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Pet Peeves

An Elongated No Thanks I was invited to participate in the upcoming performance art entitled “An Elongated Now.” The event is an inspiration of artist Lita Albuquerque and is being sponsored by the Laguna Art Museum. Well, I actually didn’t receive an invitation. It was a shout...

Pet Peeves

Liar Liar Liar, liar, pants on fire. City Council candidates are shopping for new trousers on a daily basis. “I can’t explain it,” shrugged one candidate, who cradled a fire extinguisher for protection. “I was at a forum. I answered a question about kelp. I said that I was an...

William J. Kremer

  William “Bill” Kremer, born in Chicago, Ill., to Maria and Christian Kremer on Feb. 9, 1932 passed away Oct. 15, 2014, at the age of 82. As a young man, Bill joined the Air Force and was stationed in France during the Korean conflict. Upon his return to the states, he began his...

Utility Ignores Concerns Over Nuclear Waste Disposal

Editor, About 100 people show up at all of the Southern California Edison meetings about their plans to decommission San Onofre. Serious concerns are raised and ignored. SCE is continuing without changing any part of its plan when concerns are raised. They are movin...

‘The Fool on the Hill’

Editor, I was recently in attendance at a memorial service for a truly great man. His son was speaking to all of us about his father. Though the man was known worldwide, the son was telling everyone how he had searched high and low for something negative regarding his dad. His...

A Good Deed Deserves Repetition

  Editor, Last Friday, after swimming at the high school pool earlier in the evening, there was a single knock at my door. It was late so I jumped up right away and went to open the door. There was no one there, just my thick black wallet sitting on my doorstep. “Why was it...

Democracy’s Most Valuable Real Estate: the Voting Booth

Editor: As election day nears, I am pinching myself yet again.  While our process of electing leaders is far from perfect, it is way ahead of what’s in second place. Voting is, at its core, the acting out of one of America’s deepest ideals. No one said it better than...

‘Foolish Consistencies’ Don’t Trouble Madison Supporter

Editor, We must be careful not to support political character assassinations.  In this era of sound bites and informational snippets, it is most important to elect council members because of their integrity and commitment to public service. Anyone who knows Jon Madison will...

Madison’s Unproven Claims Disqualify Him

Editor, All candidates for city council should be commended for undertaking the arduous process of a campaign, where they are relentlessly questioned about every detail of their platform and qualifications. All for the dubious reward of yet more and harsher criticism for their...

Can’t Support an Uninformed Candidate

Editor, I read with interest the results of the forum for candidates for City Council reported in the Independent. I was disappointed to read that candidate Michele Hall felt humans aren’t having an affect on climate change. She indicated she is taking this position after reading...

GOP Criticizes Zur Schmiede’s Campaign Tactics

Editor, Rob, Toni and Village Laguna are the big money ticket in 2014. If you could buy an election, they win!  But VL spent 10 times over the opposition in 2012 and lost both the $30 million parcel tax and VL stalwart Verna Rollinger’s council seat. Trouble signs for the 2014 VL...

Letters Fail to Illuminate

Editor, I think it is time for the local newspapers to stop publishing candidate-related political letters during election campaigns, with a possible exception for letters about truly newsworthy topics, subject to the same criteria editors use for news articles. Candidate letters...

Crackdown Leaves Kayaker Stranded Onshore

Editor, I read Micheal Ray’s column about Fisherman’s Cove. (Musings on the Coast, The Madness at Fisherman’s Cove, Oct. 16) It is a shame that a place enjoyed by so many is enjoyed by few now. I kept my kayak there and let others use it when they wanted to. It...

Why a Fulltime Treasurer is Needed

Editor, Citizens of Laguna Beach! It’s Paul Merritt, your candidate for Laguna Beach City Council, with a critical expose of gross negligence and fiscal mismanagement. In 2012 a new audit firm was hired. They discovered that an entry in the 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial...