Letters to the editor
by la Jolla Village News Editor
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Peters works for safety

The article "Kayak operators hit rough waters" which appeared in last week's edition of the Village News (page 1) painted an undeserved picture of the efforts Council President Scott Peters has put forth in support of the RFP for the kayak operators utilizing the boat launch in La Jolla Shores. 

In his support of the RFP, Mr. Peters is doing exactly what the representative of Council District One is supposed to do: represent his constituency. Since the beginning of the RFP process, the residents, businesses, including the kayak operators in the La Jolla Shores, and the La Jolla Shores Association have provided input and support to the RFP process. In the interest of safety for those who rent the kayaks and those who visit La Jolla Shores, the community has consistently favored the RFP as means to improve the experience for all San Diegans. 

Further, I would point out that Mr. Peters does not control the fees or fee structure of the permit programs. These fees are set and collected by another department within the City of San Diego. The statements reported in the article which suggest otherwise and question Mr. Peters' character are unfortunate. The La Jolla Shores Association would like to thank Council President Scott Peters for his dedicated support on the RFP on our initiatives overall.

 

Jim Heaton, Chairman, La Jolla Shores Association

 

Slaughterhouse raid a wake-up call

The recent raid on Agriprocessors by agents from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, with hundreds of slaughterhouse workers arrested, should be the latest wake-up call to the need for a major reconsideration of the production and consumption of meat and other animal products. AgriProcessors glatt kosher slaughterhouse, the largest in the United States, has a history of heinous animal cruelty, environmental law infractions and employee abuse.

The Agriprocessors slaughterhouse is making a mockery of what kashruth should represent "” the humane treatment of animals, not just at the moment of slaughter, but for the entire period during which they are in the care of humans. Clearly this particular slaughterhouse must be shut down until major changes occur and inspection processes are improved. But, far more needs to be done overall to eradicate the paradoxical contradiction between immutable Jewish ethics and the inherent cruelty of producing meat and other animal products.

The Jewish community must face the fact that animal-based diets and agriculture violate basic Jewish mandates to preserve our health, treat animals with compassion, protect the environment, conserve natural resources, help hungry people and avoid a chillul Hashem (desecration of God's Name).

Richard H. Schwartz, President, Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA)

"˜Solution' adds to the problem"”NOT VRF

My name is Christina Herron-Sweet. I am a high school senior and I live on Vickie Drive. Vickie Drive is on the border between Pacific Beach and La Jolla.

Vickie Drive ends in a cul-de-sac, and over the past six months there has been a large construction project in the canyon at the end of my street. As I had understood it, it was to fix a problem with the drainage system because water draining from the houses above the canyon was eroding the canyon walls, and the homes above the canyon feared collapses similar to other Soledad Mountain disasters. I have only recently been back into the canyon and discovered the extent to which the project has affected the area, and what is left is very distressing. What exactly is left of the once beautiful natural landscape is this: a desert. All vegetation has been completely stripped over a wide area in the center of the canyon and what is left is bare dirt.

I can't imagine that this project passed any kind of environmental review. Not only has it completely removed all the native plants, and destroyed natural habitat (I have personally seen nesting owls and coyotes in the canyon) but it hardly seems a solution to the problem: erosion seems even more likely now that there are no plants to keep the soil down.

I am distraught and outraged that this project was undertaken with so little regard for the environment. San Diego is full of canyons. I can only hope that this does not happen to any other canyon and caution fellow San Diegans to stay alert and not allow this to occur again.

Christina Herron-Sweet

La Jolla

Seals and souvenir business"”NOT VRF

Thank you for the recent article on the latest Children's Pool developments ("Seal proponents countersue for annual pupping season," Village News, Jan. 3, page 5).

In the news recently, the city of Pacific Grove, California near Monterey was warned by the National Marine Fisheries Service that if Pacific harbor seals begin pupping activity on the Lovers Point public beach that it may be requested the beach be closed to people for the pupping season. Sound familiar to the Children's Pool controversy?

Over the holidays I took a trip up north to Pacific Grove to see what was going on. There were indeed some harbor seals hauled out on the beach at Lovers Point. In addition to this, I saw some people selling harbor seal shirts at Lovers Point. We got to talking and I found out their inspiration were the seal activists at the Children's Pool selling seal souvenirs. They told me that they were interested in making some money off the seals at Lovers Point.

