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.
July 12, 2012
I was going to review of Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love," but why waste your time? Except for the scenery, it's a major disappointment. Oliver Stone's pulpy, ferocious thriller"Savages" makes greed good and exciting. Set in Laguna Beach, two best friends (Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson) have become the Ben & Jerry of cannabis growers. Their product is so successful they get the attention of a Mexican drug cartel led by the ruthless Elena (Salma Hayek) and her two lieutenants (Demián Bichir and Benicio Del Toro)
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)
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.
May 21, 2003
It was nearly five years ago, but the mere mention of her tormentor brought back vivid memories. Those words. That tune. That big purple dinosaur brought Deb Zimmerman many sleepless nights. "I love you, you love me, we're a happy family ... " the lyrics to the theme song for the popular children's show Barney & Friends replayed in her head. Zimmerman subconsciously swayed her head back and forth and started muttering the infamous words -- then snapped out of it. "I vividly remember when my oldest was 2 and my second was a newborn," the Costa Mesa mother said.
April 28, 2012
What was a private, low key NFL Draft 30 years ago, has become a three-day sponsored and promoted Ramadan of the annual player selection. What you didn't see was the excruciating tension the college players and their friends and families are experiencing in homes across the country. I have been fortunate to have represented over 60 first-round draft picks, eight of whom were the very first pick in the first round. I have also spent almost 40 years sharing this penultimate moment of pressure followed by joy at players' homes and in New York.