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Pet Peeves

Et tu, Brute? While everybody’s attention was on the village entrance, a funny thing happened in the ways of the forum. Norm Grossman was shown the village exit. Norm must have been caught by surprise. He’s been on the Planning Commission for 26 years. That’s a long run. That’s...

Taking Stock

Home On The Trading Range Stocks continue trading in a concise range. The Dow Jones Industrial Average began the year at 17,823, sagged to 17,164 on January 30 and made a record closing high of 18,828 on March 23. It’s currently around 18,250, almost midway between the year’s...

Shore Scene

Penny Pinching with Purple Olives Laguna Beach is known for its rocky coves. But those who enjoy our coast from a distance may not realize that the sandy beaches between the rocky points extend out into the ocean and provide a very different environment than that found on the...

Pet Peeves

Stop Signs Stop. Do not read further unless you live on Monterey Street. There are eyes in the sky. So far, Karen M from Brooks, Bob T. from Jasmine, and David R. from Mountain streets are busted for non-stop reading. The literary police are on their way to confiscate your Indys....

Guest Column

What is Common Core? You may be familiar with the term “common core.” There is some debate whether the Common Core State Standards are good or bad and it is helpful to understand how these standards improve student learning and skill acquisition. The California State Standards...

Village Matters

Reclaiming Our Water Equilibrium So how’s your water conservation going?  Ours is going great.  We have a new gray water system.  This is how it works.  I take a bath and don’t pull the plug.  We scoop the water into a bucket and splash it on our lawn or other garden plants. ...

Wisdom Workout

A Subtle Trap Is your life a problem to be solved or a reality to be experienced? Your answer may be telling. The primary motivation for beginning a journey of self-discovery is usually the desire to solve a problem. Pain is a great wake-up call. There is an interesting...

Musings on the Coast

  Tokyo Again Two weeks ago, I was back in Tokyo again. The skyscrapers were even bigger and more ornate, and beautiful. The people, always well dressed and fashionable, were even more so. The economy, after 20 years of unwinding too much debt, is buzzing. The Olympics are...
Posted On 30 Apr 2015

The Slant

Fade to Yellow Of course it is old school. Of course it informs. Of course it is dependable, factual and reflects the human condition. And of course not enough people pay attention to it. This is the way it is today. Anyone who expects journalism to be thriving is a dreamer or a...

Pet Peeves

It Happens Every Spring Most boys dream to grow up and be major league baseball players. Not me. I dreamed to be a health care consultant. My desire caused much worry for my parents. “Does he need a mitt for consulting?” my mom asked my dad. “No. He needs to be benched and have...

Offensive Measures Counter Cyberbullying

Your teenage daughter receives an anonymous email from someone containing hateful language that brings her to tears (or worse, potential thoughts of suicide). Your younger son gets bullied online by a bunch of technology-savvy schoolmates who make life miserable for him. Your...

Taking Stock

Farewell ‘til September One of the many veteran Wall Street sayings is Sell in May and go away, come again after St. Leger’s Day. St. Leger’s Day, Sept. 14, has been commemorated in England since 1776 [!] by the St. Leger Stakes, the final race in England’s Triple Crown. The...

Taking Stock

New High Ground  The stock market continues to generate more activity in the media than in price movements of stocks. For the recent quarter ending March 31, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,775 and the S&P 500 at 2068, just where they were on New Year’s Day....

Village Matters

Discouraging Words Sometimes Heard Most council meetings have their dreadful and discouraging moments, with a few glimmers of encouragement here and there, strung together by routine matters. Last week’s was typical of many. As I arrived early in the meeting, planning to give a...

Pet Peeves

Mozambique Mozambique has been making news of late. According to Indy reports, Mozambique has been granted temporary approval to reactivate downstairs dining after its recent completion of the rooftop “al fresco” area. The new expansion is drawing a lot of ink from residents in...