Being a 45-year resident of Laguna Beach, I care deeply about the issues that keep it a beautiful, unique place to live. I've known Verna Rollinger personally for 40 years, and find her to be a principled, intelligent person.

In the public sphere, Verna has proven to be dedicated, serious and innovative. She is the ideal small town council member: She always listens to your individual concerns and responds back to you.

She knows this town inside out, including how the bureaucracy works. Her opinions and her consistent voting record support not only my own views but those of most of my friends and acquaintances, as well as those of the groups who have endorsed her: the local and county Democratic Parties, Village Laguna, the League of Conservation Voters of Orange County, Women in Leadership, Planned Parenthood and the Laguna Beach Police Employees Assn.

These groups all recognize an exceptional candidate in an outstanding field — the best candidate, which is just what Laguna expects and deserves.

Rosemary Boyd

Laguna Beach

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Funds from Prop. 12 drying up

In response to Mr. Gasparotti's commentary to Measure CC:

As he mentioned, for the past several years the city has been quietly purchasing key properties using California Proposition 12 funds. He must surely know that Proposition 12 funds have now dried up. There are no more Proposition 12 funds.

Measure CC will allow us to continue as we have done in the past to negotiate and purchase crucial properties. The experienced negotiators will continue their exceptional work under Measure CC with all the checks and balances that are currently in place with the city and which even Mr. Gasparotti approved of.

I will vote for Measure CC; please vote with me.

Charlotte Masarik

Laguna Beach

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Balance religious column with rationalism

I know you mean well when you keep publishing Mona Shadia's "Unveiled: A Muslim Girl in O.C." articles. You hope to promote inter-faith understanding.

But religions promote bigotry, meta-physics; they oppress people and make you want to believe in such blatant nonsense such as men going to heaven and returning from it.

It is probably too much to hope you will desist from printing these inane articles but could you, at least, balance them with some that promote humanism and rationalism?

Eberhard Neutz