Opinion: Children’s Pool is about living up to a commitment
La Jolla resident
I am a retired veterinarian. I am middle of the road politically . I have loved animals with a passion since I was 3; so much so, I made their care and wellbeing my profession. It is very hard to find someone that cares more about animals than I.
However after reading Inga’s “light-hearted”? column “Sealing the fate of the Children’s Pool,” I came to realize that she has it all wrong. In fact, her comments are simply reflective of so much of what is wrong with the country today.
Ellen Browning Scripps gave the money for the breakwater at the Children’s Pool and the city of San Diego accepted it. In consideration, the city agreed to keep the beach as a children’s pool. There is a bona fide indenture that, in our legal world, is about as clear as can be. There is also 80 years of legal precedent. …
The problem is that many of our left-wing citizens are not about to let the law, integrity or 80 years of history get in the way of their agenda. Whether or not there are 10 children or 100 children that use the Children’s Pool, the fact still remains that there is zero room for doubt that (it) was legally given and legally accepted to be a children’s pool. Nothing else is relevant. …
Americans don’t really understand that their prosperity and their national values are tied to living up to what they commit to, regardless of the political or social influence of any one group.
The end result in extrapolation is a world without trust in ourselves and our legal system. The absence of such trust would be unfortunate because it is one of the few things that separate us from the banana republics of the world.
That concept was driven home the other night at dinner with a friend who told me he would not bequeath anything to the city because the chances of the city living up to their agreements is diminutive.
The city of San Diego and our California Court system should be ashamed.
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