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Commentary: Thank you to those who helped me win office

I'm sitting in the airport and I have a few minutes before I need to catch my flight home from my first couple of days in Sacramento as an Assembly member-elect.

Commentary: Inoculating against flu-season myths

This season, you could protect yourself from the flu by holding your breath on elevators and avoiding touching handrails, doorknobs, faucets, arm rests, keyboards, money, mail and anyone wishing to shake your hand.

Letters from the editor: The dog ate my rationale and worked his way into our hearts

Try and rebuff a child's please-please-please plea for a dog.

Mailbag: Don't allow private use of fireworks

Regarding the upcoming election on Nov. 4 and in considering Measure T for the city of Huntington Beach (safe and sane fireworks), I think two considerations are significant.

Commentary: Ocean View School District coming together after asbestos scare

This has certainly been a challenging time for the students, parents, teachers and staff of the Ocean View School District.

Commentary: Proposed H.B. power plant isn't needed

In March, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to authorize the procurement of some 1,300 to 2,200 megawatts of gas-fired electricity generation. It's very unclear that the state even needs such megawatts of additional capacity anytime soon.

A note to our readers: We're on the move

Times Community News, which publishes the Daily Pilot, Huntington Beach Independent and Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot, relocated Monday to new Los Angeles Times Orange County offices.

Mailbag: Hope View community rallies after school closure

Mailbag: Hope View community rallies after school closure

Hope View Elementary School is closed for a number of weeks, but that does not mean learning will come to a halt. The students, parents and staff of the Hope View community are coming together to make this asbestos closure work.

Commentary: If elected, I will defend Proposition 13

I first signed the pledge to protect Proposition 13 in 1998 as a candidate for the Huntington Beach Union High School District Board of Trustees.

Mailbag: Pay attention to the water district races

Please don't ignore the water district races this election cycle: Mesa Water District, Municipal Water District of Orange County and the Orange County Water District. Even though water has been a hot topic all year, it's not likely that you know the candidates and incumbents running for these...

Reader Report: Brightening kids' lives with movies a rewarding experience for all

In the third grade, my friend missed a lot of school complaining of migraines. Unfortunately, the migraines turned out to be the result of a cancerous tumor growing in part of her brain. She was in and out of school for 2 1/2 years.

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: 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.

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: 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: 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: 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?

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: 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...

Commentary: I was moved by his 'vulnerability and courage'

If you ever wind up on the streets of Costa Mesa, one of the first things you learn is that people around you die younger than average — mostly before their time — and that tragedy waits around every corner. I first learned this lesson when I met a stranger at Taco Bell in the summer...

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