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November 19, 2004
It's absolutely outrageous. The Pilot article explained that Costa Mesa officials said that their city's salaries were less than what other cities paid. It's inappropriate and ridiculous to compare one government salary rate to another government salary. The comparison should be always between the government and the private sector for the equivalent job. Often, government employees make more than those in the private sector, plus they get many benefits that private-sector people do not get -- great retirement programs, a great medical program, vacations.
March 16, 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.
August 16, 2007
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vowed to appeal a federal judge's ruling knocking down a state law aimed at banning sales of violent video games to minors. The judge said it violated the 1st Amendment. Do you think the governor should continue the legal battle or should state lawmakers revisit the legislation and rewrite it to satisfy constitutional concerns? I couldn't support this poorly written bill for two reasons: It violated 1st Amendment free speech rights, and it continued the troubling Sacramento "nanny state" trend where lawmakers increasingly use the power of government to dictate ever more detailed aspects of our lives.
December 3, 2005
A Christian group in Costa Mesa, the Piecemakers, has been back in the news in recent weeks following the arrest of several members. Four have been charged with, among other things, operating a food business without a proper permit and blocking a health inspection. The group's leader, Marie Kolasinsky, has repeatedly denied that the group needs the government sanctioning of its operations. How should religious organizations best deal with government authority, especially if there are disagreements?
By James P. Gray | February 3, 2012
We all should long for the days of Mark Twain, who was heard to say: "There is good news from Washington today. Congress is deadlocked and cannot act. " Unfortunately, our Congress today is acting a great deal in sponsoring cronyism. That means that there is a large amount of collusion among businesses and special interests, on the one hand, and government, on the other. The resultant government favors, payoffs and bailouts are enriching those who are well-connected, but are literally making the rest of us impoverished.
By: | October 8, 2005
o7The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced last month that it would reimburse religious groups that have supported relief and recovery efforts in hurricane-ravaged areas of the South. The move has sparked controversy on both sides. Civil libertarian groups have said it would be a violation of the separation between church and state. Some religious groups have said taking government money would make the church beholden to the state. Should the government reimburse religious groups for their relief efforts?
By JAMES P. GRAY | March 2, 2008
In my view, the most dangerous threat to our safety and security is not the possibility of being invaded by another country, or even the terrorist actions of any of the world’s radical elements. Instead, our greatest threat is a weak national economy. Ancient Greece, ancient Rome and the Ottoman Empire were really not conquered by external forces. Instead, they overspent themselves to death and spread themselves too thin. That is a major lesson in history, and the government of the United States of America has not learned that lesson.
By Chuck Cassity | July 29, 2010
Does anybody know where I can obtain a listing of federal laws that the government has no intention of enforcing? Or of prosecuting? You know, like in the Arizona situation, where the government sued Arizona because the Grand Canyon State tried to actually enforce federal immigration laws. The government, having no intention of actually enforcing its own laws, got all worked up when Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer decided to "Do the job America won't do." And now a federal judge has decided that it, for the most part, can't.
November 22, 2003
One of the rights that Islam acknowledges and upholds for the citizens is the right of protest and opposition to the policies of government. This right has been acknowledged by Imam Ali, the successor to the prophet, and other successors: that people are free to voice their opposition and disagreement with the government and the government should respect this right. The value of the human being lies in having the right of disagreement and the diversity of opinions.
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