September 11, 2005
Once again, it's the worst week of the year for a vast swath of our community. School's back in session. If you think back, you just might remember the feelings as summer ended. There is sadness as the freedom to do anything or nothing slides from between your fingers. There is dread as that freedom is replaced by the looming regimen of class bells, classwork and, worst of all, homework. And growing up here, where the beach can be your playground -- and if not the beach, then any number of parks, amusement parks, movie theaters, you name it -- makes the pain of a disappearing summer that much worse.
April 16, 2009
Joseph Bell claims that Republicans are merely being “obstructionist” in their desire to reduce, rather than increase, taxes (“Partisan politics hinder progress,” Feb. 26). But what if they firmly believe reducing taxes and spending rather than raising them, as Obama wants to do, is best for the economy? Bell paints President Herbert Hoover as an ardent capitalist, yet as The Wall Street Journal pointed out not long ago, he was rather “an ardent believer in government intervention to support incomes and employment.
June 9, 2007
On a lovely recent noonday, I went to UC Irvine with my rabbi, Mark Miller, to meet colleagues, including our Episcopal campus minister, The Rev.'d Martha Korienek, for a midweek opportunity sponsored by the Academic Senate to affirm that people of different faiths and spiritual practices are safe and welcome to practice their religion on that campus. It was called "Stand Together for Tolerance." Throughout it I kept thinking, tolerance isn't enough. We need to be mutually respectful!
July 4, 2000
On the birthday of our nation's independence, I think about the principles for which our country was founded. With that in mind, I examined the United States Supreme Court's recent ruling about school prayer. I decided to go to the source and read the actual Supreme Court decision. Before you decide whether the supreme interpretation of the law of the land should be followed, perhaps you need to read it, also. Then think about the message the court is trying to convey.
January 21, 2002
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to you all. Many of you are off work today to enjoy this national holiday that commemorates someone believed to be one of the greatest civil rights leaders ever to walk the earth. The Rev. King had his detractors of course, people who mostly hated his words of inclusion and calls for justice. They have tried to take down his legacy by pointing to his failings as a human being. But they were not successful, and we celebrate his accomplishments today.
November 26, 2008
Today is Thanksgiving. The inclusive American holiday that welcomes everyone to the table. It is not about gift giving. Rather, the bounty of the earth is given to us. We celebrate with sustenance, and some offer prayer; others appreciation for the food of life that is the cornerstone of survival. Symbolically, at least, we open our home and table to all who may come and share. Some work for the disenfranchised and serve meals on this day in public kitchens in towns large and small across our nation.
December 16, 2002
"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." Thomas Jefferson It always pains me to hear of a reader who cancels his or her subscription to the paper because of a story they don't agree with. It's not so much because I don't believe they have a right to spend their money as they choose, but because much like our Founding Fathers like Thomas Jefferson, I believe deeply in the 1st Amendment and the essential guarantees of the freedom of the press.
September 4, 2003
Fourth of July is not the day to curb freedom It seems strange that on the occasion of our nation's holiday supporting freedom, that being the Fourth of July, the Newport Beach Police Department is doing whatever it can to subvert those freedoms. The Newport Beach Police Department doesn't want any extra beer brought into the city and to keep the revelry more sober. Haven't we already tried prohibition in this country some 80 years ago? I am not a rowdy person.
June 22, 2004
If someone tried to wear a cross, the ACLU would be on them so quick it would make your head spin. It's about time we realize that there's an elephant in the living room. It's not that they shouldn't have their right to do or say what they think, but they should be looked at very carefully, and we should consider very carefully what's happening around the world and just monitor the situation. But it's not right. CLINT MOSES Newport Beach Of course Irvine officials were correct in allowing students to wear their shahada stoles.