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Another Perspective on Cuba

Editor, I missed Michael Ray’s first column on Cuba because I was travelling in South America. I have now read both of Ray’s columns and his response to a reader’s letter. I beg to differ with Mr. Ray. When I was in Cuba in December of 2013, I did see beggars and hungry people in...

Response to Ray

Editor, I read Michael Ray’s response to my letter regarding his column on Cuba. Mr. Ray seems to be missing the point of my letter, which was not specifically about Cuba. Substitute any other country or city for Cuba and the point is the same: Why does the Indy subject the...

Kudos for Recognizing a Leader’s Influence

Editor, A superb editorial that illuminates how an individual, over time, can have a profound influence on public opinion. Bob also influenced UCI administrators to alter attitudes towards gay employees and students. I’m delighted to see that the Indy featured your...

The Village Entrance Has Arrived

Editor, Congratulations to The Festival of Arts for a spectacular and inspiring facade designed by Bauer Architects of Newport Beach. The choice of materials and its impact sets the bar and will drive the re-visioning process including restoration and enhancement of Laguna Creek,...

One Family’s Story

  An extraordinary event happened on our 39th wedding anniversary: the Supreme Court decided that same-sex marriages are legal in all 50 states. What possibly could connect these two events? Those 39 years reflect a lifetime of love and intimacy and commitment. And now our...

Wisdom Workout

The Three-Legged Race   Large community picnics were a staple of summer when I was growing up. One of the activities was the three-legged race. The way it works is that you pair up with a partner. Your leg is tied to your teammates leg. The goal is to move as fast as you can...

Pet Peeves

  Pursuit of Happiness This year’s Pageant of the Masters show is entitled, “Pursuit of Happiness.” My initial reaction was “wow,” they’re doing a show about the 1963 Rockefeller marriage and the pursuit of Happy Rockefeller by the angry spouses and families left behind. But...

Taking Stock

Experience, Investigation And Action Predicting the future is a popular activity. Less favorable results come from the overly confident. Several years ago the CEO of Microsoft dismissed the iPhone for its high cost and lack of a keyboard. He said, “There’s no chance that the...

Musings on the Coast

Surprises Behind Cuba’s Socialist Curtain, Part 2   Jandres Burgos was born in the worst ghetto of Puerto Rico. His father abandoned his family early on. His mother, quite beautiful, became the mistress of the biggest drug lord on the island. Jandres, as a 10-year old, remembers...
Posted On 02 Jul 2015

Dr. C, Please Phone Home

Editor, When she left Laguna in 2014 to become the assistant superintendent of educational services in Palos Verdes, I said Joanne Culverhouse would return someday. Now that Sherine Smith, the Laguna Beach Unified School District superintendent of schools, has announced she plans...

Viewpoint on the View Ordinance

Editor, I see by the two thoughtful letters last week that a few more people are awaking to the destruction of Laguna’s once priceless view sheds by overgrown non-native vegetation. For many long years a group of us have written letters, attended countless meetings, and did a lot...

Growing Trees Now an Ethical Imperative

Editor, It is established science and public policy in California that a global climate disaster is coming, caused by atmospheric carbon, which will make one-third of the species on earth extinct during the lifetimes of the children in Laguna Beach elementary schools. Orange...

Lack of Transparency Leads to Discontent Over Historic Preservation

Editor, Thanks so much to Ann Christoph for her insightful and timely column last week concerning historic preservation. It definitely helps to set straight the misinformation promulgated at City Council and other meetings about the 1982 Historic Resources Inventory and the...

Four-Legged Marauders Are Back and Aggressive

Editor, Today at 3 p.m. I was just leaving my house to go on a work call when I heard my lab and little dog barking. I went into the fenced yard to see a coyote almost ready to attack my dogs! I’m not talking early a.m. or dusk, but 3 p.m. I yelled and chased the coyote...

The Kibitzer

The Dead is Alive and Well Last weekend in San Francisco was an historic event that brought people of all stripes together in sacred union. I’m not talking about gay pride. It was the start of the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well tour; five performances they swear will be their...
Posted On 02 Jul 2015