I asked them if they were associated with any animal activist group and they said no. They were surprised to learn that the seal souvenir business at the Children's Pool was supposed to be affiliated with a seal activist group and they did not believe it.

One of the Pacific Grove vendors told me that they did not believe the Children's Pool business did benefit any of the seals in La Jolla because, while the seal souvenir vendors at the Children's Pool were trying to keep people off the Children's Pool beach, they did not care how close the people on the seawall got to the harbor seals at the base of the seawall on the west side of the beach. He also said that the seal souvenir vendors at the Children's Pool did not care how close people got to the harbor seals on the low tide rocks at South Casa Beach.

At least the Pacific Grove seal souvenir vendors are honest about where their profits go and do not have to promote themselves as animal rights activists.

Kent Trego

La Jolla

HEAD"”NOT VRF

 

I cannot support this parking plan because I am not convinced that all other solutions have been fully researched or that the real problem has really been identified. 

QUESTION: Is the problem caused by the customers taking up parking spaces or is it the employer/employees? Silly question? With this plan, the customers won't be a problem cause they will be kept moving like a floating crap game. And soon they won't be customers and there won't be a parking problem.

1. At the last meeting I asked if anyone had researched just how many parking spaces would be required to provide parking for all the employees who work in the "control zone." No one had.

2. I asked if anyone knew how many employers/employees work in the "control zone." One board member estimated 4,000. Another, 6,000. No one really knows.

3. Out of curiosity, I drove the length of Girard, Wall Street and Prospect from Torrey Pines to Fay, to see how many parking spaces those streets provide. Not counting off-street parking but counting valet spaces, roughly 535 spaces. It would take 9.3 times that much street space to park all of the employer/employee cars (assuming 5,000 employees and one person per car, which is probably pretty close to the truth). A rough idea of the size of the problem. MAYBE THIS IS THE PROBLEM. Not the customers, but the employees.

A SOLUTION? Perhaps providing employee parking just outside the area, e.g., the carpool parking lots in San Clemente Canyon, and other nearby spaces, with bus transportation provided, would solve most of the problem. The cost? It seems to me that Hotel Valencia and George's stated at the last meeting that between them they pay $10-$15,000 per month for employee parking. Others also pay large amounts; some pay nothing, but should.  Those monies would go a long way toward paying the bus and rent costs for such a program and would clear all those parking spaces for paying customers.

My personal contribution to the solution would be the same as it is for Del Mar (paid parking). I won't go there. Too many places outside LJ have vast amounts of free parking. That would be sad, after 47 years of shopping in my favorite places, e.g., Warwick's, Bowers, Burns, Alex's, etc.

OTHER COMMENTS: Holding the parking meetings in the Paris Hotel (owned by the chair of the board) is very nice, but it imparts a silent pressure on everyone. The "it's my ball and bat" syndrome. Most public organizations outlaw that practice, I believe.

Robert's Rules of Order are not well practiced; e.g., I believe the first motion of the last meeting was not a motion at all, but just a statement by the chair. Following that was a motion to change it, which was M/S/A. But how can you pass a change to a motion that isn't there? 

There seems to be little regard for the wishes of the citizenry; e.g., the board voted not to allow floor votes, which are only a courtesy, but which reflect the wishes of those willing to participate.

 

Roger M. Wiggans

La Jolla

Kudos for council

 

The San Diego City Council should be applauded for their vote to support state parks and encourage Orange County to look for alternatives to putting a six-lane toll road through San Onofre State Park. We met with almost all of the City Council members and it was truly a pleasure meeting with them and seeking support for this resolution.

I would personally like to thank Councilman Faulconer, who originally voted against the resolution last year. After the original "no vote" last year, he met with Surfrider, took the time to tour San Mateo Campgrounds and San Onofre State Park and put in the work to truly understand the pros and cons of the proposed toll road project. He specifically assigned one of his staff members to work with the environmental community in preparing a resolution that he and other members of the City Council could support. 

Councilman Faulconer was instrumental in getting the new resolution passed. As a voter from his district, I am very thankful for his support.

 

Todd T. Cardiff, Esq.

