Monday, April 24, 2017

Essays

Leadership series

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May 22 A leader’s lessons Leadership is vital to good government, as is management. We are using the broad definition of “inspiring willing and enthusiastic cooperation in the accomplishment of goals” as our definition of leadership for this series. Diana Dee is presently a Division Governor in Toastmasters’ International. (There are about 80 Divisions in the U.S. and over 120 ... Read More »

Remember who served

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May 19 Guest essay: The few who paid so much  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But the U.S. ARMED FORCES don’t have that problem.” R. Reagan General Petraeus: Thanks to my fellow veterans: I remember the day I found out I got into West Point. My mom actually showed up ... Read More »

Guest post about trash tonight

We know — NO BID Tonight the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board will vote, YES to give more money to their friendly trash hauler.  These are some concerns. To quote from the article “How the organics recycling program, estimated to cost about $504,000 annually, would affect rates hasn’t been determined.”   WHAT?  Wait … WHAT? Do they really do not know, ... Read More »

Guest Post DP commentary 2

Feb 6 It’s not personal its’ good government After reading Ms. Egan’s rant on the Daily Pilot, this Costa Mesa resident wanted to address a couple of her accusations. I recently started attending the Newport Mesa Tea Party (NMTP) and my impression is this group is a well-run, highly engaged group of loyal American men and women extremely concerned about ... Read More »

Merry Christmas

This year’s journey has been filled with joy, loss, struggle, wonder, and more. But there’s no “reset” button for our year. And that’s good. It’s the journey that matters. No journey is all comfort and success, nor is any journey burdened with only failure and debacle and pain. None of us is ever free from regrets, or struggle or pain. ... Read More »

Promoting Bigotry

Propaganda to promote bigotry The purpose of propaganda is to influence people by appealing to emotion rather than relying on facts and reason. Despots use propaganda to gain control, politicians to win votes, and cosmetic companies to sell face cream. “Waterproof grease that inhibits evaporation of liquids” isn’t likely to sell a product. A picture of a woman with perfect ... Read More »

Easy to hate, hard to think

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Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated. – George Bernard Shaw It’s very easy to stir up feelings of anger and hatred. Once ignited, these emotions are easily fanned, and soon clear thinking and reason lose their appeal. It’s far more satisfying to vent anger and hatred – and even to strike out with violence, first against inanimate objects ... Read More »

Hating is all they know how to do

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Dec 13 Haters hate, doers — do “Tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips” (Psalm 140:3) One day, a long time ago in a little village around a hundred kilometers northwest of Hue, Vietnam, a Headman’s son fell ill. He appealed to a detachment of Americans, and their medical specialist started an IV, rehydrated ... Read More »

Freedom Committee met at noon

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Dec 11 Freedom Committee of Orange County meeting Their speaker explained a little about the difference between insurgency and terrorism; basically it lies in support. Insurgents try to change a society or its government while terrorists try to impose their views on groups by killing opponents and generating fear. The OC Register’s reporter and photographer will cover his speech and ... Read More »

Some complain, some do the work

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Dec 10 Recap In Costa Mesa we faced a toll lanes I405 debacle; the fight against it was led by (then) Mayor Bever. The haters didn’t acknowledge his accomplishments as he organized and spearheaded and won the initial battle. Present Mayor Righeimer continued the battle to protect Costa Mesa. No thanks from the haters. Ignored the City, ignored Fairview Park ... Read More »