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Letters to the Editor

When the sign says “No Dogs,” it means no dogs

I have lived in CDM for over 30+ years. On Sunday, it was the worst I have ever experienced on the trail. Seven groups on this narrow trail brought their dogs! They all act like they never saw the “NO DOG” sign, and two stated a (purported) lie that their dog was an emotional support dog, which if so, does not give them the right to walk their animal in a “Wildlife Protection Area.” Not to mention what a disservice to owners, many Veterans that do need an emotional support animal. 

Can you imagine if the public ignored the “NO SMOKING” sign?

The reason for no dogs is the stress level that it causes wildlife, and these selfless people think they can ignore the rules. Not to mention the lovely gifts that the dogs leave, but again, it’s not the animal owner’s backyard.

This year I had to call the police on a Pitbull owner who threatened to release the dog on me. Good reminder, it’s not the dog breed. It’s the owners! 

Diane Vogt

Corona del Mar

In the memory of my friend Ralphie, sign up for the Fire Medic Program

When I lived on the peninsula, my next-door neighbor was a vibrant young professional who loved to do two things, surf and go to church. Ralphie had an indelible smile and had a laugh that would make us giggle so hard that we would snort!

We referred to our little community on 28th Street as “the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.” We took care of each other, we watched out for each other and we considered each other as family.

As the winters slowly turned into summers, Ralphie stopped surfing and was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (a type of cancer that forms in the bone marrow). We collectively took care of Ralphie and on several occasions we had to call the paramedics.

One sunny Saturday afternoon, I headed out for my walk, when I suddenly received a call from Ralphie. Picking up the phone, I could hear fear and panic in his voice. He cried, “Peggy hurry back home and take me to the hospital, I think that I have broken my arm.” 

I replied, “Ralphie, let me call the paramedics.” He begged, “Please no, I can’t afford it.” I did not understand at the time what he meant. Still, I was able to transport Ralphie in my car to Hoag where he underwent surgery to “pin” together his bones in his arm. 

As fall approached, we helped Ralphie return to Texas to be with his family, where he eventually succumbed to the disease.

Ironically, a paramedic moved into Ralphie’s little beach cottage. He informed me about the Fire Medic Program that is offered through the Newport Beach Fire Department. For a base fee of $60.00 per year, a membership will cover you and your family for unlimited paramedic services with no out-of-pocket expenses. There is also a Newport Beach Business Membership available too. 

I am appreciative that the Newport Beach Fire Department offers this service to its residents; I just wish I had known about it earlier for Ralphie. 

I encourage residents to learn more and to enroll in this program. Information on the Fire Medic Subscription Program can be found on the City’s website at or call 949.644.3383.

Peggy V. Palmer

Newport Beach


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