Letters to the Editor: Sept. 13, 2012
Our nation’s great divide
The recent completion of the Republican and Democratic presidential nomination conventions highlighted the increasing degree of polarization of America. Not since the years leading up to the Civil War has the divide seemed so great. No matter which side comes out ahead, it seems likely that the winners will act in a mean-spirited fashion, while the losers will become even more resentful. Is this how a democracy is supposed to function?
With this in mind, it becomes essential to start the difficult process of depolarizing the present situation — beginning now. Otherwise, we may share Yeats’ vision in The Second Coming, that “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.”
Harvey W. Yurow, Ph.D. Rancho Bernardo
Kudos to contractor
Regarding the Aug. 30 story about repairs to the Chaparral Elementary School track:
Cheers to Darrell Brown of City Service Paving for his amazingly generous donation of time, money and effort to a school that is not even in his area. The fact that a business owner who is not from Poway, not from San Diego and not even from San Diego County gave so freely in this terrible economy says much about his character and his business. You can bet that he will be the first person I call and/or recommend if someone is in need of any paving services.
Quite the sad commentary that someone could not step up in their own community to help.
Thanks also to Jane Radatz for all of her work. It’s people like these that inspire me to volunteer and try to make a difference in our community.
Joyce Petersen, Poway
Can’t support Romney or Bilbray
Full disclosure: I’m a liberal. I watched all of the Republican convention on C-SPAN to get the most unbiased view.
I’m convinced that Gov. Romney is not a bad person, but when you strip away all of the flag waving and American exceptionalism, what you are left with are the same tired Republican talking points of previous years: tax cuts for the 1 percent, saber rattling talk about war with Iran, drill baby drill, anti-gay marriage, gutting public education, and to hell with the environment.
There is no way I can vote for this man or any other candidate expressing similar views, and that includes Rep. Brian Bilbray.
Pete Babich, Poway
Grosch endorses Vaus
In the past month I have had several inquires from Poway citizens on my opinion of the candidates running for Poway City Council. All of the candidates are good men, but I tell them I’ll be voting for Jim Cunningham and Steve Vaus. Both have been very proactive in our community and that speaks well for the future of Poway. In addition, both men will provide diversity on the council, which will further help our city.
Jim has done a good job as a first-term City Council member. He impressed me from day one with his understanding of the issues that have come before the council. He is involved with our community and he makes himself available to all. When our veterans asked for his help, he was there. There are many more instances that I can list, but you get the point. Jim deserves a second term because he has earned it.
I have known Steve for three years and I have witnessed his involvement in our community from searching for Chelsea King, to his volunteer work as a park ranger, to helping our teens and to his involvement in our schools. He is proactive; he has a good heart and I believe he is the right person for the job to represent all of Poway.
But this is just one man’s opinion. I encourage everyone to do their own research, go to the candidates’ websites and attend one or both of the upcoming debates in Poway. Then decide for yourself.
Dave Grosch, City Council member
Mangum a man of integrity
The overreaction regarding the PUSD bonds shows that some do not read newspapers (which endorsed the bonds) or attend school board meetings or read agendas and minutes posted on the district’s website so they could be fully informed. Instead, these critics are willing to kill “the goose that lays the golden egg” — Poway Unified School District —to vilify former board member and current City Council candidate Jeff Mangum.
When I moved to Poway 20 years ago, it was for the schools not the city. Ask anyone — we all moved here for the schools. Because of PUSD’s excellent reputation, people are willing to pay more to buy a house or rent an apartment in Poway. Businesses come here knowing that good schools help attract the best employees.
One of the first people I met in Poway was Jeff Mangum. He reaffirmed that I made a good choice, that Poway was family-friendly and business-friendly. I supported Jeff as a school board member because I knew him as a man of honor and integrity committed to providing the best education to the children of Poway.
Now scare tactics have convinced prospective Powegians they will be paying a billion dollars in taxes. The critics and the candidates they support have done much to harm property values and frighten businesses away.
In November, I’ll be voting for Jeff Mangum because I know he would never do anything to harm the reputation and prestige of the city he has called home for 24 years.
Teresa Hayman, Poway
Poway cannot afford Mangum
Jeff Mangum (Letters, Aug. 30) served up a healthy portion of 20/20 hindsight tripe that should be tossed in the trash, along with his candidacy for City Council.
As a sitting Poway Unified School District trustee, he helped shepherd this billion-dollar debacle-of-a-bond through the majority of the time in which the details were being hashed out. Claiming to not know the pertinent details speaks only to incompetence, and knowledge of those details without action is tantamount to criminal arrogance.
Poway simply cannot afford to risk having a City Council member who has demonstrated, through inaction at the very least, a disregard for the financial well-being of Poway’s residents.
Fortunately, Poway has a deep bench of electoral talent from which to draw, and two of the current crop of council candidates have proven track records of working hard to improve the lives of the residents, seeking to address problems and nip them in the bud before they become crises, and keeping our city finances in order. Those two are far more deserving of your vote than a person who has instituted Mello-Roos for the rest of us, and has been tested and proven that he can be trusted to enact legislation that will cost Poway residents almost a billion dollars in additional property taxes.
Peter De Hoff, Poway
Vineyard will represent everyone
Thanks, Dick Lyles, for your transparency. You’ve cleared up any misconception I may have had regarding “big money” candidates from north Poway and your opinion of “other than rich” people of Poway.
In your Sept. 6 column you make it clear that if a candidate doesn’t get “…$100 donations from 150 members of the local community…” they’re “not credible” or apparently “worthy” candidates in your eyes or the eyes of the “rich people” you represent.
I guess in that case that anyone of the rest of us “poor folks” who live in the central, south, east and west parts of Poway and who can only afford to donate our time or perhaps $5, $10 or a whopping $20 to a candidate are also not worthy citizens of Poway. This has proven to be the case for over 20 years now.
Let me get this straight. I vote for “your guy,” the “rich guy,” if I’m rich and live in north Poway and if I’m not rich I vote for a guy like Gary Vineyard who pledges to represent all of the citizens of Poway equally, regardless of where they live. That’s a no-brainer, I’m going with Vineyard.
Dave Pike, Poway
Get loud, Titan fans
I just attended the Poway High vs La Costa Canyon football game and left embarrassed.
I am a naval officer who has moved a lot. My kids are in third grade and kindergarten, but I go to local high school games where ever I am. Poway students and fans need to do a better job cheering for their team. When the opponent has a third down, the fans are supposed to cheer and get loud to make it hard for the other team’s offense to hear and to boost your defense.
La Costa Canyon had a few students at the game and they were loud. The Poway side just did the “tomahawk chop.” You could almost hear a pin drop.
I encourage the fans to get loud for their team.
Sonny MCGowan, Poway
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