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Stop and Look Up

Re: “Terminal Art,” October 9 cover story.

I very much like the new art in the terminal at Lindbergh Field. I saw the ribbon of the light titled The Journey this summer, and thought it absolutely charming.

I did notice it while I was walking down the concourse, though it wasn’t until I got to my gate that I spent some time looking at it. (I wanted to see what happened when the swimmer got to the end of the ribbon.) Just because someone doesn’t stop and look up while they are walking doesn’t mean they don’t see it.

The art in the airport does exactly what it is designed to do: give people something else to think about other than the uncomfortable experience that flying has turned into.

  • Karen Johnson
  • Carlsbad

The Second Coming of Hitler

This is in response to Miko Peled’s article in the October 9 edition titled, “Not the Israel My Parents Fought For.”

I’m afraid that Mr. Peled is suffering from delusional thinking. None of his arguments have any basis in fact. From time and memorial the radical Muslims in the Middle East have refused to make peace with the Jews. Israel offered the Palestinians their own state in Oslo and Yasser Arafat refused.

Mr. Peled’s own niece was slaughtered by a suicide bomber. Isn’t that enough to show him what he’s dealing with?

He’s no better than the Jews who collaborated with the Nazis in World War II. Because if his vision of a one-state solution ever came to pass, I guarantee that the first law passed be the Palestinian majority in their congress would be to kill all the Jews. Make no mistake about it. The radical Islamists, of which Hamas is a part of, are the second coming of Hitler. Until the world wakes up to that fact, we’re in big trouble.

I refuse to leave my name because the radical Islamists could come and try to kill me, and I don’t want that to happen.

  • Name Withheld
  • via voicemail

Collective Healing

I enjoyed the interview with Miko Peled by Bill Manson (“Not the Israel My Parents Fought For”).

It is time to stop the bombing, abuse, and genocide. Every bomb harms the living planet Earth that we all share. It pollutes the air, water, and land that our children will inherit from us. I agree, we are better than that.

A one-state solution with equal rights for all is the best choice for our collective healing. Let’s help create a better future for us all.

  • Helen Bourne
  • Encinitas

Belly Crawlers and Lickspittles

I am glad to read your article on Mr. Miko Peled (“Not the Israel My Parents Fought For”).

Every time that Mr. Benajmin Netanyahu bends over, every belly crawler and lickspittle in American media, and American politics and business, as well as the universities, falls to his knees to kiss the ring.

  • Name Withheld
  • via voicemail

Strange Astronaut

I wish to refute the article with Mr. Peled, the ex-Israeli who lives in Coronado (“Not the Israel My Parents Fought For”).

Mr. Peled is a strange astronaut who lives on planet Mars. Hamas has written in its charter that they seek the destruction of Israel. Mr. Peled did not tell you that. So, Israel cannot negotiate.

The other thing Mr. Peled did not tell you is that this past July the good people of Coronado did not have 4000 rockets raining down on them. And if they did, they wouldn’t have elected Mr. Peled to take care of them. No one in Coronado would elect someone like Mr. Peled, and no one in Israel would elect someone like Mr. Peled either.

  • Paul Lang
  • via voicemail

Full Is Full

Re: Under the Radar: “Papa’s Peculiar Predicament

Both opinions fail to see the elephant in the room. That being that we in Southern California are already saturated with people, pollution, water shortages, and traffic in neighborhoods and on freeways. We do not require, desire, or need to accommodate more people. Why is it so hard for people to see this?

Maybe this is a desirable place to live. However, full is full. There are many areas in the U.S. that are begging for a larger population. Just say no to any more development.

Instituting immediate building moratoriums, and measures preventing any politicians or committees from changing current zoning ordinances to allow greater densities must occur to preserve our standard of living. After these measures are initiated and stay in place for a few years, maybe (and this is a big maybe) these steps could be re-examined or modified.

