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A Parent Explains Her Vote for School Board

Editor, As a concerned parent, I have followed the local school board election closely. There are three slots and four candidates. Ketta Brown, Dee Perry and Carol Normandin are qualified. The fourth, Annette Gibson, is not. Those of us familiar with the schools know we face...

Normandin Takes a Gamble With Candor

Editor, I am running for school board of the Laguna Beach Unified School District. Voters can vote for three of the four candidates. In the campaign, voters have asked me which of the other candidates I support. The other two candidates I will vote for are Ketta Brown and Dee...

Owner of Landmark Comes Up Short in Popularity Contest

Editor, Thanks for the teaser on the new book about Richard Halliburton. He has always been a very intriguing character to me. The Hangover House has been such a landmark. It’s too bad the biggest jerk in Laguna owns it now. Andy Schoembs, Laguna Beach

Your Vote Matters

Editor, Regardless of what one thinks of Citizen’s United and all the money poured into elections, it still comes down to one person, one vote. It all comes down to you. Among the many candidates we must select is our U.S. Congress person. My radio show, “Perspectives,” on...

Happy 100, Mr. Laguna

Editor, Laguna gathered outside Selanne’s Steak Tavern to celebrate the late Harry Lawrence’s 100th birthday on Oct. 1 and to thank “Mr. Laguna” for his vigilance and efforts on behalf of our City. Zahide Lawrence and Ruben Flores, of the Laguna Beach Beautification Council, cut...

Writer Suggests Insider Meddling in Parking Dispute

Editor, The parking fiasco on La Mirada Street was settled in the worst possible scenario for a city that yearns for more parking spaces, especially those that are easy to incorporate into the flow of traffic without jeopardizing the space needed for emergency vehicles.  The...

Global-Warming Flooding Concerns Hall

Editor, I found Tom Osborne’s column titled “When Ideology Trumps Fact,” interesting and widely untrue. He accuses me of essentially not caring for our planet or having any knowledge of global warming. Both of these facts are not true. After the debate two weeks...

The Spin Stops Here

Rob Zur Schmiede’s detractors have taken great pains to spin his experience and accomplishments to convince us he is not qualified to be a council person.   Contrary to the spin doctors spin, Rob’s achievements, in over 36 years of toil in both private and public sectors, more...

Gibson’s Goal Could Jeopardize School Funding

Editor, I am a parent of kids in our Laguna schools and have been following the school board election.  One candidate, Annette Gibson, has no connection to our schools or district, no kids in our schools (literally ever), and no background in education. Instead, Gibson is running...

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 movin...

‘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...

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...

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...

‘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...