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The Slant

Greetings and Prayers for Gelson’s Déjà vu — the feeling that you have already experienced something that is actually happening for the first time. Under the glare of the Walmart style fluorescent lights I ambled along. The clank of carts, smell of freshly hosed down...

Pet Peeves

Hold It You’ll just have to hold it until we figure out which bathroom you can use. Readers shouldn’t bother raising their hand for permission to go, either. Nobody goes until we flush out an answer. Holding it includes bullies out there. There’s an emergency moratorium on giving...

Wisdom Workout

A Bright Idea   Have you ever wished you could find an easy way to actualize your cherished dreams and goals? Do you try to protect yourself from self-criticism and disappointment if your results fall short of what you expected? Do you think you will ever reach the place...

Taking Stock

Tune In May And Stay To Play In recent months, it has not been easy to make money in stocks. Actually, it never is although strong market surges can create that impression for a while. Such bouts of optimism often pull in the unwary just in time for the next downward dip. In...

A Pitiless Approach

I am puzzled by the report that Laguna’s police department will be using a golf cart to round up homeless people found sleeping on the beach between the hours of 1 to 5 a.m. because “..people who walk in the early morning hours don’t like the nuisance issues and eyesore of people...

Golf Cart Hides But Doesn’t Solve Homelessness

Editor, Did your reporter take time to talk with any of the people who are now going to get their free ride to somewhere each morning (wherever somewhere is) to get even a single chapter of those life stories? Imagine how they got here and what they dream of for their future?...

‘Making Them Invisible to the Thoughtless’

Editor, It appears from Rita Robinson’s front page story, (“Police Golf Cart Will Round Up Homeless,” in the April 29, 2016, edition that our police chief, clearly not channeling Abraham Lincoln, believes that our poor, disabled and un-housed citizens are an eyesore that...

School Board Candidate Earns a Backer

Editor, Thank you Mr. Hills.  I’m thrilled that you are running for a seat on the Laguna Beach Board of Education.  Over the last year and a half, I have attended many board meetings and heard you speak on many issues of importance to our school district.  Initially, I was...

Plant a Tree, Block a View

Editor, In Mace Morse’s letter last week, “Trouble in Paradise” (Letters, April 28), he made many good points but made one major error. That was that people believe they can build a house in the hills of Laguna and then demand that everything between them and the ocean must go....

Keep Commerce Out of Neighborhoods

Editor, Please preserve the character of our community. To set the facts straight, those of us who are speaking for the silent majority against short-term rentals in Laguna Beach are not asking for a total prohibition; we only oppose having them in our residential areas.  Keep...

If You Can’t Beat ‘em, Hack ‘em

Editor, A few days ago, Stu News ran an online poll asking, “Do you favor allowing Laguna Beach homeowners to have short term (30 days or less) rentals?” Last Thursday, after the poll had been active for several days, the results were 81% opposed versus 19% in favor.  More than 4...

Dichotomy Seems Obvious

Editor, Quote of the year: “South Orange County is not growing.  Laguna Beach, with 24,000 residents, really hasn’t changed much in the last five years.  How are we going to entice more people into the community?” Anthony Teng, dean of the advanced technology...

The Kibitzer

The Real OGs of OC The Newport Beach Film Festival concluded its 17th year, and I salute our neighbors to the north for a job well done. They may not have our scenery or soul, but they have plenty of parking, plus movie screens to exhibit over 350 films from 50 countries. There’s...
Posted On 05 May 2016

Guest Column

Mother’s Day Memories By Sara Nuss-Galles  Mother’s Day was a complicated time in my childhood. My mother had survived World War II in Europe, and she had difficulty taking joy in life. For me, Mother’s Day was an opportunity to heal my mother’s pain and make her happy....