Point Loma

Advisory Board Member

San Diego Chapter, Surfrider Foundation

There's help and hope"”NOT VRF

State legislatures throughout the country have recognized and proclaimed October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Hardly anyone these days is unaffected in some way by breast cancer. Here in Southern California alone, over 11,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

The Southern California Affiliate of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization is here to provide free and confidential information and support to anyone throughout our communities. From Santa Barbara to San Diego, including the Inland Empire, the Affiliate provides services through several empowering programs open to the public within our diverse communities. Some of our programs, in addition to support groups, include:

"¢ A Day For You "” Dedicated to increasing awareness and early detection in underserved communities

"¢ Open Door "” Educational sessions led by health care professionals and covering diverse topics, such as differences in breast cancer treatment protocols, clinical trials, fertility, research, survivorship, etc.

We're also proud that Y-ME has the country's only 24/7 hotline staffed entirely by trained breast cancer survivors with interpreters in 150 languages. We are there for you, day or night, at (800) 221-2141. Additional information is at www.y-me.org.

For maximum impact, Y-ME partners with other community-based organizations and also offers its match programs for patients and husbands or partners supporting a loved one through breast cancer; a wig and prosthesis bank; the ShareRing Network, a monthly teleconference; and brochures and Web content in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Hindi and Russian.

The message and mission are clear "” Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization is here today for those who can't wait for tomorrow's cure. Sometimes showing support means passing along information. The people in your life may have questions about breast cancer or may need to talk to someone who's been there. There's help and there's hope for anyone touched by breast cancer.

Ericka K. Waidley, RN, MSN

Board President, Southern California Affiliate

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization

Santa Ana, CA

Head"”NOT VRF

In her letter to the editor, Ms. Winter revels in attacking the writer instead of addressing the facts presented. ("It takes courage to keep going," Village News, Sept. 13, page 8). This is not the way reasonable people debate an issue. Her name-calling is petty and accomplishes nothing. If Ms. Winter has any doubt about the deteriorating condition of our village due to a recent tidal wave of street people, why doesn't she take a stroll down Girard Street or drive into town on La Jolla Parkway and report to the readers the results of her observations?

Ms. Winter goes on to imply that the writer is not charitable. I will match my charitable activities against hers any day "” it would be no contest.

If Ms. Winter is as compassionate as she would like us to believe, I have a suggestion: Why don't you invite all of the street people to your house for a weekend of good eating "” you can cook your favorite recipes and comfortable accommodations for sleeping? This would solve the problem of them defecating in our streets and give them the soothing care and compassion that you profess. I will hand out the invitations.

 

Edward J. Carnot

Attorney, La Jolla

Cabanas a public service?"”NOT VRF

I would like to commend Kailee Bradstreet and the Village News for the article about the Evans Hotel chain's encroachment on Torrey Pines Beach ("Five-star public park privilege," Aug. 2, page 1). The opinion expressed that the cabanas provide a public service is certainly debatable.

This is the only pristine beach in San Diego where no human habitation is visible. The idea expressed that the cabanas emphasize the divide between the social and economic classes is a valid one.

Let us hope that the permit would not be extended.

Addie Scholfield

La Jolla

Political "˜two for one'"”NOT VRF

Merchandising has taken a twist. In many markets, there are signs that say "Buy one and get one free!" Instead of marking an item at half-price, the market persuades the buyer to purchase double the amount. The merchandising strategy works in other situations. In the case of Hilary Clinton, will we get two for one?

Patricia Weber

La Jolla

Why not sort black as well as blue?"”NOT VRF

This week's article by Lori Martinez about the landfill quotes Joe Corones regarding inappropriate placement of recyclables in black receptacles ("So full of it: Miramar Landfill littered with many recyclables gong to waste," Village News, Nov. 16, page B·1). I would guess the converse is also true; viz., that blue containers often contain non-recyclables.

Since I know that inspection and sorting are done for the material in the blue receptacles, could this not also be implemented for the black ones? One would have to observe health-related principles, but I would think that this could have a positive impact on optimizing the recovery of recyclables.

Thank you.

Howard Goldman

La Jolla

Change codes for profit of a few?"”NOT VRF

Mark Lyon and a group of developers is trying to fight a community that does not want three stories on La Jolla Boulevard, saying it is all for the benefit of the merchants. The real impetus behind this is that Lyon has submitted a project in December to the City of San Diego for the property on Bird Rock Avenue and La Jolla Boulevard. He designed a three-story building with one level of retail on the bottom and two levels of condos above. The current code does not allow three stories.

The point of all this is for the profit of development. Should La Jolla change its codes for the profits of a few? Do we change the code every time someone wants to develop for their own project because the code does not suit them or give them the profits they want?

