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Reflections on Elections

Editor, Seeing elections in a mirror (“From the Rearview Mirror,” Indy Nov. 14), no wonder Michael Ray gets everything backwards. Instead of honoring our small town democratic ritual during a bizarre campaign season, Ray tells us he was “distinctly nauseated” by our 2014...

Trick or Treat Politics

Gale “Morrie” Granger (“Can’t Support Uninformed Candidate” Indy Oct. 11) and Tom Osborne (“When Ideology Trumps Fact” Indy Oct. 11) falsely accuse candidate Michele Hall of being a “global warming” heretic.  This Halloween week witch-hunt comes as support for Hall surges....

GOP Criticizes Zur Schmiede’s Campaign Tactics

Editor, Rob, Toni and Village Laguna are the big money ticket in 2014. If you could buy an election, they win!  But VL spent 10 times over the opposition in 2012 and lost both the $30 million parcel tax and VL stalwart Verna Rollinger’s council seat. Trouble signs for the 2014 VL...

Letters Fail to Illuminate

Editor, I think it is time for the local newspapers to stop publishing candidate-related political letters during election campaigns, with a possible exception for letters about truly newsworthy topics, subject to the same criteria editors use for news articles. Candidate letters...

A Battle Over a Ballot Description

Editor, I was not questioning whether or not Ms. Hall has ever done community service (“Hall Rebuts a Voter’s Assumption,” Letters, Oct. 17). I was questioning the appropriateness of listing “community volunteer” under her name on the California ballot as if no one else running...

Preserving a Truer Heritage

Editor, Elections are not decided by letters to the editor, but it’s a window into hearts and minds. Lamentably, some express a surprising intolerance for spirited but good-natured pluralism, perhaps our truest heritage. A varied civic culture is the tapestry into which o...

A Day of Politics and Fun in the Sun

Editor, On behalf of Laguna Beach Republicans we want to thank all those local Laguna Beach residents who came out last Saturday for a celebration at the LB GOP 2014 Voter Education Headquarters, located in the Big Pink building on Laguna Canyon Road (between the SUP store and...

Speaker’s Corner

Good Schools Deserve Good Management Let’s be clear, in civic affairs it is positive to point out negatives that need to be addressed to preserve overall positive outcomes.  Concomitantly, it is negative to be positive but in denial about negatives impeding optimal results....

Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights

By Howard Hills After my grandmother Julia Hills passed away in 1963 we bought a new home in Wood’s Cove. Her old cottage above Boat Canyon that we loved was sold and demolished to make way for a church. My wife and kids knew that my sense of loss about my childhood home was one...

Portraits From Laguna’s Street People

  Early Memories of the Homeless in Laguna I remember as a kid driving back home to Laguna after a day at the Fun Zone up in Newport.  After dark we rode the auto ferry to Balboa Island, crossed the old bridge into Corona del Mar and headed south on PCH. Looking out the...

Help and Hope for At-Risk Students

Led admirably by Principal Joanne Culverhouse, the educators at LBHS who we count on to keep students safe and help at risk young people have come up with a bold idea that can bring the light of truth into one of the darkest corners of our lives. On May 12 the doors of the...

Council Expands Village Entrance Dialogue

Before a packed house, the Laguna Beach City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to step up community outreach on the disputed village entrance project and also approved funds for soil analysis and odor control at the sewer lift station within the project. Even so, many residents expressed...

Delighted by Local GOP Successes

Editor, I would like to gratefully thank all of my volunteers for their hard work and dedication during this election cycle. It was a battle well fought and even though we did not win at the national level, we did very well at the local level. We supported our newly redistricted...

Political Lowdown

Many Venues to Hear Candidates Firsthand Incumbent City Council members Elizabeth Pearson and Kelly Boyd this week endorsed fellow incumbent Jane Egly and challenger Robert Whalen in the election for Laguna’s City Council on Nov. 6. They host a meet and greet event at the Marine...

Do These Republicans Share a Common Stance?

Editor, In last week’s paper, Michele Hall, president of the Laguna Beach Republicans, as part of her letter endorsing Steve Dicterow for City Council (“GOP HQ Supports Dicterow,” Letters, Aug. 17), wrote that, “as Republicans, we believe in individual freedoms, less government...
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