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Corrections:

Corrections:

A letter to the editor from Roger Butow in the Sept. 19 edition included an inappropriate comment about the religion of Council member Toni Iseman. The Indy regrets publishing the statement and apologizes to Iseman.   An article about Carol Normandin’s campaign in the Sept. 19 edition inaccurately portrayed the candidate’s involvement in an executive […]

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Musing on the Coast

Musing on the Coast

Our Masks I went to Harvard. It was summer school between my sophomore and junior years at Occidental College.   At the time, almost anyone could get in if you paid the tuition and showed up. It was no big deal. But for a time when asked where I went to college, I sometimes would say […]

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FDR Memories

FDR Memories

  Watching a taped segment, so glued was I to it I did not realize that it was close to 12:30 a.m. I was watching one of the chapters of PBS’s Roosevelt documentary. Seeing those scenes of the early 1930’s and the debilitation of the Great Depression on the lives of most people, I felt […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Seagull Gall I’m here live at Madison Square and Garden standing on an olive branch with Jonathan Livingston Seagull. “Jonathan, I couldn’t help but notice that the venue seems smaller than I imagined. This is the home of the Knicks, right?” “Yes, that’s right. That’s spelled N-i-c-k-s,” explains Jonathan. “Oh, I believe I’ve been spelling […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

The Courage To Be Open The health of our relationships hinges on our skill in the art of openness. Openness is a powerful force that must be treated with respect and used responsibly. Blurting out the first thought that randomly bubbles to the surface of our mind is a sure indicator of our lack of […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Try To Remember The Kind Of September . . . As stocks exited the summer of 2014, the S&P 500 Index marked the year by closing at 2014. It backed off and is now around 1972; resumed momentum and September quarterly earnings reports should send it back by yearend above 2014 and probably through 2100. […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

I Yam What I Yam I yam what I yam. I’m not Popeye the Sailorman. I’m not strong to the finish because I won’t eat my spinach, and, ah, I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for another beer today. I’m Pet Peeves’ the wimpy, complaining man. Moan. Moan. Wow, there was big news in the Indy […]

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Guest Column

Guest Column

It’s a Matter of Perspective By Ari Grayson ~ It’s human nature to see things only from our own personal perspective, but this parable illustrates how shortsighted this can be. A lumberjack is walking through the woods when he spots a grove of big beautiful hard-wood trees. Just as he’s about to fell the first […]

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Integrity Now Overshadows the Election

Integrity Now Overshadows the Election

Editor, Jon Madison needs to document his claims of an Ivy League Ph.D., UCLA law degree, and membership in the California Bar. He deserves respect for his business and philanthropic endeavors, and those probably would have been sufficient to ensure his election, without the degrees. It’s not about degrees. It’s about integrity. In Laguna, integrity […]

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Falsehoods Undermine Democracy

Falsehoods Undermine Democracy

Editor, Democracy, particularly its election process, is endangered in the ongoing City Council campaign. Betrayal of the public trust and fairness are also at issue. All three of these matters are intertwined and emblazoned in the council candidacy of a man known as Jon Madison. The Orange County Register checked into these matters and recently […]

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Madison May Share Wieder’s Fate

Madison May Share Wieder’s Fate

Editor, Back in 1978, the Laguna Beach Citizens Alliance asked me to interview all the candidates running for city council. Kelly Boyd was among those who appeared on the local cable TV program. Today, we are in the throws of another city council race. This one seems to have veered off course, what with the stories about […]

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Each Candidate Deserves Equal Scrutiny

Each Candidate Deserves Equal Scrutiny

Editor, The eruption of outrage regarding Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison’s questionable educational and career history was like watching the flag come down at the Indy 500: Let the dishing dirt phase of the 2014 Election Games begin! I was informed this week that several public officials thought that I was the “mastermind,” […]

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What Was He Thinking?

What Was He Thinking?

I have always liked Jon. We all like Jon and I am totally bummed by the article in The Register, but what could Jon have been thinking? Charlotte Masarik, Laguna Beach  

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Candidate Distances Himself From Village Laguna’s Endorsement

Candidate Distances Himself From Village Laguna’s Endorsement

Editor, Recently, yard signs have appeared throughout the city pairing my name with the name of another candidate. These signs make it seem as though we are running as a team. They are inaccurate and misleading. Placement of these signs was neither authorized nor encouraged by me or my campaign.   They are not consistent with […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

The Bank Plays On The Federal Reserve is calling the dances for Wall Street at the moment. Janet Yellen, its Choreographer-in-Chief, announced Wednesday that it plans to keep interest rates near zero for a “considerable time” after the previously announced wrap next month of its bond-buying program. The Fed also reduced its 2015 forecast for […]