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Laguna Beach was built on the bodies of all kinds of people, not just “dead hippies”

Dear Council Member Iseman, I’m confused. At a recent Council meeting to keep the American flag on our police cars, you said that this city was “built on the bodies of dead hippies”.

I’m not offended. There may be some truth to that, after all. But one can equally say that this city was built on the bodies of straight white men, for example. Would that be untrue? 

Straight white men also had a lot to do with the development and construction of Laguna Beach, but if anyone were to have said that, such a person would likely be labeled a “bigot” in the political climate you seem to be contributing to.

And of course you excluded Jews and Muslims and Hare Krishnas and gay people. And what about the Mormons?

The fact is that this city was built on the bodies of all kinds of people, not just one kind of people.

Laguna Beach prides itself in being inclusive. And you, as an elected official, are supposed to represent all of us, not just the folks whom you find acceptable within your own social circles.

Eric Bell

Laguna Beach