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View Committee True to its Intent

Editor, Congrats to the View Restoration Committee for negotiating an agreement between two property owners who have fought for six years over a lost view “View Committee Clears its First Dispute,” July 10.)  I’m glad to see that the process outlined in the ordinance is...

Controversy Over Cuba Continues

Editor, Re: the letter from Katy Moss (“Another Perspective on Cuba,” Letters, July 10) Basically, everything she stated about Cuba is true.  It is a dictatorship. You can be imprisoned for any reason or no reason. It is poor. There is not enough of anything. As a tourist, you...

The Slant

Rethinking the Lorax A generation of people grew up loving Lorax, a Dr. Seuss character. The Lorax “spoke for the trees” and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. The illustrated book and animated movie made those who cut trees into villains. As it was intended,...

Guest Column

Earning Puppy Love Oct. 13, 1997-July 2, 2015 Our dog, Bogart died earlier this month. Rosalie found him tucked in his bed and when he didn’t get up for his morning walk, she ran to wake me.  He looked very peaceful. Still, we cried, but were thankful he died in his sleep in his...

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...

The Kibitzer

  Finally, Enlightenment Over Water Conservation Just when you thought Orange County was a hopeless backwater of evangelicals and climate deniers, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recently blessed us with his 80th birthday celebration and Global Compassion Conference. The noise...
Posted On 16 Jul 2015

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...

Wisdom Workout

The Three-Legged Race   Large community picnics were a staple of summer when I was growing up. One of the activities was the three-legged race. The way it works is that you pair up with a partner. Your leg is tied to your teammates leg. The goal is to move as fast as you can...

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...