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The Seat Was His to Lose

Editor, Jon Madison’s defeat in the City Council election was well earned and well deserved. Given his popularity and name recognition, a City Council seat was his to lose and he succeeded in doing so. I, as many others, supported him before it was revealed that he never...

Sore Winners and Sour Grapes

Editor, What does it mean when the winner of an election is bitter and resentful, while a candidate who lost is grateful and optimistic? How come spirits were higher at election night gatherings where candidates who lost felt good about the campaign, and toasted with candidates...

Outcome Reflects Candidates Who Look Out for Residents

Editor, Last week’s Indy stated that our election for City Council was “Voters Choose Familiar Names.” While certainly Toni Iseman and Kelly Boyd are familiar names, Rob Zur Schmiede did not start out that way. All three winners ran on their experience, knowledge and...

Global-Warming Skeptics Find Common Ground

Editor, This is a response to George Weiss’s letter parroting Tom Osborne’s views in his column “When Ideology Trumps Facts”. Any skepticism of global warming whatsoever and you are branded a right wing heretic, lacking sophistication, critical thinking, and knowledge. You are...

Adding Recycled Water to Canyon Improvements

Editor, Laguna Beach remains the only South County city without a comprehensive, sustainable recycled water program. We need to protect our great park, the Laguna Greenbelt, with adequate routine irrigation and fire suppression systems. Undergrounding utilities in Laguna Canyon...

Election Campaigns Contradict Green Slogans

Editor, I left town last week and returned to a bin full of paper that my mail lady deposited on my doorstep upon my return. Never mind she had to lug that around. Very little real mail. I sifted through all the bulk mail from our council candidates who had so much money to spend...

Rising CO2 Levels Undermine Climate Change Skepticism

Editor, This is in response to Stephen Tygh’s letter criticizing Tom Osborne’s article, “When Ideology Trumps Facts”. The only “common sense” response to Michele Hall’s position on climate change is shock as Tom stated. With 97% of atmospheric scientists agreeing that global...

Arts Funding Lacked Unanimous Support

Editor, Sam Goldstein, Karyn Phillippsen and Paul Freeman brought the BID–Business Improvement District–to the Council. The local hotels and motels had agreed to increase their bed tax by two cents. One cent would go to the Visitor’s Bureau (now Visit Laguna) and one...

When Climate Consensus Trumps Science

Editor, I read Tom Osborne’s column “When Ideology Trumps Facts”. He stated that he does not object to healthy skepticism, but was “shocked” about Michelle Hall’s skepticism about human-caused global warming. He then proceeded to denigrate her for having this view, going so far...

Kudos for Osborne’s Observations

Editor, I support Tom Osborne’s column regarding the City Council election and global warming. His stance was thoughtful, well reasoned and free from harsh invective. I wish Tom were running for office. He is a Laguna treasure. His mission to remind Laguna residents about the...

Hall’s Position Proves Convincing

Editor, Because of the article written by Tom Osborne (“When Ideology Trumps Facts,” Column, Oct. 24 edition), my wife Maria and I finally agree to vote for Michele Hall. Maria and I agree with her logic and conclusions on this and other issues. Thank you, Tom. Maria and Bernard...

Casting Only One Vote, For Hall

Editor, During this campaign, I was surprised to learn that many people don’t know who Michele Hall is or what she’s done for this community. When her maiden name Oliver comes up, she then becomes more recognizable, especially with alumni. It’s not because her actions aren’t...

Trick or Treat Politics

Gale “Morrie” Granger (“Can’t Support Uninformed Candidate” Indy Oct. 11) and Tom Osborne (“When Ideology Trumps Fact” Indy Oct. 11) falsely accuse candidate Michele Hall of being a “global warming” heretic.  This Halloween week witch-hunt comes as support for Hall surges....

Criticism of Village Laguna’s Spending Doesn’t Add Up

Editor, The truth seems to not mean very much lately to a few in Laguna Beach especially during this campaign season and I would like to take Howard Hills to task for his latest letter-to-the-editor where he states that Village Laguna spent “10 times over the opposition in 2012”....

Will Double Standard Politics Pay Off?

Editor, So Jon Madison catches hell for embellishing his past, and Michele Hall is accused of being “dishonest” for saying she is a “community volunteer.” But Rob Zur Schmiede claims on a fake Republican mailer he’s a “Proven business leader” who will “protect...