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By Crissy Brooks | May 31, 2012
My family just arrived back from our annual Memorial Day weekend camping trip south of Ensenada, Mexico. I always feel a little sheepish when my neighbors see me return with my gear and sunburn. No one has ever begrudged me my vacation, but I am aware that whether for economic or legal-status reasons, I am able to travel places to which they are not able to go. Upon my return this time I was welcomed by my neighbor from the U.K. who was invited but could not join us. She greeted me with open arms, and we compared sunburns from the same coastline, different countries.
NEWS
February 16, 2002
Deirdre Newman COSTA MESA -- Students exercised their freedom to work out on Friday at St. Joachim School in Costa Mesa. A schoolwide field day event paid tribute to "America, Land of the Free," and raised money for the PTA. Money raised will be used to supplement the school's budget for new textbooks, Principal Rachel Martinez said. The triathlon enabled the students to have fun while honing their athletic skills. "It kind of carries over to what I teach in physical education -- overall, strength, agility and fitness," said Mike Davis, who was decked out in marine fatigues for the occasion.
NEWS
April 17, 2003
Lolita Harper Freedom from oppression. Freedom from poverty. Freedom from financial constraints. It is with these ubiquitous themes that area Jews celebrate the most triumphant liberation of their heritage during the tradition of Passover. Regardless of religion, or lack of religion, the concept of breaking free from restrictive shackles is prevalent. From historic events such as the liberation of Iraq to the daily triumphs of completing a research paper for a core college course, Newport-Mesans are reminded of the labor of freedom.
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By Crissy Brooks | April 5, 2012
Earlier this week I was studying with a childhood friend. As we caught up she talked about her preparations for Seder dinner. Her daughter showed me the Passover book she had made and we inquired about each other's family traditions for this sacred week as we have for years. It is a huge week of celebration for a large segment of our population. Whether you are Jewish observing Passover or Christian celebrating Easter, this holy week is a celebration of freedom. Looking through my young friend's Passover book, I was reminded of the exodus story of the Jewish people.
NEWS
By James P. Gray | November 15, 2013
Our short series on classic American patriots continues with a focus on John Adams. Fortunately, with the fairly recent publication of David McCullough's book "John Adams" (Touchstone, 2001), this somewhat crusty but likable American is finally beginning to be recognized as the hero that he was. Tragically, unlike many naturalized citizens who lived under totalitarian regimes, most Americans who were born here take our freedoms for granted. But to the founding fathers like John Adams, freedom and liberty were what our country was all about.
NEWS
July 15, 2005
Fourth of July will be over by the time you read this, save for a few neighbors obsessed with fireworks. But the Fourth of July is now my yearly reminder of a new freedom for me: freedom from pain. Three years ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, an extremely painful and potentially crippling blood disorder. After a series of "sports injuries" resulting in an emergency visit to Hoag ER and a sobbing two hours with the most pain I have experienced since childbirth, the hospital blood work showed I had RA. After attempting to work with one doctor who did not offer much time, patience or sympathy, I heard about Dr. Christine Thai from a friend.
NEWS
By STEVE SMITH | March 4, 2006
In his wonderful movie "Annie Hall," Woody Allen boils down California's distinction to the ability to make a right turn on a red light. America has a particular distinction too, one that has set us apart from nearly every country that has come or gone since the founding fathers first established this republic. The distinction is freedom. Around the world, we are envied for our devotion to this one element of our society. And though our freedom requires constant vigilance so it is neither reduced nor abused, it is still a marvelous concept.
FEATURES
By JIM RIGHEIMER | July 4, 2008
Normally I write about the problem issues of the day; high gas prices, political shenanigans and governmental snafus. During this political season you hear a lot about what is wrong with America. But on the birthday weekend of this great nation, I want to write about what is great about America. Two hundred and thirty-two years ago in a hot and humid hall, 56 men of great stature pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to declare our independence from England. What they gave us was liberty.
NEWS
July 3, 2005
The Fourth of July has arrived again, but while the holiday marks our nation's freedom -- the 229th year of it -- those freedoms must be respected and not overextended. In Newport-Mesa, there are many ways to celebrate the Fourth. In Newport Beach, there are the Dunes' fireworks, the 48th Fourth of July Boat Parade, the annual Independence Day Celebration at Mariners Park, the beach and, of course, the unofficial gathering in West Newport. The latter is where celebrating freedom can be abused.
NEWS
By VAN TRAN | July 23, 2007
Next month, I will have the privilege of joining the entire community in dedicating our new Costa Mesa veterans' memorial at Harbor Lawn Memorial Park. This veterans' memorial is a fitting tribute from a grateful community, honoring the generations of America's bravest who have died throughout our nation's history to protect the sacred freedoms we all enjoy. Remembering those who have served in every branch of the military throughout our history — the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard — our new memorial is a solemn reminder that freedom isn't free.
