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Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For

Editor, This summer has been unusual. The thousands who lovingly watched the Poncho Sanchez concert the last day at the Festival of Arts. Free admission at the Art A Fair the last two days and Jheri St James and the belly dancers celebrating at the Sawdust Festival. Fantastic eight and 10-second waves at one of […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Lessons in Kindness Cultivating kindness is a goal of Anaheim’s Mayor Tom Tait. We may not think of this urbanized town in that light, but as a way of improving their community from the inside out, the city embraced his initiative to promote kindness and encourage volunteers to share their time and talent as a […]

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Corrections

Corrections

The story “Top Nonprofit Execs Earn 6 Figure Salaries” in the Aug. 29 edition incorrectly characterized the size of grants by the Marlisa Foundation, which have been as much as $3 million. The story “Village Entry Plan Moves Ahead” in the Sept. 5 edition incorrectly reported the makeup of a group that proposed an alternate design for […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

What I Learned On My Summer Vacation As lucky readers may remember, I took off all three months of summer. It was to be with my kids (ages 25, 21 and 19), here for an extended time as a group and probably the last time. They are in that stage of life when one accelerates […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Civics Lesson 101 I was a good student most of the time. I raised my hand before answering teacher questions. I did my homework on time. I got good grades. And no I don’t want to be Laguna’s next school principal. I’ve seen what happens to people that do everything right. They have to leave. […]

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Drivers: Stop the Reckless Speeding

Drivers: Stop the Reckless Speeding

Editor, We need a new police chief who will enforce speed limits not only on Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road but on residential streets, too. Let the chips fall where they may. I live near Wesley Drive and while you are reading this letter, drivers are going through the intersection of Coast Highway and […]

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Contributor’s Tale Gains Traction in Kenya

Contributor’s Tale Gains Traction in Kenya

Editor: News from the Indy travels worldwide.  The week following my guest column (“Tales of the Trail”, Aug. 7) on the San Clemente Beach trail, I received an email from the United Nations Environment Programme [UNEP] in Nairobi, Kenya.  This UN Agency directs the worldwide transportation initiative called “Share the Road,” whose main goal is to […]

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Kudos for Letter on the Parking Wars

Kudos for Letter on the Parking Wars

  Editor, Like Meg Monahan, (Council Fails to Rein in Restaurant’s Growth, Aug. 29) I live in the Woods Cove neighborhood, although on the bigger Glenneyre Street. I, too, remember when “we had a very peaceful neighborhood.” “Parked to capacity with resident cars. We all got along and worked together to sort out the parking.” I can […]

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Writer Takes Exception to Simon’s Characterization

Writer Takes Exception to Simon’s Characterization

Editor, I see in this week’s Indy that its owner, Mr. Simon, refers to the city council members who presently hold office as the ” grizzled vets,” (See sidebar, “Candidates Spar, But Vets Deflect Newcomers,” News, Aug. 29 edition)and those seeking to hold office as the “fresh-faced rookies.” Perhaps a visit to the ophthalmologist is […]

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Election Tests Iseman’s Record

Election Tests Iseman’s Record

Editor, It is important in life to have a good exit strategy.  When all the signs say it is time to take a new road in life, we need to read the signals, turn in the right direction, seek new horizons. Mayor Elizabeth Pearson showed us how it is done.  In a dignified way she let […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

September Songs Stocks left behind slow summer trading on a run, entering September on sharply increased volume. The market left little doubt of its short-term momentum, scoring new highs above 17,000 on both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and above 2,000 on the S&P 500. The U.S. economy supports these advances as its slow recovery […]

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Anti-Smoking Efforts Provide Some Assurance

Anti-Smoking Efforts Provide Some Assurance

Editor: As we enter an even dryer than normal fall and winter, I would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who pressed for increased fines for smoking near Alta Laguna Park, and the surrounding open space. At the top of the list of those to thank is councilperson Toni Iseman, for […]

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Mozambique Enriches the Town

Mozambique Enriches the Town

Editor, As a Laguna Beach resident all of my adult life, I look at Mozambique as an enterprise driven by an ownership that is passionate about giving people what they want in terms of good food, service and quality entertainment. Mr. Lewis in his recent letter to the Indy has confused the word tenacity with […]

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Praise for Ann Christoph's Article: ‘Big Plans...’

Praise for Ann Christoph’s Article: ‘Big Plans…’

Editor, Kudos to Ann for her wise counsel (Letters, Aug. 29). As the political race for the open council seats heats up, I hope we, as responsible community members, look beneath the surface so that we can listen for a deeper message that surpasses  “stirring men’s blood…through sweeping plans of quick fix theories.” We all […]

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Grateful for Patience by Residents

Grateful for Patience by Residents

Editor, Summer in Laguna means tourists, beachgoers from neighboring communities and the art festivals, all good for our economy. But it also means traffic congestion and resulting annoyances to many locals. On behalf of the artists, board and staff at the Sawdust Art Festival, I would like thank the community for your support this past […]