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Realism Strengthens Schools

Editor, The Journal of Educational Psychology recently published a National Science Foundation study on high school science curriculum. Specialists in cognitive studies at Columbia University Teacher’s College found student performance enhanced by realism in instructional...

Frustrated by Anti-Social Media

Editor, I read the column by James Utt entitled, “A Luddite’s Lament” in the March 25, 2016 edition. James is not alone in his lament. I shake my head at all of this high-tech way of communicating.  I love how he wryly describes social media as “anti social media.” Communicating...

Former Arts Commissioner Seeks Apology

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to city managers and Art Commission members.) I am sending this to you to publish on behalf of artists and to hopefully repair the City of Laguna Beach’s arts management practices. The day after concerns about my art (a wood palette) were...

Why Not Walk?

Editor, What if we started a word of mouth campaign in Laguna Beach titled Walk Laguna? You don’t need a dog to walk. Walking alone is fine, and walking with family, friends and neighbors is great, too, in one of the most beautiful towns in the world. Walk to a trolley and...

A Little More about Independence Day

Editor, In 1776, representatives from the 13 British colonies in America gathered in Philadelphia to see if they could unite and declare independence from Britain, and if successful, form a new nation. Have you ever wondered why, at the risk of their lives and fortunes, did they...

Critique Finds Flaws in Survey

Editor, I am appalled, but sadly not surprised. John Pietig and his merry band at City Hall want to raise our taxes and they have constructed a survey that is so biased that of course it will prove we want our taxes raised. I worked in market research and I know how you can...

Fire Season is Upon Us

Editor, This letter was also addressed to Fire Chief La Tendresse Thank you for your comprehensive response.  It certainly appears that you understand the daunting challenges associated with curtailing the careless behavior exhibited by some visitors to the open areas.  While...

Students Put on A Show

Editor, Monday’s (June 6) premier performance of 170 fourth and fifth grade orchestra and band students joined with Laguna’s Community Concert Band in presenting an inspirational musical program, ending with a finale played by all three groups together. It was a spectacular...

Police Checkpoints Are A Waste

Editor, Police say that checkpoints are an effective deterrence to drunk and drugged driving. Of course they do, especially when the embarrassing lack of evidence doesn’t show it. I say checkpoints are a waste of taxpayer money and a police union ploy to pad the already fat...

Protecting Quality of Life Requires More Policing

Editor, (The letter also was sent to elected city officials, the city manager and police chief.) Until we can figure out how to legislate good behavior, our police are tasked with the role of providing adult supervision to those who need it. With 6 million visitors per year, some...

Regulation is Not Realistic

Editor, This is my response to Mr. and Mrs. Bell’s June 3 letter of rebuttal to my May 27 letter to the editor (“Step Up the Pressure to Ban Short Term Rentals Permanently”). The Bell’s should take the time to learn how things actually work in the city of Laguna Beach. When a...

Adamantly Opposes Short-Term Rentals

Editor, There have been many arguments trying to rationalize the need for these rentals by saying that: They are less expensive alternatives to hotels. They are, but to the detriment of the licensed hotels and restaurants in Laguna Beach. They will bring in more tourists. The...

Offering A Traffic Solution

The current push by anti-car folks to close off part of Forest Ave. is a disaster in the making. Don’t some of you remember the additional traffic headaches caused by just closing part of Third Street for sewer work? That downtown section of Forest Ave. does not only provide a...

JFK, the Beatles and Ali

Editor, Growing up in the 1950s, I remember hearing people say you don’t discuss religion in public. Well, 1960 presidential candidate John F. Kennedy was a Catholic. John Lennon said the Beatles were bigger than Jesus. And Cassius Clay changed his name and converted to...

Why Not a Resident Vote on Parklets?

Editor, The parklet experiment being conducted on Forest Avenue between Coast Highway and Glenneyre Street by the Laguna Beach City Council is nothing more than a poorly crafted compromise trying to please everyone and pleasing no one. On one side the restaurant owners are...