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Helium-Balloon Ban Needed

Editor, We need to do something about these helium-filled balloons. I find them littering the beaches and back-country wherever I go. They are a menace to wildlife. Marine life and birds can ingest the balloons and become entangled and strangled by the strings, which are not...

Steps Toward Lowering the Town’s Footprint

Editor,   We’ve made some excellent progress lately. The city has passed the plastic bag ban, which is very good news, even if it will take a year to enact. I would suggest that the next things to be considered for a city ban would be helium balloons, which I find...

Come See For Yourself

  Editor, I totally agree with David Vanderveen (“Occupy Laguna,” Local Currents, Nov. 11). It’s really hard to feel the pain of protesters in New York when you’re living in Smugsville-by-the-Sea. Everything is so perfect here: the weather’s wonderful, the...

Leading the Herd

Editor, I may be one of the serial letter writers to whom Sandi Cain refers (“Stepping on the Soapbox for Sidewalks,” Letters, Sept. 30). Her points are well taken. We non-car users do whine a lot.   Regarding the issue of cyclists not paying their way: most cyclists also...

More Than Rain Distinguishes North from South

Editor, I’ve just returned from a six-week sojourn in Portland, Ore. Quite a contrast to O.C. I rode a bicycle maybe 100 miles a week on average. There are extensive bike routes all across the city and large numbers of cyclists. The most noticeable thing wa...

Skipping the Trivial to Save the Earth

Editor, How sad that Michael Ray gets a whole column to complain about stop lights (“Road Rage,” April 8, page 3). And all those column inches about skateboarders. We’ve become preoccupied with our own trivial little problems, while the whole planet is groaning from our...

Cutting Columbus Off His Pedestal

Editor,   I see it’s Columbus Day again and the banks and government offices are closed.   This seems amazingly anachronistic for a progressive community like Laguna. In fact it’s rather insulting to the indigenous American peoples, who have by n...