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Dump the Trump!

Editor, Keep American integrity out of a slump. Americans in every state are already great! Do not be hesitant to reject Trump for president! Trump in the White House will place America’s integrity into the Out House. A loud Trumpet is no stronger than a crumpet. Your vote...

Former Principal is Out of the Running

Editor, I write to express both disappointment and sadness regarding the current interview process for the critically important hiring of the Laguna Beach schools superintendent. The objective would seem to warrant maximizing the efforts to align resources towards the pursuit of...

Open-Space Stewards Need Support

Editor, A recent Saturday program on KX 93.5 talked about Laguna’s 22,000-acre open space and one of the organizations that maintain and protect the land, the Laguna Canyon Foundation. It made me wonder why we don’t hear more about the open space and the groups that provide these...

A Town Like No Other

Editor, I simply had to write. It’s been over 40 years since I was last in Laguna Beach but I’ve just returned from a stay with my sister, who has recently purchased a place there, and I was floored! Even as development has taken over all around the town of Laguna Beach, somehow...

Trust but Verify ‘Expert’ Advice

Editor, Public school governance suffers from “good news” politics, avoiding “negative” issues so we don’t offend, exalting artificially “positive” boosterism.  As long as citizens are not uncivil, our elected school board should respond to criticism on the...

Make Some Noise Over Flyovers

Editor, Laguna needs to know what the FAA is silently planning for us. The non-stop airplanes over my home in South Laguna continue. City Council is working very hard on this problem and I commend Toni Iseman and Rob Zur Schmeide on their work with city staff and the task force...

Save the ‘Sunbathers’

Editor, I have lived in Laguna Beach since 1979. The first time I saw the “Sunbathers” statue it became a favorite. At one time, I lived near the area and saw it everyday. I still pass the area at least once a week. I never fail to enjoy its wonderful air as I pass by. This...

Kudos for Pursuing Water Rights

Editor: As a previous Board member for Laguna Beach County Water District, and a former Governor’s board member appointee to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, I am thrilled that – for the first time in 68 years – our District will no longer be 100...

Rehab Houses Undermine Homeowners’ Rights

Editor, There has been so much said about the influx of sober living, drug rehab and all the “businesses” that have been allowed to move into our neighborhoods. The problem lies not with the type of business, but that it is a business in an area zoned for single-family houses....

Sampling from the Jethro Tull Songbook

Editor, In the Feb. 5 Indy article Shortcomings Surface in Parking Analysis [City Manager John] Pietig urged the consultants to specifically factor-in the lack of parking available for beach-goers and as well as art festival patrons. “Clearly they’re...

District Devalues Math

Editor, Jan Vickers continues to wage war on LBUSD students that want to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Last year she voted to eliminate geometry at Thurston. Last week, she voted to eliminate extra weighting for students taking Honors Algebra 2. Her...

Could it Happen in Laguna Like it has in Flint?

Editor, By now, millions of people have heard the disturbing news about Flint, Mich. and the high levels of lead in that city’s drinking water. So much so, the health of hundreds, if not thousands, of children there could be jeopardized for years. My question is this:  How...

Spreading Auto Congestion

Editor, “Expect delays on Downtown streets as warm weather brings additional visitors.  Police Staff are directing traffic at key intersections [Forest at Glenneyre] to keep vehicles moving.” This comes from city hall in the form of an email alert. Ever one: drivers only passing...

Fear-mongering Over Rehab Houses Mirrors Race Prejudice

Editor, I’ve read with concern the recent reader letters expressing outrage over the “proliferation” of drug and alcohol recovery treatment facilities in Laguna Beach. Regarding Pillars Recovery in the Top of the World neighborhood, it was noted by the Indy that no police calls...