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.

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.

Mailbag: Desalinated water project needed to boost supply

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

Mailbag: No more building and polluting the air

Re: "Beach, Edinger growth targeted," (Feb. 19):

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: Fond memories of karate master

I enjoyed Michael Miller's piece in the Independent on sensei Fumio Demura (Life & Arts, Feb. 19). He's a wonderful teacher who finds the fun in learning the discipline and understands respect for the martial arts.


In the Pipeline: Winning essay, Taste of H.B. are community highlights

This week I'm proud to announce the winner of my annual In the Pipeline high school essay competition: Victoria Lee from Fountain Valley High School.

My Pet World: Distract finger-biting cat with other amusements

These reader questions were answered at the 2015 International Assn. of Animal Behavior Consultants Feline Behavior Conference, held in Atlanta in April. Veterinary behaviorists and certified cat behavior consultants spoke on issues ranging from the social organization of cats to how to introduce an...

On Theater: A big, bad 'Wolf' -- maybe

The latest, and last, in a series of world premieres in this year's Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory is a calculated mixture of elements from outer space and inner turmoil, a mesmerizing experience called "Mr. Wolf."

Mayo Clinic: Severe tinnitus can interfere with hearing but doesn't cause hearing loss

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: For the past several months I've had a high-pitched ringing in my ears. It comes and goes, but lately it seems to happen more frequently. My doctor said it is tinnitus and quite common, but I'm concerned and want to know what could have caused it. Could it be related to...

Retail Therapy: Reap (fun) and sow for Earth Day

Hug the planet: Celebrate Earth Day at a family-friendly event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the District at Tustin Legacy. Enjoy activities for all ages, food samples, giveaways, contests, music and more. Information:

In the Pipeline: Timeless design has helped Huntington Beach library stand test of time

With cake, storytelling and shelves full of memories, the Huntington Beach Central Library turned 40 last week. In a day and age when some libraries are becoming like dinosaurs, the one in Huntington Beach keeps thriving.

Harvard Health Letter: New concerns about diet sodas

They're linked to calorie absorption, high blood pressure and heart trouble.

The Gossiping Gourmet: A culinary district of Colombia

There are very few authentic Colombian restaurants in our reviewing area. In fact, I only found two that were strictly Colombian, although Orange County does have a large South American population, and there are many restaurants in that broader category.

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