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Laguna Beach Independent Columns Section

Local Currents

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Hanoi, Z-Pizza and Horns “’What does a horn mean?’ That’s an interesting question about the social structure of a culture.” --John Parker, President, Amway Japan. While headed...

Taking Stock

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The Cliffhanger The “fiscal cliff” quickly replaced the Presidential election as the prime worry of Wall Street and its media slaves. Those who attribute recent...

Wisdom Workout

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April Fool’s Day The custom of setting aside a day for the playing of pranks on friends is recognized everywhere. In one famous prank from...

Patchwork: The Voice of Moderation

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by Chris Quilter   My mother's mother was a perfect lady. If she were starving, she would politely ask you if you were hungry. (No? Are...

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...

Wisdom Workout

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Have a Heart   This week, as I read our letters to the editor, I noticed that our reputation as a hospitable, tolerant, free-spirited environment seems...

Pet Peeves: Stargazing

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By Mark D. Crantz Laguna Beach.  Another perfect day in Paradise, but oh no, I missed the Art Stars Awards.  This past April 7, 277...

Village Matters

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Reclaiming Our Water Equilibrium So how’s your water conservation going?  Ours is going great.  We have a new gray water system.  This is how it...

Opinion: Finding Meaning 

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An Impulsive Side Trip  It started with a roof leak in an easy-to-ignore overhanging edge. Years passed, a tribute to my procrastination skill, and then...

Taking Stock

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Back To Basics With no new announcements from the Federal Reserve, the stock market calmed down. In May, Chairman Bernanke’s comment about prospective tapering of...

Opinion: Wisdom Workout 

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How We See Is Our Responsibility  I cherish the wealth of new information my daughters and grandkids gleaned about how they see their world. The...

Letter to the Community: Laguna Gears Up for Summer

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Dear Laguna Beach Community,  It is nearly the Fourth of July holiday weekend, and the peak of our busy summer season is upon us. This...

Checking In

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Whose House, Anyway?   Design Review has always been contentious, and how could it not be?  A property owner wants to alter their home to their...

Wisdom Workout: A Season for Change

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My daughter, Sara, and my newest granddaughter, Aroha, are reunited with "Papa" in Bangkok and this new little family is on their way back...