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Opinion: On Being British on the Fourth of July

  By Miranda McPhee Every year, around the end of June, I am asked the same question: What are you doing on the Fourth of July? Some follow their question with an invitation to a beach barbecue, others ask because they are genuinely interested in knowing if I celebrate the day...

Opinion: A Note From the Mayor

By Sue Kempf As we approach the Fourth of July holiday weekend, excitement grows in the City of Laguna Beach. This is the height of summer in our beautiful town and as we watch the City’s fireworks display reflect over the waters of our stunning coastal community, we realize how...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

“It is a Great Day” Britain’s King George III may not have been a bad guy, but he made a couple of mistakes with the Colonies. The first was to rebuff an attempt by the Continental Congress to settle their differences about taxes and stuff—the royals didn’t negotiate with commoners....

Opinion: Introducing “Dear Susi Q”

An Exclusive to The Independent “Dear Susi Q,” brought to you by nonprofit Laguna Beach Seniors, is intended to provide a helpful bi-monthly advice column for readers on matters including relationships, retirement, home safety, transportation, mental/physical health, and local entertainment and educational resources. It’s “Dear Abby” for the Laguna Beach...

Opinion: Esfuerzo – We Did It

By Paula Olson
 Thanks to the dedicated teachers at Lowell Elementary School—Ms. Fernandez, Ms. Sierra, Ms. Valle, Ms. Martinez, among others—the bus drivers Patty, Raphael, Jose, and Maria, Tene at OC Parks, our amazing students and field educators—Cameron, Joanne, Sara and Dulce—the Laguna Canyon Foundation pulled out of the years-long...

Opinion: Outside In

A Modest Proposal By David Weinstein “But as to myself, having been wearied out for many years with offering vain, idle, visionary thoughts, and at length utterly despairing of success, I fortunately fell upon this proposal, which, as it is wholly new, so it hath something solid and real.” - Jonathan...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

The Myths We Embrace My education skipped Greek mythology. Of the 12 labors of Hercules, I know just one: mucking out the Aegean stables. I’ve never worried about it—those were myths and we live in the age of science, guided by fact-based truths derived through the scientific method. That’s...

Opinion: Village Matters

The White Stage Want to remove unwanted paint to reveal and restore the original wood finish on furniture or wood in your home? Great idea, but a lesson comes with the stripping process—all it takes is one session of stripping to make one forever think twice (or ten times) about...

Opinion: Chasing Happiness

By Chris Quilter On the morning of May 31, I woke with a start and thought, “OMG, Michael Morris is running for Council!” The signs are there: Morris has changed his status with the Laguna Residents First PAC from Principal Officer to Founder Emeritus, just like George Weiss did before...

Opinion: LRF Ballot Initiative Brings Value for All of Us

By David Raber The group that put together the LRF Ballot Initiative started by looking carefully at Laguna Beach—not through the eyes of commercial real estate developers—but rather through the eyes of Laguna residents. Residents are here for a variety of reasons: to raise a family, or start a career,...