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Opinion: Outside In

The Choices We Make By David Weinstein I had just handed in my column for the week when I got the news that Shohreh Dupuis had been chosen as the new city manager. My article was a general lampoon of the modern-day job selection process. The gist being, maybe we should...

Opinion: Left of Center

Will Change Make Laguna Into Newport Beach South? By Jean Hastings Ardell Considering our town’s many controversies—the survival of downtown businesses, affordable housing, historic preservation, the Design Review Board, the search for a new city manager, even the behavior at city council meetings—I’ve come to wonder whether the underlying issue is...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

A New Beginning I haven’t written it before but this column is based on three tenets: That “meaning” essentially enriches our lives; that faith in God is our primary source of meaning; and that worshiping together shapes that faith. Thus, the installation of Rev. Steve Sweet as senior pastor for...

Opinion: Wisdom Workout

A Leap of Faith Most of us have faced life challenges that seemed insurmountable at the time. The remembering of those trying times usually includes the knowledge that we somehow summoned the resources to survive the situation. Kissed by grace, circled in the arms of the angels, supported by the love...

Opinion: Village Matters

Yesterday Today and Tomorrow No, this column is not about historic preservation. For now, barring new events, everything to be said about Laguna Beach historic preservation has probably been said. No, “yesterday, today and tomorrow” doesn’t relate to history. It is a shrub that is in full bloom right now....

Opinion: Outside In

A Dog’s Life By David Weinstein I was going to start this week’s column on dog parks with the catchy quotation – “The true measure of a city is how it treats the least among us.” In this case, “the least among us” referring to our dogs. Then I got to...

Opinion: Green Light

For Many Lagunans Earth Day is Everyday Since the first Earth Day, 51 years ago on April 22, 1970, the planet’s condition has become more dire. Oil spills have become larger and more destructive; droughts, hurricanes, and wildfires have become longer lasting and more devastating; and carbon pollution in the...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

One Person’s Awakening Have you heard the World War II saying, “there are no atheists in foxholes”? We may relax when the good times are rolling, but in hard times people do, it seems, turn more to religion. In the pandemic, we’ve had the curious combination of people unable to...

Opinion: Dear City Council

By Christopher Quilter In a recent comment in the Indy, Michele Monda urged residents to make our voices heard concerning the next city manager. She even supplied your emails. So here goes: First let me say that given the state of the state we live in, please hire a Californian....

Opinion: Outside In

Pretzel Logic By David Weinstein In the immortal words of Monty Python, “And Now for Something Completely Different.” (Spoiler Alert: I’m not going to talk about historic preservation. Instead, if only to distract everyone in Laguna Beach and let tempers cool down a bit, I’m going to talk about the recent...