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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,...

Unimproved Walkways Inconvenience Those on Foot

Editor, While cyclists worry about their three feet of space, we pedestrians sometimes worry about even two feet or at least enough to avoid having to walk sideways on “sidewalks” no bigger than paths between Moss Street and Nyes Place adjacent to southbound Coast Highway. I met...

View Preservation Policy is Cumbersome and Expensive

Another example of bad policy by the Laguna City Council is the view preservation policy. This new policy is intended to protect prior views, including hedges that are not within the front, rear, and side “setbacks”. There is no maximum height for hedges under the policy. It...

The Slant

Where the sidewalk ends. Laguna Beach is one of the greatest places on earth to live as long as you don’t walk or ride a bike. Laguna Beach is one of the only local coastal cities that put pedestrians and bicyclists so egregiously in danger. Our streets are set up for cars and...

Correction

An article in the Jan. 23 edition about improvements at the high school, “Tennis Courts, Pool Improvements Get Go-Ahead,” incorrectly described the type of landscaping planted and landscape architect Ann Christoph’s relationship to the project. Christoph designed the landscaping...

Wisdom Workout

My Global Girls  The International Terminal at LAX was crowded with those of us waiting for the next wave of arriving passengers. I kept my eyes glued on the sloping walkway as the top-heavy carts of passengers, freed from customs, made their way up the ramp. My youngest...

Pet Peeves

Banana Peel I’ve been fascinated by Indy readers reaction to the web-published guest column, “Ban the Bananas.” The author, Mindaugas Gedaudas, claims that radiation from spent fuel rods is no more lethal than if you stuck 50-80 million bananas in your ear. So far, I’m up to 125...

Taking Stock

Plus Ça Change “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” A French novelist originated this proverb (Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.) later adopted by George Bernard Shaw and Bon Jovi. Stock market moods and moves continually echo its wisdom. A few months...

Author’s Story Perpetuates Stereotyping

Editor, Stereotypes are unfair and should be avoided. People should be judged by their own actions, not by the perceived characteristics of the group to which they belong. Certainly it is terrible that Muslims were attacked back in 2001, as well as other groups who were mistaken...

Facts on Hate Crimes Reflect a Different View

I have been reading with interest the back and forth on Ms. Razin’s fiction article that first appeared two weeks ago. Ms. Razin believes there was an anti-Muslim fervor after 9-11 and quotes The Independent, “…Laguna’s embrace of someone that stands out amid the anti- Muslim...

View-Protecting Ordinances Remain Too Costly

Editor, Probably one of the most understated letter titles ever “Hedge Height Policy is Cumbersome, Expensive” (Jan. 9 edition) was attached to Louis Lee’s fine letter last week about the city hedge ordinance. The hedge height policy, like the view preservation ordinances (past...