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Editor’s Note

Due to the upcoming midweek holidays, the deadline to submit letters to the editor will shift to Mondays, Dec. 22 and 29, at 5 p.m. for the subsequent two editions. The regular schedule resumes for the Jan. 9 edition.
Posted On 19 Dec 2014

Everyone Benefits From a Gift to the Hospital

Editor, I’m not normally good about writing thank you notes, but I feel compelled to thank Sue and Bill Gross and the Gross Family Foundation for their very generous and important donation of $10 million to the Mission Hospital Laguna Beach emergency room. While this is nominally...

Unexplored Solution Exists for Nuclear Waste Disposal

Editor, The problem with nuclear reactors is not just the possibility of melt-down and explosion, but most of all is the disposal of spent fuel rods. There have been a multitude of disposal schemes proposed: dumping them into the ocean, storing them in a mountain, even launching...

Normandin Booster Needs a Civics Lesson

Editor, In her letter to the editor (“Writer Questions GOP Involvement in School Race,” Indy Dec. 5), Mary Jo Winefordner stumbles into the argument it’s wrong for the Republican Party to support candidates for non-partisan School Board seats. In remedial Civics 101 she would...

Road Design Improves Intersection’s Efficiency

Editor, I think many people misunderstand the spilt of Laguna Canyon Road to two lanes at El Toro Road, which then merges again to a single lane a few yards further on. Drivers seem to resent anyone using the “extra” lane and some even aggressively refuse to merge or...

A Question for a New Chief

Editor, Here is a purely hypothetical exercise. If the city of Laguna Beach became car-free, would the level of police security required increase or decrease from present levels? Let’s assume the level of emergency support from first-responders does not change.   Les...

Public Safety Trumps Politics

Editor, Only a vigorous police public safety law enforcement campaign on our Laguna streets and state highways can prevent road accidents. Increased police patrols with more car stops is what’s required to stem the tide of reckless and negligent drivers who cause injury, death,...

Writer Takes Issue With Removing Parking Spaces

Editor, I just read the letter to editor by Armando Baez’s re Paving over Paradise.  Can you tell he is on Village Laguna’s board? It is a good story line and rally point for its members.  Laguna is a tourist town, that means many people come here to enjoy our ambiance, including...

Eyes are on Zur Schmiede

Editor, Congratulations to Rob Zur Schmeide on your election win. You ran a very well organized, well-funded and effective campaign. You got Village Laguna’s endorsement and funding while saying you were not aligned with this liberal organization thereby positioning yourself in...

How a Dog Trainer Trained Me

Editor, He looks like a cross between Bob Marley and Jesus Christ, this sort of “dog whisperer” of San Juan Capistrano that my neighbor had been raving about, complete with dreadlocks and this total kumbaya mellow vibe. “You gotta check out this dog...

Corrections:

An Indy Facebook post of Monday, Dec. 8, imprecisely described Tina Haines role with the Susi Q. She is president of Laguna Beach Seniors, which governs the organization while Nadia Babiya manages the center. The center’s 2015 budget is $521,000.     In the articl...
Posted On 11 Dec 2014

San Onofre: The Risk of Denial

  Every time we make a decision, we consciously or unconsciously weigh the risks against the rewards. When the reward is particularly enticing, we tend to use the defense mechanism of denial to skew the decision in favor of the reward. For example, most of us in Laguna Beach...

Curious Case of Missing Papers

Editor: There is a mysterious campaign going on against our local newspapers. They keep disappearing! We were surprised and disappointed to see that local newspapers are no longer available in the space between Anastasia and the Flea Market on Ocean Avenue.  A few years ago local...

AIDS Becomes a Church Mission

Editor, This week the Saddleback “mega” church and its famous Pastor Rick Warren adopted a major program to combat AIDS. My correspondence is a note of sincere gratitude and appreciation to Pastor Warren and his congregants. Your remembrance of the thousands who have passed in...

Cut Off Nears for Comments on Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage

Editor, Laguna Beach is located within the 20-square-mile area subject to permanent relocation in the event of a radiation accident at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which has been closed because of safety concerns. The plant is situated in a recognized tsunami,...