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Pet Peeves

Always on the Wrong Side I love the trolleys. Seems like a lot of others do, too. It’s uplifting to see the smiling faces as they pass me by. I’ve come to realize that my place in Laguna is to step aside and allow younger folks, which means everyone else, to climb aboard before...

Shore Scene

Avoid Pinching Crabs   When wandering among the tidepools, who can resist watching little crabs scurrying across the surface of the rocks or along the bottom of a tidepool? Living in the upper intertidal zone under rocks, in crevices, in tidepools and within mussel beds, the...

Thomas P. De Paolo, 1923-2015

Tom de Paolo, 91, passed away July 2, in Laguna Beach, of complications from diabetes. He went as he always said he wanted to, in his home overlooking the Pacific. He received a steady stream of calls and visits from family and friends in his last few days, and had a smile and a...

Artist Breaks Through in a New Medium

By Anne Moore It is not often that an artist switches to a completely new medium. That is what Laguna artist and resident Marjorie Sanders has done by moving from digitally created, metallic prints to fused glass pieces. After a three-year hiatus, Sanders has returned to...

A Small Test of a Potentially Bigger Disaster

Editor: I hate to be the proverbial canary in the coal mine, but from the events of last Friday, I sincerely hope that we come to terms that we are in a crisis with likely worse events and consequences when the actual fire season begins. After all, the Canyon is a tinder box and...

Another Perspective on Cuba

Editor, I missed Michael Ray’s first column on Cuba because I was travelling in South America. I have now read both of Ray’s columns and his response to a reader’s letter. I beg to differ with Mr. Ray. When I was in Cuba in December of 2013, I did see beggars and hungry people in...

Response to Ray

Editor, I read Michael Ray’s response to my letter regarding his column on Cuba. Mr. Ray seems to be missing the point of my letter, which was not specifically about Cuba. Substitute any other country or city for Cuba and the point is the same: Why does the Indy subject the...

Kudos for Recognizing a Leader’s Influence

Editor, A superb editorial that illuminates how an individual, over time, can have a profound influence on public opinion. Bob also influenced UCI administrators to alter attitudes towards gay employees and students. I’m delighted to see that the Indy featured your...

The Village Entrance Has Arrived

Editor, Congratulations to The Festival of Arts for a spectacular and inspiring facade designed by Bauer Architects of Newport Beach. The choice of materials and its impact sets the bar and will drive the re-visioning process including restoration and enhancement of Laguna Creek,...

One Family’s Story

  An extraordinary event happened on our 39th wedding anniversary: the Supreme Court decided that same-sex marriages are legal in all 50 states. What possibly could connect these two events? Those 39 years reflect a lifetime of love and intimacy and commitment. And now our...

Shore Scene

Torpedoes of the Sea For the last nine months, Laguna Beach and much of Southern California has been experiencing higher than normal water temperatures. Associated with this warm water event, El Niño, is the appearance of some marine visitors that are usually found in tropical...

Pet Peeves

  Pursuit of Happiness This year’s Pageant of the Masters show is entitled, “Pursuit of Happiness.” My initial reaction was “wow,” they’re doing a show about the 1963 Rockefeller marriage and the pursuit of Happy Rockefeller by the angry spouses and families left behind. But...

Dr. C, Please Phone Home

Editor, When she left Laguna in 2014 to become the assistant superintendent of educational services in Palos Verdes, I said Joanne Culverhouse would return someday. Now that Sherine Smith, the Laguna Beach Unified School District superintendent of schools, has announced she plans...

Viewpoint on the View Ordinance

Editor, I see by the two thoughtful letters last week that a few more people are awaking to the destruction of Laguna’s once priceless view sheds by overgrown non-native vegetation. For many long years a group of us have written letters, attended countless meetings, and did a lot...

Growing Trees Now an Ethical Imperative

Editor, It is established science and public policy in California that a global climate disaster is coming, caused by atmospheric carbon, which will make one-third of the species on earth extinct during the lifetimes of the children in Laguna Beach elementary schools. Orange...