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Mailbag: Left-leaning readers showcase their intolerance

August 25, 2011

In response to the inflamed readers who were vexed by the article regarding Stephen K. Bannon's Sarah Palin documentary ("Film highlights Palin's successes," Aug. 12):

Last time I checked, tolerance is a two-way street. But for the left it seems that tolerance is more clearly defined as accepting their way of thinking and keeping one's opinions to oneself if one does not agree. The readers who made such a fuss about the article should really get out more. Do they not read and hear everyday how the mainstream media loves to malign Palin for getting out of bed each morning?

It's unfortunate that just because some narrow-minded readers don't agree with Palin's views they have to complain to the paper for covering a story about a local who made a political documentary. Where is that open-minded spirit to which liberals lay claim? Surely no one would complain if it was another Al Gore documentary — and he does not even live in Laguna. But then again, that's tolerance when you bat for the left.

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Amy Kramer

Laguna Beach

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Improvements in fire safety continue

I recently read about the improvement in our fire rating for Laguna Beach from a 4 to a 2.

This may or may not lower our insurance costs, but it certainly makes the insurance industry aware of our conscientious drive to improve our exposure to fire losses in our town. But the real heroes in our town are the City Council, city manager and Fire Department.

The Fire Department has been very proactive in doing commercial and residential inspections to reduce the potential fire hazards that exist in our town. In addition, we have added 10 million gallons of additional water supply (the Lou Zitnik and Richard Jahraus water tanks), our goat program has expanded and we also have the Laguna Beach Fire Safety Council keeping a diligent lookout for fires during our high fire season.

And, like it or not, the Toll Road cuts the wildland fire zone in half, giving Laguna Canyon less of a running start for brush fires. With these continuing efforts, perhaps more insurance companies will realize that the likelihood of another Laguna Beach Fire Storm has been sharply diminished.

John Campbell

Laguna Beach

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Too much unknown about 'fracking' effects

An essential element of a viable democracy is that its citizens be accurately informed, and that, once informed, they actively participate in the process of decision making. I fully believe that when the people of this nation have the information they need, they will make good choices.

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