He says that Bird Rock is fumbling along in a depression. Bird Rock is a charming community that is successful in its own right. There are many existing businesses on La Jolla Boulevard that are successful and their buildings meet the current code. Long's is building a one-story building without condos above it. Starbuck's is in a building with one story of condos above and it is successful. Maybe Mark should design a project that meets the current codes and be fair to those who CAN work within the current PDO.

Beth Gaenzle

Bird Rock

Taking it to the streets, literally"”NOT VRF

Hurrah for some intrepid members of the La Jolla Town Council.

What was once touted as America's Finest City has now become whatever we cane make of it ourselves since San Diego turned its maintenance back on community upkeep.

That's where a group of La Jolla residents has taken to the streets, literally, to bring pride back into our area.

On Friday, Feb. 3, Gail Forbes, Sherri Lightner, Ken King and Melissa Stallings were found clearing the sidewalks on Torrey Pines Drive near Little Street. Donned in Levis and sweat shirts, not usual council garb, these hearty four worked early morning hours cutting ice plant, pulling grass roots, hacking tumbleweeds and clearing whatever was there so that the sidewalk is now passable again for couples to be strolling side by side, runners jogging, sightseers seeing the beautiful vistas for beholding.

Calling themselves the Nell Carpenter Beautification Committee, in honor of Nell's desire for a totally beautiful community, this group steps out of the committee room and onto the pavement to take up the challenges of keeping our streets and byways clean and attractive in a most successful and proactive manner.

And any volunteers are welcome to join the fun of cleansing, usually on Fridays for a few morning hours. It was dusty, sweaty and worth it!

Gail says that the next cleanup will be in a few weeks and notification will be made so more of us can take part.

Thank you Town Council for showing a positive way to live in La Jolla.

Tom Huse

La Jolla

Drilling for big bucks

I support my senator in blocking any version of the Defense bill that would open the Arctic up for oil drilling.

Arctic drilling has nothing to do with a Defense Department bill. Including controversial drilling provisions in a bill that funds our troops is dishonest and dirty.

Senator Stevens is holding up funding for our troops so that he can line the pockets of his big oil cronies.

Even military leaders are angered by this move to bury Artic drilling in the Defense appropriations bill. A group of top generals, including former Marine General Anthony Zinni, sent a letter to Senator Frist criticizing these backdoor tactics.

Congressional Republicans have tried similar tricks in the past. They couldn't pass drilling provisions in the budget, so now they're trying to sneak them into the Defense bill.

Drilling in the Arctic Refuge won't help us at the pump or reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but it will line the pockets of big oil companies that are already recording record-high profits.

Robert and Kelly Alexander

La Jolla

Stop misleading recruitment tactics (NOT VRF)

I am writing to voice my concern about military recruiting in our public schools. While I support the troops and the rights of a volunteer military, I do not support institutionalizing involuntary recruitment practices. The No Child Left Behind legislation automatically gives the military the right to take any student's private information without any form of parental permission or notification. I am offended by this intrusion on our personal rights and believe it should be stopped as soon as possible.

I also believe that it is completely immoral of military recruiters to use misleading tactics to recruit students, especially at a time when so many of our troops are in harm's way in Iraq, a war most Americans are now against. Recruiters' common promise to students of $70,000 for college is factually wrong. If you study the GI Bill, you will learn that VERY FEW veterans qualify for the amounts that recruiters and advertisements quote. The amounts typically received aren't even close to the ever-increasing costs of a college education.

We need to work together to end these misleading ad campaigns that entice young people to enlist by offering false hope and empty promises. Surely America can do better than that! Enlisting when you are told the truth and have the facts you need to make an informed decision is one thing, but enlisting when you are given misleading or false information is simply unfair.

While I support our troops, I believe it is time to end the false and misleading recruiting practices of our military. According to the Marine Corps Times, the government has set recruitment goals that are 7 percent higher than last year, but most branches of the armed services are below their current recruitment goals. The military knows they need to make adjustments in order to increase recruitment. This, however, is not an excuse worthy enough to allow the collection and use of students' private information.

The military has also started distributing video games in an effort to connect with young people. These games make war seem like a lot of fun "” something that can be easily controlled "” and if you get killed, you just hit the reset button. In real life, dying or having your arm or leg blown off is nothing like a video game. It's real and it's permanent. Is a few thousand dollars for college three or four years down the road worth dying for? The decision to join the military, especially in dangerous times, should be one made based on honest information, not misleading recruitment tactics.

