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Mailbag: Marine regulations won't prevent ocean activities

January 10, 2012

With the great weather and the holidays, the first two days of the new year almost felt like summer. These were also the first two days of our new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves on the beach, exploring the tidepools and, despite the cold water, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing and SUP boarding. In other words, it was a normal day at the beach.

I guess the many people quoted in the press warning that the new marine reserves would limit these activities were either mis-informed or just fear-mongering.

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I was out snorkeling and enjoying our new marine reserve and look forward to observing the restoration of the marine habitat through my dive mask over the coming years.

Sandy Dildine

Laguna Beach

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Government cuts and spending needed

Gov. Jerry Brown, true to his Democrat roots, announced on television and in the press that he will cut public safety and schools unless we give him more of our money via increased taxes and fees.

Same old trick the Democrats in cities, counties, states and federal government use all the time to extort more money from the taxpayers. They use these threats like it is the only solution to their overspending. The "outrage" is that year after year the gullible voters fall for these same Democrat tricks.

Meanwhile, the real solution that is never used is quite simple and harmless: Cut the size of government and/or cut the wages and perks of politicians and government employees by at least 10%. Budget problems solved. We need to ignore their threats and demand real cuts and less spending.

Dave Connell

Laguna Beach

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Comments in article were insensitive

My gallery, Pan American Art Projects, formerly from Dallas and now in Miami, organized our first major (300 works) show of Cuban art in 1994, and has shown Cuban art since, including at the Los Angeles Art Show for many years.

My gallery represents several among the most important artists from Cuba, as well as several Cuban-American artists. I hope this gives me some credibility when I tell you that I was shocked at the comments made in your recent article, "A gallery where arts and politics collide," Dec. 30, as if this gallerist in Laguna was the only person who has ever dealt with Cuban artists.

Leaving aside the fact that she called my gallery looking for help to get the artwork out of Cuba, as she was at a loss, it is astonishingly insensitive and superficial to make comments such as "dissident art" and "dissident artists."

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