As for Best Best & Krieger LLP (whatever LLP means), their letter proves again that no position is so ludicrous that a lawyer cannot be paid to represent it. Their legal analysis is as nonsensical as the Alien and Sedition Acts are dead. The Onion, the Phil Hendrie Show on radio, and many other examples suffice to show that parody and made-up quotations are clearly protected by the First Amendment with no necessity of identifying them as parodies for any feebleminded who may read them.

So keep on with “SD on the QT.” It may be the most valuable thing you publish, especially when you make fun of those who consider themselves above anyone laughing at them.

J. F. Dolan
via email

Secret Sewage

In the mid-1980s, I found a horrible mass of sewage flotsam and jetsam washed up on the shoreline of Ocean Beach. As a senior city lifeguard, I was incensed that huge amounts of plastic syringes, tampon inserters, used prophylactics, and various hospital and sewage debris was contaminating our beaches. I collected a sample of this solid effluence in a plastic Ziploc bag and sent it to the mayor’s office through the City’s grievance protocol.

I was promptly summoned to an emergency meeting with City management. It turned out that the Point Loma sewage treatment plant had a spill. I was coerced by a strong-armed upper management to withdraw my grievance and the refuse sample bag because a federal environmental investigation was on at the time and the City wanted to keep this recent spill under the radar.

So, here we are almost 30 years later. What to do with all the poo? Since the City has been run as a black hole of flushing liquidity, San Diego has neglected funding drain and sewage repairs and upgrades for decades.

How to generate money to fix the decaying City sewage and drain infrastructures in a pending state of bankruptcy? Tax, tax, tax! Where but only in In-Sane Diego is one taxed to defecate?

How does this work? We the consumer pay for potable City water pumped into our homes. We pay a sewer and storm drain tax based on a nebulous formula levied against how much water we use (flush). I am now paying more in sewer and drain taxes than I am for the water I use! Our money down the tax-and-spend drain!

The City is now proposing to waste $11.8 million for a feasibility study to produce a toilet-to-tap water supply out of their not-ever-a-profit reclaimed water plant near UTC. Is it true that they are proposing we buy bottled water for them to wash down their power pills while we drink their used water?

Here is the leaky drip: the City sells us water, we also pay a pee-and-poo tax, the City does a toilet-to-tap dance and re-sells us back our used drinking water, and retaxes us to flush it. Ad infinitum. There is one flaw in this get-hosed idea -- our marginal water supply is drought intolerant. Japan and Israel use desalinization plants and their unused water supply is infinite. How long are we going to sit on the pot of apathy?

Vote these sewer snakes out of office. Dad always said that government thought it knew how to spend his money better than he did.

Bill Owen
Middletown

No Fat Tourists

The article “Chub Scrub” (“SD on the QT,” May 27) was beyond discriminatory, it was disgusting. My husband read it, then tore it to pieces; a friend mentioned it with tears in her eyes; and I was just kind of baffled.

What on earth would possess someone to be so hateful? Not all people that are overweight are lazy or just unable to control themselves. Some have suffered injury that made them immobile, suffer under a multitude of weight-sabotaging chemistry, do not have the stick-figure gene, have taken medications that have a side effect of weight gain, or a multitude of other things that can affect body size.

It seems “Bikini Nazis” was a more appropriate name for the article. No? You don’t think so? Let’s compare. Wanting to get rid of those who do not look like (place physical appearance here). If you don’t fit the mold, then you are sent to a camp. Banning those who do not comply from certain areas. Sound familiar?

Not to mention, who says all the tourists are going to be thin people? The likelihood is that at least a third of them are going to be overweight as well. I’m sure this concept will sit well with them and make them oh-so-comfortable visiting our city.

My only hope is that people who agree, encourage, and spread this kind of prejudice will some day suffer from their own discriminatory ways. It seems like feeling the hurt personally is the only way some people will learn some consideration and kindness, or at least regret for prior actions.

I would hope the future will provide more constructive causes than the “Bikini Nazi,” I mean “Chub Scrub” articles.

Name Withheld
via email

No Prime Time Meters

It is becoming obvious that SDG&E’s smart meters may not be so smart and are definitely not ready for prime time (“Sly Smart-Meter Swap-Out,” “City Lights,” April 8). On May 18, at least 4100 of us in Escondido had our smart meters permanently crash. Thirty homes were without power as a result. SDG&E offered the incredible explanation that the meters got “confused” and shut off during a software upgrade. The ones who are really confused are SDG&E’s captive ratepayers.

Now SDG&E admits it will need to replace at least 30,000 suspect smart meters in Escondido and another 3000 in Tierrasanta. And Sharelynn Moore, a spokeswoman for Itron, manufacturer of SDG&E’s smart meters, made the very troubling statement that the suspect meters will be returned to Itron’s factory in Washington State to be “wiped and redeployed.”

Any consumer who has had problems with their smart meter, whether lack of notice about installation, damaged electronic equipment when the power comes back on after installation, or inexplicably higher electric or gas bills after their smart meter was installed, should file a complaint with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) at cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/CEC/e_complaint/a_utilitycomplaint.htm or by calling the CPUC at 1-800-649-7570.

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Ivar July 16, 2010 @ 12:24 a.m.

Regarding the letter "Greedy, Rich, White" by Barry and Phyllis of Normal Heights, this is a perfect example of liberal-left hypocrisy, pseudo-intellectual pretension, and ingratitude.

Going on the basis of a single, one-sided book, they have decided that America is nothing more than the genocidal creation of greedy, rich white males.

They then proceed (without a hint of awareness of the irony) to quote one of those white males -- a U.S. military general, Republican, and former president of this "genocidal" country, no less -- with great admiration.

Here's a suggestion to Barry and Phyllis. Since you note that this land was stolen from Native Americans, you should pack your bags and leave -- after emptying your bank accounts and giving the proceeds to one of our Native American tribes.

But no, you intend to spend your retirement reading, listening to music, and hanging out with people just like you.

I shouldn't even have to say this to supposedly educated people like yourselves, but here goes: All nations, races, etc., have oppressed other people, taken land and property from them, etc.

When America had slavery, so did the rest of the world. Slavery has been practiced not just by whites, but by all races.

What makes America unique is that it is the one country in the world that all races and classes of people have sought out as a place both of refuge and of opportunity.

Your hatred of America is sad, no doubt the result of following fads instead of truly educating yourselves.

How does that saying go? The only thing worse than a fool is an old fool.

My, how many old fools we have in this society -- stirring up racist hatred against their own grandchildren (assuming Barry and Phyllis are the self-loathing whites I suspect they are...)

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magicsfive July 20, 2010 @ 4:50 a.m.

RE:Chub Scrub..

Get a sense of humor. "tore it to pieces" and "with tears in her eyes"...boo hoo. the majority of the overweight population is overweight because of lifestyle choices. being an overweight woman myself, i have no one to blame BUT myself. quit crying and do something about it. i take no offense to articles such as that.

and Barry and Phyllis, do us all a favor and leave this country... ASAFP.

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David Dodd July 20, 2010 @ 6:27 a.m.

To J. F. Dolan:

"As for Best Best & Krieger LLP (whatever LLP means)..."

I believe that "LLP" is Limited Liability Partnership. Why anyone would want to brag about something so incredibly nebulous is beyond me, sort of like flashing one's high school diploma at a MENSA meeting. Great letter, you give me reason hope that there are more intelligent people with the ability to appreciate good satire. Some people love to threaten lawsuits, which is maybe going to be the next version of slapstick. They would be better off hurling a cream-pie, it would do more damage.

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