I'm sorry to read about Cindy Frazier's traffic ticket, "From Canyon to Cove: Steered wrong by the Greeter statue," Jan. 27.

May I suggest walking in the future? According to Google Maps, it's only 18 minutes of walking from downtown to Brooks Street. I live on Thalia, also about 18 minutes to downtown, and I do the round-trip several times a day.

I'm pleased to say I'm too poor to own a car, with the result being I walk at least 10 miles daily all over town doing my errands. I have been shouted at by a cop for "jaywalking" while crossing Forest Avenue mid-block, but apart from that, it's a peaceful life. No worries about parking, or gas or maintenance expenses.

I ride a bike and take the excellent OCTA buses when I go out of town at the laughably low senior fare of $1.25 to ride all day. I take the train to L.A. or San Diego. I don't feel a bit deprived, and my health is probably superior to anyone at my age of 62, or younger, for that matter.

There's a lot to be said for poverty. I recommend it.

Charles Alban

Laguna Beach


Nyes Place also a dangerous spot

Re. "Community Commentary: Skyline is dangerous for boarders," Jan. 20:

I write to tell you that there is a second "skateboarding interstate" in Laguna Beach as of the past few weeks: Nyes Place, complete with cameras and adults supervising and kids careening around curves and among traffic and all the dangers you describe in this letter.

I had thought to write something similar to your comments, but I fought the good fight for months to try to control the automobile speeding on Nyes Place a year ago — with no result. So I guess I have become jaundiced. Our new "interstates" may have come about because the two streets were left off the list the city released recently as streets too dangerous for skateboarding. Go figure.

Maxine Grefe

Laguna Beach


Diversity needed with religion column

It seems the Coastline Pilot now has a regular column addressing religion (Unveiled: A Muslim Girl in O.C.). The Forum page has featured a columnist writing about Islam for a number of weeks now.

I look forward to the submissions and articles from the diverse religious groups in southern Orange County.

When can we expect to hear from Catholics, Jews, Baptists, Pagans, Buddhists and others who feel obliged to explain their beliefs and practices?

Pat Wilson