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Don't kick San Diego RV dwellers when they're down

Reader should show no sympathy to O.B. shark killer

"My family will enjoy barbecued shark for Christmas."
"My family will enjoy barbecued shark for Christmas."

Homeless mote

Sitting at my breakfast table with a warm bowl of oatmeal, in my comfortable home, fortunate never to have had to live in an RV, I read with increasing fascination as “fairly well-paid nurse” Jane Underwood bitterly savaged Amber, an out-of-work mom reduced to living the “van life” on the streets of San Diego (“San Diego cracks down on anyone living in his car,” Cover Stories, December 16).

As I read Jane’s attack, I tried to imagine the deep unhappiness and hatred that would motivate an exhausting screed of hundreds of words and several pages devoted to a stranger’s life, but I couldn’t.

Though it was meant to incite me against Amber, the letter ended up telling me more about the person writing it. Such a small-minded, bitter person can’t be happy, and I hope, for the sake of herself and her patients, Nurse Underwood leaves off spotting the motes in others’ eyes and attends to the beams in her own.

“I feel uncomfortable parking anywhere around here. I feel like I have been singled out,” says Amber. “I don’t know where else to go. I just got to keep moving.”

In a world run by elites who disregard the wellbeing of most of us “little people”, it’s enough to make you despair that those who can’t afford homes are attacking each other. Save the vitriol for those who deserve it, Jane, and stop kicking people when they’re down. That’s the work of bullies, not nurses.

  • John E Harrington
  • Escondido

Endangered jaws

Posting that article about killing the 7 gill shark in OB is causing quite the uproar on social media and it’s not looking good for San Diego Reader (“7-gill shark caught off OB Pier – the world’s record?” Neighborhood News, December 22). It’s romanticizing the slaughter of an already threatened species of shark and will only encourage more people to start hunting sharks....which will destroy an already fragile ecosystem here in San Diego. Our shark numbers drastically dropped allowing invasive species to destroy our reefs. Please remove the article if you care at all about the shark population in California

  • Neill
  • San Diego
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Homeless mote

Sitting at my breakfast table with a warm bowl of oatmeal, in my comfortable home, fortunate never to have had to live in an RV, I read with increasing fascination as “fairly well-paid nurse” Jane Underwood bitterly savaged Amber, an out-of-work mom reduced to living the “van life” on the streets of San Diego (“San Diego cracks down on anyone living in his car,” Cover Stories, December 16).

As I read Jane’s attack, I tried to imagine the deep unhappiness and hatred that would motivate an exhausting screed of hundreds of words and several pages devoted to a stranger’s life, but I couldn’t.

Though it was meant to incite me against Amber, the letter ended up telling me more about the person writing it. Such a small-minded, bitter person can’t be happy, and I hope, for the sake of herself and her patients, Nurse Underwood leaves off spotting the motes in others’ eyes and attends to the beams in her own.

“I feel uncomfortable parking anywhere around here. I feel like I have been singled out,” says Amber. “I don’t know where else to go. I just got to keep moving.”

In a world run by elites who disregard the wellbeing of most of us “little people”, it’s enough to make you despair that those who can’t afford homes are attacking each other. Save the vitriol for those who deserve it, Jane, and stop kicking people when they’re down. That’s the work of bullies, not nurses.

  • John E Harrington
  • Escondido

Endangered jaws

Posting that article about killing the 7 gill shark in OB is causing quite the uproar on social media and it’s not looking good for San Diego Reader (“7-gill shark caught off OB Pier – the world’s record?” Neighborhood News, December 22). It’s romanticizing the slaughter of an already threatened species of shark and will only encourage more people to start hunting sharks....which will destroy an already fragile ecosystem here in San Diego. Our shark numbers drastically dropped allowing invasive species to destroy our reefs. Please remove the article if you care at all about the shark population in California

  • Neill
  • San Diego
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Mr. Harrington, first off, nobody but nobody cares about the fact that you are eating oatmeal. That has nothing to do with anything. Second, she did not attack Amber at all. Criticizing and attacking are apples and oranges, and comprehending constructive criticism might actually help out somebody in Amber's situation (e.g. relocating to a place which is more affordable to live). The truth is that you are the one attacking "Nurse Underwood" as you sarcastically referred to her. Take a second to think about the fact that she is attending to sick people and saving lives in the process. You are the one showing hatred, but not only that. I don't read about you offering to let Amber and her family stay with you in your comfortable home. What is stopping you? I read her letter thoroughly and you did not address any of the points she said. Instead, you just let off a self-righteous rant without even thinking about the validity of the points that she made. If you park in two spots, it would be logical to conclude that you are going to get ticketed. Of course, you are obviously not interested in logic, so there is no point in attempting to educate you. Put all of that in your oatmeal and stir it.

Jan. 16, 2021

Well stated! Nurses are out there on the frontlines while Mr. Harrington passes judgment on one of these vital healthcare professionals for daring to speak her mind! He sits in his "comfortable home" (emphasis his) and eats his "oatmeal" (an unnecessary piece of TMI) and scolds an outspoken woman who has earned the right to have an opinion. "Amber" put herself out there; she should expect scrutiny, and any and all reactions to her 'plight', including the problems she has brought on herself! What does "Haughty Harrington" offer up as a solution? Nothing! I guess all charity, for him and like-minded bleeding hearts, is via extortion of the taxpayers' hard-earned, coerced "contributions". I prefer to be selective about whom I decide deserves my donations, even my sympathy. I help those in true need, with my time, my efforts, and generous gifts that reap negligible, if any, tax write-offs. "Nurse Jane" is no "bully", she is an angel just for going to work during these scary times, risking her own health along with all the other doctors and nurses! It would be much easier to stay home, do nothing, not be employed nor seek employment, not pay rent, live in an illegally parked RV, and demand to be "bailed out".

Jan. 16, 2021

Ha ha ha! I was wondering what this guy puts in his oatmeal, actually. Yeah, he sure got off on calling a nurse a "bully" which is exactly what he is! This nurse writes an opinion about a topic that affects all San Diegans' quality of life, except his, I guess. The Rock Climbers are right. Lord Harrington doesn't care because they aren't on his street, and he probably never leaves his "comfortable home" to venture down to the beach or other areas where Amber and others like her choose to set up camp. Don't imagine this guy, as I picture him in my head anyway, being a surfer, paddle boarder or ocean swimmer. I imagine him as a lonely, cranky old man who never leaves his house, except to go pick up his free SD Reader. What a joke! He is a totally loser, unlike the nurse he tried to skewer with his idiotic taunts.

Jan. 16, 2021

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