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Opinion: Coping with teen substance abuse

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 necessary to prevent it from escalating to more harmful substances and even death. While discovering that your teenager is consuming alcohol or drugs can be...

Opinion: This is Where We Live – Repurposing

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 Cathedral of Los Angeles. That venerable structure was erected in the 1890s and served as the center of the city’s Catholic community for over a...

Opinion: Laguna Beach Reflects on Black History Month

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 African and African Americans in Cultural Arts. We All Matter, Inc. chose to reflect and reminisce on African Americans as sculptures, fine art, literature and...

Opinion: Wisdom Workout

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 given to you by the grace of God. You are fortunate to be blessed." It is also a common belief that: "It is the luck...

Opinion: Pet Peeves

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 dogs as an Animal Control Officer tried to stop residents from throwing their dogs high in the air in an attempt to avoid those off-leash...

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

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 bit of a stretch for me (pun intended). Nor am I Buddhist or fond of what’s commonly known as “woo-woo.” Give me straight talk anytime. Yet,...

Opinion: Surveying 2024 priorities for Laguna Beach 

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 people responded (12% response rate) to a question about what the top priorities for Laguna Beach in 2024 should be.  Respondents could select multiple priorities and...

Opinion: Village matters

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 did everything not recommended for keeping that tree healthy. We often saw the previous owner on our walks. He was a retired antiques dealer who had...

Opinion: Pet peeves

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 a visit. I’m still at the monastery, where I retired from complaining and took the vow of silence. It’s been two years now, and I’ve...

Opinion: It’s always darkest before the dawn

By Billy Fried The Nazis were back in town this week, waving their freak flag. Last time, it was a Main Beach rally – where they were easily out-flanked by residents itching to drown out their message of hate. This time it was a coordinated sneak attack known as Zoom-bombing...