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By Beau Nicolette | December 2, 2013
On Sunday, the fifth night of Hanukkah, U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) joined a local rabbi in lighting a nearly 7-foot Jerusalem stone menorah at Fashion Island. With Thanksgiving and the Festival of Lights falling on the same long weekend, the Christian congressman highlighted the struggles for religious freedoms faced by the Pilgrims and the Maccabees. "Its very symbolic to me because I identify with America first and foremost," he said, "and America, first and foremost, is about respecting other people's faith, or lack of faith.
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By James P. Gray | November 15, 2013
Our short series on classic American patriots continues with a focus on John Adams. Fortunately, with the fairly recent publication of David McCullough's book "John Adams" (Touchstone, 2001), this somewhat crusty but likable American is finally beginning to be recognized as the hero that he was. Tragically, unlike many naturalized citizens who lived under totalitarian regimes, most Americans who were born here take our freedoms for granted. But to the founding fathers like John Adams, freedom and liberty were what our country was all about.
NEWS
By Margaret Mooney | August 2, 2013
In response to Vicki Bowers' July 19 letter to the Pilot, " Hoag has freedom too ," it seems that she favors Hoag's position which is, "I will use my freedom to choose to take away a woman's freedom and right to choose. " In so many words, Hoag is saying, "Ladies, contrary to our past policies, you no longer have the right to control your own body and reproductive life at our hospital. Please go elsewhere if you would like to preserve your rights. " But let's be clear, not everyone at Hoag was in favor of this choice, as many of the doctors have indicated, so their freedom of choice was taken away also.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
Re. " Mobile home park conversion stalled ," (July 16): It was sad to hear the voices of residents frightened at the prospect of losing their homes, pleading for the City Council to turn down a developer's request to allow conversion of their mobile home park into apartment buildings. Some complained that they had only learned of it the day before upon reading of it in the Daily Pilot. These Costa Mesa residents, like many others, had paid scant attention to their city government until faced with a direct threat to their well-being.
NEWS
By Margaret Mooney | July 9, 2013
I have read several of the Forum letters on Hoag Hospital's decision to reduce women's reproductive healthcare services, the most recent of which was from Denis Montenaro in the July 7 Pilot (" I support Hoag, reject Democrats. " ) I would not encourage anyone to discontinue a pregnancy, but I definitely would not take away the right to choose. It is clear to me that the anti-choice people are not supporters of freedom. After all, what is more central to the concept of freedom than the right of those most affected by a situation to choose their own course of action?
NEWS
By Jeffrey W. Shields | July 5, 2013
As we commemorate our nation's Independence Day, we should also celebrate our shared freedom of religion, which is bestowed upon each of us by the United States Constitution, and which is also reflected in the constitutions of all 50 states. Notably, the opening line of the First Amendment states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. " Significantly, our Founding Fathers saw fit to place this fundamental guarantee as the first provision contained within the Bill of Rights, thus clearly establishing religious freedom as our most primary civil liberty.
NEWS
By B.W. Cook | July 3, 2013
On this Fourth of July holiday week, we pause to reflect on the 237-year-long American tradition that, despite flaws, failures and often disputed compromise of values and dreams, stands for justice and freedom. As our people debate the issue of marriage equality in what some label the final frontier of the equal rights movement; as we come to terms with the enormous task of finding an equitable and fair solution to illegal immigration affecting upwards of 20 million people living and working in the U.S.; and as our citizens continue to be divided along the emotional lines of pro-choice vs. pro-life, we ask, how far have we come as a people, as a nation with standards?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | December 11, 2012
It's a label Liza Minnelli cherishes, and one she's never fully understood. "Gay icon. " Ask her to explain it, and she'll come up empty. On Google, Minnelli's name alongside that two-word phrase cues up 117,000 results. When she performed back east this spring, the Huffington Post's headline even credited her with economic clout: "Liza Minnelli's Borgata Hotel Performance Helps Renew Gay Travelers' Interest In Atlantic City. " A 2009 survey from http://www.onepoll.com named her the fifth-biggest female gay icon in history (her late mother, Judy Garland, beat her for first place)
NEWS
By Crissy Brooks | May 31, 2012
My family just arrived back from our annual Memorial Day weekend camping trip south of Ensenada, Mexico. I always feel a little sheepish when my neighbors see me return with my gear and sunburn. No one has ever begrudged me my vacation, but I am aware that whether for economic or legal-status reasons, I am able to travel places to which they are not able to go. Upon my return this time I was welcomed by my neighbor from the U.K. who was invited but could not join us. She greeted me with open arms, and we compared sunburns from the same coastline, different countries.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | May 29, 2012
Their friends and memories may be slipping away, but World War II veterans could still count on their neighbors Monday. Hundreds saluted local service members at Costa Mesa's Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park and Mortuary. Speakers at the 58th annual Memorial Day services focused on the attack on Pearl Harbor, where thousands of Americans died, and the few remaining from that war's generation. They were there to support people like Bus Cornelius, 90, who buried 14 of his company mates after fighting in North Africa.
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