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Taking Stock

The Band Plays On In October, the stock market achieved a remarkable reversal to the upside. It is now moving toward new highs like a soprano repeating curtain calls to continuing applause. Investors are a less forgiving audience and many now fret whether the next performances...

When Climate Consensus Trumps Science

Editor, I read Tom Osborne’s column “When Ideology Trumps Facts”. He stated that he does not object to healthy skepticism, but was “shocked” about Michelle Hall’s skepticism about human-caused global warming. He then proceeded to denigrate her for having this view, going so far...

Kudos for Osborne’s Observations

Editor, I support Tom Osborne’s column regarding the City Council election and global warming. His stance was thoughtful, well reasoned and free from harsh invective. I wish Tom were running for office. He is a Laguna treasure. His mission to remind Laguna residents about the...

Hall’s Position Proves Convincing

Editor, Because of the article written by Tom Osborne (“When Ideology Trumps Facts,” Column, Oct. 24 edition), my wife Maria and I finally agree to vote for Michele Hall. Maria and I agree with her logic and conclusions on this and other issues. Thank you, Tom. Maria and Bernard...

Casting Only One Vote, For Hall

Editor, During this campaign, I was surprised to learn that many people don’t know who Michele Hall is or what she’s done for this community. When her maiden name Oliver comes up, she then becomes more recognizable, especially with alumni. It’s not because her actions aren’t...

Trick or Treat Politics

Gale “Morrie” Granger (“Can’t Support Uninformed Candidate” Indy Oct. 11) and Tom Osborne (“When Ideology Trumps Fact” Indy Oct. 11) falsely accuse candidate Michele Hall of being a “global warming” heretic.  This Halloween week witch-hunt comes as support for Hall surges....

Criticism of Village Laguna’s Spending Doesn’t Add Up

Editor, The truth seems to not mean very much lately to a few in Laguna Beach especially during this campaign season and I would like to take Howard Hills to task for his latest letter-to-the-editor where he states that Village Laguna spent “10 times over the opposition in 2012”....

Will Double Standard Politics Pay Off?

Editor, So Jon Madison catches hell for embellishing his past, and Michele Hall is accused of being “dishonest” for saying she is a “community volunteer.” But Rob Zur Schmiede claims on a fake Republican mailer he’s a “Proven business leader” who will “protect...

Voting for Those With a Track Record

Editor, Living in Laguna is like living in a national park, but better. The beaches are protected and are constantly becoming healthier. The air is clean. Our open spaces are protected. Although summer weekends tend to be very busy, traffic on weekdays or spring, fall and in...

He’s Still Lying

Editor, It isn’t the lie of 30 years ago that bothers me, it’s the cover up of the last few months. Every day since he sent the forged diploma to Stu Saffer, his silent denial gives life to the lie. Judge him on his actions today. He’s still lying.   Allan Simon, Laguna The...

What’s In A Name?

Editor: This city council election season has been interesting. Not only do we have seven candidates for three seats, but you need a scorecard to keep track of some of the candidates’ names. First, there’s John … or Jon Madison, or John Jay or Jon Jay or John J., etc. While his...

Iseman Understands the Issues

Editor, After reading all the many responses by the candidates for the City Council and listening at the forums, Toni Iseman was the only one that gave answers that showed an understanding of the issues.  She should be retuned to the council. John Selecky, Laguna Beach

Normandin’s Command of Issues Earns a Supporter

Editor, I attended the recent Laguna Beach School Board candidate forum and was pleased by the many questions that were asked of the panel. Clearly Carol Normandin and Ketta Brown were the most prepared and knowledgeable on all the issues. Normandin especially spoke with...

A Parent Explains Her Vote for School Board

Editor, As a concerned parent, I have followed the local school board election closely. There are three slots and four candidates. Ketta Brown, Dee Perry and Carol Normandin are qualified. The fourth, Annette Gibson, is not. Those of us familiar with the schools know we face...

Normandin Takes a Gamble With Candor

Editor, I am running for school board of the Laguna Beach Unified School District. Voters can vote for three of the four candidates. In the campaign, voters have asked me which of the other candidates I support. The other two candidates I will vote for are Ketta Brown and Dee...