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Peeking Into the Artist Colony Oh boy, what fun. I read in the Indy about the Open Studios event scheduled for Jan. 3. Artists welcomed the public into their studios to see how they create art. I’ve always suspected that a lot of artists paint by numbers. They don’t. This event...

Thurston Surfers Place Second in Second Event

  Thurston Middle School’s surf team came in second behind San Clemente during the Scholastic Surf Series at the Oceanside Harbor South Jetty last month. They achieved the best ever results in the team’s history with 16 of its surfers making finals. The Division I boys short...

Ban The Bananas!

Yes, folks, it’s time you knew the truth: bananas are radioactive. Enough bananas can exceed the nuclear radiation emanating from nuclear power stations, which got me to thinking about all the hullaballoo about nuclear power stations but not about bananas. While I was rummaging...

The Slant

War declared on freedom of speech Freedom of speech is under attack. In the last few weeks two incidents have seemed to draw a line in the sand. The recent movie the Interview and now at least 12 deaths associated with the attack on a magazine in Paris. War has been declared on...

‘Flicks at the Forum’ a Fabulous Treat

Editor: My husband Ken and I attended the first “Free Flicks at the Forum” screening on Friday night. It was a lovely gift to our community from Steve Chadima and Mark Porterfield and the city. I had been wanting to see “Finding Vivian Maier,” having...

Mozambique’s Vans Can Help Solve the Problem

Editor, I read the perspective from one resident in Laguna Beach about the restaurant Mozambique’s challenges and parking issues in the nearby neighborhood (Woods Cove). His suggestion was for neighbors to just “Deal With It”. Really? This is a real issue for neighbors, not a...

Kudos to a Caring Public Employee

Editor, I want to publicly thank Bob Koch in the city’s public works department for his above and beyond work. He is a gem and I sure hope that the city realizes how well respected he is. Bob is the personification of a true public servant. When street repairs were done in...

A Scolding for Dog Owners That Disobey Rules

We took our grandchildren to Moulton Park the late afternoon of Dec. 31. Our grandchildren were terrorized by two large, unleashed dogs that charged them. We were assured by the owner that the dogs were friendly. These were two of the many unleashed dogs that day. I am...

A Challenge to the Accepted Stance on The Ranch

Editor, Allow me to contribute an opinion regarding the pro-Ranch field trip to Santa Monica, signs, T-shirts, letters, et al: Make the distinction, folks, that you are being asked to support a money-making enterprise, not a charitable effort. Mark Christy has convinced many that...

Fictional Tale Antagonizes Reader

Editor, On the front page of the Jan. 2 LB Indy, a writing submission from Anita Razin was published that purports to be a short story, “New Year’s 2001: A Short Story”. A short story is by definition fiction. To anyone reading the piece, it is quite obvious the writing is not a...

New Year’s 2001: A Short Story

  Editor’s Note: This week’s digest entries mark the final installment of submissions by writers in film director and local resident Christine Fugate’s writing workshop. In 2000, Laguna Beach was not just a city with a near zero crime rate, sky high income levels, and...

Dressler Clarifies Initiation of Funds Raised for Theatre

Editor, Thanks for the article in this week’s Indy (“Dressler to Take His Last Bow,” Jan. 26 edition). Just to clarify, in case someone has any issues:  When we introduced the idea of initiating a Renaissance of the Performing Arts program, a group of Laguna citizens had...

We Deal With It

Editor, I attended the City Council meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16, and was amazed watching the emotions that were present during the debate regarding Mozambique and its request to use all three of its floors to serve drinks and dinners to consumers. Apparently, there have been years...

Misheard Figure Corrected

Editor, I just wanted to correct a quote that was attributed to me about the depth of Finland’s bunker that is being dug to store nuclear waste.  I mentioned that the depth was a third of a mile deep, not 30 miles deep as stated in the article.  (Now, that would be some...

Don’t Fool with Mother Nature

Editor, I just spent three days in Palm Desert.  It was a great pre-holiday get away.  The weather cooperated, so I wore shorts on the golf course.  Good friends from the beach were there, so we had lots of laughs.  And last, but not least, I only checked my email once. That...