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Opinion: Coping with teen substance abuse

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By Nessa Kavanagh  Parents are often under the impression that any teenage drug use is extremely dangerous, leading them to believe that extreme measures are...

Opinion: This is Where We Live – Repurposing

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By Hunter Fuentes and Jon Stordahl  One of us (I’ll give you a hint: the older one) was confirmed at St. Vibiana’s, the former...

Opinion: Laguna Beach Reflects on Black History Month

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By Rebecca Washington-Lindsey February, a short month, leaves little time to celebrate, honor, reflect or reminisce about African American/Black history. The 2024 national theme was...

Opinion: Wisdom Workout

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Heavy-Handed or a Soft Touch By Susan McNeal Velasquez Some say, "You create everything in your universe. The magic emanates from you." Others say: "everything is...

Opinion: Pet Peeves

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Pineapple Express By Mark D. Crantz I watched from my monastery window as Laguna Beach was hit with the Pineapple Express. It was raining cats and...

Opinion: Dear Susi Q suggests yoga for the not-so-youthful!

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By Lynette Brasfield Pretzels. I love to eat them, but I’m not too good at turning myself into one. So yoga has always been a...

Opinion: Surveying 2024 priorities for Laguna Beach 

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By Merrill Anderson  Laguna Residents First conducted an online Survey Monkey poll circulated amongst registered voters in Laguna Beach in January 2024. A total of 370...

Opinion: Village matters

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Too Late Smart I was hoping I was wrong. Maybe that beautiful coast live oak tree in our neighborhood would survive a new owner who...

Opinion: Pet peeves

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Curb Your Enthusiasm By Mark D. Crantz Hello readers. It’s me, the Pet Peeves guy. Don’t get upset. I’m not back for good, just back for...

Opinion: It’s always darkest before the dawn

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By Billy Fried The Nazis were back in town this week, waving their freak flag. Last time, it was a Main Beach rally – where...

Opinion: Green Light 

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The Ecology Center and Laguna’s Community Garden Park  Sustainable growing and eating are receiving more public attention now than ever before in my octogenarian lifetime....

Opinion: Random Guy Notices Things

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Gardening in Aliso Canyon with Farmer Leo  By Gary Stewart In 1871, the Thurstons arrived by wagon from Utah and picked a prime spot next to...

Opinion: The Day Everything Changed

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By Denny Freidenrich Former President Barack Obama was too young to remember the watershed event, but I’m sure if you ask Joe Biden, Donald Trump,...

Opinion: Wisdom Workout

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Your Capacity to Love Since Valentine’s Day will be over by the time I write to you again, I thought I’d help get you prepared....

Opinion: This is Where We Live

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Frazee House By Hunter Fuentes and Jon Stordahl We all know the idiom, “It never hurts to ask.” That is exactly how Clark and Greg Collins...