Definitely Not Boring

I just wanted to pay a compliment to Siobhan Braun, the woman who wrote San Diego Became a Beautiful Blonde (Cover Story, September 24). I read quite a few of your feature articles, and this is one of the most interesting. I lasted all the way through, even though she’s a mother with three kids and I’m a 70-year-old single guy. I remember going through the same exact things when I first came to San Diego, and I want to encourage her: she will find a house. Maybe a duplex or something in an older neighborhood.

I just wanted to tell her how much I enjoyed reading this article. I thought I’d be bored, but it was very interesting.

William Hilsdorf
South Park

A Simple Solution

I’m calling about “City Lights,” All Aboard for the Fairgrounds, by Moss Gropen (September 24). I rode the train up to Tustin twice a week from 1985, when my daughter was hurt in an accident — she was in Tustin, and I used to take the train to Santa Ana — until 1991, when she died. I took the train from the Del Mar station. I used to drive there and park — they opened up a big parking lot there. When the Coaster came in, they closed the Del Mar depot at 15th and Ocean Avenue, and they opened up a new station in Solana Beach and another one in Sorrento Valley. So, what’s the big deal? Open up the Del Mar train station again. It was perfect. Now they want to spend millions on a new station.

University City

Wonderful Alleys

After reading Alex Finlayson’s story about alleys (I’m King of This Alley, Cover Story, September 17), I remembered the good old days growing up in San Diego, back in the ’60s. There are great alleys in the University Heights area. They were our passageways and playways every day. The alley behind our house would take you down to Cliff Street, down another alley to Adams Avenue to get to the store for candy and gum, etc.

Our garage had a basketball hoop, and that’s the alley where many games of horse were played by friends and neighbors. You never had to worry about cars; there were no Dumpsters. Alleys were a shortcut to friends’ homes and to get home.

My girlfriend and I had a set of walkie-talkies (we were spies), and our little radios would accidentally open a neighbor’s garage door. He had an automatic door opener and expensive Thunderbird cars. So we loved walking down that alley behind Panorama Drive. There were beautiful flowering vines that would trail down fences and fruit trees that would grow over gates on a walk down the alley.

The alleys were a child’s freedom back then.

Maureen M.

Smells, Smoke, And Dogs

This letter is in response to “Name Withheld via voicemail” (Letters, September 17). This isn’t the best transit in the country. It’s the worst, at best. I definitely agree with the person. New drivers are not experienced enough to deal with people who are ill-mannered bums with dogs. I even have been confronted by their dogs. They use them to harass other people. A lot of them smell so bad, I’ve had to leave the bus at times, which caused me to be late for an appointment. The security officers have not done much to deal with the skateboarders in Old Town and other transit stations. They smoke where they are not supposed to.

I have encountered situations where I had to say something because others were too afraid to. Sometimes I would get cussed at, fingered at (“the bird”), and threatened with violence. What in the world gives these idiots the right to violate other people’s spaces and lives?

I am not afraid of them and tell them that.

I live in Ocean Beach and am sick and tired of having to defend myself and others. Hey, you bums and idiots, get a life.

Name Withheld

Vote For Name Withheld

I feel so much better after having read “Name Withheld’s” letter to the editor (Letters, September 17) in reference to I Blow Smoke on Your Law (“City Lights,” August 27).

I don’t live in El Cajon, nor am I aware of any members of the city council or the mayor.

I was encouraged, though, to see “Name Withheld” come forward and tell me about the “fear” on the council when it comes to voting. I feel confident that “Name Withheld” is afraid of nothing.

“Name Withheld” goes on to state that if he/she ran for office, the current officials would be afraid of him/her. “Name Withheld” also mentions that he/she would make things known to every citizen. Finally, somebody standing up to our elected officials!

Thank you, “Name Withheld.” I’ve noticed you have submitted a number of letters to the editor of not only the Reader but many other publications. Keep up the good work! I’m glad you have the guts to stand up for the rest of us and not be afraid!

If your name ever appears on a ballot, you’ve got my vote. You da man…or the woman?

Ron Clayton
via email

Holy Smokes!

This is regarding “Clown Council” (Letters, September 17). Regarding your comments, what does making a nonsmoking law have to do with being a religious fanatic? I know an atheist who doesn’t smoke and doesn’t care to breathe that stuff in. You don’t have to be religious to care about health and any allergies you may have.

For whatever reason/s the law was created, the idea behind it is to protect the majority (do your research) that are nonsmokers. Only 20 to 30 percent of people in the U.S. are smokers, and California is second only to Utah in having the least amount of smokers. So this is not just the council’s belief, this is the majority of people overall. Sure, there are some parts of town, where poorer/ uneducated people live, where it seems like smokers are the majority. Perhaps this is where you live, but that is only in certain areas. But the majority overall are still nonsmokers. So if you were elected, and you say you’d let the people’s voices be heard, the voices of the nonsmokers would overwhelm you so much, you wouldn’t even hear the voices of you smokers.

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