Commentary: Supporters of gay rights should avoid the GOP

In 1854 residents of Ripon, Ill., helped form the Republican Party. They were abolitionists who stood squarely for civil rights in an era when many people lived in slavery. The Grand Old Party championed the rights of slaves and women.

Commentary: Suicide-prevention act is crippled by VA snag

Much like a thoroughbred racehorse that comes out of the gate fast but stumbles in the first turn, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act has hit a bureaucratic stumbling block.

Mailbag: Desalinated water project needed to boost supply

Re: "50-year desalinated-water deal pondered" (March 26):

Commentary: Desalination project is least environmentally harmful option, and it is necessary

I was recently appointed to the Orange County Water District's volunteer, 18-member Ocean Desalination Citizens Advisory Committee.

Mailbag: Desalination plant would be an enormous risk to ratepayers

I take great exception to the assumptions and conclusions in the commentary by South County resident Roger Butow ("Desalination is least harmful to environment, and it's necessary," April 2). He is dead wrong when he contends that Poseidon is taking "all the financial risk" on the desalination plant...

Commentary: It's time to challenge O.C.'s Republican 'industrial complex'

During this election season, much has been made of "fixing" California. California is beautiful, and Orange County hails as one of its jewels.


In the Pipeline: Pacific Coast League alumni, fans have a ball at reunion

The group may get smaller each year, but it's no less passionate in its enthusiasm. That's what happens when a bunch of old players and fans get together to talk baseball. And not just any baseball, but the charming and mythical Pacific Coast League.

Retail Therapy: Big deals on Aussie favorites

Lost in Oz: One of my favorite sample sales is back. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aussie designer collective the SYDNY will offer up to 75% off about a dozen brands, including tiger lily, Cleobella and the covetable Samantha Wills jewelry collection....

A Word, Please: Even people diligent about use of 'affect,' 'effect' get this wrong

A recent Google search for the phrase "affect positive change" turned up about 101,000 hits. Here's one near the top of the list, a December 2014 story by Monica Middleton on the Guardian website: "Social investment: a powerful tool to affect positive change."

A Word, Please: Tips on how to avoid common apostrophe errors

Let's face it, grammar is more important for some people than for others. An ambulance driver probably has more important things to worry about than whether to hyphenate adverbs ending in "ly." (FYI: Don't do it.)

The Gossiping Gourmet: Bangkok Avenue is a modern take on tasty Thai fare

Bangkok Avenue recently opened in Huntington Beach and is being billed as a modern Thai restaurant.

In the Pipeline: In memory of McKenna, parents fight on

The story is laid out in brutal simplicity on the Wetzel family's website: "McKenna (Macky), a vivacious, seemingly healthy, 7-year-old from Huntington Beach was suddenly diagnosed with a rare, inoperable brain stem tumor called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). DIPG tumors, like many...

In the Pipeline: Special kids, special Games

It was one of those days that you don't forget: Saturday's opening ceremonies at the Special Olympics of Southern California's Orange County Spring Regional Games.

On Theater: Laugh a lot with 'Spamalot'

There's a fine line between satire and farce, but Monty Python's "Spamalot," closing its brief run this weekend at Golden West College, crosses that line back and forth repeatedly in a deliriously laughable production.

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