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School Leaders to Confront Critics of Common Core Standards

Editor, Local school board candidate Annette Gibson used her campaign to sound the alarm about new federal and state curriculum standards being imposed on public schools to nationalize education in America. The response by the school board and their pyrotechnic superintendent was...

Writer Questions GOP Involvement in School Race

Editor, I read with some amusement Laguna Beach Republicans board director Christopher Kling’s letter regarding our recent school board election. In that race, an unconnected, unqualified, single-issue candidate lost by more than five points to the three qualified and capable...

Where’s the Next Police Chief?

Editor, I have commented many times that John Pietig, or King Johnny as I call him, is not qualified to head the search for a new police chief. Besides not having the proper character to be a judge of good character, what is taking the king so long to announce something,...

Musings on the Coast

Tired Of Politics I’ve written about politics in several columns and I am tired of it. Politics is only “real” in the short and medium terms, and subject to radical collateral damage that can be really ugly. Only family lasts forever. Or if you are from a peculiar culture, make...

Pet Peeves

I read with sadness in the Indy that Rock’N Fish was closing. I liked this restaurant. Let’s pay our respects and have a moment of non-eating. Quit chewing readers. It’s only a moment for crying out loud. From now on, we will refer to this restaurant as Fish’N Rocks. Others have...

Wisdom Workout

Coming Home   Thanksgiving. Slowing down. Letting down. Taking time off. Does the thought disturb you? You are not alone. We live in a culture that is obsessed with image, speed and change. We are driven, goal oriented and striving for perfection. Our intellect identifies the...

Taking Stock

Gas, Oil And Dividends Gas pump prices dropped to their lowest levels in four years. This gives U.S. drivers some extra shopping power. The slide followed the wholesale barrel price, down 40% since June, skidding even more when OPEC did not reduce production, as was the rumor....

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

    Editor’s Note: Look for more holiday stories in coming weeks from the students of local resident and creative writing instructor Christine Fugate.   “Mommy, mommy, I see a crab!” Heather peered closer into the clear waters of the tide pool and cautiously extended a...

Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves I was marveling over the new look of the digital Indy when I ran into the story about someone driving onto the porch of the Historical Society on Ocean Avenue. It was hard to tell what kind of car it was due to hanging branches over the hood. I’m going with Porsche on...

Development Interest Never Abates

Editor: When it comes to politics, I am always a skeptic. So, I was thinking about the twin exercise conducted this past month in Laguna. One was to solicit public comments on changes to the Downtown Specific Plan. The other was meetings of the Laguna Canyon Road Task Force on...

Taking Stock

Some Favorite Things For Thanksgiving Stocks are finishing the month of November on an upswing that market history indicates will persist through the year-end. In September and early October, the stock market experienced its first “correction” in two years. Since that dip, stocks...

Village Laguna Deserves Gratitude, Not Demonizing

Editor, Now that the election is over, I thought it a good time to clear up a few distortions. According to the local pro big developer and commercial lobby, the real villain in Laguna is…Village Laguna. According to letter writers on the “develop at any cost” side of the...

Should All Pay the Price for a Private School’s Needs?

Editor,   The installation of a new red light at the pedestrian crossing at LCAD has created unbelievably bad traffic congestion in the canyon, not only at peak hours but also at non-peak hours, effectively rendering the canyon impractical as a route to get in and out of...

All Users of the Road Must Be Part of the Solution

Editor,   This letter is in response to the Nov. 7 article, “Grant Aims to Change Behavior Behind the Wheel,” about the use of the grant money received from the state Office of Traffic Safety. For all the reasons cited in the article, we cannot fail to take action in...

Hall Expresses Gratitude to Supporters

Editor, The election of 2014 is over and boy oh boy what a ride it was! I am very proud to have come in as runner up. Compared to the war chests of other candidates and their spending, my team and I worked really hard and ran a smart campaign with not a lot of money. We walked...