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Kudos to Contractor Who Leaves No Rubble Behind

Editor, Praise goes to the contractor who replaced the storms drain on Temple Hills Drive.  The crew was highly efficient and courteously managed the traffic with a minimum of delays. Each day the completed section was paved and cleaned up. We are thankful. Peter Weisbrod, Laguna...

Thumbs Up for Music Fest Story

Editor, What a wonderful article Daniella Walsh put together on the Music Festival. Thank you for all your hard work and her excellent journalism. Local coverage is something we take much pride in and your staff’s ability to document and report on the Festival in such a thorough...

The Slant

Something Fishy on Valentine’s Day Every year Valentine’s Day takes me by surprise. Adding to my troubles, I don’t know much about romance. For a long time I thought French kissing was to kiss during a rainbow. My wife and I don’t really celebrate the Hallmark holidays, but each...

Guest Fiction

I Never Signed Up For This By Rina Palumbo Aphrodite walked along Main Beach in the very early morning. She sipped her tea from Zinc and looked over the calm ocean. It was going to be a long day. Her cell phone rang, or, more accurately, blasted Robert Palmer’s...

Wisdom Workout

The Love Connection   Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year so the excuse that your business schedule is grueling isn’t going to fly. Let’s do a quick exploration of your current thoughts and feelings regarding this subjective holiday that will require an...

Mountain Biking Degrades Public Parks

Editor: “It’s such an exhilarating rush when you fly down hills at top speed,” he said. (“New Sports Team Takes to the Trails,” Jan. 30 edition). Just what our parks and wildlife need: high-speed habitat shredding machines! Where is our educational system going wrong, that...

Historic Eucalyptus, a View Battle Casualty

Editor, Regarding a recent letter to the editor (“Plant Choices Guides by Maintenance, Water Use,” Jan. 23) how much longer must we endure the character assassination of Ann Christoph and the thin thread that our “blame artists” cling to when connecting her to what...

Ending an Impasse Requires People Power

Editor, A 2014 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office asserts that spent nuclear fuel is “an extremely harmful substance if not managed properly” and that “if its intense radioactivity . . . were released by a natural disaster or an act of...

Village Matters

Ask not… President Kennedy’s famous inspirational message applies at a small scale here in Laguna too. How could we be more blessed? A lovely historic village by the sea. Twenty three thousand of us have the privilege of living here out of all of the people in the whole world!...

Taking Stock

The Bumpy Road to Investment Returns Stocks are taking the bumpy road to investment progress. Their price volatility softened during the last half of 2014 but returned in February to a familiar zigzag pattern. The S&P 500 was up 11% for 2014 so these ups and downs need not...

Lack of Vaccinations Raises Risks for the Vulnerable

I am a MemorialCare Medical Group pediatrician, an advocate for children, and a working parent, and like many of you, concerned about the recent outbreak of measles, which appears to have little end in sight. This outbreak which threatens the lives of my children and your...

Shore Scene

Tide Pools Bloom With Sea Flowers Peering into Laguna tidepools, one often comes across what resembles a large, green, petaled flower. In fact, the Starburst sea anemone (Anthopleura sola) is not a flower nor even a plant, but actually a predatory marine animal that is related to...

Pet Peeves

Montage Checkout I was a witness. I was standing in line to check out at the Montage. The guy in back of me settled his hotel bill and bought the place for $360 million. Everyone behind him got free stays. Unfortunately, I was before him and had to pay for my room, plus an extra...

Backyard Fruit Pickers Available to Help

Editor, As all transplants know, the first winter snow storm is heavenly, but the next 10 are less so. So it is with harvest time in many of Laguna’s residential orchards. What a joy frolicking through oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes or apples. What a feeling of pride...

Keeping Alive the Memory of Another ‘L’ Keeper

Editor, I refer to your article on our famous ‘L’ on the hill (Jan. 23 edition), but I’d like to add one small postscript. The name of Dave Gibbs, who lived up there. Dave and I made many trips up and down that mountain until, as a result of radiation and chemo,...