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Everyone Benefits From a Gift to the Hospital

Editor, I’m not normally good about writing thank you notes, but I feel compelled to thank Sue and Bill Gross and the Gross Family Foundation for their very generous and important donation of $10 million to the Mission Hospital Laguna Beach emergency room. While this is nominally...

Twilight and the Gods: A Solstice Tale

Freya bit into her pastry. “Odin, honey, can you grab me some napkins? This lingonberry tart is just oozing all over the place,” she said, loudly enough so everyone in Scandia Bakery could hear her. Odin, on his way back from the men’s room, picked up several...

The Sea Tree

  I knew where I went wrong after it was all over. That night, my husband lay drenched in sweat, swearing as he struggled to construct the dismembered artificial tree. Our dog licked my husband’s sweat and is sworn at for her trouble, so she slinks off to our closet to eat a...

A Good Weekend

By Stian Morck The weekend started early.  John Bodrero, Julius Morck, my boys Alex and Gus Morck and yours truly enjoyed a Saturday round of golf at Ben Brown’s Golf Course at the Ranch in Laguna. The ground was soaked from the good rains and it was quiet. And as the light...

Pet Peeves

A Re-gift Suggestion Wow. I read in the Indy that Bill and Sue Gross donated $10 million to Mission Hospital. This is the same amount as my next year’s Obamacare deductible. In the words of California Care advertising “I’m In” way over my head and that sorely needs examining. Now...

Otho Budd

Otho (Sonny) Mansfield Budd was born on Sept. 12, 1923, and crossed over the rainbow bridge peacefully on Dec. 8, 2014.  At his side were June, his beloved wife of 55 years, Kathleen, his only daughter, and Stephen, his only son. His grandchildren Chloe, Aria, Quinn, Eric, Dallen...

Richard Bracebridge Challis

Richard Bracebridge Challis was born at home in London, England on Aug. 12, 1920. He died in his home in Laguna Beach of natural causes on Dec. 10, 2014. His father, Lionel Stevenson Challis, served as a captain during WWI and his mother, Eileen Owen, was a classical violinist....

Unexplored Solution Exists for Nuclear Waste Disposal

Editor, The problem with nuclear reactors is not just the possibility of melt-down and explosion, but most of all is the disposal of spent fuel rods. There have been a multitude of disposal schemes proposed: dumping them into the ocean, storing them in a mountain, even launching...

Normandin Booster Needs a Civics Lesson

Editor, In her letter to the editor (“Writer Questions GOP Involvement in School Race,” Indy Dec. 5), Mary Jo Winefordner stumbles into the argument it’s wrong for the Republican Party to support candidates for non-partisan School Board seats. In remedial Civics 101 she would...

Road Design Improves Intersection’s Efficiency

Editor, I think many people misunderstand the spilt of Laguna Canyon Road to two lanes at El Toro Road, which then merges again to a single lane a few yards further on. Drivers seem to resent anyone using the “extra” lane and some even aggressively refuse to merge or...

A Question for a New Chief

Editor, Here is a purely hypothetical exercise. If the city of Laguna Beach became car-free, would the level of police security required increase or decrease from present levels? Let’s assume the level of emergency support from first-responders does not change.   Les...

Public Safety Trumps Politics

Editor, Only a vigorous police public safety law enforcement campaign on our Laguna streets and state highways can prevent road accidents. Increased police patrols with more car stops is what’s required to stem the tide of reckless and negligent drivers who cause injury, death,...

Writer Takes Issue With Removing Parking Spaces

Editor, I just read the letter to editor by Armando Baez’s re Paving over Paradise.  Can you tell he is on Village Laguna’s board? It is a good story line and rally point for its members.  Laguna is a tourist town, that means many people come here to enjoy our ambiance, including...

Eyes are on Zur Schmiede

Editor, Congratulations to Rob Zur Schmeide on your election win. You ran a very well organized, well-funded and effective campaign. You got Village Laguna’s endorsement and funding while saying you were not aligned with this liberal organization thereby positioning yourself in...

How a Dog Trainer Trained Me

Editor, He looks like a cross between Bob Marley and Jesus Christ, this sort of “dog whisperer” of San Juan Capistrano that my neighbor had been raving about, complete with dreadlocks and this total kumbaya mellow vibe. “You gotta check out this dog...