Letters to the Editor: June 18, 2015 Save the dirty looks folks, it’s recycled water

I have been planting the small roundabout located at the intersection of Bird Rock Ave. and Bellevue Ave. for almost eight years. Rather than having it adorned with decomposed granite that the city contractors put in, I replaced it with rich soil and plant flowers each season of the year. Now with the water drought our county and state are facing, I occasionally get unfriendly comments and stares while watering the flowers. Six years ago I put in an extensive city-approved recycling water system at my residence and use this water exclusively to water the flowers and much of my yard.

I would hope my neighbors and commuters that pass by everyday know that the flowers and I are in full compliance with the City of San Diego’s water restrictions. The restrictions apply to potable water (water that is fit to drink) as provided by the City of San Diego and not to recycled/reclaimed/gray water systems.

Neighbors in general are most appreciative of the color and happiness that it brings to the birds, butterflies and residents alike. Flowers can remain viable during these tough times with a little ingenuity and passion. As a Bird Rocker since 1954, it is a way of giving back to this wonderful community.

Joseph McGoldrick, LJHS Class of 1966

Aircraft noise is deplorable

The loud aircraft noise invades your inner ear as intimate as a lover, as insistent as a bedside alarm with no snooze button. During it, you cannot talk, and after it, you cannot sleep. It comes at any hour of the day or night.

A few mornings ago, at 4:50, it reverberated the sleeping timbers of my house like a drum. These ghastly loud noises are made by cognizant people. They are not the natural sounds of the Earth’s atmosphere, or ocean, or geology.

Doubtless there are sometimes episodes when it is needful to fly low and loud and dangerous over our houses, but such episodes are rare. In nearly all cases, the people responsible should be chastised and stopped, if La Jolla is to become the place it could and ought to be.

David Edwards

Veterans post seeks drapes for stage area

A La Jolla resident, I am also Commander of American Legion La Mesa Post 282 and VFW O.K. Ingram Ship 1774. Our building was constructed in 1947 with a large stage and curtains that were donated late 1949. They are now beyond repair.

A letter was sent to the manager of the Landmark Theater in La Jolla asking for the donation of one of their theater’s curtains, since they were closing on June 14, but they replied that they cannot donate the curtains due to their early departure date. Thus, I am asking for the community’s assistance. We are a non-profit Veterans Organization 501(c)(19). Any assistance would be most appreciated and, of course, a donation letter will be provided that you may use for tax purposes.

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Jack Porath

McMansions are so McCheesey

Regarding your recent poll question: Are you concerned with a proliferation of so-called “McMansions” in La Jolla? Yes: 62% No: 38%. How funny! Was that 62 percent of “McMansion” owners said yes (they are concerned) and 38 percent of the rest of the “McMansion” owners said no (they are not concerned)?

The La Jolla small beach cottages and houses from the 1940s, ‘50s, ‘60s, etc. have all been demolished to make way for “homes” twice to three times as large. After all, who doesn’t want a jewel larger than the previous house or a bit larger than the neighbors?

Well, as they say, “As La Jolla goes, so does the rest of the nation!”

Charles Kaminski