Our deepest and most sincere sympathy goes to all the families, friends and fellow sailors of those lost. The loss of one diminishes us all. The oceans of the world need to be respected, admired and loved — so that one day, the oceans will give up their dead.
Ron and Anna Winship
Corona del Mar
Reporter was fair to Rohrabacher
William B. Anderson is ill informed and of another time era, whereby his opinions may have been viable at one time, but I feel are no longer ("Rohrabacher's character is clean," Mailbag, April 6). Promptly responding to phone calls does not qualify a politician.
Michael Miller was simply reporting the news, not creating it ("Rep. defends money to wife," March 29). Maybe Miller should look into the possibility of Anderson receiving some kind of special favors from the out-of-touch right-winger Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa). Orange County's pockets run deep for their own agendas, and that goes for the big "R" as well.
Police choppers in H.B.
In a city as safe as Huntington Beach, why do we reduce the number of patrol officers while keeping a very expensive set of police helicopters? The last report I read said there were a total of three helicopters owned by the city. A maintenance crew, flight crews and helicopter fuel all add up to a big cost that's sure to continue to climb as gas prices climb ever higher. The costs will get bigger as the choppers get older, are less efficient and need even more maintenance and eventual replacement — let's not forget insurance.
Helicopters are high-maintenance items and are costly to fly. Not for one moment do I believe the contention that helicopters reduce the need for patrolmen. Cost-basis analysis cannot support that assertion. Save the patrolmen and ax the expensive aero squad.