James P. Gray

James P. Gray
Retired Orange County Superior Court judge

It's a Gray Area: Thank you for letting me share my ideas with you

For this past year, I have had the privilege of being able to write a column in this space about any subject of my choosing.

It's A Gray Area: Adams would fight for return of freedom

Our short series on classic American patriots continues with a focus on John Adams.

It's A Gray Area: Remember America's greatest patriot

Today we begin a short series about some of America's greatest patriots. We start with the greatest: George Washington.

It's A Gray Area: In appreciation of police officers

One of the most noble public servants in our society is a police officer. These men and women have often-difficult jobs, and frequently do...

It's A Gray Area: Join in restoring Hetch Hetchy

Those of you who have read this column more than a few times can probably tell that innately I am an optimist.

It's A Gray Area: When to fight the status quo

Have you ever felt inspired, hopeful, able and optimistic about your ability to right a wrong?

It's A Gray Area: Federal pensions no longer make any sense

There is a lot of misinformation and mystery about the compensation Congress receives.

It's A Gray Area: Apply libertarian philosphy to education for success

Last week we discussed how the U.S. would...

It's A Gray Area: Toward a 'functional libertarian' world

I am happy to say that the "functional libertarian" approach is beginning to attract more people here and around the world. But what does...

It's A Gray Area: Missing Devon

It's A Gray Area: Missing Devon

My wife never had a dog before she bought one as a companion for her then-6-year-old son, Morgan.

It's A Gray Area: Drug policy easing is victory for liberty

With the recent statement by Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. that the federal government will not prosecute people for marijuana offenses...

It's A Gray Area: Buffalo Bill's lessons in life endure

Recently I was blessed to be able to go with a wrangler on a horseback and fly fishing trip to the Beartooth Mountains on the Wyoming/...

It's A Gray Area: Put action behind talk of prison reform

Virtually all of us in the drug-policy and prison-sentencing reform movements applaud U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s comments...

It's A Gray Area: What's it like to be a judge?

We all know that we have three branches of government, but where do judges really fit within that system, and what is it like to be a judge?...

It's A Gray Area: U.S. should not intervene overseas

One of the first things done when our country was founded in 1787 was establish the United States Department of War. This agency lasted...

It's Gray Area: How much government is too much government?

The following question is meant to be practical, not philosophical, and your answer is important.

It's A Gray Area: 'The whole world is not like Irvine'

Life is short, so we all need reminders that our lives are fleeting. I remind myself by trying to keep in mind some rules I made long ago to...

It's A Gray Area: Country needs us to set it on right path

Many things are not going well for us and our country. So where do we go from here? Well, as people sometimes say when playing bridge, let's...

It's A Gray Area: Politics is sports by other means

What is your political philosophy? It is an interesting question that few people really give time to think about. With apologies to George...

It's A Gray Area: Control is always better than prohibition

My wonderful mother studied one year at Occidental College before she went on to UC Berkeley, so maybe that was the reason she never liked...

It's A Gray Area: Criminals need lawyers, for the sake of our judicial system

So many times I hear the question: "How can defense attorneys defend those criminals — particularly if you know they are guilty?"...

It's A Gray Area: Finding a common ground with Iran

I have tentatively been invited to speak at a "New Horizons" worldwide conference in Tehran, Iran, at the beginning of September. From...

It's A Gray Area: It's time to take back America's moral high ground

President Obama has recently renewed his plans to try to close our military prison at Guantanamo, Cuba, and has also promulgated new...

It's A Gray Area: Einstein's brilliant thoughts pertinent to today's woes

Recently a friend of mine suggested that when you find a great thinker in one intellectual area, probably that person would have some...

It's A Gray Area: We need more brain-injury centers like this one

You may not be aware that adults with brain injuries have precious few facilities in the U.S. that offer the care and assistance they need.

It's A Gray Area: Incarceration is not always the best option

One thing that starkly sets the United States apart from other Western industrial countries is our incarceration rate. Today our country has...

It's A Gray Area: A bigger House is more representative

Here is an idea that was suggested to me on the campaign trail — and the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. See if it...

It's A Gray Area: Government is not the road out of poverty

The road to success for communities struggling with poverty is generally not hard to find, or even to travel. All it requires is a firm...

It's A Gray Area: Lessons from Thatcherism remain relevant

As you know, Margaret Thatcher died April 8 at the age of 87 after serving as Britain's prime minister from 1979 until 1990. We owe her a...

It's A Gray Area: Minimum wages cause more harm than good

The 2012 platform for the Democratic Party promised to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.50 per hour and to tie future...

It's A Gray Area: Government is meddling in health care

Since my last column about health care appeared...

It's A Gray Area: History's lessons support marriage equality

These thoughts might be controversial to some, but the issue is timely, and the moment to correct a series of injustices is now. Therefore,...

It's a Gray Area: Our motto should be 'Make the system work'

As everyone with any awareness realizes, life today is complicated. Nevertheless, things do seem to get done successfully, mostly because...

It's a Gray Area: Muslims are the latest targets of discrimination

In so many ways, one of the biggest civil rights issues of our day is the way we treat Muslims in our country.

It's A Gray Area: We should be skeptical of our government

People in our country mostly seem to possess an innate faith in government. Probably that has evolved because, while our governments...

It's a Gray Area: Drone attacks are undermining U.S. security worldwide

The soul of the United States of America is our freedoms and liberties, and our soul is now under attack by our own government. I understand...

It's a Gray Area: There's an easy fix for immigration

One of the easiest problem areas to resolve is our failed immigration system.

It's A Gray Area: Our grandchildren are bankrupt

The biggest security threat to our country is a failed economy, and today that is a genuine threat.

It's A Gray Area: Being on the campaign trail

Many have asked what it was like to be the 2012 Libertarian candidate for vice president, along with Gov. Gary Johnson as our candidate...

It's a Gray Area: What is a functional Libertarian?

It's nice to be home again with the Daily Pilot. After my recent venture into national politics, I am looking forward to regaling you once...

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