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2+2=5

2+2=5

I have a question.  Please teacher look at me.  I’m raising my hand.  She’s not looking. Don’t despair. I’ll just wave my hand and bounce up and down. Great she sees me. Okay, sure.  I understand. You want me to go to the principal’s office and explain why I was doing calisthenics in math class. […]

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A Modern Passover

A Modern Passover

Passover began as a celebration of spring for the Jewish people; a time for the celebration of life.  With the rabbis it became a commemoration and celebration of a biblical exodus and escape from slavery in ancient Egypt. This familiar story, contained in the traditional Haggadah, a text that sets forth the order of the […]

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Pedaling Through Paradise

Pedaling Through Paradise

Laguna Beach is one of the best places in the world to ride a bike. People from all over the world come to ride here. Magazine photographers come to do photo shoots and bike companies test their products here. If you want a great workout coupled with some of the best vistas earth has to […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Competence Is Scarce Spring is here. After sliding into a correction, stocks rebounded in mid-April with three straight up days that prodded the S&P 500 back to a positive number for 2014. Volume was only moderate but trading during Passover and Holy Week always slows. Heavier trading showing institutional demand together with more upside action […]

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In Appreciation

In Appreciation

It’s that time of the year when our graduating high school seniors anxiously await news of acceptance to the college they have their heart set on. There are also local scholarships to be awarded and panels who are diligently meeting to decide who the recipient’s will be this year. My youngest daughter, Sara, was lucky […]

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Let’s Go Parking

Let’s Go Parking

You know you are older when going parking has become a problem. In high school, we had a special place to go parking and there always seemed to be enough room for cars, and birds and bees, too.  Now everybody is older and fuzzy about parking with benefits so it is necessary to hire a […]

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Slow Down, Mindful of Life's Preciousness

Slow Down, Mindful of Life’s Preciousness

Editor, Our hearts are broken over the lost of Nina Fitzpatrick. Our sympathy, while heartfelt, is little consolation for her friends and family. We wish it were the case that tragedy was not a prerequisite for learning how precious and fragile life is, but it seems we have a difficult time with this lesson. If […]

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Shelter Worse Than a Natural Disaster

Shelter Worse Than a Natural Disaster

Editor, (This letter also went to the City Council.) First of all we’d like to  thank each and every one of you for your years of commitment, dedication and endless hours of hard work in helping preserve the tremendous attributes that we all love about Laguna Beach. As 45-year residents and homeowners the past 20 […]

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Too Much of a Hurry to Approve Rather Than Improve

Too Much of a Hurry to Approve Rather Than Improve

Editor, Thanks to all who spoke out against the massive Longi project proposal way out in the canyon. The testimony showed clear opposition to the size by organizations and individuals from all over town, despite statements that just a few neighbors object. We didn’t ask for articulation or for rustic siding. All we asked for […]

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View Ordinance Is Expensive to Enforce

View Ordinance Is Expensive to Enforce

  Editor, In my opinion, the main problem with the proposed view preservation ordinance is the high cost associated with trying to enforce it.  I believe a much simpler and more enforceable method would be to enact one stating that no tree may exceed the highest point of the home/structure on the subject property. It […]

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Unnecessary Complexity Over View Rules  Silliness

Unnecessary Complexity Over View Rules Silliness

Editor, Laguna’s famous and unique view sheds of the ocean, islands, hills, and valleys is one of the many things that makes living in Laguna a pleasure and adds dramatically to the value of homes and neighborhoods. Sadly, for a very long time these precious public and private view sheds have been, are being, destroyed […]

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Import a Bit of France this Summer

Import a Bit of France this Summer

Editor, Dear people of Laguna Beach. Are you interested in the French culture? You can become a short-term host family from July 1-21. This is an opportunity to experience another culture. The French participants are eager to know more about the life in California and will give you a taste of Paris, the Riviera, Brittany, […]

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Criticizes Citation as Unfair

Criticizes Citation as Unfair

Editor, I have received a parking citation from Laguna Beach Citation Processing Center, according to the statement of administrative review I am liable and required me to pay the amount of $43 before April 9. I have purchase a parking permit by the ticket machine in which I sent them for proof, but instead it was denied. I will pay it, […]

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Where does asparagus come from?

Where does asparagus come from?

Not quite so hard to answer as the question about babies, but it was surprising how many of the adults at our recent South Laguna Community Garden workshop were amazed when we handed them an asparagus spear and said we had just cut it.  “From where?”  “It’s a sprout that grows right out of the […]

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City Council In Wonderland

City Council In Wonderland

Editor, If you paid attention to the Laguna Beach City Council and Planning Commission regarding the artist work-live project in the Canyon, you’d swear you stumbled down the rabbit hole in “Alice in Wonderland,” where up is down, large is small and wrong is right. In a sharply divided 3-2 vote, the City Council denied […]