Mailbag: Including 'God' is a matter of collective will

Exercising my freedom of speech as a American, I can say that removing the word God from our Pledge of Allegiance or desecrating our flag as freedom of expression are not constitutional rights.

Commentary: Setting the record straight on toll lanes

Much has been written recently about the Caltrans proposal to require tolls on the new lane improvements to the 405 Freeway, and not all of it has been accurate, so I want to set the record straight.

Commentary: Protect the beach bonfire fellowship

Our Southern California beach bonfire rings continue to be endangered by the board of directors of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Mailbag: Relating to the behavior of Lucky Day

I enjoyed the article on Lucky Day and his trash removal vocation ("Lucky picks up hobby," Huntington Beach Independent, July 31).

Mailbag: Mobile-home park owners must live up to their promises

The only silver lining for mobile-home residents in Huntington Beach — since the city decided to pull a ballot measure that would have allowed rent control in such parks — is that space-rent spiking and other abuses have been raised.

Commentary: I am the dependable conservative in Assembly race

What does a campaign pledge mean to a candidate who has already broken a previous campaign pledge?

Commentary: Robin Williams' possible Parkinson's diagnoses has patients concerned

Robin Williams' suicide is a tragedy that broke the hearts of his family and friends and an entire nation. But with the stunning revelation that the famous comedian had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the actor's death is particularly hard felt in the Parkinson's community.

Mailbag: Rudeness at meetings can't be tolerated from anyone

Some months ago I attended a City Council meeting on a contentious issue (plastic bag ban repeal), and when a member of the public quietly said the word "boo," Mayor Matthew Harper immediately stopped the meeting and reminded the speaker to respect the audience and the person at the podium by...


Retail Therapy: A merger by Design

Better than Pinterest: Interior decorator Thomas Lavin and the Blake House showroom at the Laguna Design Center have merged to become Thomas Lavin at Blake House. The new combined space, open to the public, was launched with a party hosted by Elle Décor on...

On Theater: 'Tempest' is magical, mostly

"Shakespeare" and "magic" are two words rarely uttered in the same sentence, but for the Bard's final play, "The Tempest," they fit quite nicely, since the central character dabbles in a bit of sorcery.

In the Pipeline: Ocean View is hitting it out of the park

The Ocean View Little League program continues to be one of the strongest in the state, if not the country. Its 2011 Little League World Series victory still resonates locally, since many of those boys have taken their game into high school.

Retail Therapy: Clothe the kids in bargains

Bargain babes: Save up to 90% on new and gently used infant, toddler and children's clothing, gear, toys and more at the So Cal 4 Kids Consignment Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sun and Sail Club, 24752 Toledo Lane,...

On Theater: 'Fallen Angels' rises again

The English drawing-room comedy, long a staple in the theater, took on a bit more zip in the Roaring '20s with the pungent prose of Noel Coward, whose "Fallen Angels" (circa 1925) currently is in residence at the Newport Theatre Arts Center.

In the Pipeline: Festival would be more festive with bigger crowd

Well, the first Huntington Beach Food, Art & Music Festival has come and gone. I wish the turnout had been stronger, but more on that later. I'd rather focus on a couple of folks my family and I met there who made the weekend festival truly worthwhile.

The Gossiping Gourmet: A door worth sliding open

My husband and I recently discovered a small bistro on Balboa Boulevard near the pier. The chef, Kevin Cahalan, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked for Bradley Ogden and Wolfgang Puck, among other chefs.

All About Food: Tips from a kitchen master

From time to time, I like to do a column of food tips based on things I've picked up from magazines, books or friends. They are pretty random, but I hope that you will find at least some of them quite useful.

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