Assemblyman Matthew Harper's recent commentary on raising the minimum wage ("Wage proposal would hurt economy," July 23) is wrongheaded and misinformed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Millions of Californians who have health insurance still may not be able to access the crucial medications and treatments they need.
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).
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.
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...
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.
Re: "50-year desalinated-water deal pondered" (March 26):
I was recently appointed to the Orange County Water District's volunteer, 18-member Ocean Desalination Citizens Advisory Committee.
During this election season, much has been made of "fixing" California. California is beautiful, and Orange County hails as one of its jewels.