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.

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.

Mailbag: Candidate has shown she can do the job

During this campaign, I was surprised to learn that many people don't know who Michele Hall is or what she's done for this community.

Mailbag: Because The Ranch is no Montage

A recent letter asked why, unlike a prior proposal by Montage Laguna Beach, The Ranch project does not include a public trail through the property (Mailbag, Oct. 17).

Mailbag: Ranch needs to give access to wilderness trails

Woods Canyon is one of the most spectacular hiking, biking, running and walking trail networks in Southern California, yet it's nearly impossible to visit from Laguna Beach.


Out of the Blue: How can anyone object to The Ranch, a meritorious project

One would have thought that Mark Fudge would be ecstatic over Mark Christy's purchase of, and plans for, the Aliso Creek Resort property known as The Ranch at Laguna Beach.

Chasing Down the Muse: For a truly meaningful life, appreciate what you have

Slow down, you move too fast… — Simon and Garfunkel, "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"

Hansen: Anglers have the right idea

It's usually unfair to do a compare-and-contrast between public and private events, but let's do it anyway.

Hansen: Spirit of Laguna lures Argentine shopkeeper

Hansen: Spirit of Laguna lures Argentine shopkeeper

A myth in Argentina called "Luz Mala" refers to an evil light or bad omen that floats in the air. However, if the light falls at the base of a hill, then it is believed to point to buried treasure that only the brave can uncover.

A Word, Please: What's before who makes all the difference

I saw a fascinating online grammar discussion recently that I was eager to write about in this column. But I can't. It contained a bad word, by which I mean a great word — one of those anatomically specific insults that can make anyone the butt of a joke while simultaneously resonating with...

A Word, Please: Lay and lie can even trip up the dictionary

Typos dog everyone with a keyboard, and that horrible feeling of realizing too late that a resume, important email or blog post contained an error is practically universal.

Hansen: Ephemeral weirdness hits Laguna, thankfully

Hansen: Ephemeral weirdness hits Laguna, thankfully

People watch the sunset in Laguna Beach every night, but not dressed in white, holding a blue light and slowly spinning in place.

Out of the Blue: A faraway look at the council candidates

I'm sitting in the top floor of an 18th-century apartment in Istanbul, overlooking the maritime bustle of the Bosphorus, towering mosques and minarets in the distance, and ruminating over who will be on the Laguna Beach City Council when I get back.

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