Opinion

Mailbag: Parisi is a proven manager of city's money

On Monday, I attended a Laguna Beach candidates forum at the City Council chambers. For the first time in 17 years, our city treasurer, Laura Parisi, is being opposed in her reelection bid. Anne McGraw is also running for the office. While competition and debate for political offices should always...

Letters and Commentary

  • Mailbag: Bye-bye parklet, so much for progress

    I am a first-year Art-A-Fair exhibitor and have been carefully following Laguna Beach's events and activities since June. I was impressed with the forward thinking that led to the parklet outside the Alessa restaurant on Forest Avenue. Now, I am, like columnist David Hansen, disappointed in the...

  • Mailbag: Trump's reaction to bereft parents speaks volumes

    Mailbag: Trump's reaction to bereft parents speaks volumes

    Drop in to any nearby coffee shop and you'll hear people talking about it. No, not the hot weather, the Sawdust Festival in Laguna or the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. The topic that's generating all the buzz is Donald Trump's attacks on Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim American soldier...

  • Mailbag: Where's the protection of private property rights?

    Laguna Beach has long maintained an R-1 residential zone for "low-density, single-family residential areas, which will provide a suitable environment for family life for residents," according to the city's general plan. Chapter 25.10.002 explicitly says, "The zone is intended to provide a quiet...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Columns

  • A Word, Please: An easy fix to a faulty parallel

    A Word, Please: An easy fix to a faulty parallel

    Imagine you're taking an editing test and you come across the following sentence. "Barbara says Jack also is enrolling in classes in libiral arts, algebra, economics and is considering joining the soccer team." What do you do? You fix the spelling of "liberal," obviously. Even if your eyes glossed...

  • Fitness Files: Tea may be the answer to weak bones

    Fitness Files: Tea may be the answer to weak bones

    At 3:30 p.m., my fourth-grade classroom quieted. Students, parents, staff cleared out, and I would collapse behind my desk, confronting the next day's plans and pile of student papers. Shattering the first moments of silence, Arnie, the custodian would blast through the door with his turbo-charged...

  • A Word, Please: A political attack from a media comrade

    A Word, Please: A political attack from a media comrade

    As a member of the media, I attend all the "How to Stick It to Trump" summits. I go gleefully, but that's irrelevant. Attendance is mandatory. This is where the biggest names in news — the Bezoses and the Murdochs and the Blitzers and the Kellys — plan the media's take-down-the-Donald strategy...

  • Fitness Files: Caffeine and its effect on bone density

    Fitness Files: Caffeine and its effect on bone density

    Along with Sunday morning coffee, my newspaper reading is too often interrupted with runs to the bathroom — which led me to wonder if the diuretic effect of coffee is flushing the vitamins and minerals from my breakfast of organic orange, banana and oatmeal down the toilet. Since osteoporosis is...

  • A Word, Please: Things can get complicated at any time

    A Word, Please: Things can get complicated at any time

    If you sometimes struggle with "it's" and "its," if you don't know the past tense of the verb "to lead," if you write "could of" instead of "could've," this column isn't for you. Turn the page. Click something else. Run like the wind. I say that not out of elitism, but out of concern. Grammar is...

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