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NEWS
January 9, 2003
After reading the Mailbag on Jan. 1, I felt the need to respond to teacher Joe Robinson, but am not quite sure where to begin. I believe his initial intent was to defend his union, (defend probably isn't the word to use since he called them the "feeblest of organizations"; maybe explain is a better word) but then he writes to assure the reader that all is well with student behavior and motivation. He also takes issue with the phrase "dumbing down" of education used in a previous letter and shares statistics about Advanced Placement classes being offered and used at Newport Harbor High School.
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NEWS
July 4, 2004
Ken Maddox As we mark the 228th birthday of our nation, we must take the time to celebrate our Declaration of Independence. With great determination, our Founding Fathers charted a revolutionary course, creating a nation with the freedom to assemble, worship and speak freely. Thousands more have given their lives in service to our country to protect these freedoms. A simple principle sets our nation apart from others around the world: a government that is of the people, by the people and for the people.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 10, 2014
David Stiller, a longtime Costa Mesa resident known for his decades of service on a variety of city committees, has died. Stiller had been having health troubles for several weeks and died of natural causes at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital about 1 a.m. Sunday, his family said. He was 78. At the time of his death, Stiller had been serving on three city groups: the Finance Advisory and Fairview Park Citizens Advisory committees and the Costa Mesa Senior Center board of directors.
NEWS
February 17, 2012
Dr. David Maurice Smith In loving memory of Dr. David Maurice Smith, 55, of Newport Beach, who passed away on February 9, 2012. Born on January 9, 1957 in Whittier, California. Loving husband and father to four children. He grew up in Whittier along with his two sisters and brother and attended California High School. He met his beloved wife, Donna, while growing up in Whittier, and had been together since she was thirteen years old. He and Donna both went on to UCLA and then to USC School of Dentistry.
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By James P. Gray | August 2, 2013
The following question is meant to be practical, not philosophical, and your answer is important. Do you want unlimited government? That would mean that government would effectively take responsibility for deciding and controlling all aspects of our lives. Honestly, I don't think I have ever encountered anyone who wants that. One reason of course, is that unlimited government doesn't work. For example, the governments in China, Cuba and the former Soviet Union took away many personal freedoms, but they still had some limitations on government, and even then their systems were stagnant.
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By Dwight Tomlinson | September 16, 2011
Last Sunday, our nation observed the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the worst terrorist attack ever to take place on our shores. It was a time of reflection, healing, remembering and even praise. Not praise for that undeserved and cowardly attack, but praise for the courage of those willing to give their own lives in an attempt to save others. God's holy word, the Bible, calls this the greatest demonstration of love known to man. John 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
NEWS
August 30, 2007
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein plans to introduce a resolution in September calling on the abolition of the Electoral College and, instead, electing the president through popular vote. Where do you stand on this issue and why?   Abolishing the Electoral College is a bad idea because our Founding Fathers put that system in place with good purpose. When elections are close, they didn’t want the tendency for fraud to overwhelm the system. If the Electoral College had been eliminated during the 2000 election, all of the illegitimate brouhaha in Florida would have been multiplied by 50 states.
NEWS
March 17, 2008
This week is Sunshine Week. No, that doesn’t mean what you think it means. It has nothing to do with the weather. No, this week is a celebration of the freedom of the press to watch over the affairs of government, an essential component of any democratic government. Sunshine Week is an extension of Sunshine Day, created in 2002 by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors in response to moves by the state legislature there to weaken public records laws. The movement spread across the nation to become what is officially known now as Sunshine Week.
NEWS
November 4, 2009
I must respond to Russ Niewiarowski’s letter (“Obama renounces religion with bill,” Oct. 31) in which he denounces “the national acceptance of homosexuality” and urges Christian values on all of us. I would remind Niewiarowski that this nation was founded upon the separation of church and state, and that in any event, the Founding Fathers were mostly deists and not necessarily Christians. Thus, under our Constitution, the sexual preferences of people should be strictly voluntary choices made by the people themselves, rather than having these preferences dictated by “Christian values.
NEWS
August 13, 2002
In response to the recent letter of resident/developer Richard Stevens' criticisms of Greenlight (Rebuttal, "Greenlight endangers Newport's quality of life," Sunday), we must point out several fallacies in his reasoning. How sad the tone of his lament on the ruination of Newport Beach by the well-meaning but misled Greenlight contingent, which "usurps" our Newport Beach City Council. Hasn't he heard of the American system of representative government with checks and balances?
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