Ferryman is an exemplary guy who got caught
I read Steve Smith's columns. Sometimes I think they're very, very
slanted, but that's the way he writes.
I'm questioning the statement (Family Time -- "Here's a pitch for
setting good examples," Jan. 19), "On Oct. 9, Ferryman told us that his
first reaction after his arrest on Sept. 27 was to resign. I believe him.
Subsequently, however, he listened to a little band of followers."
I doubt if he listened to anybody; I think he did what is in his heart
-- "who did not have our children's best interests in mind." How can
Smith say that? What children is he talking about? The children have no
knowledge of these things. It's not that important to children. I've
known Jim Ferryman since high school -- I was a high school teacher at
Costa Mesa High School.
Ferryman has been a straight arrow all of his life, throughout his
high school career. He was a great football player for the level we were
playing at, he was a good player up at San Jose State. He's been doing
nothing, nothing, nothing except positive things for this community all
He's a great guy; believe me. If this is in his heart -- not to resign
-- I think we should go along with it. He's a great guy; believe me. He's
very, very community-oriented and, on top of that, he's just an exemplary
So he drank a little too much. Are we going to hang all these people
who drink? If you do it, the city of Costa Mesa probably would have 5% of
its population if we hung everybody that got drunk. Now, I don't say they
all got caught, but that got drunk. And that's what you want to do is
hang this man. Please be a little empathetic. He's a great guy, believe
'Little band of followers' didn't initiate issue
We have had some big laughs this past week, reading quotes from the
school board member who said he would "not be run out of town by [trustee
Wendy Leece] or your little band of followers." I happen to be a
"follower" and supporter of Leece. What is really funny about this issue
is that when both members were first elected to the school board, records
show that Leece had hundreds of more votes than he did. So, her little
band of followers must be much larger than he thought. This whole school
board issue is a community disgrace and is not of Leece's making.
Corona del Mar
Daily Pilot should lay off Ferryman
Do Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees suddenly fall under
the limits of the 4210 zero-tolerance policies when they get elected? Are
they removed as trustees and sent to some continuation board to serve out
their punishment if they get caught at a meeting with a Midol or a
penknife in their pocket, or even, perish the thought, with a drink under
Do they suddenly lose their majority and agree to be treated like a
teenager in exchange for the privilege of serving their community as
I thought not, but the Pilot's editor and many who have written in the
Pilot over the last few months seem to think they have, or at least
fervently wish that they had.
News flash: Board members are not schoolchildren and are not subject
to the same rules. Nor should they be.
I have a suggestion. Print one more really big Sunday editorial
calling for trustee Jim Ferryman's resignation. Go even harder on him
this time, if that's possible. And then have Steve Smith, that paragon
of virtue, add one more opinion piece to his previous three calling for
Ferryman to "do the right thing" and resign. And then print one more
incoherent, rambling letter from Ila Johnson, that school board wannabe,
condemning Ferryman for nearly everything.
Better yet, why not put all three in the same issue? This would add a
suitable exclamation point to this whole sorry, four-month-long, "all
Ferryman all the time" ordeal.
And then do all but a very few out there in Pilotland a favor and
never, ever mention it again. Could you possibly do that?
Teen columnist boasts a true Newport Harbor High
Bravo to Kellie Brownell for her excellent column (Student Outlook --
"Newport Harbor is more than cheer and flags," Jan. 22) that points out
that the Newport Harbor High student body is not made up entirely of
"Confederate flag-waving cheerleaders."
Thanks and keep up the good work.
Corona del Mar
Columnist's thoughts can help other teens
Thank you, Matt Meredith, for your column on Jan. 15 (Student Outlook
-- "Make the most out of your high school career"). You are right on. I
plan to pass this article on to my granddaughter who is a sophomore at
Newport Harbor High School and other young people who can hopefully
follow your excellent advice. Thank you once again. You're going places.
If Hearlson can't say something nice...
Regarding "Back to school," (Thursday): Orange Coast College professor
Ken Hearlson seems to have a curious idea of what academic freedom means
if we received an accurate paraphrase of the letter he received from OCC
President Margaret Gratton.
The letter told him to follow the rules on harassment, don't single
out students because of their religion or ethnicity and don't portray
religious beliefs in a negative way. Hearlson says that these
restrictions "violate academic freedom."
If he yelled at a woman wearing a head scarf telling her to take it
off or get out of his class, I would call that harassment. Does Hearlson
think that's OK in the name of academic freedom?
If he pointed out an Asian student and made reference to the student's
ethnicity, I would call that singling out a student because of ethnicity.
Does Hearlson think that's OK?
If he said that Catholics are nincompoops for believing that birth
control is wrong, I would call that portraying religious beliefs in a
negative way. Does Hearlson think that's OK?
Hearlson said that because of the letter he won't "be able to say
If he can't present his material within the dictates of the letter, he
doesn't have much to say.
It's not what you say; it's the way that you say it.
HENRY WYATT MOORE
Call for intelligent design should go unanswered
Trustee Wendy Leece has demonstrated once again the wisdom of her
colleagues in denying her the presidency of the Newport-Mesa board of
trustees ("Leece continues the intelligent design crusade," Jan. 14).
Apparently, she doesn't understand that scientific knowledge is based
on two principles: empirically verifiable evidence and the law of
parsimony. The law of parsimony states that the explanation of phenomena
be no more complex than is necessarily required by the evidence.
There is no empirical evidence that requires a so-called "intelligent
design" explanation. Just because one is predisposed to believe in
intelligent design does not make it necessary and therefore scientific.
We cannot allow blurring the dividing line between science and
religion any more than we can allow the violation of the line that
separates church and state. To do so is to corrupt both our knowledge and
JAMES E. YOUNG