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Sore Winners and Sour Grapes

Editor, What does it mean when the winner of an election is bitter and resentful, while a candidate who lost is grateful and optimistic? How come spirits were higher at election night gatherings where candidates who lost felt good about the campaign, and toasted with candidates...

Longi Project Merits a Second Look

Editor, I am not a campaigning advocate, nor a vocal obstructionist to the proposed live/work project being proffered before the City Council on April 1. I have, however, been involved with the evolution of this decision by attending meetings, listening, and reading. ...

Ex-Candidate Ends Campaign With Gratitude

Editor: To all my passionate supporters: I am grateful to the people in our community who were open to the dialogue created by this election process and I greatly appreciated your support and encouragement over the past few months. Many people not only became interested in this...

Village Matters: Down to simple questions

Life lessons seem to be highlighted at every turn. Last weekend I saw the real faces from our high school yearbook, some I hadn’t seen in 50 years. Yes, it was Alfredo’s 50th high school reunion, and since I was a year behind at the same school, I at one time knew all of the 35...

Laguna, the next nanny state?

Editor, With the latest proposed ordinance to empower the police to confiscate the skateboards of helmet-less riders of any age and require offending juveniles to undergo a “counseling session”, perhaps we’ve finally reached a Gladwell-like tipping point on the...

Karger Qualifies for Home State Ballot

Most emails evoke a response. The one received this week by Fred Karger provoked tears. He learned California’s secretary of state will allow him to appear on the state’s primary ballot as one of only six Republican candidates, said Karger, the first openly gay candidate making a...

Karger Perseveres on the Campaign Trail

Laguna Beach resident and Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger is now on two early state primary ballots, having been notified he will be one of 11 Republicans placed on the ballot for the Michigan primary, to be held on Feb. 28. He had previously snagged a spot on the...

Brewing Honors for Bygone Trendsetters

On October 10, 1911, the women of California went to sleep thinking that they had lost the vote just as they had in the 1896 election. But upon waking the next morning they discovered that their campaigning had paid off as California legislators passed women’s suffrage. To honor...

Karger Returns to Campaigning

After two west coast fundraisers, Laguna Beach resident and Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger returns to the campaign trail. Karger’s 12-day trip that will take him on include his eighth stop in Iowa and his 17th trip to New Hampshire. Karger will be the first 2012...