Reality In Writing
I was crying (laughing) over Diva’s column this week (Diary of a Diva, October 1). Me being “Mom” to Barb and Stephanie’s actual mom, I knew of these antics but would allow them to go in one ear and out the other when told of these. But to see these in writing, boy, puts a new twist on reality.
In agreement with and response to T.B. Beaudeau’s October 1 “Stringers” Tijuana article (“Whaddya Gonna Do?”), I know of no Anglo using the pedestrian bridge who was not attacked and robbed in September, myself included. Tourism nonexistent, Mexico released 4000 prison inmates into downtown Tijuana to save money.
Several victims have been volunteers helping the poor, which has caused at least one major help program to close. Padre Chava’s free breakfast for 300 to 600 people is no more. Callejon Zeta also had to cut back on its meals due to money robbed.
Yellow Cab Tijuana is implicated (“Cabs vs. Coach,” by Bob McPhail, same issue, two articles later), as everyone either needs to use Yellow Cab or the bridge. Drivers get five times the going cab rate, as part of a border taxi cartel. Right now, the minimum wage in TJ is 25 cents (U.S.) per hour, or $3 for a 12-hour day. Yellow Cab drivers get $5 just to take you seven blocks to downtown. But, it’s a very dangerous seven blocks. Ultimately, the solution is to close the San Ysidro crossing as being in too dangerous a neighborhood and open several new crossings a long way from downtown Tijuana. In the meantime, if you go to Tijuana, expect to be robbed.
Re “Pop Goes Pop Warner” (“City Lights,” October 1).
Good article outlining the tensions arising from expanding uses at Hoover, the impacts to neighbors, and the loss of the field’s use to a kids’ sports program.
But your headline writer, looking for a clever alliterative hook, got it wrong. As the writer Dorian Hargrove notes in his lead, the Balboa Raiders are members of the San Diego Youth Football League, an affiliate of the American Youth Football organization. “Pop Warner” (aka “Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc.”) is a completely different organization. Both programs run youth football and cheer programs, but “Pop Warner” shouldn’t be used as a synonym for youth football, any more than “Kleenex” should be used for “facial tissues.” It’s a separate brand.
Just thought you might like to clear up confusion in your production staff.
Eeeek! Chanel No. 5!
I’m very allergic to nicotine (“Holy Smokes!” Letters, October 1). Other types of smoke do not affect me so violently, although I’m not too happy around diesel smoke or manufactured illegal drugs. Some perfumes make me faint.
Dale Anne Thompson
Cheer The Reaper
I was puzzled by the item in “Under the Radar” in the October 1 issue concerning a failure of the General Atomics MQ-9 “Reaper” unmanned aircraft. The item reports that a Reaper “lost contact with its ground-based controllers” during a mission in Afghanistan and had to be shot down by an F-15 fighter/interceptor. The article goes on to report the Air Force statement that “this was the first Reaper of its particular model to go out of control.” However, the next sentence seems to contradict this comment, stating that: “Reliability issues have shadowed the General Atomics drone program from its beginning.” No information is given as to what those reliability issues might be. The obvious fact is that because this particular mission was being handled by an unmanned aircraft, we do not have a pilot who is dead, injured, or held captive by the Taliban or some Afghan warlord. All aircraft are subject to failure, and this is one of the reasons that UAVs (drones) are so valuable for many missions. I commend General Atomics for producing the Reaper, which in this case precluded potential loss of a human life when the inevitable equipment failure occurred. By the way, I have no financial interest in, or contact with, General Atomics.
Steven S. Kane
Re “San Diego Became a Beautiful Blonde” (Cover Story, September 24).
More please! I hope you’ll give Siobhan Braun her own weekly piece. She reads like a younger, fresher Anne Albright, whose remarkable column on her life with five children, 12 and under, was discontinued years ago. No skills? Not so. Ms. Braun is a talented, budding writer who is able to make even the mundane details of everyday life fascinating. I’ll be looking for more from her.
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“San Diego Became a Beautiful Blonde” (Cover Story, September 24) was a very touching read. How must it feel like being a fish out of water when newcomers are thrust into the California or San Diego scene without preparation.
How is one to know that moving to certain areas increases one’s chances of living next to a crackhouse or seeing kids running around at all hours neglected?
I am a native, and yet sometimes I am befuddled by some of the weird stuff that goes on around me. At least the author had a nice family to buffer her somewhat from all the strange days. Yeah, the land of fruits and nuts is not always what it’s cracked up to be, and this interesting article was a perfect example of that. Keep up the good work here on cover stories.
I was quite disappointed, to say the least, in reading the article “San Diego Became a Beautiful Blonde” (Cover Story, September 24). I thought you were the authority on promoting San Diego. Frankly, I was surprised you would even print a negative article like that. Even when the author tried to be positive, it was with a lackluster shine.
I am proud to say San Diego has every activity here you could think of and can do almost anything year-round. We sometimes take for granted we live in a resort community! This year my family did a staycation because of that exact reason (well, that and the economy) and had a memorable time! (And we used the Reader to plan a lot of it!)