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Guest Opinion: Good Slogans, Bad Policy

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By Laguna Beach Mayor Sue Kempf and Mayor Pro-Tem Bob Whalen The proponents of Measure Q certainly have catchy slogans—stop overdevelopment and put Laguna residents...

Taking Stock

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Crack On More Sail Like a sound ship in moderate seas, the stock market is maintaining a steady course and speed. Sailors know that even...

Opinion: Green Light

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Knights of Dave Min’s Laguna “Environmental Roundtable”  The event, attended by maybe forty people who are hardcore local environmentalists, was under-publicized and unpretentious. No news...

Taking Stock

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Double Or Bubble? Four years ago in March 2009, the Dow Jones Industrial Average bottomed out at 6,547 and the S&P 500 at 677. They...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

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Memories From a New Family “Two households, both alike in dignity,” our son quoted to the Beautiful Wife and me in welcome. He was too...

Taking Stock

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Here Comes June, Here Comes The Economy The economy contracted during the first quarter. The Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, which accurately predicted this disappointing first...

Opinion: Green Light

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An Alpine Christmas with Our French Family Our Laguna-born and bred younger son, Todd, lives in the quaint French village of Sallanches, located about a...

Wisdom Workout: Paradox

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Have you noticed that if you attempt to care deeply about everyone and everything, you end up stretched so thin that you become brittle,...

Village Matters: Flickering Memories Illuminate Future

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  It was the early ‘70s and neighbor Ralph Davis pleaded with the Orange County Planning Commission, “Remember the Bel Air fire!” Somehow he had...

Village Matters

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Heart and Soul Live On   The view outside our kitchen window on the farm where I grew up was of the rolling Wisconsin fields, farmhouses...

Village Matters: They’re Disposable

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Ours is a town of causes and we’re often asked to contribute, sometimes by buying a chance on a raffle.  This time my friend...

Local Currents

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Mutual Responsibility   "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” Abraham Lincoln.     Last week a local friend called with a concern about potential energy...

Taking Stock

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Farewell To May, Hello To Summer The market had a good month. As May comes to a close, the S&P 500 is up around 6%...

Just for Laughs

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Read the Personals   HOLIDAY SHOPPING DONE for next year. That’s right – Delicious Branahougan fruit cakes are selling 2 for $35 and packed in a beautiful...

Wisdom Workout

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Exercising Your Own Voice My friend of 38 years came to stay with me. She needed to get away from home. She is 90 and...