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 9, 2007
I very much appreciated Tom Johnson’s column (“Watching lawsuits priceless,” Nov. 30), but to be honest, I think you let Allan Beek off way too easy! Mr. Beek is the same guy who thought that our Planning Commission and City Council were too inept to make development decisions and that the city of Newport Beach should go down the path of “Planning by Ballot box.” I voted against that, and the folks in the city with my point of view lost to the Greenlight hysteria.
May 3, 2007
A recent study showed that California's method of lethal injection does not reliably produce a painless death for inmates. Researchers say some inmates suffocate and are conscious enough to realize it. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown want to recommend reforms for executions by May 15. How do you think the state's death penalty should be reformed, if at all? I believe that capital punishment is an appropriate form of punishment in an organized society with rule of law and a system of orderly appeals to ensure justice.
March 11, 2001
It's hard to believe there was a time in which school shootings were rare. But the 21st Century, thus far, has been different and this week was a doozy. It has become obvious there are no simple solutions to school violence, but board members at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District are off to a decent start with their zero tolerance policy regarding bullies. In many cases, zero tolerance policies can go too far. A well-intentioned elementary school student can bring his handmade knife to school for show-and-tell and receive a suspension.
August 5, 2010
Chuck Cassity wonders what other laws besides those regarding immigration he can break without fear of prosecution from the government and become rich in the process ("Sounding Off: Selective attention and the law," July 30). Here are some, Chuck: corporate fraud (Wall Street); willful negligence resulting in death (BP and Massey Mining); murder, rape, theft (Blackwater); war crimes, torture,perjury, ethics, conflicts of interest (Bush administration). All of these perpetrators have ignored the law and enriched themselves beyond their wildest dreams without a day spent in jail.
September 8, 2011
"Apollo 18" has an interesting premise — say there was a secret mission to the moon, and you were now able to view undiscovered footage showing how things went horribly awry. Good concept, boring execution. This "Blair Witch Goes to the Moon" wannabe is technically proficient but profoundly tedious. You could run out for a burger and back without missing much. NASA and the Department of Defense tell three eager astronauts (Warren Christie, Ryan Robbins and Lloyd Owen)
July 5, 2013
After 24 minutes of deliberation, an Orange County jury decided Wednesday that a Costa Mesa sex offender is dangerous and should remain in a state hospital, according to a court official. Jurors began deliberating about whether to release Cary Jay Smith, 52, at 10:13 a.m. and reached a verdict by 10:37 a.m., according to Orange County Superior Court spokeswoman Gwen Vieau. In 1999, Smith went to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino on a 72-hour hold after his wife gave his psychiatrist a letter in which he described sex acts he wanted to perform on a boy, according to authorities.
June 15, 2004
Sue Clark "I have no summer! I have no life. I only have summer reading!" My daughter's lament echoed in my ears as I noticed the summer reading table at Borders on 19th Street. It was piled with books, many of which looked interesting to an old English teacher but would spell torture for many local area teens. Let me take a load off of local parents, who feel they must nag, threaten, cajole and become dysfunctional while attempting to force their kids to do their summer reading.
January 21, 2006
This month the Senate has been in hearings about the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Do you think there should be litmus tests for court appointees -- questions, for example, about religion, abortion or the use of torture? What questions would you ask if given a chance? Along with millions of Americans, I was impressed when Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, during his confirmation hearings, used the analogy of a judge being like an umpire. He said, "No one goes to a game to see the umpire.
August 3, 2003
Today is a historical one for the Daily Pilot. Two of our staffers, police and courts reporter Deepa Bharath and chief photographer Don Leach, fly out of town today on a 10-day trip to the Amazon jungles of Ecuador. The Daily Pilot going international? Sure, we've been out of the country a few times. Mostly trips to Mexico to visit orphanages or as part of the Newport to Ensenada yacht race. We've had world travelers e-mail us their communiques from across the globe.