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Envisioning a ‘Streetcar Named Desire’

Editor, In 1948 play “Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams received the Pulitzer Prize for drama. In 1951, the American film debut was selected for historical preservation.  Laguna Beach now has the opportunity to own its first streetcar with a thoughtful approach given...

Village Matters

Jolted Into Action There was a strong thump and a jolt. Then I realized I had just been rear-ended. It was noon last Friday, one of our hot and humid summer beach days. Coast Highway was congested with cars going both directions. It seems like there are more beach goers than ever...

Musings on the Coast

                                  Facing Up to Mexico’s Problem   Mexico has a huge problem and it has nothing to do with Donald Trump’s racist rants. Its problem is the insatiable demand for illegal drugs from its northern neighbor. The Council on Foreign Relations estimates the...
Posted On 23 Jul 2015

Pet Peeves

Poetry Runoff Whew. I read in the Indy that the first case of an offending tree obstructing the skyline has been settled. Only a few details remain. There appears to be one tree house found in the tree, whose origin remains unknown, but may be eligible for the Heritage list. And...

Taking Stock

The Third Year Theme This, the third year of the presidential election cycle, has historically been very favorable for the stock market. That’s good news as stocks are still having trouble sustaining traction. Led by Apple and Google, the NASDAQ over-the-counter stock average...

Clearing a Way to Tap Recycled Water

Editor, (This letter was addressed to the City Council also.) We ask that the city and water district plan for a reclaimed water distribution system within the Laguna Beach County Water District area, to be implemented as soon as possible. Now that the Driftwood open space...

It Takes a Village to Keep its Elders

Editor, As a resident of Laguna Beach for over 40 years, I was so glad to hear about the survey on senior housing needs (“Survey Assess Housing Needs of Seniors,” July 3 edition).  I am a nurse practitioner specializing in gerontology and have seen so many seniors throughout...

Laguna, A Soot Free Town

Editor: After the El Toro military airport was closed all commercial airplanes adjusted their route to fly directly over Laguna Beach. Their exhaust, which rained on our town contained seven carcinogens: benzene, hexane, toluene, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde,...

Useless ‘Lyptus Speaks Out

Editor, My name is Hugh. Hugh Calyptus. I come from Australia. Actually, I was abducted from Australia and abandoned here in Laguna Beach.  But don’t get me wrong, I love it here in beautiful Laguna.  It has all those marvelous “view sheds” and other fantastic...

Eucalyptus Battles Straddle the Globe

Editor, In a recent letter to editor, another South Laguna resident made some sweeping statements (some out of context to the issue in Laguna) about planting trees helter-skelter in Laguna. Laguna is considered a high-risk fire area by our own city, county, state, fire...

Expect to Pay Dearly to Restore Views

Editor, The View Restoration Committee had their first case in seven months under this new policy (“View Committee Clears its First Dispute,” July 10 edition), which says something about the policy’s usefulness. In order to complain about an overgrown hedge (or tree), the...

View Committee True to its Intent

Editor, Congrats to the View Restoration Committee for negotiating an agreement between two property owners who have fought for six years over a lost view “View Committee Clears its First Dispute,” July 10.)  I’m glad to see that the process outlined in the ordinance is...

Controversy Over Cuba Continues

Editor, Re: the letter from Katy Moss (“Another Perspective on Cuba,” Letters, July 10) Basically, everything she stated about Cuba is true.  It is a dictatorship. You can be imprisoned for any reason or no reason. It is poor. There is not enough of anything. As a tourist, you...

The Slant

Rethinking the Lorax A generation of people grew up loving Lorax, a Dr. Seuss character. The Lorax “spoke for the trees” and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. The illustrated book and animated movie made those who cut trees into villains. As it was intended,...

Guest Column

Earning Puppy Love Oct. 13, 1997-July 2, 2015 Our dog, Bogart died earlier this month. Rosalie found him tucked in his bed and when he didn’t get up for his morning walk, she ran to wake me.  He looked very peaceful. Still, we cried, but were thankful he died in his sleep in his...