Letters to the Editor: Aug. 20, 2009


Challenging Charley’s logic

Charley (Barringer) wants to compromise. He said so in his column in the Aug. 6 La Jolla Light. To the extent that I was able to parse his logic he wants to give the Casa Beach/Children’s Pool seals another birthing and would then be sanctioned to rid that beach of seals with unabated fury the remainder of the year. If they never come back, well that’s just karma.

Charley, we tree huggers are admittedly simple-minded, but even we see no real “compromise” in what you propose. In fact, the conditions you would impose are even more onerous than we huggers face today. Furthermore we have some concern for the safety of children swimming at Casa Beach. Particularly since the O’Sullivan decision is nothing more than legal sanctification of failed engineering.

G. Thom Hahn

La Jolla

Out with news racks

For years I’ve been dumbstruck watching the asinine folly of The Circus Of The Seals. How can so many people devote so much time, energy and cruelty trying to force a few sea mammals from their home? How about you compassionless (people) do something productive for our village? Like getting those hideous ghetto newspaper boxes off our streets.

Jerry Cesak

La Jolla

New buses too noisy

These new buses may be less air polluting, but they are unacceptable noise polution. Except for the occasional motorbike idiot revving up his engine, these buses with their high–frequency, piercing noise are just as bad.

I live on top of Gilman Drive and the noise these buses make is unacceptable. I cannot understand how they have passed noise tests. They need to be equipped with sound attenuators.

May be La Jolla Light should conduct some tests, I am sure the levels are way above residential levels.

Klaus Schiess

La Jolla

Simple seals resolution

July 19 was one of those glorious San Diego Sundays, so I went for a bike ride around La Jolla. At the Children’s Pool, people crowded the beach, swam in the water and kids built castles in the sand (with seal feces gargoyles?). There were no seals on the beach, but there were some offshore on Seal Rock where they have historically roosted.

The next day, we learned that a judge had ordered the city to clear the beach of seals, which may necessitate someone patrolling with a bullhorn emitting barking dogs. I’ve also seen estimates in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for sand dredging.

Unless we hear of some of those folks coming down with horrible diseases, it would seem to me the issue is already resolved. Simply by allowing swimmers on the beach, the seals dispersed. Problem solved. No bullhorns, no dredging. Now can we get on to something important?

Douglas Miller

La Jolla

Loves seals but …

The most cost-saving method to deal with the seals is to make the seal activists quit scaring and intimidating the public from going on the beach at the Children’s Pool. If people used the beach regularly, the seals will be discouraged from being so comfortable there. It would cost nothing, and the public would not be screamed at or have sand thrown on them.

I had a very bad experience with the seal lovers and wish them gone more than I wish the seals to be gone. Keep them away and let people use this beach.

I love animals and the beaches of San Diego, but naming dead pups is too weird. Get rid of the seal lovers.

Christine Keller

San Diego