Mailbag: Canyon traffic is not a summer issue

Re. the Dec. 5 article, "Funds for canyon traffic study Okd," (Dec. 5), Council members Steve Dicterow and Toni Iseman are spot-on correct to focus on the nonsummer traffic issues on...

Mailbag: Where have all the news racks gone?

There is a mysterious campaign going on against our local newspapers. They keep disappearing.

Commentary: Red light isn't working in canyon

The installation of a new red light at the pedestrian crossing at Laguna College of Art + Design has created bad traffic congestion in the canyon, not only at peak hours but also at nonpeak hours, effectively rendering the canyon impractical as a route to get in and out of Laguna Beach.

Commentary: How my rescue dog actually rescued me

I have a grim practice of walking through animal shelters to visit the animals. The sounds of desperation in each bark, begging for a chance to be loved again, tug at my heart. I wish I could take them all home, though this has never been a real option for me.

Mailbag: Voters choose new path for council

A council election story headline in last week's Laguna Beach Independent was "Voters Choose Familiar Names."

Commentary: Inoculating against flu-season myths

This season, you could protect yourself from the flu by holding your breath on elevators and avoiding touching handrails, doorknobs, faucets, arm rests, keyboards, money, mail and anyone wishing to shake your hand.

Letters from the editor: The dog ate my rationale and worked his way into our hearts

Try and rebuff a child's please-please-please plea for a dog.

Reader report: Assistance League volunteers happy to give out cuddles

That holding a baby and giving it a bottle gives a great deal of pleasure to many people is obvious when you watch the volunteers at the Early Intervention Program at the Assistance League of Laguna Beach.


Hansen: 2014 was a mostly tough year for Laguna

It was a strange year in Laguna Beach, which means we kept our reputation intact.

A Word, Please: Regular pronouns often a better choice than 'myself' and 'yourself'

Dave in Elkland, Pa., wrote to me recently about pronouns ending in "self" — myself, yourself and so on — and how annoying they can be at times. "'Myself,' in particular, drives me near distraction," he wrote.

Around Town: Assistance League brings holiday cheer to soldiers far away

Members of the Assistance League of Laguna Beach's professionals group collected books and assorted gifts for their annual shipment of holiday packages to deployed military men and women.

Carnett: Nothing wrong with working hard for your education

I recently saw a group of University of California students in a newspaper photo protesting proposed tuition hikes.

Hansen: Cars stop for no one in Laguna Beach

The intersection is dark at 7:13 p.m, which is when the women were hit.

Out of the Blue: A world view of our past and future

I recently returned from an exotic trip to three continents. I am ridiculously privileged, not only to travel but also to be able to return to a place as near-perfect as Laguna in autumn.

Chasing Down the Muse: Weather outside can be frightful — for the homeless

Oh, the weather outside is frightful … and since we've no place to go …

 Hansen: New African store hopes to shine light

Hansen: New African store hopes to shine light

Ethiopia does not generally elicit good thoughts.

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