the ebb and flow of their tides. It’s the moon of course, and since the beginning of time, humans have had a fascination with the big swirly magic...
Posted On 15 Sep 2013

Mom’s Voice: What’s On Your List?

A package arrived for our daughter Janey from Cousin Hallie in Ohio. Inside was a journal. In capital letters across the cover, the word “Listography.” On the back a description states, “The ultimate fill-in-journal for every list you’ll ever need.” Ugh, lists. I am very familiar...
Posted On 08 Sep 2013

Mom’s Voice: Taking the Baby to Work

Last Saturday, Payton started his new job at Z Pizza. While he may know more about how to operate a cellular phone than me, nothing humbles a teenager like learning the ropes of a new job. Besides, there’s no app for folding pizza boxes.  Every teen should spend a little more...
Posted On 24 Aug 2013

My Turn

Erin go Bragh!

Erin go bragh. Translated, that’s “Ireland Forever,” and we celebrate it March 17 on St. Patrick’s Day. I was actually on the auld sod just last October. I went over to trace my Irish ancestors. Family lore has my Irish great great grandfather, Michael Fitzpatrick,...
Posted On 17 Mar 2013

Secession

My wife and I were at Sanibel Island, Florida the month before the election and saw the full impact of the media blitz. Sanibel is every bit as conservative as Newport Beach, and there was considerable shock among the locals over Obama’s reelection. Still, it took us by...
Posted On 10 Mar 2013

Sugar Mama

The Straight Scott

‘Hunger Games’ in Obama-ville

I watched the movie, “The Hunger Games,” last week with a little sadness.  The slogan of the games was “May the odds be ever in your favor.”  What a striking difference from “May God be with you” or “God bless you.” This started out the movie and left me with a hollow feeling...

I Need a Bigger Shovel

Now what is the big deal over a little blue bag? What blue bag do I refer to?  If you walk your dog, you know that I am referring to: your doggy poop bags.  For years the Village Elders have been telling us that our dog’s poo gets washed out to the ocean and through the Bac...

It’s the Pits

The Newport Beach City Council voted to remove the 60 fire rings from Newport’s beaches.  This goes along with the village elders’ previous actions banning smoking on the beach and banning gas powered leaf blowers in our neighborhoods.  I am so glad that the city council is...

That's My Take

How Lincoln Speaks to Us Today

Abraham Lincoln became my favorite president after I spent two semesters studying the Civil War during my undergraduate years at Cal State Long Beach. Years later, I was asked to teach a graduate course in Educational Leadership for school administrators.  I was given the...

Courageous Citizens Speak Up

There is a lot going in the our city and country right now that requires all of us to stop and consider how we are voting, to get out and vote, but most importantly get information from all sides and make the hard choices among leaders, propositions and measures. It is difficult...