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Freedom Eroding Away

Editor,   Obama ruling America by mandate must be catching.   Now we even have some states and cities starting to rule by mandate.  A current example is that some coastal cities are mandating that stores cannot put customers’ purchases in plastic bags. It seems too many...

Shifty Tax Cuts

Editor, The short article, “Home buyers to pay for tax cuts” by Richard Cirelli in his column, ”Ask the Expert” is something every taxpayer should know. It is another example of how the shifty politicians fool you into thinking you are getting something with one hand, while at...

Fees, Another Name for Hidden Taxes

Editor,   You or your landlord have just received a property tax bill.  Every city is different, but you will probably see that most services and things that were long ago included in your basic property tax are now also listed as fees (just an added tax) on separate line...

Panning Some Banning

Editor,   Thanks Mr. Dorf, I just love to respond to silly accusations (“Barking Up the Tree of Hypocrisy,” Letters, Sept. 16). If my panning of some bans and supporting other bans makes me a hypocrite, in your esteemed opinion, then I have a lot of good company. Evaluating...

Barking up the Tree of Hypocrisy

Editor,   I’ve read local resident Dave Connell’s rants over the years in your pages, but for the first time I feel compelled to comment.   Mr. Connell has shown himself in the Sept. 9 edition to be the very definition of a hypocrite (“A Call for Another...

A Little Good News for Taxpayers

Editor,  It was good to read that the Mission Hospital purchased the empty lots behind the hospital.  Maybe now that land will be put to some useful purpose for the citizens of Laguna Beach. Too bad that a trail may eventually have to be routed around it. We only have zillions of...

Spending Other People’s Money

Editor, As I read some of the letters supporting another tax increase to buy empty lots, the self-serving arrogance of some people is almost beyond belief. All these letters from people who want to feel good about open space, no matter what it costs others, fail to understand...

Scouts Salute a Special Flag

Local American Legion Post officers Richard Moore and Dave Connell were on hand this week during a bridging ceremony for Laguna Beach Girl Scouts ready to move on to the next level of scouting. Legion representatives took part in the ceremony to describe proper flag etiquette to...

Don’t be Fooled Again

 Editor, If we are very lucky, Arnold’s increased sales tax of several years ago will finally end on June 30th. That’s the good news but the bad news is that Gov. Brown loves to steal your money just as much as Arnold. He and his Democrat majority want to keep high...

Club Calendar

City Manager Speaks to Taxpayers Group Laguna’s City Manager John Pietig is the guest speaker Tuesday, May 24, of the Laguna Beach Taxpayers Association, which convenes at 11:30 a.m. for its annual meeting at the Aliso Creek Inn.   “We are looking forward to his presentation...

Sticking it to Taxpayers Again

Editor, Regarding the news item that a group wants us to pay for more open space for them (“Campaign Starts for Open Space Tax,” April 22). It is outrageous that a group of well-off environmental extremists want to stick the rest of us with a tax increase to satisfy their own...

Ocean Closure is Nonsense

How sad to see all the self-serving silly comments in the Independent article (“Marine Reserve Unsettles the Waters,” Dec. 24) regarding the closing of the Laguna Beach coast to fishing. Closing off this 21 square miles of prime fishing grounds really does nothing but put...

One View on Views

  Editor, I was very happy, as were countless other citizens, to hear that the City Council is taking action to simplify the hedge ordinance to reduce the complexity and high cost of filing a view obstruction claim. Though enacting the hedge ordinance many years ago was a...

Keep the Coast Open

Editor, Those advocating closing our coast to fishing, collecting, and about everything else make no sense. Fish and Game has always been able to protect our marine environment with effective regulations that are fully supported by all commercial and sports fishing elements. Fish...

Laguna Stays the Course on Fishing Ban

The City Council reiterated its support for a city-wide fishing ban and the designation of its entire coastline as a marine reserve, the highest level of protection permitted under state law. The controversial decision, which is still pending before state wildlife officials,...
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