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Pet Peeves

The Alibi It’s been 29 years now. That was the last New Year’s Eve that I was awake for. Marriage, kids, and job made me too tired to whoop it up and bring in a new year of marriage, kids and job. Plus you look like a moron celebrating another year of marriage, kids and job. I...

Wisdom Workout

Awakening Emotional Intelligence It is a part of our human nature to fear and avoid change, emotional discomfort, visibility, vulnerability and the unknown. We want to be right, sure, safe and free from pain. We wish that we could find some way to reap all of life’s...

Taking Stock

How To Handle A Correction Stocks continue to stumble further into a “correction,” defined as a decline of more than 10%. These unnerving events occur about 20 months and take an average of 3 months to work themselves out. A “bear market” is a decline of more than 20%. There was...

Anecdote Illustrates a Considerate Soul

I would like to pay tribute to a big man in a small way from the memory of my time as a young boy. I read with sadness of the passing of Dick Jahraus. I referred to him as “Mr. Jahraus” in the time of my memory. I was 13 and just learning to surf at Rockpile, just below Mr....

Gratz Letter Should Have Been Edited

Editor, A letter from this week’s paper by Gene Gratz used the term redneck. This is a disparaging term, and also had absolutely nothing to do with the subject.  It was used gratuitously and for no reason. Why does you paper allow bigotry against European, white and Christian...

ACLU Contributed to the Problem of Homelessness

Editor, “You see him as a saint. I’m far less awed. In fact, I see right through him. He’s a fraud.” Tartuffe, Act I, sc. 1. The “vituperation” inspired by the ACLU’s lawsuit against our city is indeed deserved. (Letters, Dec. 31, “We Should Look At Ourselves”). The ACLU is...

Interview Opens a Window on Congressman

Editor, Thank you for publishing your interview with Dana Rohrabacher, our representative in the House of the Representatives (Dec. 31 Indy). It was an opportunity to see just how simplistic his thinking is on the very important issues that face us, such as terrorism,...

Interim Solution Needed for Radioactive Waste

Editor, Thank you LB Indy Tim Randall for the “Q&A with Rohrabacher.” It is important to know the ideas of our 13 term House of Representatives congressman.  I have spoken with him twice in the last three years about San Onofre. As quoted, he understands a nuclear plant on...

Please Rethink Trapping and Killing Coyotes

Editor, We were shocked and saddened to read about the plan to trap and kill coyotes in Laguna Beach in a response to the increase in family pets being killed (“Laguna Targets Pregnant Coyotes,” Dec. 24 edition).  The most notable was the dog who was snatched up because a door...

A Better Use for Forest Avenue?

Editor, Four weeks ago Laguna hosted Hospitality Night on Forest Avenue. Visitors left the event with an illusion of buzzing night-life, food concessions, open galleries and a crowd of visiting patrons. Last Saturday night I walked down the same Forest Avenue to find the block...

Writer Aims to Cultivate Conversation

Editor, What if Laguna Beach became famous for the art of conversation? In spite of Facebook, Twitter, email, etc., they say the art of talking directly to other humans is dying. Research has shown that even talking to total strangers can be worthwhile. The visiting daughter of a...

Getting at the Meaning

Editor, What the heck is a “Teutonic shift in which the Republicans are losers”? (“Making Sense of 2015,” in the Dec. 31 edition.)Teutonic is defined by Webster as “Pertaining to the tall blonde race characteristic of northern Europe.” After painting a...

Village Matters

Laguna Beach their Liverpool? I’m not much of a groupie. I haven’t followed the music scene, either locally or further afield. But that changed last year when I got the idea that the South Laguna Community Garden Park should have a rock concert to raise money to buy the garden...

The Kibitzer

I should have known better than to take my first trip to Cuba with a bunch of retired guys from Philly. It wasn’t just the east coast abrasiveness (which I myself have been accused of), their lack of mobility, or their rather narrow worldviews. It was also the cigars. Nothing to...
Posted On 08 Jan 2016

Pet Peeves

Under Our Skin If residents are mad at Haagen pricing, then I say residents are apoplectic at Oceane Skin Care sales tactics. Residents are all red faced and hot under the collar at their high-pressure salespeople. Definitely this business has gotten under our collective skin and...