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Half His Drive

I just finished your cover story about Theo Tucker. If someone in America’s Finest City doesn’t grab this promising young man and offer him a full-time position at a living wage, you are crazy stupid!

I wish my daughter’s boyfriend had half his drive! Hell, I wish I had half his drive! In a world where people use their crappy upbringing as an excuse to behave badly, here is a guy who has chosen to rise above it and become a decent person anyway. How many of us can say the same?

I wish I had something to give other than my voice, but I am in no position to help him. I can be his cheerleader though. I know the Reader has a large following and there is someone out there who can help.

Please look into your hart and know what you are doing is helping someone to help themselves. It is good karma and will come back to you a hundredfold.

  • Kathryn Stevens
  • North Park


Cattle Prods, Firecrackers, and Attack Dogs

Concerning “La Jolla Cove Is Becoming a Sea Lion Cesspool,” I think this has gotten out of hand. I would make two suggestions.

First, get ahold of our congressional representatives and state senators to revise this idiotic Marine Mammal Protection Act so it will allow dealing with marine mammals that have become dangerous nuisances.

Second, after you’ve done that, go down to the beach with some cattle prods which are used to in the stockyards to handle steers with electric shocks in the butt to move them along, and use them against the aggressive sea lions to get them off the beach and into the water.

Third, get some aggressive guard dogs and put them down there with a couple of watchmen on the beach, all day and all night. Then maybe the seals and sea lions will finally get the hint and move away to the Channel Islands, or some offshore Mexican islands.

This is ridiculous. I think people are a lot more important than a bunch of stinky seals and sea lions. It’s gotten out of hand and it’s about time that people do something about it. And I’m not talking about the stupid old ladies, the seal and sea lion huggers. Those people are ridiculous.

So, #1) Get the law changed. #2) Get some guard dogs and run them off. #3) Cattle prods.

The other thing you could do is use firecrackers. Oh, that would work! There are very loud firecrackers that are sold just for uses like this to drive off different useless animals. You can buy them mail order out of a catalog.

Cattle prods, firecrackers, and attack dogs. There’s your solution. Get those damn things off the beach and into the water. Tell them to move on!

I don’t have anything against seals and sea lions, but human beings are more important than pinnipeds — around here, at least. If you read the Bible, in Genesis it says that God gave mankind dominion over the animals. If that’s the case, then let’s do something to kick them off the rocks.

  • Name Withheld
  • via voicemail


Hollywood Calling

I live in Hollywood, California, and we’re down here filming in San Diego. Every time we’re in San Diego County, we love to get the Reader.

I loved the article on the organic stuff. I became a vegetarian 24 years ago next month, and I’m only 53. I’m originally from Acapulco, Mexico.

A lot of people in the entertainment business read the Reader. We wanted to make sure you knew that.

I’m going to have to keep this issue as a collector’s item because of how it says 2013 instead of 2014. I appreciate you guys. Have a happy new year.

  • Manny Aguilar
  • Hollywood


Bring Back Bush

I’ve missed the reviews that Robert Bush writes. Beyond enjoying his depth and range as a writer, his columns are an important service to music lovers throughout San Diego. We need this cohesive bond between listeners and musicians now, more than ever.

  • Joe Garrison
  • City Heights


Nothing New

I’m calling about a News Ticker item in the last issue (January 23) called “Chums Forever: Jan Goldsmith and U-T San Diego.”

Well, there is nothing new in this town. They are like two peas in the same pod. One controls the beautiful people from a dying newspaper. The other controls the bureaucracy of the city.

  • Name Withheld
  • via voicemail


Alternate Habitat

I think the solution before getting the sea lions to move is to have a place for them to move to.

In my observations of the sea lions in San Francisco I noticed that they would occupy the ends of empty slips of marinas around the bay. What if the city were to create an alternate habitat off the shore for the sea lions that they could then mark as their territory?

I think the habitat should be a floating mass, anchored to the ocean floor. It should be large enough to support the current number of sea lions currently in the cove. Once set in place, block access to the areas the seals are currently occupying. This would also help deter visitors from feeding them.

The city should probably coordinate this idea with experts in sea lion behavior in territory marking.

Regarding the barking, if the habitat were a significant distance from the cove, the barking would be nothing more than light background sound.

  • Joe Covino
  • City Heights


Lincoln Snub

Please run another story about the Lincoln Club. They are slanting their ads and misleading the public about David Alvarez (as if he were a reverse snob) and Kevin Faulconer (as if he were an independent). I don’t think people have sufficient info about the Lincoln Club and their interests.

  • Name Withheld
  • via email


Suggestions from Seattle

Coming from out of state, we were interested in the sea lions at La Jolla and how to rid the rocks and beach of them. The stink is awful, so we stopped taking guests there to eat or shop.

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