2 Sic, Yes, Good Catch

Re: Unreal Estate, February 6. If the quoted word “mantle” required a [sic] then the word “florescent” should also have had one, yes?

  • Name Withheld
  • Poway


No Common Denominator

From “I Only Date Vegans,” January 30 cover story: “Everyone can eat vegan food, but not everyone can eat meat or shellfish due to allergies. The one common denominator,” she says, “is vegan food.”

This is a false statement and I think for as much as vegans are trying to educate the population on food matters, they need a bit of educating on this issue.

I have something called oral allergy syndrome, and an extreme case of it. I cannot eat fruits, most veggies, nuts, isolated soy protein, or whole grain nuts. There are just a handful of veggies that I can eat, and only if they are cooked to the point of soggy. They cause the inside of my mouth to welt and blister. Some things I cannot even touch or the same thing will happen to my skin.

While I support everyone’s right to choose what they eat, vegans need to realize that not everyone can eat what they do.

  • Erin Duclos
  • North County Inland


No Membership Required

Dorian Hargrove stated in his article, “County Office of Education Loves to Pay Lawyers,” (City Lights, February 6) that San Diego Unified is “not a member” of the SDCOE.

That statement has been sending many callers to us asking what that means. Just wanted you to know that San Diego Unified is the largest school district in San Diego County, and one of the 42 San Diego County school districts you mentioned as being under the umbrella of the San Diego County Office of Education. We are active partners and proudly work in close collaboration with SDCOE. There is no “membership” required.

Please let me know if I can be of service in the future. Thanks as always for your support.

  • Karen Childress-Evans,
  • Visual and Performing Arts Director,
  • San Diego Unified


How to Smoke Weed in Mexico

Re: “Warning: Do Not Take Weed into Mexico.”

It’s easy to bring weed into Mexico. If there are dogs then, yeah, turn around immediately. But if it’s clean, there are a few ways to keep it hidden with minimal effort.

Take a taxi to the hotel, don’t walk. Smoke the weed in your hotel room — not in public — while in Mexico. Smoke it all, keep windows closed that face the hallway, and turn on the suction fan in the bathroom. Also, put a towel under your door to the entrance to your room and bathroom.

Then, with nothing on you, go to the liquor store under the arch at the beginning of Avenida Revolución and buy a Swisher cigar or two.

Make sure to take a shower and keep clothes separate.

Mexican cops search more thoroughly than CBP agents, and will arrest or extort you.

  • Name Withheld
  • via email


Blame the Coastal Commission

In response to “La Jolla Cove Is Becoming a Sea Lion Cesspool,” January 16.

I have lived in San Diego my entire life and have witnessed over a half century of uncontrolled growth and development in a place that was once a paradise. If the Coastal Commission would have done its job, there would still be some space for our furry friends.

From the Mexican border to Los Angeles, our coastline is under concrete and asphalt. Over the years, the land developers and their greedy cronies could never have enough.

If you want something to worry about, worry about how to make a living in this stagnant economy.

Forget about the seals! They don’t need a job!

  • James Kilijanski
  • Chula Vista


Unpleasant Creatures

Once again the issue of seals/sea lions versus people in La Jolla rears its head (“La Jolla Cove Is Becoming a Sea Lion Cesspool,” January 16 cover story). The Reader seems quite fair in letting everyone state their views: barking guard dogs, cherry bobs, other noise makers, as well as electric shocks to scare away these unpleasant creatures.

It’s true that the seals and sea lions were there first, but so were mammoths, crocodiles, sabre-toothed cats, rattlesnakes, etcetera. But that was then and this is now. At this point in time, man has decided to establish a waterfront community there called La Jolla. I believe it is man’s right to claim these La Jolla beaches for people.

The Children’s Pool was a very good idea and Ellen Scripps donated a large sum of money to create it. It seemed to work out quite well for many decades until seals moved in in recent years. It is now a seal rookery and children and others are now deprived of using the area. Instead, we now have barking seals there, fouling up the area with feces, and becoming a danger to anyone who approaches them. A block or so to the north we have the once-pristine cove, a haven for swimmers, which is now invaded by sea lions.

In San Francisco, sea lions and seals have all but destroyed Fisherman’s Wharf.

The fact is that sea lions and seals have access to over 3500 miles of other beaches on the West Coast. These two small beaches in La Jolla should be reserved for people. This is not asking a lot.

My solution: construct an underwater fence across the openings of both the Children’s Pool and La Jolla Cove. It should be of sound construction, imperious to salt water, tides, heavy surf, etcetera. And it should be firmly attached to rocks or the ocean bottom, and extend above the water’s highest tide.

This harms no seals it harms no sea lions. It just tells them to go someplace else. And with over 3500 miles of other beach for them to choose from, they could find water that is colder to the north, or warmer to the south. A secondary advantage of this fence would be to keep out the possibility of sharks or other dangerous sea creatures. Can’t we have these two tiny areas reserved for people?

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