Letters to the Editor

Past mayor sees the potential Ambassador Haley brings to nation’s top job, following her recent visit

As a child, I was inspired by John F. Kennedy. As a young adult, I was privileged to know and to work in the administration of President Ronald Reagan. Recently, we welcomed Ambassador Nikki Haley to Orange County, and I saw once again the potential of an inspirational leader who appeals to the best of America, not our worst impulses.

Haley was a successful governor who created jobs, reduced crime and controlled spending. At the UN, she stood up against America’s adversaries and was clear-headed in her defense of freedom and democracy. Haley will fix the mess at the border, stop the importation of fentanyl and keep America safe. She represents a new generation of American leaders and is exactly the type of president we need to bring our nation together.

The world is on fire because our adversaries see one candidate, driven by his ego and tied to the defendants’ table for the campaign, and the other past his intellectual prime and not up for the challenges facing our nation. We can do better. America deserves better.

Let’s pass the torch to a new generation. Nikki Haley would make a great president.

Keith Curry,

Former Mayor, City of Newport Beach

Newport Beach

How two national races connected to Newport Beach differ – idea exchanges versus personal attacks

There is a quote attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt that goes like this: “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” Taken into consideration, this could give one an idea of how to campaign and how to vote constructively in the upcoming primary election. By constructively, I mean in a manner that would result in bringing us closer to the democratic ideals upon which our institutions were founded.

Interestingly, Newport Beach is right in the center of action in this upcoming primary. The person who currently represents us in Congress is running for an even more exclusive position in the United States Senate. In doing so, Katie Porter is giving up her seat in the 47th Congressional district, one which could be the deciding factor as to who takes over the House of Representatives in the election in November.

Although there are several contenders for the Senate seat, the anticipated winner will likely be Adam Schiff, Barbara Lee, Steve Garvey, or Katie Porter. So far in the race it appears that there is mostly an exchange of ideas among candidates, particularly from Katie Porter and Adam Schiff. The latter is strategizing over how to win the seat and eliminate Katie Porter who was formerly second in the race, so that he can run against Steve Garvey.

The race is not devoid of personal attacks by the other candidates, but they do not dominate the contest at this point as they do in the Congressional race for the 47th.

Newport Beach is certainly not playing a passive role in the primary election for the 47th district. This is due to the fact that City Council, with the exception of Brad Avery, is endorsing the Republican candidate, Scott Baugh. It is this race which is the most volatile. The three main candidates will be jockeying to come into first or second place in the top-two primary system.

So far this race has been more “people” oriented than “idea” oriented and the acrimony has been discouraging. What started out as an exchange of ideas quickly became an exchange of character attacks. There has been an attempt to be positive by focusing on endorsements and ideas but the negative attacks at this point unfortunately seem to dominate.

Lynn Lorenz

Newport Beach

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