In an enriching story about generosity and humanity, as told by The Times in a separate March 16 article, Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell trained Midnight Mission residents to run last Sunday's L.A. Marathon. The story shows the positive impact Mitchell had on these men's lives.
In a contrasting story, beachfront property owners in Orange County have demanded that fire pits be removed from the public beaches in front of their homes. They claim they are concerned about the health dangers of wood smoke. No doubt these same owners create smoke from their backyard barbecues and drive cars on freeways near homes and families.
Let's be real: Air quality isn't the issue here. The wealthy beachfront property owners don't want to share "their" beaches.
The real upside to a successful ban on beach fires will be sparing the children who might be burned by such unprotected open fire pits. Previous lawsuits brought by the families of fire-pit burn survivors have been rejected by courts but haven't drawn much media attention.