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Fewer Palettes Detract From Holiday Atmosphere

Editor, As I drove around town this holiday season, I felt something was missing.  I realized that there were fewer “artist palettes” displayed on lampposts than in past years. Last year I felt there were fewer and this year there are definitely fewer.  Is this a budget (labor)...

Grinch City?

Editor, ‘Twas the night of Christmas and all through the — oops! No house! Lots of mice, and police that are not nice. Chilled by my city sleeping outside in frigidity and treated worse than an abandoned kitty. A city with no pity? We cried for the harassment to cease by...

Prepared Hosts Pulled Off a Memorable Concert

Editor, Sunday night’s Winter Concert Classic was a fabulous way to kick off the holidays! It had all the measures of a great evening with food, merriment and music, and even a little rain. Nothing stopped the gracious hospitality of the event hosts, Montage and KX 93.5, in...

Time to Stand With Muslims

Editor, We are writing to call your attention to a grave injustice, and to ask your help in addressing it. Not that many years ago Catholics were seen as some “other” who could not be good Americans. More recently Jews suffered many insults and abuses because they did not belong...

Revising Attitudes Toward Mental Health

You err (“New Resource Opens for Troubled Teens,” Dec. 11 edition); the error is common. The real fear is of people who direct stigmas, and people who mindlessly repeat them, acceding to playing that mind game. In that vein, you present yourself as someone to fear. And you do not...

Readers Take Action

Editor, Thank you for running the notice seeking volunteer tutors for The Learning Club, an after-school tutoring program administered by The American Association of University Women, Laguna Beach.  As a result of local publicity, in the new year we have five new tutors helping...

Praise for ‘Wisdom Workout’

  Editor, Earlier this week as I was searching for misplaced season passes for the Sawdust Festival, I came across two articles I’d saved from the LB Indy by Susan McNeal Velasquez.  I re-read them and their message struck a cord with what is going on in my life these days...

Melaleuca Tree is a Treasure

Editor, I write this letter in response to the article “Twisted Landmark Receives Special Status” by Andrea Adelson, in the Dec.4 edition. I wish to add that protecting the Melaleuca tree, which qualifies as a heritage tree, was a true community effort of equal partnership of not...

Staying the Course in Superintendent Search

Editor, Here’s a few thoughts after attending both the Sept. 29 town hall style meeting of the school board on the search for a new school superintendent, as well as all three general public meetings of the board’s executive search team. As we predicted, the Sept. 29 school board...

Rain Aside, Concert Proves a Smashing Success

Editor, Bravo! Tyler (Russell) and the whole KX 93.5 cast! Fantastic!  What a night!  The music of Kenny Loggins and ShadowBoxers and David Allen Baker, the FOA venue, the Montage hospitality (food, umbrellas, servers and security), the gentle and intermittent rain (so needed),...

Sprinkles Awaken the Magic of Possibilities

Editor, It is such a privilege to put on my wings and wand and play the Christmas Wish Faerie on Hospitality Night in Laguna. People think that only kids come to make two wishes – one for themselves and one for the world. But many adults come. There is magic in it and it...

Living Well With Others

Editor, While the loss of a beloved pet, whether to a car or coyote, is always a tragedy, Fischer’s story does stretch credulity.  On a night when the temperatures dipped below 60, the back door to the bedroom where his infant grandchild slept alone was left wide open. Really?...

Reader Questions Coyote Tale

Editor, I just read John Fischer’s story about the coyote and one of his dogs. I’m sorry to learn of the loss of his small dog as my own small dog is very dear to me. However, a number of details mentioned in the story raised my eyebrows. Mr. Fischer has his grandchild in a...

Oblivious to Nature’s Many Gifts

Editor, On Dec. 3, the city conducted a joint City Council and Planning Commission study session to provide, after months of work, an overview of the consultants’ research, analysis, and preliminary recommendations and to ask for feedback and direction. We live in one of the most...

Some Pet Owners Lack Class

Editor, It seems the wealth here in Laguna Beach can buy many things: beautiful homes, gorgeous cars, iPhones for grade schoolers, customized golf carts, and $600 hoverboards for the kids. Unfortunately it doesn’t buy class as evidenced by the large number of steaming dog...