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Category: Columns

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Are We Helpless When it Comes to the Homeless?

Are We Helpless When it Comes to the Homeless?

By Howard Hills Homelessness has become yet another topic ironically like the weather, everyone complains about it but no one ever does anything about it. Of course, anything anyone proposes to do about it costs too much, is never enough, and will not solve the problem. Did you ever notice that those who complain the loudest […]

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Stepping Around a Sticky Situation

Stepping Around a Sticky Situation

In the last few weeks, some sticky blotches of a black tar-like substance have been appearing on several beaches in Laguna.  Many people assume that this phenomenon is being caused by industrial pollution associated with the extraction, transportation and storage of petroleum. In fact, as much as 50 percent of it is naturally caused by […]

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Canyon QT

Canyon QT

The other day I got a frantic knock on the door. It was too early for pizza, so I ignored it. The insistent knocking continued. I didn’t know Sheldon from the “Big Bang Theory,” so I ignored it some more. There was more knocking, knocking, and knocking. “What,” was my welcome. “We need a man,” […]

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Breathe in, Breathe out

Breathe in, Breathe out

“Homeowners association” are words that bring to mind frustrating meetings, uninformed opinions leading groups astray, enforcement of the covenants, conditions and restrictions as well as the pet peeves of board members, snippy and put-upon hired managers. There is often a hostile audience of homeowners trying to get their “rights” upheld and their neighbors to do […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

New Weeks, New Highs The market uptrend continues with stocks quietly making new highs on both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500. Trading volume is up, signaling institutional buying support. The European Central Bank finally made a substantial cut in interest rates, encouraging all stocks upward. Both the S&P 500 and the […]

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In Defense of Strict Unicorn Leash Laws

In Defense of Strict Unicorn Leash Laws

If it strikes you that I’m being facetious about the dire need for strict unicorn leash laws, then you haven’t been paying attention. You should be afraid of untethered unicorns because they pose a real danger to our Republic; at least that’s what some would have us believe. In a democracy we are responsible for […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Finally, The Uptrend Is Back At last, the market averages pushed through their recent ceilings on increased volume, confirming a resumed uptrend. For several weeks, stocks have advanced on lower volume without conviction, in the manner of someone trying to pad quietly up a flight of stairs. Three months ago, the market sagged down 6% […]

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Pancake, Pancake, Fireman

Pancake, Pancake, Fireman

“Pancake, pancake, fireman, griddle us a cake as fast as you can, pat it and roll it, and mark it with a ‘L,’ flip it on the griddle for my dog and me,” I belted out while waiting for my first Memorial Day pancake breakfast. “Hey, buddy. The ‘L’ stands for loser. No cutting in […]

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Plot a New Course by Looking Ahead

Plot a New Course by Looking Ahead

  Imagine that your mind is like a recorder. It has play, rewind, pause, instant re-play, fast-forward and stop buttons. Most of us overuse the play and instant replay. We play out our daily dramas and do instant replay on the drive home, particularly on the parts that didn’t turn out the way we wanted […]

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Observations from the Streets

Observations from the Streets

It seems to be a heated debate on whether or not to provide an $18 million shelter for those living on the streets. Quite honestly, most homeless prefer the life on the street rather than establishing a permanent residence. There, they can live life with no accountability. Free to tan, smoke dope and drink. The reason […]

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 Scrape or Savor

Scrape or Savor

“They scraped it,” my neighbor told me at Willa’s garden party. That was the first I knew that the Stonehenge house was actually being demolished. We tried very hard to prevent that demolition, but lost. Still, I thought, maybe something will intervene; maybe the owner would even reconsider. Now it is the flat vacant lot […]

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Serving Up a Solution to Sibling Rivalry

Serving Up a Solution to Sibling Rivalry

By Coach Everett Gee I am a retired physician with a wife and five kids, so one can only imagine how crazy and chaotic our household might be. It was a hot summer day and my two boys, Ethan, 11, and Ryan, 13, were cooped up in the house and as usual started getting on […]

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Charm Tour de Force

Charm Tour de Force

Opposites attract, right? It certainly explains why my wife and I get along. She exudes charm, optimism, intelligence, empathy and goodwill to all creatures large and small. Enough said about her. Let’s talk about me. Without me she wouldn’t look so good. Remember behind every great woman is an inconsequential husband she drags along. I’m […]

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Urban Planner Out to Pasture

Urban Planner Out to Pasture

Three top notch urban design teams and an also ran pitched their visions and credentials to secure the role in shaping Laguna Beach’s development policies in downtown and along Laguna Canyon. The chosen planner is still up in the air. You can tell how faraway the decision is by how high the tent poles are […]

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High-Risk Parenting

High-Risk Parenting

“Can we go driving today,” my older son asks with the mellifluous cadence of a scene from “Driving Miss Daisy.” Did he just wink while saying that? My oldest son is 16 and wants to drive Laguna’s skinny, crowded, hilly streets, where people run across the highway without looking. He has a learner’s permit and […]