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Patriotism, an Antidote for Partisanship

Patriotism, an Antidote for Partisanship

Editor, Ari, this is causing me a degree of anxiety, but I think I actually agree with everything you wrote in the July 4 piece “Honoring America’s Patriots.” It has always been my view that anyone who owes allegiance to the nation and contributes to its survival and success meets the basic test of patriotism. […]

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Step Up to Save a Local Gem

Step Up to Save a Local Gem

Editor, South Laguna Post Office (conveniently located at 31677 Virginia Way, between Third and Second Avenue) is a true gem, complete with no hassle free parking, a rare find in Laguna Beach. This is the go-to place for stamps, quaint p.o. boxes and a great place to chat with neighbors.  Kwon, the super-friendly lady behind […]

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Don’t Waste Water, Please

Don’t Waste Water, Please

Editor, Living in a community means we as individuals, with individual rights, have a responsibility to the whole when making decisions that affect us all. It may be your right to plant a lawn in the middle of a drought; I’m sure the neighborhood dogs will love it.  But it is completely irresponsible to hose down […]

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Historic Landmark Deserves Preservation

Historic Landmark Deserves Preservation

Editor, The future of the historic sewer digester tower will be under discussion at the village entrance workshop on July 16. The restoration and reuse of the tower and the building attached to it (which now houses Police Department records) have been part of the village entrance project from the beginning, but the current concept […]

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New Lifeguard Station Lacks Parking

New Lifeguard Station Lacks Parking

Editor, How come the lifeguards are able to park on the sand (flood basin) at Coast Highway/ Broadway blocking visitors first awesome view of our beach? The first thing we see when entering into Laguna Beach is basically a parking lot for lifeguards. As I type, there are three pick-ups there now. Is this the […]

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High Praise for Hard-working Lifeguards

High Praise for Hard-working Lifeguards

Editor, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the Laguna Beach lifeguards for a job well done! In Laguna, the Fourth of July weekend is most likely the busiest and most crowded weekend of the whole year. I was down at Main Beach and the crowds were wall to wall! […]

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If You Build It, Will They Come?

If You Build It, Will They Come?

Editor, Marilyn Evans’ letter to the editor (“Project Enables Uncivil Behavior,” July 4, 2012) is right on target. In that letter, she tied growing uncivil homeless behavior to the slow degradation of our most beautiful community. The city should take seriously her eloquent plea to reconsider the plan to build housing for 40 homeless. Simply stated, […]

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Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights

Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights

Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights Editor, On Monday, June 30, I went on an informative, free bus tour that was offered by the Friendship Shelter to illustrate how supportive housing works. Our group traveled to Midway City and Anaheim to see successful models of supportive housing for homeless people who struggle with mental illness and […]

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Let’s Resurrect the Old 133

Let’s Resurrect the Old 133

Editor: In light of Laguna’s disproportionately high number of vehicle-caused deaths involving cyclists and pedestrians, why can’t we take one small step now to separate vehicles from road bikes and pedestrians by opening the old 133 road for cyclists and walkers? Ellen and Roger Kempler, Laguna Beach  

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Cyclists Disobey Rules of the Road

Cyclists Disobey Rules of the Road

Editor, Your front page article, “Tragedy Sparks Safe Street Crusade” was excellent. As a homeowner along Monterey Drive in the North Laguna “tree streets” we walk our dogs and tend our gardens while doing so in the lane carved out on the right side of the street. No parking is allowed there and there are […]

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Reset Speed Limits to Safer Levels

Reset Speed Limits to Safer Levels

Editor, As a frequent visitor to your city, I’m finding each visit seems to coincide with some horrific accident. Last September, I believe, a motorcycle patrolman had been recently struck and killed on the Coast Highway. In April, I read the news of a young college student who was struck down in a crosswalk on […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Pyrotechnics on the Street and in Mid Air Stocks celebrated the Glorious Fourth with fireworks, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average finally went through 17,000. Investment returns are shining under “the rockets red glare.” Like rockets, stocks shoot up and then come down, but these ups and downs are inherent in markets. Investors who allow stock […]

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Shouldn’t Everyone Have One?

Shouldn’t Everyone Have One?

  Everyone has something to give, but what do they leave behind? A legacy of some kind, perhaps just a moment of kindness. As I was walking by the bus bench near my office I encountered a thin bearded man who I have heard several times ranting about his troubles with the police. A conversation […]

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Honoring America’s Patriots

Honoring America’s Patriots

Each July 4 we celebrate Independence Day, the day on which our nation pauses to honor and to extend gratitude for those many great American patriots that served, fought, or died defending and preserving the liberties our founding fathers held sacred.  However, we must also recognize that battles, just as patriots, can take myriad forms. […]