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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

The Anxieties Of August The stock drop on the last day of July was the type of abrupt decline that we have not experienced for quite some time. April had brought an earlier big dip but that was concentrated in higher risk, headline-hunting stocks. Large-cap stocks have been carrying extra weight recently as smaller cap […]

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How to Be a Cool Grandmother

How to Be a Cool Grandmother

By Susan Jacob, Special to the Independent In all my life, I never once concerned myself with being cool. The idea held no interest for me. My family and friends would likely testify to the fact that I am in no way cool. The issue that is motivating me at this late date is the […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Are You Running On Empty? When life was more leisurely, summer was a time for increased relaxation and ease. Today, many of us are speeding down the highway of life at breakneck speeds, demanding that we operate in full-on problem solving mode but with the added pressure that we are supposed to slam on the […]

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The Best Show in Town

The Best Show in Town

Editor, One of Laguna Beach’s major hotels is smack in the middle of downtown Laguna.  At a recent meeting of the Planning Commission, the general manager of that hotel objected to a proposed rooftop dining facility across the street because of anticipated noise and loss of privacy. Visitors to Laguna hotels have a wide choice […]

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Cyclists List Fixes for Safer Streets

Cyclists List Fixes for Safer Streets

Editor, We are writing to express our concern about the grave situation with respect to pedestrian and bicyclist safety in Laguna Beach. Nearly all of our trips around town in Laguna are by bike. We do this in order to ease the traffic situation by not adding another vehicle to already crowded roadways as well […]

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Letter Cites Best-Practices Website for Land Planning

Letter Cites Best-Practices Website for Land Planning

Editor, Re: Cathy Bartels’ letter of July 25, “Lets Make Life the Top Priority” “I especially like www.streetfilms.org” Thank you Cathy for giving a plug to one of my favorite reference web sights. Streetfilms produces short films showing how smart transportation design and policy result in better places to live, work and play. The goal […]

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A Prescription for Safe and Happy Riding

A Prescription for Safe and Happy Riding

Editor, I am a bicyclist; a safe one. I realize that if hit by a car, I lose. Look at the picture on the front page of your July 25, 2014 issue: How many bicyclists are in the bike lane and how many are not? Have you ever seen a bicyclist stop for a stop […]

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Running the Hills Instead of the Highway

Running the Hills Instead of the Highway

Editor, As we move through the long days in the heart of summer, we’re also in prime running season.  I’ve enjoyed reading about the summer successes and activities of the Laguna Beach boys and girls cross country teams.  Congrats to Coaches Wittkop and Lalim for their hard work, and pursuit of excellence.  We’re also in […]

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Santa Ana is a Better Location

Santa Ana is a Better Location

Editor, I feel compelled once again to air my disdain on how the ACLU has helped Laguna Beach to roll out the welcome mat for all homeless. After walking by the congregation that panhandles for “your” money this morning, I made my way for coffee at a local service station. There, I encountered a well-known homeless […]

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Would Two-Bits Tame Congestion?

Would Two-Bits Tame Congestion?

Editor, They say we break the record for bicycle and pedestrian deaths for a town our size. If you look in the concrete gutter in front of the “dirty bird,” (Sandpiper Lounge) you’ll see the contractor’s impression indicating Coast Highway was built in 1927. Actually we are being held hostage by an antique highway that […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Back in the ‘80s Back in the ‘80s. That phrase seems so strange to me, having grown up with references to old times like “before the war (WWII)” or “back in the ‘50s.” Now here was a “young” man (who must have been about 40 if he was talking about being a kid in the […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Prehistoric Creatures Close-up Chitonsare primitive marine mollusks resembling trilobites whose fossil record can be traced back to the Devonian Period over 400 million years ago. There are over 900 existing species and fossil records for over 400 more extinct species. They have a worldwide distribution and can be found from the rocks in the intertidal […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Groundbreaking Discovery I took an inventory of my life. Bad career. Check. Bad marriage. Check and double check. (Gigantic asterisk needed here.) There has been one divorce, two annulments, three deportations, and a timeout. The timeout cost me the least. My current marriage seems to be working out. Ask my wife, Debbie, if you don’t […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Hey Buddy Hey buddy, whaddaya say? I think there’s something wrong with my hearing. My ears are on the fritz. Don’t roll your eyes at me readers. This is the place to tell you. It’s Pet Peeves. I complain here. Old people are expected to talk about their ailments. We have nothing else, but the […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Prehistoric Creatures Close-up  Chitonsare primitive marine mollusks resembling trilobites whose fossil record can be traced back to the Devonian Period over 400 million years ago. There are over 900 existing species and fossil records for over 400 more extinct species. They have a worldwide distribution and can be found from the rocks in the intertidal […]