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  • Scott Weselis
  • East Village

Kome To The Korral

A message for Pam Summers on thrift stores (“I Am Not a Thrift-Store Junkie,” Feature Story, March 4). Apparently you have not visited the best of all San Diego thrift stores — the Sharp Hospital’s Thrift Korral on La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa. You are invited, and we will give you a tour of a most amazing operation.

  • Sam R. Porter and 55 other volunteers

Much Ado About Pittman

I have a comment on your puzzle page “Brainstorms” in the March 4 Reader. I think you may have a mistake in here. You start out saying, “This is the word for ‘word’ in shorthand,” and then you have something looks something like a number 2 written in penmanship, and then you say, “Armed with just that little bit of information, a person even totally unfamiliar with Gregg” blah blah blah. I don’t think that’s Gregg shorthand what you show there. I started to do the puzzle, and I took my late mother’s Gregg shorthand textbook out for some help, and that looks nothing like the symbol for “word” in Gregg shorthand, at least the book I have here.

My mother went to high school and after that business school, from 1923 through about 1929. She said at that time they taught Pitman shorthand — the Gregg existed but the school she went to taught Pitman. But later in life she decided to study Gregg.

Anyway, I’ve got my mother’s Gregg shorthand book. It was printed in 1945, and it’s the 1929 revision. The symbol they show for “word” is completely different from the thing you show in the Reader. You go from left to right: first you make a little loop that looks like the top half of the letter O, and at the right end of that loop you draw a stroke, a straight line going up from left to right at a 45-degree angle. It looks nothing like the thing you show in the Reader. The little loop is for wer and the straight line is for d and that’s it. The symbol that you show is the Gregg symbol for “we will.”

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The hint that this was not really Gregg shorthand was the final line of the instructions: “No knowledge of shorthand is required. Take our word for it.” — Editor

Mold Miseries

I enjoyed your article “Home Owner Association Horror Stories” (Cover Story, February 18). I have one that is really severe. The property became mold-infested. They knew there were risk factors for water intrusion because they had contractors come out and investigate. And there were no drains around my unit — it was on a water table, and there were multiple risks for water intrusion and mold. But they didn’t tell me, even though they knew I had a history of mold allergy.

So I began reporting the musty odor, and I had symptoms for almost three years without realizing mold was growing in the unit. I visited immunologists, orthopedic surgeons, dermatologists, and ENT people. They couldn’t find a reason for my incessantly runny nose and sinus infections and body aches and pains.

So then at a town hall meeting, they reveal the fact that there are all these risk factors in the community, and my house is one of the biggest worries. They wanted a special assessment, and I had just received documents from an industrial hygienist stating that there’s a 50 percent probability of mold in the house. They really didn’t do anything about it, and I was forced to move from the property because the musty smell was present even with the windows open 24/7. They didn’t actually go in and test until a year later, after a lawsuit was filed, and they tested and there was extensive mold. But they didn’t do anything to take care of the sources of moisture intrusion, so after sitting another year, mold regrew.

I was paying mortgage and taxes and homeowner association fees all the time on a property that I couldn’t rent or I couldn’t live in, and in addition to the cost I was incurring living in another home. And I am right now just about broke.

I think this is a case of absolutely ignoring health risk to a person who is at high risk for mold problems and not maintaining the property well — or the whole community well — for a period of 20 years, so that it was really in very bad disrepair.

  • Gloria Darovic
  • Oceanside

Pump It

Re “A Town Left Dry” (“City Lights,” February 11).

In Borrego Springs, there is no connection between the cost of water and citrus growers and tree growers (there is no farming). They get their water free and only pay for the power to pump it. The exception was Montesoro. They used the water district for their water because they never wanted to pay for their own infrastructure. The growers (citrus and trees) have never given data on how much water they pump. The water is free so they don’t care and do not want anyone to know. They feel about water as humans do about air: it’s free, why bother?

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