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Thanks, Ruth!

Editor, We of the Saddleback Master Chorale would sincerely like to thank Ruth Yunker, who attended our concert at St. Catherine’s school chapel last August, for writing such a wonderful column about us in the Laguna Beach Indy (Sept. 3, “End of Summer Music”). Jim Proett,...

Democracy with Dispatch

Editor,   Just wanted to let you know that the City Council and City Manager responded very quickly to my letter about responsibility for property issues (“Who’s Responsible for Deadbeat Property Owners?” Letters, Oct. 15.) The code enforcement officer went to the property...

Loosening the Leash

Editor, [This letter was also sent to the Laguna Beach City Council members on Oct. 13] I am a second generation, born and raised Laguna resident, and this is the first time I have written a letter to the council. I am writing to request that the city revise the summer dog...

Homework on Skateboard and Complete Streets

Editor,   Please google and read The Complete Streets Act for California and see how skateboarding may or may not be included as a part of this bill.   Not sure how skateboarding will save on fuel consumption and carbon footprint.  According to Councilperson Egly this...

Plenty of Christian Hypocrisy to Skewer

Editor:   Hey! Ben Earl, thanks for sharing (“Koran’s Exempt from Desecration?” Letters, Oct. 15).  Contrary to the last sentence of your emotional tirade, “Oh well, I guess only the Koran gets special treatment,” on the contrary, it’s been the Christian Bible that has for...

Laguna Generosity Rules!

Editor, Thank you Laguna Beach for once again rising to the occasion. We witnessed first hand the generous spirit of our town on Sunday, Sept. 12, as we hosted a benefit concert and silent auction at our home to raise funds for Materials Management Relief Corps (MMRC). Our...

Angling for Local Anglers

Editor, Most days I hit the beach early in the morning, sometimes before dawn, then go home and get ready for the office. Often I see the same man working the shoreline in waders, casting for fish. Good equipment. Looks like he knows what he’s doing. I’ve never seen him catch a...

Cutting Columbus Off His Pedestal

Editor,   I see it’s Columbus Day again and the banks and government offices are closed.   This seems amazingly anachronistic for a progressive community like Laguna. In fact it’s rather insulting to the indigenous American peoples, who have by n...

Where Was Patrascu When We Needed Him?

Editor, I have been a Laguna Beach resident and a business owner for over 20 years. I have been involved in community and business affairs including the opening of Montage Resort & Spa and the Pottery Shack. My company promotes corporate tourism to Laguna and utilizes local...

Very Real Job Risks Require Training

Editor, I appreciated both the article and photograph from Editor Adelson (“Rookies Added to Laguna’s Force,” Oct. 1) Noel’s comment (Letters, “Questioning Photo of Rookies,” Oct. 8) that we are in Laguna so the rookies should be talking to the residents or homeless not...

Voting for View Protection

Editor, I strongly recommend that each and everyone of us take advantage of all public meetings and ask the candidates point blank what they are going to do to help families whose property insurance policies have been cancelled and help protect the value of our property.  ...

Who’s Responsible for Deadbeat Property Owners?

Editor, Who is responsible for property that is for sale/in foreclosure and/or up for a short sale? The property next to my home has been on the market for years now. Every spring, the dates from the big tree that is on that property fall by the hundreds on to my patio and in my...

Koran’s Exempt from Desecration?

Editor:   The recent cowardly desecration of Bibles left scattered around town last week by Niko Theris and his fellow atheists was very revealing. During his many years as an activist atheist, Mr. Theris has conveniently taken the safe path by attacking Christianity and...

An Unlikely ‘No’ to Prop 19

Editor, Fifty-seven percent of Laguna voters voted “no” for Proposition 19, the so-called “legalization of marijuana” initiative. Forty-two percent voted “yes.” Northern California voters, where lots of “pot” is grown, along with voters across the state, turned down the...

It’s About Saving Lives

Editor, It’s not that I dislike skateboarding, or even skateboarders for that matter. It’s just that I do not want to hurt or kill anybody. I don’t want my husband, my teenage sons, my neighbors or friends killing or hurting anybody, either. But something terrible could happen to...

Pride in Restoring a Historic Building

Editor,   City Councilmember Verna Rollinger’s recent commentary regarding “preservation over restoration” of historic buildings and their ability to comply with Mills Act standards disregarded the fact that historic buildings can also be evaluated based on...

Questioning Photo of Rookies

Editor, Your Oct. 1 article on the rookies (“Rookies Added to the Laguna’s Force,” Oct. 1) was good, but the photos were bad. If we lived in Iraq, I would want to know they were ready to attack, but being in Laguna, it would have been better to show them talking to residents, or...

Plan Levies Fee on Four-Footed Beach Users

Editor, I want to begin by commending Laguna Beach for the wonderful Dog Park off Laguna Canyon Road.  It is a wonderful place for dogs of all sizes and breeds to romp freely. Unfortunately, there is no similar area along the waterfront where dogs can run and play ball with the...

Voting for View Protection

Editor, I strongly recommend that each and everyone of us take advantage of all public meetings and ask the candidates point blank what they are going to do to help families whose property insurance policies have been cancelled and help protect the value of our property. The fact...

Theatre’s Best Deserves a Full House at Home

Editor:   I love reading the “end of the year” lists and one online list recently caught my eye. The site is examiner.com, and included in the list of Best Theatre Directors in Orange County were two locals: Andrew Barnicle (Laguna Playhouse) and Steve Josephson (Gallimaufry...

OCTA Dilemma: Cost vs. Accountability

Editor, O.C. County Supervisor John Moorlach should resign from the Orange County Transit Authority board of directors. He does not represent the millions of citizens who ride the big OCTA buses, Access buses and Metrolink trains operated by OCTA. The driver who texted numerous...

Tales of a Bowl Game Marathoner

Editor, I am a college football nut and my blood flows cardinal and gold. I watched so many made-for-TV bowl games during the holidays that by the long New Year’s weekend they all became one big blur, and that wasn’t the end of the so-called bowl season. Most bowl...

A World Gone Daft

Editor, Phoenix House is a No. 1 rated world benchmark for rehabilitation clinics. They have inhouse doctors, psychologists, therapists, nutritionists and guards to protect and direct a locked down reality check. They are a worldwide, nationally acclaimed institution. The...

Follow the Science

Editor: 
Mr. Reckas’s article “Scientists, Anglers’ Views Cloud the Route Towards a Marine Reserve,” Dec. 25 edition,  took a lot of space to say our fisheries are depleted.  After reading the story, I got out my calculator and found out only 25 percent of our white sea bass...

Caltrans Schedule Favors Business, Ignores Residents

Editor, What a treat to learn that Caltrans would be doing overnight work during Christmas week! Imagine the paychecks that must generate when four people stand around one traffic cone while one worker completes a task!  I so look forward to more lights, noise and work outside...



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