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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.

Commentary: Plastic debris is devastating the Pacific Ocean

Re. "Bag Ban Is Just Another Intrusion," (Feb. 11):

Mailbag: Plastic bags are degrading environment

 Does Huntington Beach really want to help grow the plastic garbage island floating in the Pacific?

Kind words exchanged — 50 years after the divorce

I went to see my ex-husband (E.H.) in the hospital Sunday. I've had as little interaction with him as possible since our divorce in 1965, considering that we share two children.

Mailbag: No reason to repeal plastic bag ban

I cannot believe Councilman Mike Posey and some other members of the Huntington Beach City Council are trying to repeal the ban on plastic bags ("Repeal of plastic bag ban begins," Jan. 22).

Mailbag: Greed trumps history, nature in H.B.

Thank you, Isabella Ford and Judith West (Mailbag, Jan. 15). Sadly, Huntington Beach sold its soul to the devil a long time ago, and money rules, regardless of what it destroys in its path.

Mailbag: Save open space and coyotes, kill development

How about getting rid of all the Brightwater homes so the coyotes can go back to the wetlands? Huntington Beach is now suffering the effect of developing every bit of open space.

Mailbag: Huntington Beach's coyote problem needs a solution now

The Dec. 25 issue of the Huntington Beach Independent ran an article on the war on coyotes. I've been a resident of Huntington Beach for 35 years, and until about the last five years, coyotes in housing tracts were rare.

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.

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