October 11, 2007
A House committee approved a bill Wednesday recognizing the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 as genocide. Turkish officials warn the U.S. that if Congress approves this resolution, Turkey may cut logistic support for U.S. troops in Iraq. Where do you stand on this resolution and why? Clearly a huge number of innocent Armenian civilians were slaughtered in the final days of the Ottoman Empire. That should be admitted, and that chapter should be closed.
August 12, 2006
I do not expect or want an apology from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District or its board. After reading the Daily Pilot's article on July 27 ("Web glitch nixes school-board run") and seeing Laura Boss' comment — "Normally, everyone, if they're going to run, they call our office and check, and on good faith, he checked the website and thought for sure he was in Linda Sneen's area" — I felt I owe the apology for any inconvenience I caused her or the board. I did on good faith trust the information on the school district's website.
October 13, 2001
Barry Faulkner COSTA MESA - Costa Mesa High football coach Dave Perkins said Friday he regrets and apologizes for his assertion Thursday night that Northwood ran an illegal play to run up the score during Northwood's 31-6 victory at Irvine High. "I got mad and I believe any coach would have been upset," Perkins said. "I don't think it was a planned play and I don't think they were trying to deceive us. I will apologize for that." Perkins said he also told his players Thursday night that his postgame conduct was wrong.
March 20, 2012
In 2003, I attended a talk at the Newport Beach Public Library on climate change by UC Irvine professor Sherry Rowland. I was amazed to see a full house, with a Nobel Prize winner, Rowland, as the speaker. Using hand-drawn sketches of chemical reactions on transparencies, he clearly explained the chemical reactions related to chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs. He also told stories of his trip to receive the Nobel Prize, expressing wonder at his good fortune. The audience was captivated.
August 26, 2004
Marisa O'Neil A Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustee is accusing his colleagues of possibly violating board policy and the state's open-meeting law. Trustee Tom Egan read a written statement at the end of Tuesday night's otherwise routine school board meeting. The statement, which referred to an e-mail sent by a fellow trustee, was greeted with a stunned silence in the board chambers. "In the district's five-year strategic plan, we commit ourselves to: 'Hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of performance and service, which improve and support student learning,'" Egan read during his trustee report.
April 14, 2007
CBS Radio and MSNBC fired Don Imus this week after he referred to Rutgers University's women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos." Initially, the companies agreed to suspend Imus for two weeks after he apologized but calls for his ouster escalated. Have we established a higher standard for forgiveness with public figures and, if so, do you think that's fair? In our culture of apology, everyone must take his turn on the rack of regret and walk the gauntlet of shame. The "sorry" business is a growth industry, a communal syndrome.
September 26, 2002
Paul Clinton A local congressman is fighting for reparations for World War II veterans who were mistreated and exploited for slave labor in the factories of several Japanese companies. Hearings were held Wednesday on a bill sponsored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher that would allow the veterans to file claims against the companies that enslaved them. Several of the veterans spoke before a House Judiciary sub-committee urging lawmakers to adopt the measure.
September 21, 2007
UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake’s apology Thursday appeared to placate faculty, who backed off a no-confidence vote. But the educators are still demanding to know why Drake, in just two weeks, hired, fired and then rehired Erwin Chemerinsky as the university’s founding dean of law. “In life, lessons learned most painfully are often those we learn best. I learned a painful lesson this week,” Drake said as he faced more than 200 faculty assembled for an academic senate meeting.