There is an opt-out provision in the legislation, but rarely are students or parents informed of it. I encourage students and parents all over our state to send a letter to their school's administrators asking them to keep their children's information private. A sample form can be found at http://www.militaryfreezone.org/opt_out.

Let us protect the nation's youth from misleading recruitment tactics, including some flat-out lies, and let's work together to stop this injustice. Any nation should have respect for its citizens and the decency of keeping its military strictly voluntary.

Katy Oyarzun

La Mesa

Welcome to the La Jolla Seals Spa & Resort (NOT VRF)

The time has come to change the name of "The La Jolla Children's Pool." People checking the pollution levels at La Jolla's beaches wonder that such a high level of pollution could be tolerated at a pool for children. I suggest that for reasons of clarification and accuracy of description, the pool be called "The La Jolla Seals Spa and Resort." Inference is thus made to the amenities offered the seal population. Among them is a quiet pool protected from the surf by a breakwater for the seals and their toddlers. (La Jolla's children can cope with the rolling surf at other beaches "” it is good for developing muscles and alertness to danger). A large sandy beach is provided for sun bathing. Fear of being disturbed is no problem "” the area is patrolled by vigilantes who keep the natives at bay.

And "” who knows "” Miss Scripps might have been delighted to learn that her gift to La Jolla's children is now being enjoyed by seals.

Joan Drinkwater

La Jolla

Accountability at the top (NOT VRF)

"Those who do not learn from past mistakes are destined to repeat them." It is terribly sad and heart-wrenching to have to set aside a day to mourn our country's dead who have died because they followed orders obediently and valiantly given by our leaders. Let's mention the thousands of wounded who lost arms, legs, eyes and other body parts in this mad process for questionable causes. These wonderful brave men and women cannot be remembered often enough for their sacrifices. However, we never seem to take to task the leadership who gave the orders.

It is astounding to this reader, who served three years as an officer with the U.S. Navy and Marines, that we don't question such decision-making earlier. It's easy to be a Monday morning quarterback and to say after the fact what plays should've been called, which weren't. Sportswriters certainly have no reluctance to write in their columns who dropped passes or threw interceptions or missed critical tackles when giving their post-op analyses. Why don't political writers do the same, or at least the Americans who are paying the price in terms of life and money?

For example, why hasn't FDR been taken to task for his decision not to inform the military command in Hawaii about the imminent attack of Pearl Harbor, when his information was known three to five days before the Japanese attack, a now documented fact? The Japanese would attack the U.S. in hopes of crippling our West Pacific Fleet because our government had threatened to cut off the supply of oil for the Japanese from the Far East Indies, unless Japan got out of China. America lost over 3,000 valuable lives then and many more in the Pacific theatre of combat by not sounding the alert. We involved ourselves then with a totally Asian problem and we know all too well what their retaliation was for our foreign policy.

What was the necessity to involve America in the Korean War, pitting us against not only North Korea, but also against Red China? North Korea is still a menace to world peace with its nuclear programs, but Red China is now a nation with "favored trading status" with America. Thousands more of our service people were wounded and lost just to preserve the 38th parallel separating the two Koreas, which today are considering a form of unification.

The Vietnamese War was a no-win situation from the outset. America was divided. Were we there to stop the spread of communism? Americans now take vacations in Southeast Asia. Yet once again our leadership, that of Johnson, Macnamara and Westmoreland, had us thinking that waging war was necessary for the peace and stability of this country. Were we at risk of being attacked by Vietnam? I don't think so.

Once again, we are at war, this time with Iraq, a war which has resulted in the loss of thousands of people on both sides. We have learned from a bipartisan commission that Hussein and Iraq had no WMD. We cannot blame Iraq for the 9/11 attack. George Bush erroneously did. The seeds of hatred for the U.S., the most generous country in the world, have been sown throughout the Mideast because of this intrepid action against a country which could not pose a real threat. Yet the war continues while the body count numbers increase daily. The immediate prospects of the Iraq War's termination are bleak, if not nonexistent.

It is well past the time for America to challenge its leadership with the record of bad decision-making. To remain in lockstep out of loyalty and committed bravery by our servicemen and women to whatever comes out of Washington more than stretches the parameters of acceptability. America for its own survival and prospects for a lasting peace must change its foreign policy. School is now out. "Those who do not learn from their mistakes will be destined to repeat them."

