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Home for Fiction Readings Earns Applause

Editor, I want to thank Daniella Walsh for writing about the open mic event for writers at Laguna Beach Books and mentioning me in her article about the event, which was published in the Jan. 30 edition entitled, “Book Store Welcomes Spoken Word Readings.” I hope it generates...

Many Thanks to Engine 4 Paramedic

Editor, I want to publically thank the Laguna Beach Fire Department. On Jan. 24, I experienced early morning, severe abdominal pain. The pain was intense, I passed out. My wife immediately called 911. I came to just before the paramedics arrived and, of course, my macho attitude...

Kudos to Contractor Who Leaves No Rubble Behind

Editor, Praise goes to the contractor who replaced the storms drain on Temple Hills Drive.  The crew was highly efficient and courteously managed the traffic with a minimum of delays. Each day the completed section was paved and cleaned up. We are thankful. Peter Weisbrod, Laguna...

Thumbs Up for Music Fest Story

Editor, What a wonderful article Daniella Walsh put together on the Music Festival. Thank you for all your hard work and her excellent journalism. Local coverage is something we take much pride in and your staff’s ability to document and report on the Festival in such a thorough...

Mountain Biking Degrades Public Parks

Editor: “It’s such an exhilarating rush when you fly down hills at top speed,” he said. (“New Sports Team Takes to the Trails,” Jan. 30 edition). Just what our parks and wildlife need: high-speed habitat shredding machines! Where is our educational system going wrong, that...

Historic Eucalyptus, a View Battle Casualty

Editor, Regarding a recent letter to the editor (“Plant Choices Guides by Maintenance, Water Use,” Jan. 23) how much longer must we endure the character assassination of Ann Christoph and the thin thread that our “blame artists” cling to when connecting her to what...

Ending an Impasse Requires People Power

Editor, A 2014 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office asserts that spent nuclear fuel is “an extremely harmful substance if not managed properly” and that “if its intense radioactivity . . . were released by a natural disaster or an act of...

Backyard Fruit Pickers Available to Help

Editor, As all transplants know, the first winter snow storm is heavenly, but the next 10 are less so. So it is with harvest time in many of Laguna’s residential orchards. What a joy frolicking through oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes or apples. What a feeling of pride...

Keeping Alive the Memory of Another ‘L’ Keeper

Editor, I refer to your article on our famous ‘L’ on the hill (Jan. 23 edition), but I’d like to add one small postscript. The name of Dave Gibbs, who lived up there. Dave and I made many trips up and down that mountain until, as a result of radiation and chemo,...

Unimproved Walkways Inconvenience Those on Foot

Editor, While cyclists worry about their three feet of space, we pedestrians sometimes worry about even two feet or at least enough to avoid having to walk sideways on “sidewalks” no bigger than paths between Moss Street and Nyes Place adjacent to southbound Coast Highway. I met...

View Preservation Policy is Cumbersome and Expensive

Another example of bad policy by the Laguna City Council is the view preservation policy. This new policy is intended to protect prior views, including hedges that are not within the front, rear, and side “setbacks”. There is no maximum height for hedges under the policy. It...

Correction

An article in the Jan. 23 edition about improvements at the high school, “Tennis Courts, Pool Improvements Get Go-Ahead,” incorrectly described the type of landscaping planted and landscape architect Ann Christoph’s relationship to the project. Christoph designed the landscaping...

Author’s Story Perpetuates Stereotyping

Editor, Stereotypes are unfair and should be avoided. People should be judged by their own actions, not by the perceived characteristics of the group to which they belong. Certainly it is terrible that Muslims were attacked back in 2001, as well as other groups who were mistaken...

Facts on Hate Crimes Reflect a Different View

I have been reading with interest the back and forth on Ms. Razin’s fiction article that first appeared two weeks ago. Ms. Razin believes there was an anti-Muslim fervor after 9-11 and quotes The Independent, “…Laguna’s embrace of someone that stands out amid the anti- Muslim...

View-Protecting Ordinances Remain Too Costly

Editor, Probably one of the most understated letter titles ever “Hedge Height Policy is Cumbersome, Expensive” (Jan. 9 edition) was attached to Louis Lee’s fine letter last week about the city hedge ordinance. The hedge height policy, like the view preservation ordinances (past...