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Fictional Tale Antagonizes Reader

Editor, On the front page of the Jan. 2 LB Indy, a writing submission from Anita Razin was published that purports to be a short story, “New Year’s 2001: A Short Story”. A short story is by definition fiction. To anyone reading the piece, it is quite obvious the writing is not a...

Taking Stock

Opportunity Rising The Old Year fled as the New Year stumbled in without the usual year-end “Santa Claus Rally.” Oil prices continued their collapse with the spillover impacting all commodity prices. On balance, these drops are a net benefit for the global economy but the...

New Year’s 2001: A Short Story

  Editor’s Note: This week’s digest entries mark the final installment of submissions by writers in film director and local resident Christine Fugate’s writing workshop. In 2000, Laguna Beach was not just a city with a near zero crime rate, sky high income levels, and...

Dressler Clarifies Initiation of Funds Raised for Theatre

Editor, Thanks for the article in this week’s Indy (“Dressler to Take His Last Bow,” Jan. 26 edition). Just to clarify, in case someone has any issues:  When we introduced the idea of initiating a Renaissance of the Performing Arts program, a group of Laguna citizens had...

We Deal With It

Editor, I attended the City Council meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16, and was amazed watching the emotions that were present during the debate regarding Mozambique and its request to use all three of its floors to serve drinks and dinners to consumers. Apparently, there have been years...

Misheard Figure Corrected

Editor, I just wanted to correct a quote that was attributed to me about the depth of Finland’s bunker that is being dug to store nuclear waste.  I mentioned that the depth was a third of a mile deep, not 30 miles deep as stated in the article.  (Now, that would be some...

Don’t Fool with Mother Nature

Editor, I just spent three days in Palm Desert.  It was a great pre-holiday get away.  The weather cooperated, so I wore shorts on the golf course.  Good friends from the beach were there, so we had lots of laughs.  And last, but not least, I only checked my email once. That...

A Bummer No Matter the Season

Editor, It was the night before Christmas and all through the village a few shoppers were stirring in hopes of ‘shopping local’ to support the community. I write this letter as a 35-year resident of Laguna Beach. I abide by the laws of parking in our village, have a clean driving...

Village Matters

Miller Captures Forgotten Laguna   “Lunch at the Senior Center, Laguna,” Dec. 25, 1997, Douglas Miller. That was the old senior center at Legion Hall, and I bought Doug’s painting because it was such an atypical view of Laguna, something from real life. The balding head in...

Inside Out

Left in Laguna: A Privilege “I know your type, honey! The woods are full of ‘em like you. Whether you are black, white, skinny or fat, rich or poor. One more word from you missy and you’ll be out in the hall faster than I can say Jack Robinson.” Her index finger shaking, Mrs....

Casting Off the Uninspired Life

Experts claim that if you’d like to “change your ways,” the most effective thing to do is to substitute something better for the thing you are trying to quit or improve. So, I thought I’d give this expert advice a try by relocating from Chicago to Laguna Beach. I am delighted to...

Pet Peeves

The Nuclear Family I was taught the most important thing in the world is the nuclear family. I learned this lesson from my uncle, who was married four times and had an extended nuclear family. This family does not get along with each other and the turmoil puts a strain on my...

All Hail the Christmas Queen!

  My mother shows up for holidays like a southern California rainstorm. You know she’s coming, but there’s only so much you can do to prepare. She is the Christmas Queen, and ready or not, here she comes with her Royal To-Do List, from which no daughter (me) may divert....

Laguna Leads the Way Against San Onofre Fuel Storage

Editor, Congratulations are in order for our City Council for their commitment and leadership to pass this important Resolution. On December 16th, The City of Laguna Beach became the second City in Orange County to pass a Resolution and the first one dealing with the gravity of...

Kindness Proves a Balm to All

Editor, I volunteer at the Laguna Food Pantry and the last time I was there, this letter came to the volunteer staff. It speaks to what happens in this little building on the canyon. “Dear Pantry, This has been a humbling experience for me and my family. Financial...