Letters to the editor – July 13

Posted: July 15th, 2016 | Featured, Letters to the Editor, Opinion | 1 Comment

‘Rabbi Laurie’ praised

[Re: “Meet ‘Rabbi Laurie’ — North Park resident to head United Way,” Volume 8, Issue 14 or]

Congratulations to a wonderful neighbor! All of us at The Studio Door wish Rabbi Laurie great success in her latest venture with United Way.

—Patric Sillman via

Congratulations Rabbi Laurie! You’re a San Diego treasure!

—Benny Cartwright via our website

Greed, greed, greed

[Re: Letters to the editor, Volume 8, Issue 14 or]

No one has been stopping new development. The developers could have been building to 65 feet all this time, higher than anything else in Hillcrest. Pure greed has raised its ugly head. The residents who are objecting to the 100-foot-plus heights are not worried about their property values but the quality and character of the neighborhood. You can kill the golden goose. [City Councilmember] Todd Gloria said we need more density so we can have more restaurants. We will have more density, of course, but do we need more restaurants? You could eat at a different restaurant every night for six months right now. How about some other services and amenities like other neighborhoods have? The library? A pool?

Deirdre Lee via our website

Wondering about Tamarindo

[Re: “Ole! What’s replacing Claire de Lune,” Volume 8, Issue 14 or]

Excited for this!

—Benny Cartwright via our website

But will they have coffee, live music and delicious desserts?

—Sista Moon via our website

How much is the rent? $10,000/$20,000?

—Jack Goldstien via our website

As long as they don’t goof up the facade/building by slapping in those roll-up garage doors.

—Gregory via our website

[Editor’s note: Steve Blasingame, a principal with the Moose Restaurant Group, said in the article that he would not install roll-up “garage doors” but wanted the bank of windows facing University Avenue to open up to take advantage of San Diego’s near-perfect weather. “I want them to tilt and go up,” he said. “I won’t touch those beautiful arches!”]

No more trash

If you were a kid, would you like to play in a filthy park? Imagine you are 8 or 9 years old and you’re begging your parents to go to the park. They finally say yes, and when you get there you don’t want to be there!

Why? Well, because there is trash everywhere. Wherever you step, you step in trash. Now you are begging your parents to go home. I believe that we need more trash cans and ones with lids at Ward Canyon Park.

One reason I think we need more trash cans and ones with lids at Ward Canyon Park is because the trash makes the park dirty. People won’t come, and when tourists come they will think we’re a sloppy city. We don’t want a reputation as a messy city, do we?

When my friends and I went to the park many times over spring break, every time it was dirty and we felt uncomfortable. Kids deserve an enjoyable clean place to play and hang out. As a kid, I don’t want to play in a messy park. In a park I want to have fun and not worry that I’m going to step in dirty trash. Parks should be as clean as a new house. That is one reason why I think Ward Canyon Park needs more trash cans and ones with lids.

Another reason is that a dirty park attracts animals. It may attract wild, aggressive animals like raccoons or opossums, not cute kittens or puppies. Animals can choke on balloons, they can get trapped in cans or hurt by sharp edges. Also they can suffocate in plastic bags or choke on them. In addition, some animals like this as a good breeding ground. This can result in overpopulation of one species, especially when lots of other species are dying out because of all the litter. We don’t want marine life and other animals to die out and only have insects like cockroaches and spiders left. That is another reason we need more trash cans and ones with lids at Ward Canyon Park.

Finally and most importantly I believe that there should be more trash cans and ones with lids at Ward Canyon Park because the trash will end up in the ocean. The ocean animals will eat the trash, die, and then the species will eventually go extinct.

When fish eat the trash, it blocks the stomach so they can’t digest food and this causes them to starve. The ocean animals can get tangled up in the litter. They get trapped and can’t get free. The only way they could get free is if divers cut them loose. If they don’t get free, they die!

Also, large debris will sink to the bottom of the ocean. This will cause the seabed to be smothered. It can be carried away by strong currents but that tears up the very fragile habitat of the seabed. In addition to that, when people go to beach clean-ups they use rakes to clean up. What they don’t know is existing nests can be disturbed. Compacted beaches are difficult or impossible for nesting.

Another example is 1.9 billion tons of litter ends up in the ocean every year — that is more than the amount of trash generated every year, which is only 250 million tons.

My request is simple: There should be more trash cans and ones with lids at Ward Canyon Park. I think this because every time I got there it is full of trash.

—Olivia Hackworth, fourth-grader at Alice Birney Elementary School in University Heights

One Comments

  1. Katherine says:

    I agree with you Olivia! Excellent argument. You used very compelling examples of why trash and litter is a problem.

    Do you know what city agency is responsible for trash cans in parks? It would be great if you sent this letter to them.

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