Opinion

Mailbag: It's one way to pay the rent

Regarding Dave Hansen's recent column in the Coastline Pilot, if Soon Chey's panhandling activities are legal, and there's nothing anybody can do about her, I'm ready to cash in the five jobs I'm currently working to keep up with Laguna Beach rent after 45 years of good citizenship, rent myself...

Letters and Commentary

  • Mailbag: Reaction to Pietig letter

    In response to the letter by City Manager John Pietig, I rush to his support and to support the other participants in the Laguna Beach housing support program John describes. It's a pity, though, as John and the others shouldn't need support. Perhaps an outside party can shed some much-needed light...

  • Mailbag: Addressing city house assistance, pay and benefits

    In response to the rising cost of housing, the city of Laguna Beach initiated a housing assistance program in 2000 to encourage some essential employees to live in town to facilitate timely responses to emergencies. The employees in the program have key roles in responding to and managing operations...

  • Mailbag: Volunteers are needed at Laguna Food Pantry

    At the Laguna Food Pantry, volunteer drivers have for years been picking up more than 10,000 pounds of food weekly from our generous friends at Pavilions, Whole Foods, and two Trader Joe's markets. Recently, Ralph's and Gelson's offered us their surplus foods, as well, which is the reason for this...

  • Opinion: Fourth of July hot dogs, presidential style

    Opinion: Fourth of July hot dogs, presidential style

    With apologies to all the third-party wannabes, this year's race for the White House finally is down to two presidential candidates. With July 4 just around the corner, the big question for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton isn't what to do about ISIS. It's this: How will each of them dress their...

  • Mailbag: Vasquez: changes needed for city's art management

    Changes needed for city's art management Dear City Manager Pietig, Sian Poeschl, Arts Commission Chair and Vice Chair: The day after concerns about my art (a wood palette) were aired at the June 13 Arts Commission meeting that included Vice Chair's statement "if not beyond repair and returned it...

Columns

  • A Word, Please: An expert has her not-so-secret source

    A Word, Please: An expert has her not-so-secret source

    Wouldn't it be nice to have your own grammar concierge? Anytime you needed help writing something, anytime you needed a bet settled, anytime you were just curious about a language issue, you could call an expert for answers. Your information valet would have so much experience studying grammar...

  • A Word, Please: Avoid too many Ss for appearance' sake

    A Word, Please: Avoid too many Ss for appearance' sake

    I don't hear many people saying "for goodness' sake" these days. "For conscience' sake" and "for appearance' sake" are pretty much nonexistent in my world, too. In fact, the only "for … sake" expression I hear lately includes a word I wouldn't use in this space even if I could. So you might think,...

  • Fitness Files: Adjust to 'bad' knees if you can

    My group of retired teachers stood to leave our spring get-together at Mitzi's. Mitzi sat, planted in a chair, leg propped. Awaiting knee-replacement surgery, she grimaced in pain but called out gamely, "We'll have our usual teacher's retreat at my cabin, but I'll sit. You guys do all the work."...

  • Fitness Files: Horrors of hiking in the heat

    Two hours into a hot El Moro hike, I caught Natalie, who'd hiked ahead. Miki, a hiker new to our group, was with me. "Natalie's training for an all-day, uphill Sierra trek," I told Miki. "Where?" asked Miki. "Can't answer that," Natalie said, in flat tones. "How far?" Miki continued. "Can't say,"...

  • Fitness Files: Eat that burger, but I'll end up paying the healthcare consequences

    The laugh's on me. Well, me and everybody else who preaches diet and exercise. An article in the Los Angeles Times says 38% of adults and 17% of kids are considered obese and that studies show that we are largely failing to keep Americans from getting fat. "We" includes government agencies, foundations,...

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