Commentary: H.B. Walk will help bring potable water to the poor

Californians must indeed be weary of the state's drought, but consider this:

Mailbag: Proposed lighted message board should be deleted

Clear Channel Communications is petitioning the city of Fountain Valley to approve a final environmental impact report to install a mammoth, brightly lit advertising board at the 405 Freeway and Euclid offramp next to the city water tank.

Mailbag: Minimum-wage hike would aid struggling families, economy

Assemblyman Matthew Harper's recent commentary on raising the minimum wage ("Wage proposal would hurt economy," July 23) is wrongheaded and misinformed.

Commentary: We must rally to save our harbor fueling station

Residents, business owners and people who simply enjoy Huntington Harbour have an urgent situation at hand. A key part of the supporting infrastructure needed for a fully functioning harbor is about to disappear.

 Hansen: A school, a dump and a church speak to lost opportunity

Hansen: A school, a dump and a church speak to lost opportunity

Perhaps nowhere other than Huntington Beach can an elementary school, a large trash dump and a shuttered Japanese Presbyterian church from 1934 be unhappy neighbors.

Commentary: Minimum-wage proposal could increase unemployment, hurt economy

California is still recovering from an economic recession. Now is the worst time to make it harder to hire new employees. Current legislation would do just that.

Mailbag: Banning plastic bags isn't a government function

The plastic bags tirade and the need of our government to continue as a granny state, as stated in the June 11 Huntington Beach Independent mailbag "Banning plastic bags serves the greater good" by Brad DeFord, is a sad commentary of misunderstood facts.

Mailbag: City must contain 'drunken terrorism' associated with fireworks

This letter is apparently going to become an annual tradition for me since it is clear that the city and the Huntington Beach Police Department have no intention of enforcing the laws of the city on the Fourth of July.

Mailbag: Banning plastic bags serves the greater good

It always interests me when arguments such as that made by Branton Nestor (Mailbag, May 21) purport to be about individual liberty but actually turn on increased enforcement of laws. Those who say they least want a "nanny state" actually advocate it — for other people.

Commentary: It's time for pricey O.C. to implement rent controls

The new monthly rent for the apartment I reside in is $1,545, up from $1,395. That is an increase of $150 per month.

Commentary: Doctors must not be kept out of treatment decisions

Millions of Californians who have health insurance still may not be able to access the crucial medications and treatments they need.

Mailbag: Huntington's police foundations are not the same

I want to help minimize any confusion our community might have regarding the article "H.B. police forming nonprofit to fund community programs" (May 28).

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: 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: 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):

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.

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