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Deep Thoughts

Baseball’s New Era

*Baseball and Computer Shifts • Last Saturday I woke up with a great idea for a MLB column. How do all these shifts on defense determined by computer affect the outcome of the game? I was rapidly brought back to Earth by an excellent column in The Register Sports Section, Page 1,...

Being Bad

Movies Usually most columns will tell what shows or movies you might want to see. Today I mention two current movies not to see. In fact these are so bad they actually become funny. Being that I watched them back-to-back is even funnier. Well, it is a far better thing that you...

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English 101

Fireworks Rights on Fourth of July

Again this year, Newport Beach residents were denied the right to use any fireworks, even the “safe and sane” varieties sold in neighboring cities. My July 4 column included a discussion on fireworks, including John Adams’ exhortation that Americans celebrate our Independence Day...

Property Rights on July 4th

Today is the 4th of July. It’s the day we celebrate America’s independence from England. Angered by the Stamp Act, the Intolerable Acts and the list of grievances in the Declaration of Independence, American patriots fought for freedom. At that time, England was ruled by arguably...

Remembering D-Day

D-Day was 70 years ago today. According to the website army.mil/d-day, “On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the...

Inbox

Letter to the Editor: Why We Need to Elect Harley Rouda

After what feels like an interminable build up to this election, November 6 is right around the corner. I am especially concerned about the 48th Congressional District. If you have not already voted, please vote for Harley Rouda. I’m supporting Harley Rouda to win the 48th...

Letter to the Editor: Dixon is an Independent Voice

As former City Council members, Citizens of the Year, and long-time community volunteers and civic leaders, we have often disagreed on issues facing the city. But we all agree on one thing: Newporters need to re-elect Diane Dixon to the City Council. The reason we all agree that...

Letter to the Editor: Residents Face Stark Choices

As the election draws to a close, Newport Beach residents face some stark choices.  After a month of dodging the question, our mayor was forced to disclose that he is a licensed marijuana grower and had secretly employed Councilman Scott Peotter as his lobbyist. Duffield skipped...

Left of Center

Another Strike for Banning Ranch Development

Not for nothing is this section of the paper you are reading titled “Forum.” It serves as a sounding board for both readers and journalists to state their opinions, to call for action, and to hold those who govern accountable. It’s a tradition that has served democracy well in...

Politics and Spring Training

My mother always thought that the term “summer afternoon” was the most melodious one in the English language. For baseball fans, that’s arguable. For us, “pitchers and catchers report…” ranks high on the list of beguiling terms. Just last week, major league pitchers and catchers...

Lynn's Spin

Lynn’s Spin: Wooden Vessel of Love Offers No Problems

We recently joined hundreds of boat enthusiasts for the inaugural Wooden Boat Festival at the Balboa Yacht Club. Nearly 50 beautiful, lovingly cared for wooden vessels were displayed on land and in slips – some dating back as far as 1916. The event also featured a variety of...
Posted On 20 Jun 2014

Lynn’s Spin: Bark Bath Helps Keep Owners Clean

Last year we adopted Charlie, an adorable 10-year-old, apple-head Teacup Chihuahua. Though I never thought I would like a small “yappy” dog, at 4.5 whopping pounds, she’s the perfect size to sit in my lap while I work, read or watch TV. In fact, she lying there now taking a...
Posted On 24 May 2014

Mom's Voice

Mom’s Voice: Recycled Expressions Separate Generations

“Mom, what is a mission anyway?” The conversation between Wyatt and me begun when he pointed out the streetlights in San Juan Capistrano. “They look like the little Hershey kiss streetlights in Hershey, Penn.” But these, I explained were meant to represent bells, like the ones in...
Posted On 05 May 2014

Mom’s Voice: “Overtaken 2: Where Are They Now” at NB Film Fest

Jodi Barber is a brave and beautiful woman with a message. I watch with admiration as she finds the strength to her rise above the grief of losing her 19 year-old son Jarrod to a drug overdose, dedicating her time and energy to stop the drug epidemic in our society. She’s on a...
Posted On 26 Apr 2014

Mom’s Voice: Doing the Write Thing

The Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop took place at Erma’s alma mater, University of Dayton in Ohio, last weekend. The conference, held every two years, sold out in just 12 hours when registration opened last December. My friend and fellow writer, Shelly, and I hovered over our...
Posted On 19 Apr 2014

My Turn

Wishful Thinking

The ACA (Obamacare) was passed in 2010 and some of its provisions have been implemented without fanfare. More young adults can get coverage on their parents’ policies. Employer plans now cover those with pre-existing conditions. About half the states, including a few red...
Posted On 29 Nov 2013

In or Out?

Most of you have probably heard about the 10 year old Pennsylvania girl with cystic fibrosis who was in dire need of a lung transplant to survive. In case you missed it, she got her transplant in June, which buys her time while scientists search for longer term cures. Some press...
Posted On 02 Nov 2013

Sugar Mama

The Birds, the Bees … and the Chicken

Whenever my two kids go anywhere near the topic of procreation, I start maniacally rambling about chickens. It started a few years ago at Zoomars in San Juan Capistrano, when my kids saw a chicken lay an egg. “Look, it had a baby!” my then-4-year-old said. This was parenting...
Posted On 04 May 2012

Conquering the Half-Momathon

When I asked my husband if he wanted to have a third child, he said no. “Why on earth would you want another kid?” he asked. “We’re just starting to get our freedom back.” He had a point, I guess. Our two sons are healthy, happy and, best of all, in school all day. So maybe that...
Posted On 27 Apr 2012

Aren’t You Glad You Asked?

Dear Sugar Mama, My son is 2 and he is a BITER! He is a very loving boy, but when he gets too excited or tired (or maybe hungry?) he BITES. We have tried time-outs, but they don’t get the message across. How can I change this behavior? Thanks, Once Bitten, Twice Shy Dear...
Posted On 20 Apr 2012

The Straight Scott

Freedom of Speech – Not

The City Council on Tuesday this week spent most of its time talking trash. No, I mean trash, as in who will pick up the trash from your house. Speaker after speaker after speaker talked trash, but what happened at the council meeting before that was probably more important to us...

Concierge Trash?

I blame Sacramento for the trash. In more ways than one, Sacramento does create a lot of stuff suitable for the landfill. The City Council is right to look into privatizing trash collection. There are several things that are driving this, besides the obvious that our leaders are...

Taxes are like “Crack” for Government

I have to admit that when the State of California raised the tax on cigarettes, I thought, hey I’m not a smoker, what do I care? It means they are not coming after me for more money to give public employee unions. Then when the State went after alcohol, beer and wine, I thought...

That's My Take

A Beauty of a Business

It is not easy for a business to stay around for 25 years, especially in the up and down economy we have had in the last seven years, but Stevens and Cross has done just that. Stevens and Cross specializes in make-up, hair, and cosmetics, and beauty and taking care of yourself is...

Thoughts on Democracy and Politics

Attending the Citizen of the Year Gala was so much more fun than campaigning against Y and being bombarded by large expensive fliers with negative remarks about candidates for council and other positions of government in our county and state. This event was a celebration of what...