  • Jerry Bell
  • San Diego native, 68 years

Overrun with Rodents

This is regarding the Neighborhood News about coyotes. Coyotes are very necessary. We had some in our neighborhood, but unfortunately they crossbred with large dogs and were out in the daytime. Since then we’ve been overrun with ground squirrels and moles.

This scares me because when I was child they had a bounty on coyotes in New Mexico. There were dead coyotes on every fence post for miles. The result being that many horses and cattle broke their legs in the gopher holes. The worst being that one of our friend’s 13-year-old boy died of bubonic plague after examining a dead gopher that was covered with fleas.

Now our neighborhood has some feral cats and it is beginning to be a little less overrun with rodents.

The other thing I wanted to comment on is the Kettner substation that they’re proposing. Why not build the wall really high and put some really good graffiti art on it, such as Chicano Park or the big whale that used to be on one of the buildings. Make a real showpiece out of it instead of just a wall.

  • D.T.
  • Clairemont

Respecting Saturday

In response to the article, “Burnham Confirms U-T Takeover Bid” (News Ticker, September 24), I hope to comment somewhat about the newspaper in general.

I’ve noticed the Union-Tribune either respects or despises the day of Saturday. On Saturday they come out with what is called an “early Sunday edition.” The date of the paper on that Saturday is, in fact, dated for the following day, Sunday — whatever date that might be. Why is this so? They erase Saturday altogether as if it does not exist.

It would be nice to know if the current owner of the U-T does not like the day Saturday, is it out of respect for Saturday that he leaves it nonexistent? Or does he not like the fact that there are seven and not six days in a week, thus making Saturday nonexistent as far as San Diego is concerned?

It will be interesting to know if any major changes will occur with the U-T after ownership transition is complete.

  • Shawn Albin
  • via snail mail

The Point

I would not have exhibited Kwaaymii Point as you have.

Though the grandeur and beauty is remarkable, a visit exemplifies that agricultural fields are renewable, and housing and other progressive developments can be reworked. Wilderness and individual human lives, in physicality, absolutely cannot.

Your showcasing of the modes and methods that other San Diegans and visitors from various edges of the world have come to know it, in my humble opinion, is near to sacrilege. I am not writing this so that Kwaaymii Point be kept secret, but that it maybe ought to have been kept in the universal and timeless forms of finding.

  • Melinda
  • via snail mail

Nothing Will Help

In answer to letters written by Michael Valentine, jnojr, Alex Clarke, et al (Letters, October 9), any comments on money-driven politics are a waste of time and effort. The novel, The FECMA Conspiracy, by Burton S.H. Ridgeway describes what we can do to correct it, though it won’t persuade people like jnojr. Nothing will help because of our election system.

Saul Harmon Gritz


Teaching Aide

I’m calling in regards to the history columns (Unforgettable: Long-Ago San Diego) that appear in the Reader. I’m a teacher, and I love to use those as references for my students, to get them connected to San Diego history.

I noticed we haven’t seen a few in awhile, and we would really love to see some more. I would like to encourage the editors to continue that series. I hope it’s still thriving. My students really enjoy it, and the real connections to specific areas downtown and in the surrounding areas, as well as the people who made San Diego what it is.

  • Linda
  • via voicemail

Bring It to a Vote

The Reader is an excellent newspaper, and the more I read it each week the more I like it. You really run a great publication and the stories are really good!

However, I do have two comments. This Walter Mencken of SD on the QT, I think he really cheapens the image of your paper, which is otherwise excellent. I can’t quite figure out what’s going on with it and what it is. It’s offensive, poorly written, and all of the above.

The same goes for Barbarella. I don’t know what she’s doing here.

Why don’t you guys bring it to a vote? Make it democratic. I think you’ll find that when it comes down to SD on the QT and Diary of a Diva, most of your readers would elect to have those removed.

Might be something to consider. Maybe we can have our say as to what appears in the Reader. If those two were removed, you guys would be an amazing publication.

  • Charles
  • Bay Park

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