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Gratitude for Beautiful Words

Editor, This comment is for David Vanderveen, in response to Local Current’s column “Social Harmony,” March 18. Your thoughts and words were beautiful. Here are a few of my favorites: the words “Social harmony”; in regards to the Japanese culture, internal peace is a cultural...

Umbrage Over Lost Art

Editor, Regarding the mural that was recently destroyed in the canyon… (“Mural Gone Missing Irks Artists,” March 25 edition) I feel like there has been a premeditated murder in town and this winery should be boycotted by our townspeople and the artists.   Karen Petty,...

Current Debate Mirrors an Earlier One

Editor, The recent debates over solutions to a few making noise in a residential area abutting a commercial zone and the skateboarding debate reminds me of an incident that occurred on the south end of Glenneyre about a decade ago.   For those not familiar, there are some...

Embrace Our Skateboarding Heritage

Editor, First, let me say that I have no horse in this race: I do not skateboard; I do not have children; I do not live on any of the hill streets. Last night (March 22) I watched the City Council meeting on television. There were a couple of dozen people who spoke against the...

Democracy at Its Finest

Editor, Last night in Laguna Beach [March 22] a town came together. Democracy was out in full force, and a community banded together around their children. It was truly a thing of beauty! I felt it only fair to write to the papers with something positive to report. As I have...

Commentary of a Sidewalk Surfer

Editor, Skateboarding illegal? Really? What happened? A few self absorbed drivers get distracted from a text forcing them to actually drive? Skateboarding is a non-issue. Not anyone’s business. Skaters don’t hurt anyone. I’ve three decades skating Laguna...

Skateboarding Originated Here

Editor, In the ‘80s and ‘90s, we used to skateboard the sidewalks and streets, packs of us sometimes 15 strong. The police loved us! As Laguna got more popular and MTV took over, the City Council squeezed skateboarding off the streets and sidewalks and downtown area of Laguna...

Drivers, Heed Your Responsibility

Editor, While I understand all the folks concerns about safety on the streets of Laguna, it seems evident that much of the debate about safety is one sided. Many people do not drive their cars with other people in mind. We seem to have a ridiculous sense of entitlement around...

Support for Speedboarding Ban

Editor, Speedboarding will result in serious injury and death if allowed to continue. Why do we have to wait until this happens to correct the problem? I firmly believe that this should be a priority and resolved quickly.  No motorist wants to be surprised and be a party to this...

Ban Speedboarding Everywhere

Editor, It was with some astonishment that I read the update on the speedboarding ban sent from SNAG last week. As I was out of town, I could not attend the last meeting. I assumed the Council would act swiftly to enact a law prohibiting this dangerous pastime throughout the City...

A Grandpa’s View on Skateboarding

Editor, I have lived in this town for a number of years. My daughter, her husband and their children have lived here even longer. Two of my three grandsons love to skateboard! At their home they have probably 10 to 12 different boards in all shapes and sizes. Some boards are f...

Polarizing Debate Poses a Threat

Editor, I am the father of two boys, aged 9 and 13, neither of whom skateboard, and I am not a skateboarder myself, but a reasonably objective observer of the issue and its debate, as well as a long-time resident of Laguna Beach. That said, in support of my signature in support...

A Case for Safer Streets

Editor, Based on regular letters to the paper, many feel that our city streets are dominated by cars, and by drivers that feel they should be able to drive as fast as they like regardless of the impact to others. Yet virtually nothing is being done to address these dangerous...

Laguna’s Tsunami Evacuation Route? Really?

Editor, “Mitsulo Loshi, 82, and Shizula Hoshi, 65, were also among the lucky. The two women were in their shared home Friday afternoon when the earthquake hit. As a precaution, they headed for higher ground. Their house was located along the narrow valley, which concentrated the...

Skateboarding, Part of Local Culture

Editor, Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman has given years of time and energy to our city government and is famous for suggesting the popular summer buses and trolleys. That’s why I find it difficult to believe what I read in a paid advertisement in local papers that quotes her as...

Speeding Drivers a Bigger Concern

Editor, I live at 1106 Skyline Drive and I am opposed to any citywide ban on skateboarding, speedboarding, or otherwise. If the City Council is concerned with the safety of residents on Skyline and other steep streets, please construct sidewalks and enforce the posted speed...

Dogs, Too, Are Invasive in the Wildlands

Editor, Who could object to a dog being able to frolic and be carefree roaming in the natural open space? A dog off its leash chasing birds and critters. The dog is having a ball, and likely its owner has a big smile, and is blissful and happy. So, who could object? Well, me. I...

Speedboarding Is Incomprehensible

Editor, We are in favor of banning the speedboarding in our neighborhood, for the safety of these teens and residents, and for decreased personal and city liabilities. We are convinced that this activity is dangerous and should not be allowed in the neighborhood streets in Laguna...

A Tale of Two Flyers

Editor, Over the past few weeks two very different flyers have been circulating in our fine town. Both pertain to the issue of  skateboarding. One flyer, poorly written and xeroxed on the cheap by a grumpy, old group called S.N.A.G. continues to rant and rave about the dangers of...

Ban Speedboarding in My Neighborhood

Editor, I have been meaning to write for several weeks, but reading the letters in The Independent this week prompted me to drop everything and respond. Two days before the last City Council meeting I had a frightening experience while driving home. I was slowly driving up Park...

Points Against Speedboarding

Editor, I am writing to you as a homeowner and resident of Morningside Drive to share my concerns and thoughts about the issue of speedboarding in the neighborhood. Most of us who purchased homes in the neighborhood did so in part because it was quiet, secluded, beautiful and...

Support for Ban on All Steep Streets

Editor,   Whilst I support, in principal, the American ideals of freedom of expression and freedom to pursue one’s own happiness, as a resident of the Park, Temple Hills, Skyline neighborhood, I support a speedboarding ban on those streets.   Both while driving my car...

Drivers and Skaters Can Co-exist

Editor,   I have only one thing to say to the members of SNAG (you know, the group of folks feverishly working to make skateboarding illegal on any street with a grade greater than 5 percent in Laguna Beach) and that is:  slow down.   If you drive the speed limit you...

Lives More Precious Than Thrills

Editor,   Many years ago, my son loved to skateboard down Park and Temple Hills. Then I got the call: an ambulance was taking him to the emergency room – – he had hit and flipped over the barrier at the hairpin turn on Temple Hills. Luckily he didn’t die,...

How About Requiring Insurance of Skateboarders?

Editor, This is a crazy discussion. Speedboarding is dangerous for the boarders, but that is their problem. Let kids of all ages have fun. It is also unfair to motorists and cyclists who pay to use the streets and must obtain licenses and insurance for the privilege. If the...



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