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Clearing Muddy Waters

Editor, Objective reporting is a rarity nowadays. Therefore, I am so indebted to and would like to sincerely thank Tim J. Randall and the LB Indy for its Dec. 24 article, “City Settles Suit Over Water Violations.” Being a water activist both here and in the East for many years, I...

Gratz Responds

Editor, Responding briefly to Mr. Foley’s letter of Jan. 8, the term “redneck” was meant to be disparaging.  As in the syllogism, all redneck’s may be white and Christian, but that does not mean to suggest that all white Christian’s are rednecks. A redneck is one of that small...

Story May Nurture Other Passions

Editor, Thanks for your hard work on the article (“Ditching Corporate Stress for Backyard Farming,” Jan. 8). I really enjoyed reading it, and it reminded me how glad I am that I made the decision to become a farmer! It would be great if your article inspires others to farm at...

The Slant

A Glance Over the Shoulder Within one 15-minute period recently I received word of the deaths of my 101-year-old great grandfather and the beloved husband of my next-door neighbor. Time is the enemy. It is now 2016 and another year has passed. Question. Is the past superior to...

Pet Peeves

The Alibi It’s been 29 years now. That was the last New Year’s Eve that I was awake for. Marriage, kids, and job made me too tired to whoop it up and bring in a new year of marriage, kids and job. Plus you look like a moron celebrating another year of marriage, kids and job. I...

A Jury of Your Piers

By Andy Hedden, Special to the Independent Editor’s Note: With El Nino storms again lashing Southern California piers, we figured readers would enjoy stepping again on the ones built in Laguna Beach. Even in 2011 when the late Andy Hedden revisited them, all were long gone. You...

Small Plates, Big Flavor at K’ya Bistro

Off the Menu By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy   We’re lucky to have so many noteworthy restaurants in our coastal area, especially Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Because we’re on a constant quest for excellent and interesting dining experiences, we...

Anecdote Illustrates a Considerate Soul

I would like to pay tribute to a big man in a small way from the memory of my time as a young boy. I read with sadness of the passing of Dick Jahraus. I referred to him as “Mr. Jahraus” in the time of my memory. I was 13 and just learning to surf at Rockpile, just below Mr....

Gratz Letter Should Have Been Edited

Editor, A letter from this week’s paper by Gene Gratz used the term redneck. This is a disparaging term, and also had absolutely nothing to do with the subject.  It was used gratuitously and for no reason. Why does you paper allow bigotry against European, white and Christian...

ACLU Contributed to the Problem of Homelessness

Editor, “You see him as a saint. I’m far less awed. In fact, I see right through him. He’s a fraud.” Tartuffe, Act I, sc. 1. The “vituperation” inspired by the ACLU’s lawsuit against our city is indeed deserved. (Letters, Dec. 31, “We Should Look At Ourselves”). The ACLU is...

Interview Opens a Window on Congressman

Editor, Thank you for publishing your interview with Dana Rohrabacher, our representative in the House of the Representatives (Dec. 31 Indy). It was an opportunity to see just how simplistic his thinking is on the very important issues that face us, such as terrorism,...

Interim Solution Needed for Radioactive Waste

Editor, Thank you LB Indy Tim Randall for the “Q&A with Rohrabacher.” It is important to know the ideas of our 13 term House of Representatives congressman.  I have spoken with him twice in the last three years about San Onofre. As quoted, he understands a nuclear plant on...

Please Rethink Trapping and Killing Coyotes

Editor, We were shocked and saddened to read about the plan to trap and kill coyotes in Laguna Beach in a response to the increase in family pets being killed (“Laguna Targets Pregnant Coyotes,” Dec. 24 edition).  The most notable was the dog who was snatched up because a door...

A Better Use for Forest Avenue?

Editor, Four weeks ago Laguna hosted Hospitality Night on Forest Avenue. Visitors left the event with an illusion of buzzing night-life, food concessions, open galleries and a crowd of visiting patrons. Last Saturday night I walked down the same Forest Avenue to find the block...

Writer Aims to Cultivate Conversation

Editor, What if Laguna Beach became famous for the art of conversation? In spite of Facebook, Twitter, email, etc., they say the art of talking directly to other humans is dying. Research has shown that even talking to total strangers can be worthwhile. The visiting daughter of a...