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Realism Strengthens Schools

Editor, The Journal of Educational Psychology recently published a National Science Foundation study on high school science curriculum. Specialists in cognitive studies at Columbia University Teacher’s College found student performance enhanced by realism in instructional...

Frustrated by Anti-Social Media

Editor, I read the column by James Utt entitled, “A Luddite’s Lament” in the March 25, 2016 edition. James is not alone in his lament. I shake my head at all of this high-tech way of communicating.  I love how he wryly describes social media as “anti social media.” Communicating...

Former Arts Commissioner Seeks Apology

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to city managers and Art Commission members.) I am sending this to you to publish on behalf of artists and to hopefully repair the City of Laguna Beach’s arts management practices. The day after concerns about my art (a wood palette) were...

Why Not Walk?

Editor, What if we started a word of mouth campaign in Laguna Beach titled Walk Laguna? You don’t need a dog to walk. Walking alone is fine, and walking with family, friends and neighbors is great, too, in one of the most beautiful towns in the world. Walk to a trolley and...

Guest column

Perk City By Jennifer Welsh Zeiter If Huntington Beach is Surf City, then Laguna Beach is Perk City. Kudos to Rita Robinson of the Indy for the news article exposing the home purchase program offered by the city to our new assistant city manager/director of public works. Under...

A Little More about Independence Day

Editor, In 1776, representatives from the 13 British colonies in America gathered in Philadelphia to see if they could unite and declare independence from Britain, and if successful, form a new nation. Have you ever wondered why, at the risk of their lives and fortunes, did they...

Guest column

Laguna Overlooks Pursuit of Better Broadband City leaders in Irvine, San Diego and elsewhere in California have begun working with Google Fiber to explore the possibility of introducing super-fast internet service to their respective cities. The City of Santa Cruz is embarking on...

James Emmi

June 23, 1916 – May 14, 2016 James Emmi, known to his family and friends as Jimmy, passed away on May 14, 2016, only 40 days before his 100 birthday, with his wife, Catherine, stepson Cameron, and his close friends by his side. Emmi was an avid sailor, participating in well over...

Pet Peeves

Graduation Daze I enjoyed reading the Indy article “Class of 2016 Displays an Enterprising Bent.” 116 undergraduates received diplomas from Laguna College of Art and Design on Monday, May 23. On Tuesday, May 24 they returned to their parents’ basements. “Hey, Bob want to pl...

Inside Out

In the Name of God “In the name of God,” he said, as the CNN Sunday morning news anchor proclaimed 50 people dead. I was in the midst of ironing my clothes while getting ready for the 25th anniversary celebration of Irvine United Congregational Church’s decision to become Orange...

Critique Finds Flaws in Survey

Editor, I am appalled, but sadly not surprised. John Pietig and his merry band at City Hall want to raise our taxes and they have constructed a survey that is so biased that of course it will prove we want our taxes raised. I worked in market research and I know how you can...

Fire Season is Upon Us

Editor, This letter was also addressed to Fire Chief La Tendresse Thank you for your comprehensive response.  It certainly appears that you understand the daunting challenges associated with curtailing the careless behavior exhibited by some visitors to the open areas.  While...

Students Put on A Show

Editor, Monday’s (June 6) premier performance of 170 fourth and fifth grade orchestra and band students joined with Laguna’s Community Concert Band in presenting an inspirational musical program, ending with a finale played by all three groups together. It was a spectacular...

Police Checkpoints Are A Waste

Editor, Police say that checkpoints are an effective deterrence to drunk and drugged driving. Of course they do, especially when the embarrassing lack of evidence doesn’t show it. I say checkpoints are a waste of taxpayer money and a police union ploy to pad the already fat...

Protecting Quality of Life Requires More Policing

Editor, (The letter also was sent to elected city officials, the city manager and police chief.) Until we can figure out how to legislate good behavior, our police are tasked with the role of providing adult supervision to those who need it. With 6 million visitors per year, some...