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Crystal Cove Christmas

              “Two weeks since the Pearl Harbor attack. Hard to feel much holiday cheer.” Mother keeps stirring the fudge as she turns down “White Christmas” on the Zenith. “No one’s caused any trouble at the Cove, have they, Walter?” “There’s talk of questioning a few...

Curious Case of Missing Papers

Editor: There is a mysterious campaign going on against our local newspapers. They keep disappearing! We were surprised and disappointed to see that local newspapers are no longer available in the space between Anastasia and the Flea Market on Ocean Avenue.  A few years ago local...

Hospitality Night Hero

Though it was never really cold in Laguna, the hat and scarf always felt just right for Hospitality Night and the little girl enjoyed the tradition of bundling up for this event each year. After a quick cheesy snack, she pulled on her Uggs and began herding her mother towards the...

Let It Snow

Editor’s Note: Here’s another tale from film maker Christine Fugate’s writing group.   Way up in the higher reaches of Earth known as the North Pole, Santa Claus was busy in his workshop. It was the beginning of December and everyone was working long hours. Two years prior,...

AIDS Becomes a Church Mission

Editor, This week the Saddleback “mega” church and its famous Pastor Rick Warren adopted a major program to combat AIDS. My correspondence is a note of sincere gratitude and appreciation to Pastor Warren and his congregants. Your remembrance of the thousands who have passed in...

Cut Off Nears for Comments on Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage

Editor, Laguna Beach is located within the 20-square-mile area subject to permanent relocation in the event of a radiation accident at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which has been closed because of safety concerns. The plant is situated in a recognized tsunami,...

Slow Down and Save Lives

Editor, In response to the letter to the editor on Nov 21, “Should All Pay the Price for a Private School’s Needs.” First and foremost, absolutely, yes! We are talking about the price of a life here. So keeping students or any pedestrian safe by installing a stop light crossing...

School Leaders to Confront Critics of Common Core Standards

Editor, Local school board candidate Annette Gibson used her campaign to sound the alarm about new federal and state curriculum standards being imposed on public schools to nationalize education in America. The response by the school board and their pyrotechnic superintendent was...

Writer Questions GOP Involvement in School Race

Editor, I read with some amusement Laguna Beach Republicans board director Christopher Kling’s letter regarding our recent school board election. In that race, an unconnected, unqualified, single-issue candidate lost by more than five points to the three qualified and capable...

Where’s the Next Police Chief?

Editor, I have commented many times that John Pietig, or King Johnny as I call him, is not qualified to head the search for a new police chief. Besides not having the proper character to be a judge of good character, what is taking the king so long to announce something,...

Musings on the Coast

Tired Of Politics I’ve written about politics in several columns and I am tired of it. Politics is only “real” in the short and medium terms, and subject to radical collateral damage that can be really ugly. Only family lasts forever. Or if you are from a peculiar culture, make...

Swayne, a Role Model for Philanthropy, Dies at 73

Judy Kjellberg Swayne was born April 4, 1941, in Chicago, Ill., and died on Nov. 29, 2014, after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She resided in Laguna Beach from 1970 until 2012 at which time she became a resident at Silverado Memory Care in San Juan Capistrano. Judy...

Pet Peeves

I read with sadness in the Indy that Rock’N Fish was closing. I liked this restaurant. Let’s pay our respects and have a moment of non-eating. Quit chewing readers. It’s only a moment for crying out loud. From now on, we will refer to this restaurant as Fish’N Rocks. Others have...

Wisdom Workout

Coming Home   Thanksgiving. Slowing down. Letting down. Taking time off. Does the thought disturb you? You are not alone. We live in a culture that is obsessed with image, speed and change. We are driven, goal oriented and striving for perfection. Our intellect identifies the...

Nature Works Its Magic on At-Risk Kids

By Carol Carlson, Special to the Independent What did Orange County look like before the arrival of the plow, the cow and the bulldozer? Most residents of Orange County can only imagine, while others point to photographs catalogued in some archive. Yet most Friday mornings since...