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Utility Ignores Concerns Over Nuclear Waste Disposal

Utility Ignores Concerns Over Nuclear Waste Disposal

Editor, About 100 people show up at all of the Southern California Edison meetings about their plans to decommission San Onofre. Serious concerns are raised and ignored. SCE is continuing without changing any part of its plan when concerns are raised. They are moving fast. Dangerous decisions are about to be finalized. In Germany the nuclear industry shut […]

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‘The Fool on the Hill’

‘The Fool on the Hill’

Editor, I was recently in attendance at a memorial service for a truly great man. His son was speaking to all of us about his father. Though the man was known worldwide, the son was telling everyone how he had searched high and low for something negative regarding his dad. His search turned up nothing. […]

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A Good Deed Deserves Repetition

A Good Deed Deserves Repetition

  Editor, Last Friday, after swimming at the high school pool earlier in the evening, there was a single knock at my door. It was late so I jumped up right away and went to open the door. There was no one there, just my thick black wallet sitting on my doorstep. “Why was it […]

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Democracy’s Most Valuable Real Estate: the Voting Booth

Democracy’s Most Valuable Real Estate: the Voting Booth

Editor: As election day nears, I am pinching myself yet again.  While our process of electing leaders is far from perfect, it is way ahead of what’s in second place. Voting is, at its core, the acting out of one of America’s deepest ideals. No one said it better than Harry Truman, “The most valuable real estate […]

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‘Foolish Consistencies’ Don’t Trouble Madison Supporter

‘Foolish Consistencies’ Don’t Trouble Madison Supporter

Editor, We must be careful not to support political character assassinations.  In this era of sound bites and informational snippets, it is most important to elect council members because of their integrity and commitment to public service. Anyone who knows Jon Madison will attest to his strength of character, giving spirit and commitment to the […]

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Madison’s Unproven Claims Disqualify Him

Madison’s Unproven Claims Disqualify Him

Editor, All candidates for city council should be commended for undertaking the arduous process of a campaign, where they are relentlessly questioned about every detail of their platform and qualifications. All for the dubious reward of yet more and harsher criticism for their decisions as council members. But they knew this going in. So public […]

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Can’t Support an Uninformed Candidate

Can’t Support an Uninformed Candidate

Editor, I read with interest the results of the forum for candidates for City Council reported in the Independent. I was disappointed to read that candidate Michele Hall felt humans aren’t having an affect on climate change. She indicated she is taking this position after reading an article on the topic. It’s clear that enormous […]

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GOP Criticizes Zur Schmiede’s Campaign Tactics

GOP Criticizes Zur Schmiede’s Campaign Tactics

Editor, Rob, Toni and Village Laguna are the big money ticket in 2014. If you could buy an election, they win!  But VL spent 10 times over the opposition in 2012 and lost both the $30 million parcel tax and VL stalwart Verna Rollinger’s council seat. Trouble signs for the 2014 VL ticket include Toni’s […]

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Letters Fail to Illuminate

Letters Fail to Illuminate

Editor, I think it is time for the local newspapers to stop publishing candidate-related political letters during election campaigns, with a possible exception for letters about truly newsworthy topics, subject to the same criteria editors use for news articles. Candidate letters add nothing to either the debate or voters’ actual knowledge of the candidate. The […]

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Crackdown Leaves Kayaker Stranded Onshore

Crackdown Leaves Kayaker Stranded Onshore

Editor, I read Micheal Ray’s column about Fisherman’s Cove. (Musings on the Coast, The Madness at Fisherman’s Cove, Oct. 16) It is a shame that a place enjoyed by so many is enjoyed by few now. I kept my kayak there and let others use it when they wanted to. It was a small way […]

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Why a Fulltime Treasurer is Needed

Why a Fulltime Treasurer is Needed

Editor, Citizens of Laguna Beach! It’s Paul Merritt, your candidate for Laguna Beach City Council, with a critical expose of gross negligence and fiscal mismanagement. In 2012 a new audit firm was hired. They discovered that an entry in the 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) relating to a 2010 CalPERS payment of more than […]

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Voter Questions Brown’s Judgment

Voter Questions Brown’s Judgment

Editor, What’s not to like about Ketta?  Unpretentious charisma, great soccer mom, school volunteer.  Good character not in question, it’s her judgment that let us down. Ketta Brown told the Indy, “There’s so much new…coming down from federal and state government…I realize having been on the board for eight years, there’s a very steep learning curve…I bring […]

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Is Zur Scmiede a Committed Volunteer?

Is Zur Scmiede a Committed Volunteer?

Editor, I find it an offensive stretch of the truth that candidate for City Council Rob Zur Schmiede considers himself a “committed Laguna Beach volunteer” yet he only graduated in June from the Laguna Beach Police Department Citizens Academy and only this year signed up as a Laguna Ocean Foundation docent a few months in advance of announcing his candidacy for City Council. This is all a campaign […]

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Merritt Defender Takes a Stand

Merritt Defender Takes a Stand

Editor, The campaign for the Laguna Beach City Council is in full swing and I have serious concerns. I’m concerned that citizen groups and candidates haven’t come together for civil debate about issues that affect all. A steady climb of pedestrian injuries and death for innocent Lagunans. Overdevelopment of Laguna Canyon’s diminishing rural areas. Marine […]