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Gratz Responds

Editor, Responding briefly to Mr. Foley’s letter of Jan. 8, the term “redneck” was meant to be disparaging.  As in the syllogism, all redneck’s may be white and Christian, but that does not mean to suggest that all white Christian’s are rednecks. A redneck is one of that small...

Story May Nurture Other Passions

Editor, Thanks for your hard work on the article (“Ditching Corporate Stress for Backyard Farming,” Jan. 8). I really enjoyed reading it, and it reminded me how glad I am that I made the decision to become a farmer! It would be great if your article inspires others to farm at...

Anecdote Illustrates a Considerate Soul

I would like to pay tribute to a big man in a small way from the memory of my time as a young boy. I read with sadness of the passing of Dick Jahraus. I referred to him as “Mr. Jahraus” in the time of my memory. I was 13 and just learning to surf at Rockpile, just below Mr....

Gratz Letter Should Have Been Edited

Editor, A letter from this week’s paper by Gene Gratz used the term redneck. This is a disparaging term, and also had absolutely nothing to do with the subject.  It was used gratuitously and for no reason. Why does you paper allow bigotry against European, white and Christian...

ACLU Contributed to the Problem of Homelessness

Editor, “You see him as a saint. I’m far less awed. In fact, I see right through him. He’s a fraud.” Tartuffe, Act I, sc. 1. The “vituperation” inspired by the ACLU’s lawsuit against our city is indeed deserved. (Letters, Dec. 31, “We Should Look At Ourselves”). The ACLU is...

Interview Opens a Window on Congressman

Editor, Thank you for publishing your interview with Dana Rohrabacher, our representative in the House of the Representatives (Dec. 31 Indy). It was an opportunity to see just how simplistic his thinking is on the very important issues that face us, such as terrorism,...

Interim Solution Needed for Radioactive Waste

Editor, Thank you LB Indy Tim Randall for the “Q&A with Rohrabacher.” It is important to know the ideas of our 13 term House of Representatives congressman.  I have spoken with him twice in the last three years about San Onofre. As quoted, he understands a nuclear plant on...

Please Rethink Trapping and Killing Coyotes

Editor, We were shocked and saddened to read about the plan to trap and kill coyotes in Laguna Beach in a response to the increase in family pets being killed (“Laguna Targets Pregnant Coyotes,” Dec. 24 edition).  The most notable was the dog who was snatched up because a door...

A Better Use for Forest Avenue?

Editor, Four weeks ago Laguna hosted Hospitality Night on Forest Avenue. Visitors left the event with an illusion of buzzing night-life, food concessions, open galleries and a crowd of visiting patrons. Last Saturday night I walked down the same Forest Avenue to find the block...

Writer Aims to Cultivate Conversation

Editor, What if Laguna Beach became famous for the art of conversation? In spite of Facebook, Twitter, email, etc., they say the art of talking directly to other humans is dying. Research has shown that even talking to total strangers can be worthwhile. The visiting daughter of a...

Getting at the Meaning

Editor, What the heck is a “Teutonic shift in which the Republicans are losers”? (“Making Sense of 2015,” in the Dec. 31 edition.)Teutonic is defined by Webster as “Pertaining to the tall blonde race characteristic of northern Europe.” After painting a...

We Should Look at Ourselves

Editor,   “Thou turn’st mine eyes into my very soul, And there I see such black and grainèd spots As will not leave their tinct.” Hamlet, Act III, Scene 4   I find the vituperation against the ACLU astonishing. This is the organization upon which we  — all us...

She Offers Coyote Expertise

  Editor, I was alerted of Laguna’s coyote issues and plans to trap and kill them through a recent article in your publication, so today I decided to visit the area to see for myself. I canvassed some of the hot spots and spoke with a number of people walking small dogs,...

Oppose Coyote Trapping

Editor, I appreciate the recent article on Laguna’s plan to exterminate urban coyotes but would point out that targeting pregnant females in the spring and juveniles in the fall is a fallacy. Snare traps indiscriminately trap all coyotes traversing the area as well as untargeted...

Coyote Slaughter Will Leave Rodents Unchecked

Editor, As 33-year residents of Bluebird Canyon, we deplore the slaughter of the remaining coyote population in the 1100 acre city greenbelt adjoining Morningside Drive. The simple fact is that this greenbelt is also home to several rodent species including rats, mice, and...