(Daily Pilot / July 31, 2010)

Aesthetics important to society

Cell phone towers may indeed help meet demand of its users but clearly they run afoul of demand for open space and enjoyment of places of natural beauty ("Cell towers get poor reception," July 25).

Even a relatively short 30-foot pole, or a little box attached to an existing utility pole, is subject to scrutiny. The California Coastal Commission has decreed that the view from the water to a bluff is as important as the view from bluff to sea.

Aesthetics are important to society. That's why we have zoning, rules, planning, caps and limited supply. Cell phone companies should consider rationing. Rampant cell phone demand should not be determined by automobiles cruising the neighborhoods.

Donald Nyre

Newport Beach

Costa Mesa needs more coverage

Why is only Corona Del Mar provided a special page of information ("Corona del Mar Today," every Sunday)?

Costa Mesa needs a good reporter on the job to provide information about Costa Mesa.

We have more schools, freeways, malls, businesses, fire stations, the Orange County Fairgrounds, an equestrian center, more churches, etc.

Thanks for perhaps showing an impartial attitude about which area should be covered by the Pilot.

Jeanne Moody

Costa Mesa

Defense for Paul Krugman

Chriss Street did not offer economic credentials in his Sunday op-ed on deficit spending, and his rebuke of Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman sounds suspiciously like conservative ideology rather than economic analysis ("Community Commentary: Deficit spending a bad idea for U.S.," July 25). As someone who taught economics at the college level for a dozen years, I feel justified in coming to Krugman's defense.

If you-know-who had not squandered the gift of economic surpluses passed on to him by the Clinton administration, no one would question Obama's or Krugman's call for further stimulus to combat a weak economy. It is sound Keynesian theory.

And if Street knew his economists, he might recall Milton Friedman's admission that "We are all Keynesians now." What Street forgets is that we should have been running surpluses from 2003 to 2008, which would have made the current deficits a no-brainer.

Parenthetically, it's starting to work. My wife and I are just back from a 100-day trip that took us to 27 states. We had to put up with "expect some delay" signs on the highways in all 27 as the construction season is now in full force.

Bob Schmidt

Corona del Mar