Dr. Ernie Lippe

University City

"˜Punny' practice is out of hand (NOT VRF)

Please! An occasional cute "punny" headline might be acceptable for a light story, but the practice is out of hand at La Jolla Village News.

You use these juvenile headlines everywhere: April 14 issue, front page "CPA presses gas on parking plan"; arts "SDBA presented some food for thought", sports "Sluggers make pitch for victory," "La Jolla tracks top performances"; front page B section "Landmark, Legacy join back fortunes,"  "Office Games plays biometrics."

This practice diminishes the professionalism of the paper, and, in addition, it is just plain annoying. Please stop.

Julia S. Falk

La Jolla

The Children's Pool never really worked (NOT VRF)

The gentle, modest, and practical Ellen Scripps would be horrified by the turn of events resulting from her benevolence. Since the engineering of the [children's] pool never met the desired results and it has now become unhealthy for both children and seals, surely the most economical and best environmental solution is to dismantle the sea wall, restoring as much as possible the natural promontory.

It was a lovely idea which never really worked as it should. Early on, there was a net across the mouth to impede sea creatures. It was never as safe as it should have been. My small sister almost drowned there when the sand dropped too sharply at one time. We always thought the water at the cove more friendly.

The City of San Diego should not have to bear the expense of an undoubtedly unsuccessful attempt to maintain the pool or referee the resulting confrontations or lawsuits.

Since Miss Scripps is no longer here to rectify the situation, perhaps some of the environmental groups could raise funds to do so.

Gloria Wilkes

La Jolla

A solution for the seal debate (NOT VRF)

I absolutely agree that the seal controversy is really absurd and a waste of the taxpayers' time and money. With the ongoing war in Iraq, the budget deficit and many other urgent issues, a few individuals have declared war on the seals, and want to spend up to $1 million dollars to destroy a beautiful beach, which has been a harbor seal rookery (where seals give birth) in recent years, in violation of federal law (the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972).

I have also been reading Melinda Merryweather's comments on the seal debate. I admit I chuckled when I read her claim of being an environmentalist, and her ridiculous remark that the "seals have 1,200 haul-out sites" while "the poor children" have only "one safe pool" to swim! Since Merryweather has criticized others for giving wrong facts and figures, let me correct a few of her blunders.

The unsuspecting reader may think that the above-mentioned 1,200 haul out-sites are all in California. In fact, Merryweather has forgotten to mention that the 1,200 sites cover the whole of the United States!

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), there are 1,280 harbor seal haul-out sites throughout the U.S. (319 in Washington, 101 in Oregon and 860 in California). I think any intelligent reader would immediately realize the huge error in Merryweather's standard of comparison. With thousands of public beaches used by humans throughout our country, harbor seals occupy less than 1 percent of the U.S. coastal territory!

Moreover, Merryweather refuses to acknowledge that an overwhelming number of people, and over 11,000 children in the San Diego area, have signed a petition in favor of protecting the seals at the Children's Pool because they think they have enough beaches and swimming pools to swim, but one beach where they can watch seals. Now, who is being selfish here?

Since Merryweather and her friends are also convinced that we will have Jaws I, II & III scenarios in La Jolla, I suggest they read the excellent article on sharks by the U.S. Fish and Game Department, which appears in the Sept. 2 issue of the Village News (page 8). I think the article is explicit in how important sharks are to the marine ecosystem, and how humans can avoid unfortunate encounters with dangerous sharks.

When Ellen Browning Scripps built the wall in 1931, there were hardly any marine mammals left in the area, since they had been hunted down to near extinction. Thanks to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, mother nature bestowed yet another gift to the children of La Jolla. This was the return of the harbor seals. Therefore, we have two benefactresses here. Why are a few ignorant and arrogant individuals so determined to destroy mother nature's gift and one of La Jolla's major tourist attractions that is bringing an average of 80,000 visitors per month to La Jolla?

Merryweather and her friends are selfish enough to say they don't care about the visitors and couldn't care less if local businesses suffered if the seal rookery were destroyed.

I have the perfect solution for Merryweather and her friends. I suggest they purchase an island in the Caribbean, and enjoy their private beach without harassment from seals or cumbersome visitors! They would still, however, have to tack
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