Barry Meyer 11:30 a.m., March 17
Would Spelling Lessons Affect the Library?
One John McAllister, president of Friends of the San Diego Library, is sending out scare messages to San Diegans, warning, "Library services will be threatened if Proposition D fails." McAllister's second sentence reads, "The proposition calls for a temporary sales tax increase that takes AFFECT (emphasis mine) only if ten City financial reforms, including changes to employee pensions, retirement benefits and City operations, are enacted." The correct word, of course, is "EFFECT." Tsk, tsk. Later, McAllister boasts, "a coalition of firefighters, police, business, labor leaders and the San Diego Union-Tribune HAVE (emphasis mine) endorsed Proposition D." Since "coalition" is the subject of the sentence, the verb should be HAS, but this isn't bothersome, and some might argue that "coalition" could be considered plural.
The scare tactics of fire, police, library, and other City officials at public forums -- warning what will happen if Proposition D fails -- are really bothersome, as well as amoral. One citizen sat at a forum attended mainly by older people. This citizen said the horror stories of recreation center and library closings, as well as the cutting back of police and fire protection, amounted to something close to elder abuse.