Teen crash incident brings out more than one disturbing issue

I  heard about the roll over, multiple teens, SUV accident through my daughter’s friends calling each other and reaching out through social media. The word was multiple injuries, some bad. We worried because the people involved were neighbors and friends. We just hoped that there would not be a lot of bad news.

I looked for more news and the U-T and NBC 7/39 both posted online stores. Both allow commenting on stories, but you must be logged in through Facebook where your real name is used, no aliases. The main reason many news sources have eliminated anonymity in forums is because anonymous online discourse had gotten so insulting, disrespectful and downright hateful.

I realized while reading the comments that there are a lot of La Jolla “HATERS” out there. Below are some verbatim comments. Imagine what would be said if it was anonymous:

*  Marlene:  “Next time this same situation occurs in any area of San Diego, we better NOT hear of anyone being cited…what’s good for La Jolla teens is good for EVERYONE else…just saying let’s stop favoring and pampering those with money and penalizing those who have less $”

*  Jeremy: “Being from La Jolla has it’s advantages”

* Sunshine: “Law should be equal all the way across — La Jolla or not!”

* Erin: “The point is that if this happened in San Carlos now, someone in THAT wreck would have been cited.”

* Ken: “So when do the ‘rules’ apply to the rich folks who live in La Jolla?”

* Todd” “Maybe it’s time you parents actually teach your over entitled, spoiled children how to drive a vehicle, before just buying them one of their choice. Gotta love La Jollans!”

Those of us who live here know that there is much more economic and social diversity here in La Jolla than the perception of those who do not know us very well. Yes, we are fortunate to live here, but the implication that we are all in some kind of rich privileged bubble is absurd. Some really believe because we live in La Jolla that we are above the law and tragedy.

As this story unfolds, as the lawsuits get filed and the injured heal, we have a front-row seat to the damage done to people we know. We’ll be hearing others gloat or degrade this collective tragedy.

It is sad.

John Dowd,

La Jolla

Just do it La Jollans!

Our La Jolla environment is being negatively affected by the presence of sea lions and harbor seals – dangerously polluted water, and almost unbearable smelling and unhealthy air leading to a loss of tourism. Suggestions to drive the sea lions away by negatively affecting their environment have included projected sound, fence removal, and plants. But why stop there?

Why not just get some dogs down there and scare them the heck away but not hurt them, and then take the mammal-hugging environmental penalty hit? If they migrate to another La Jolla beach, do the same. While we wish, wring our hands, hold our nose, plead, and plan committee meetings the problem just gets worse. Geez Louise.

Pete Ward,

La Jolla

La Jolla residents are a caring lot

This is the time of year to give thanks for many reasons and to many people. I am an older woman who drives around La Jolla in her handicapped scooter, and I want to give my thanks to a great many people whom I don’t know, but who have been so very kind to me.

I wish I knew you all — the young man who jumped out of his car to retrieve a plastic grocery bag I dropped that broke open; the school boy who pushed the traffic signal for me; the Bishop’s School girls who got me out of a deep groove on one of La Jolla’s badly-cracked sidewalks; the many who’ve pushed a letter into the mailbox for me; but mostly, I want to thank the many young mothers whose children give me their charming smiles as we connect — each of us in own own vehicle.

Add to the list, the employees of the many stores who make shopping in La Jolla possible as well as pleasant. I shall lift a glass to each of you.

Dorothy Bearman

La Jolla

Time for municipalities to change water policies

The recent watermain break in La Jolla, “Repeat water line breaks on La Jolla Streets raise concerns about infrastructure” (Nov. 12, La Jolla Light) is a red flag that our current water management systems need to be overhauled.

If we don’t make changes, like including more competition in how the area’s water systems are managed, taxpayers and ratepayers will end up paying exorbitant utility bills and huge liabilities in the future.

A recent study conducted by the National Taxpayers Union found that nearly a half-trillion dollars in government expenditures could be saved over the next four decades if processes like the adoption of open procurement for pipe materials and better asset management are incorporated. These are among the proposals supported by the Mayor’s Water Council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

It’s time that our leaders become more proactive in supporting fiscally responsible approaches to water policy, both here and across the United States.

Pete Sepp

National Taaxpayers Union

Alexandria, Virginia

A thought on the Christmas vs. Holiday parade

Yes, things change, but if I grew up in an area that had a tradition of a particular event, then others moved to my town and wanted to change that traditional event, would I be happy about it?  Would you?

La Jolla has a long tradition of having a Christmas Parade and even though it represents a particular religion, it should be allowed to continue and to be enjoyed and visited by all of the people who are interested.  No one makes anyone participate, who does not want to, so if it offends someone, they do not have to attend.

Barry Levine

La Jolla

La Jolla Christmas Parade name must remain hallowed tradition

For a number of years, an effort has been underway to eradicate the joy of Christmas in La Jolla by attacking the decorations along Girard Avenue, the use of the Christmas tree, and now, the name of our Christmas Parade. Is this not just local, but part of a larger movement?

Changing the name of our Christmas Parade has become a vital issue deserving more than a corner of the front page in our local paper. This issue is not just about the name of the parade. The Christmas Parade, the Christmas decorations, and the Christmas events in the Village have been the traditions of La Jollans for years, and represent our culture, our values, our heritage, and our beliefs.  Will we allow some to take this away from us?

Fifty years ago, our Village was filled with Christmas color and cheer, excitement, children’s programs, carolers and camaraderie. Today we are hesitant and half afraid to speak the words, “Merry Christmas.”

La Jollans wake-up! Rise to the occasion. Don’t allow this to happen here. Let us evoke our First Amendment rights that allow and protect our freedom of speech, and so allow us to call our parade whatever we prefer! La Jollans, don’t be afraid to call our Christmas Parade, The Christmas Parade!

Patricia Weber

La Jolla

Parade name isn’t about being PC, it’s about showing respect

This year, doctors, teachers, firefighters, our military troops and countless other people devoted to improving our lives will join us in enjoying the La Jolla Christmas Parade on Dec. 8. Many of these fellow La Jollans are non-Christians, agnostics and atheists. Perhaps the least we could do is give the parade a name that reflects the broad range of religious beliefs of our altruistic public servants? Or do we not want the citizens who spend their lives in the service of the people to feel welcome at community events?

I agree with those who claim that tradition is important for our community, but to say that our tradition should be to call it the Christmas Parade because it always has been that way is a fallacy. In a democratic society, we should strive to serve the entire citizenry, not just its most powerful majority.

Ulysse Carion

La Jolla

What’s in a name? Quite a lot.

As far back as December 2004, as reflected in the article, “Thousands expected for holiday parade,” the La Jolla Light has referred to the name of our December community event as a “holiday parade.”

Readers, please ask yourselves why the Chula Vista Encinitas, Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach parades are now “holiday parades” when they were formerly “Christmas parades.” Why did the City of San Diego change the name of its two-day event in Balboa Park from “Christmas on the Prado” to “December Nights,” and since its inception in 1978, the Holiday Bowl has welcomed everyone. Would the “Christmas Bowl” have been a more encompassing name choice? And of course, the “La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival.”  Which one of the above named events lacks diversity and inclusiveness?

Howard Singer

La Jolla

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