Commentary: More than one way to approach Easter story

The Easter story is celebrated each year with such fanfare and splendor that one might think it was all just one big convincing event in the gospels. Nothing could be farther from the truth. If ever there was doubt about the Easter story, it did not begin with the Scientific Revolution, the Age of...

Mailbag: Blogger's comment is not Page 1 news

Re. "Mayor asks blogger to apologize for Hitler reference," April 17:

Commentary: Consider ideas at face value without regard to who's promoting them

When my older son — a kind and gentle soul — started out in sports, he had less than a killer instinct on the field.

Commentary: Political correctness is weakening America

Abraham Lincoln presciently warned that America's greatest enemies lived within her own borders, not in some foreign land.

Commentary: How PEPRA has changed the rules for recent hires

Editor's note: Attorneys John Stephens and Tim Sesler, two members of Costa Mesa's Pension Oversight Committee, asked the Daily Pilot to publish the panel's findings and recommendations. The committee put together a series of three articles that seek to explain and simplify the complex...

Commentary: Realignment is not good for communities

"The most dangerous social experiment of our generation."

Commentary: Despite deadly crash, such student trips are essential

Our hearts dropped when we heard the news. A bus carrying low-economic high school students to a college tour in Northern California collided with a truck on Interstate 5. As we waited for more details, we thought about our Save Our Youth (SOY) kids who we sent on a college tour up north during...

Editorial: Reproductive services: the Hoag Hospital compact

When Hoag Hospital, which has facilities in Irvine and Newport Beach, announced it was establishing a partnership with St. Joseph Health System, community groups say they were promised that the hospital would continue to provide the same services it always had. But soon after — and not all...

Commentary: Let's help group homes be good neighbors

Among the top concerns when it comes the quality of life in Costa Mesa neighborhoods are the negative impacts created by operators and residents of some group homes. Excessive noise, traffic, large meetings and smoking are among the complaints received regularly by the city from neighbors.

Commentary: Explaining the work of the Pension Oversight Committee

Editor's note: Attorneys John Stephens and Tim Sesler, two members of Costa Mesa's Pension Oversight Committee, asked the Daily Pilot to publish the panel's findings and recommendations. The committee put together a series of three articles, titled "Fast Facts," that seek to explain and...


The Harbor Report: Getting prepped for Ensenada race

The Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race is quickly approaching, and I thought it might be interesting to offer my thoughts on preparing for the race and discuss race strategy.

My Answer: Does gym time mask problems?

Q: My wife gets after me because she says I spend too much time at the gym. I admit I do go there every day for several hours or so after work, but God wants us to take care of our bodies, doesn't he? — M.J.

The God Squad: If it bleeds, it leads? Not for God

Q: I love your column. You're so open, honest and straightforward with your answers. I'm 61 (a widow for 35 years) and was raised Catholic. I watch the news each night and see the weather that's occurring in the U.S., people rioting, etc. I'm scared to death. Is the end of the world coming? How will...

Fitness Files: How do you mend a broken heart? Brush

Master of deceit, my dentist entered the examining room holding a big Zorcaine hypodermic.

A Word, Please: Learning grammar through osmosis isn't always foolproof

We've all done it: You look at something you wrote, then stop and think: "It just doesn't look right."


Editorial: David Stiller set a good example

Community service isn't what it used to be. You sign up for a city committee these days and you're met with brickbats and backhands, critiques and criticism, not to mention marathon meetings. Sometimes you deserve the criticism, sometimes you don't.

Editorial: You should have 'good cause' to carry a gun

As you've likely read, the Orange County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to hire 15 retired sheriff's deputies to process an increase in applications for concealed-weapons permits. They did this in response to a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that will allow more people to carry guns...

Editorial: Cheating scandal exposes unrealistic expectations

The alleged cheating scandal at Corona del Mar High School is an interesting case study in how students in one of the county's top-performing high schools responded to intense pressure to succeed. We're talking about a world where some children feel like their lives are over if they don't gain...

Editorial: Homeless housing warrants serious consideration

We're not yet prepared to endorse or oppose a proposal to build homeless housing at Civic Center Park in Costa Mesa. The idea shows great promise and warrants serious review, but we'll reserve final judgment until more specifics become available.

Editorial: Congratulations to the Sea Kings

The majority of high school football coaches want to teach their players to become men who will be productive in whatever career they choose. Winning? That's usually a bonus.

Editorial: Common Core is for the common good

Last weekend one our reporters produced a good story about a Newport Elementary School teacher implementing the state's new Common Core curriculum into her classroom. There has been much debate regarding this approach to teaching, which emphasizes conceptual understanding over old-school...

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