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‘The Fool on the Hill’

Editor, I was recently in attendance at a memorial service for a truly great man. His son was speaking to all of us about his father. Though the man was known worldwide, the son was telling everyone how he had searched high and low for something negative regarding his dad. His...

A Good Deed Deserves Repetition

  Editor, Last Friday, after swimming at the high school pool earlier in the evening, there was a single knock at my door. It was late so I jumped up right away and went to open the door. There was no one there, just my thick black wallet sitting on my doorstep. “Why was it...

Democracy’s Most Valuable Real Estate: the Voting Booth

Editor: As election day nears, I am pinching myself yet again.  While our process of electing leaders is far from perfect, it is way ahead of what’s in second place. Voting is, at its core, the acting out of one of America’s deepest ideals. No one said it better than...

‘Foolish Consistencies’ Don’t Trouble Madison Supporter

Editor, We must be careful not to support political character assassinations.  In this era of sound bites and informational snippets, it is most important to elect council members because of their integrity and commitment to public service. Anyone who knows Jon Madison will...

Madison’s Unproven Claims Disqualify Him

Editor, All candidates for city council should be commended for undertaking the arduous process of a campaign, where they are relentlessly questioned about every detail of their platform and qualifications. All for the dubious reward of yet more and harsher criticism for their...

Can’t Support an Uninformed Candidate

Editor, I read with interest the results of the forum for candidates for City Council reported in the Independent. I was disappointed to read that candidate Michele Hall felt humans aren’t having an affect on climate change. She indicated she is taking this position after reading...

GOP Criticizes Zur Schmiede’s Campaign Tactics

Editor, Rob, Toni and Village Laguna are the big money ticket in 2014. If you could buy an election, they win!  But VL spent 10 times over the opposition in 2012 and lost both the $30 million parcel tax and VL stalwart Verna Rollinger’s council seat. Trouble signs for the 2014 VL...

Letters Fail to Illuminate

Editor, I think it is time for the local newspapers to stop publishing candidate-related political letters during election campaigns, with a possible exception for letters about truly newsworthy topics, subject to the same criteria editors use for news articles. Candidate letters...

Crackdown Leaves Kayaker Stranded Onshore

Editor, I read Micheal Ray’s column about Fisherman’s Cove. (Musings on the Coast, The Madness at Fisherman’s Cove, Oct. 16) It is a shame that a place enjoyed by so many is enjoyed by few now. I kept my kayak there and let others use it when they wanted to. It...

Why a Fulltime Treasurer is Needed

Editor, Citizens of Laguna Beach! It’s Paul Merritt, your candidate for Laguna Beach City Council, with a critical expose of gross negligence and fiscal mismanagement. In 2012 a new audit firm was hired. They discovered that an entry in the 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial...

Voter Questions Brown’s Judgment

Editor, What’s not to like about Ketta?  Unpretentious charisma, great soccer mom, school volunteer.  Good character not in question, it’s her judgment that let us down. Ketta Brown told the Indy, “There’s so much new…coming down from federal and state government…I realize having...

Is Zur Scmiede a Committed Volunteer?

Editor, I find it an offensive stretch of the truth that candidate for City Council Rob Zur Schmiede considers himself a “committed Laguna Beach volunteer” yet he only graduated in June from the Laguna Beach Police Department Citizens Academy and only this year signed...

Merritt Defender Takes a Stand

Editor, The campaign for the Laguna Beach City Council is in full swing and I have serious concerns. I’m concerned that citizen groups and candidates haven’t come together for civil debate about issues that affect all. A steady climb of pedestrian injuries and death for innocent...

Grossman Criticizes Council’s Lack of Responsiveness

Editor, “I am writing Mayor Pro Tem Bob Whalen to complain. I urge you to do the same,” Michael Ray wrote in an Oct. 17 column in the Indy. Don’t hold your breath Michael! I wrote Bob twice in November of 2013 explaining to him how Captain Lenyi, the second in command to Paul...

A Battle Over a Ballot Description

Editor, I was not questioning whether or not Ms. Hall has ever done community service (“Hall Rebuts a Voter’s Assumption,” Letters, Oct. 17). I was questioning the appropriateness of listing “community volunteer” under her name on the California ballot as if no one else running...