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  • Book review: 'The Fear Within' by Scott Martelle

    Book review: 'The Fear Within' by Scott Martelle
    In his cogent, nuanced account of the 1949 prosecution of American communists under the Smith Act, former Los Angeles Times staff writer Scott Martelle sees this case fitting into a troubling pattern. From the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to the Patriot Act of 2001, he writes, "The United States has a habit of convulsing with fear during times of stress, and in the process undercutting the very freedoms of speech, political belief and religious expression that Americans profess to hold dear." The concerns that prompt this fear are real, Martelle stresses: There were communist spies in the 1940s, and there are terrorists at the turn of the 21st century. The steps taken to deal with them have generally been hasty and ill-considered, giving the government broad powers with unintended consequences.
  • Is secularism a threat to religious freedom?

    Q. A Mormon leader recently made a speech, in which he claimed religious freedom in America is under assault from secularization and a growing gay rights movement. In his speech, Elder Dallin H. Oaks warned of “an alarming trajectory of events...

    A. Alan Post dies at 96; longtime California budget analyst

    A. Alan Post dies at 96; longtime California budget analyst
    A. Alan Post, the longtime legislative analyst who watched over the budgets of California governors from Earl Warren to Jerry Brown, has died. He was 96. Post, who also was a well-regarded artist, died March 26 of natural causes at his home in...

    Skaters in own league

    Dominick Walker graduated from Costa Mesa High last week. The diploma signifies the work Walker did in the classroom. Anyone who watches Walker on the skateboard doesn't need similar written documentation to be aware of his skills. He is one of the...

    Skaters put on big show

    ORANGE — It was already noisy inside the Vans Skatepark on Wednesday night, but heads really turned when multiple skateboards smacking against the ground were heard. This was maybe a bit violent, but nothing negative. "It's like kudos," Newport...