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Commentary: Keep Laguna from being a Potemkin village

Bryce Alderton's piece "Laguna's charm? That's a trademark" (Jan. 22), was timely. Laguna Beach is at a critical crossroad as it applies to the town's core shopping district. Absent the Haggen fiasco, those businesses that appear to be thriving are either chain-related or those with a regional...

Letters and Commentary

  • Commentary: Look to garden for sign of coyotes

    My home is in Top of the World and is very close to the 3,500-acre greenbelt/wildlife preserve. The deer and wild rabbit population have been decimated. Spring fawns and even larger deer have been consumed by an ever-growing coyote population. A doe that neighbors have seen nesting in various gardens,...

  • Commentary: The case for sparing coyotes

    While I wholeheartedly sympathize with anyone losing their beloved pet — particularly in a violent manner — I put the blame for the loss squarely on the person(s) responsible for the life and welfare of their companion ("Laguna will keep trapping coyotes," Jan. 15). Furthermore, the continual near-hysteria...

  • Mailbag: No Grinch needed to steal Laguna Christmas

    Four weeks ago, Laguna Beach hosted Hospitality Night on Forest Avenue. Visitors left the event with an illusion of buzzing nightlife, food concessions, open galleries and a crowd of visiting patrons. Last Saturday night, I walked down the same Forest Avenue to find the block lit up by Christmas...

  • Commentary: The Super Bowl still comes down to two teams slugging it out

    I can't believe the 50th Super Bowl will be played next month. I remember the first one between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. I was a freshman at USC and still can hear the cheering from the Los Angeles Coliseum like it was yesterday. Who knew that first-ever AFL-NFL World Championship...

  • Commentary: The dangers of self-diagnosis

    My late husband, Lee, used to say that I had a tendency to jump to "confusions." Last Monday, I began having symptoms. I am never sick, but I had been particularly stressed lately, and I know that is bad for my immune system. So after several visits to the bathroom in quick succession, off to the...

Columns

  • A Word, Please: One objective of copy editing is precision

    They say if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And though I don't know who "they" are, I can guarantee that they're not copy editors. A big part of my job is fixing errors that aren't really errors. NEWSLETTER: Get the latest headlines from the 818 straight to your inbox >> NEWSLETTER: Stay up to date...

  • Fitness Files: For health, he relies on faith and hard work

    Fitness Files: For health, he relies on faith and hard work

    Running in circles around the high school track, I've often called out "Hi, Ryan" to Ryan O'Donnell, a friend's son. Marking the field for a football game, Ryan would return my greeting with a sidelong glance, a smile and — in barely more than a whisper — a "Hello." A mountain of a man, who stands...

  • Fitness Files: Mile by mile, the marathon was run

    Fitness Files: Mile by mile, the marathon was run

    I brought a first-place award home from the Carlsbad Marathon on Jan. 17. That's one part of the story. I ran my slowest marathon by an hour, coming in at 5 hours 28 minutes. That's another part. But before I share the conclusion, here's the way it all unfolded. * Saturday, the day before the marathon...

  • Chasing Down the Muse: A year for stewardship, and maybe more

    Chasing Down the Muse: A year for stewardship, and maybe more

    The significance of a man is not in what he attains but rather in what he longs to attain. — Kahlil Gibran It is that time of year again — the beginning — when my thoughts turn not to what resolutions to make, but to which attributes to embrace and which to let go. Sure, it's two weeks into the...

  • A Word, Please: He or she may be happier with 'they'

    A Word, Please: He or she may be happier with 'they'

    Changes in language can come as unwelcome news. I get that. You spend years carefully following some usage rule you were taught is important — perhaps by using "literally" only in its strictest sense or never using "they" to mean "he or she" or, in my case, always putting the period before the...

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