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It Takes a Village to Keep its Elders

Editor, As a resident of Laguna Beach for over 40 years, I was so glad to hear about the survey on senior housing needs (“Survey Assess Housing Needs of Seniors,” July 3 edition).  I am a nurse practitioner specializing in gerontology and have seen so many seniors throughout...

Laguna, A Soot Free Town

Editor: After the El Toro military airport was closed all commercial airplanes adjusted their route to fly directly over Laguna Beach. Their exhaust, which rained on our town contained seven carcinogens: benzene, hexane, toluene, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde,...

Useless ‘Lyptus Speaks Out

Editor, My name is Hugh. Hugh Calyptus. I come from Australia. Actually, I was abducted from Australia and abandoned here in Laguna Beach.  But don’t get me wrong, I love it here in beautiful Laguna.  It has all those marvelous “view sheds” and other fantastic...

Eucalyptus Battles Straddle the Globe

Editor, In a recent letter to editor, another South Laguna resident made some sweeping statements (some out of context to the issue in Laguna) about planting trees helter-skelter in Laguna. Laguna is considered a high-risk fire area by our own city, county, state, fire...

Expect to Pay Dearly to Restore Views

Editor, The View Restoration Committee had their first case in seven months under this new policy (“View Committee Clears its First Dispute,” July 10 edition), which says something about the policy’s usefulness. In order to complain about an overgrown hedge (or tree), the...

View Committee True to its Intent

Editor, Congrats to the View Restoration Committee for negotiating an agreement between two property owners who have fought for six years over a lost view “View Committee Clears its First Dispute,” July 10.)  I’m glad to see that the process outlined in the ordinance is...

Controversy Over Cuba Continues

Editor, Re: the letter from Katy Moss (“Another Perspective on Cuba,” Letters, July 10) Basically, everything she stated about Cuba is true.  It is a dictatorship. You can be imprisoned for any reason or no reason. It is poor. There is not enough of anything. As a tourist, you...

The Slant

Rethinking the Lorax A generation of people grew up loving Lorax, a Dr. Seuss character. The Lorax “spoke for the trees” and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. The illustrated book and animated movie made those who cut trees into villains. As it was intended,...

Guest Column

Earning Puppy Love Oct. 13, 1997-July 2, 2015 Our dog, Bogart died earlier this month. Rosalie found him tucked in his bed and when he didn’t get up for his morning walk, she ran to wake me.  He looked very peaceful. Still, we cried, but were thankful he died in his sleep in his...

Pet Peeves

Always on the Wrong Side I love the trolleys. Seems like a lot of others do, too. It’s uplifting to see the smiling faces as they pass me by. I’ve come to realize that my place in Laguna is to step aside and allow younger folks, which means everyone else, to climb aboard before...

Shore Scene

Avoid Pinching Crabs   When wandering among the tidepools, who can resist watching little crabs scurrying across the surface of the rocks or along the bottom of a tidepool? Living in the upper intertidal zone under rocks, in crevices, in tidepools and within mussel beds, the...

Thomas P. De Paolo, 1923-2015

Tom de Paolo, 91, passed away July 2, in Laguna Beach, of complications from diabetes. He went as he always said he wanted to, in his home overlooking the Pacific. He received a steady stream of calls and visits from family and friends in his last few days, and had a smile and a...

Artist Breaks Through in a New Medium

By Anne Moore It is not often that an artist switches to a completely new medium. That is what Laguna artist and resident Marjorie Sanders has done by moving from digitally created, metallic prints to fused glass pieces. After a three-year hiatus, Sanders has returned to...

A Small Test of a Potentially Bigger Disaster

Editor: I hate to be the proverbial canary in the coal mine, but from the events of last Friday, I sincerely hope that we come to terms that we are in a crisis with likely worse events and consequences when the actual fire season begins. After all, the Canyon is a tinder box and...

Another Perspective on Cuba

Editor, I missed Michael Ray’s first column on Cuba because I was travelling in South America. I have now read both of Ray’s columns and his response to a reader’s letter. I beg to differ with Mr. Ray. When I was in Cuba in December of 2013, I did see beggars and hungry people in...