Letters to the Editor – Issue of May 9, 2013
Letters appearing in both papers
Frustrated with Beatty’s ‘crybaby act’
Apparently, Poway Unified School District board member Kim Beatty is frustrated. Well, so am I. But I’m frustrated with her unprofessional and disrespectful conduct.
Our newly elected board member either can’t (or won’t) take the time to read the staff-prepared materials before the monthly board meeting. She expects to have it all explained to her during the meeting. If she doesn’t understand fully, she votes no.
She only seems to be interested in flogging the dead horse issue of the infamous capital appreciation bonds, and is frustrated, apparently because she can’t find a sufficient amount of dirt to throw at the other board members and the current administration.
She is frustrated because the other board members aren’t welcoming her with open arms after the PSEA employee union sent out a basic character assassination campaign mailer on her behalf (which she refuses to disavow).
She’s frustrated because the school district hasn’t set up a Ph.D.-level training program to teach her everything she needs to know to be a board member.
She’s frustrated, and acting like a spoiled child isn’t going to get her (or the school district) anywhere. She doesn’t seem to realize that being on the school board is a lot of unpaid, thankless work. Her inability to do the job is not justification for stopping all board action. If she is unwilling, or unable to do the job, she should resign and let someone else do it. This crybaby act doesn’t fly.
Bob Bowser. Poway
School board needs to learn lesson
I hope our students learn their lessons better than our school board does.
Kudos to Ms. Beatty (May 2) for not compromising and not conforming if it does not make sense.
Kudos to Mr. Davis for working weekends and taking time off work for school business, however he gets a failing grade as three days, or even seven, is hardly sufficient time to study and absorb hundreds (or over a thousand) pages. If a member says more time is needed, change your rules to allow for this.
The Poway Unified school board got us into serious trouble already — let’s err on the side of caution from now on and damn conformity and with it — tradition.
Bob Regalia, Poway
Most students strong, resilient
This is in response to Barry Cronin’s April 25 column, “Disappointment 101.”
Why is it that educators don’t want to hurt students’ feelings? I know the Constitution says we are all created equal but in reality, we are not. Take me, for example. No matter how hard I tried, I was at best a B student. Nobody wanted me on their team in sports. But I was good friends with the kids that did well in sports and who were placed in advanced classes. I still am. Academics, sports and the arts are not my strong suit. I had to knock on many doors before I figured out what I was good at, but I persevered and I did well.
So for all you average students, you may not know what you want to be when you grow up, but you will have many opportunities to figure it out. And for you teachers, the average student may present more of a challenge, but don’t worry about trying to level the playing field. Most students are strong and resilient.
Somebody will always be better at something than somebody else. It’s just life. Society needs people who can think, and use their natural talents and abilities. It’s the parents and educators’ job to help kids do just that, and to know you don’t always get what you want, but if you keep trying new things you may get something even better.
Suellen Wiggins, Rancho Bernardo
School drug sting praised
I would like to thank the Narcotics Task Force and North County Regional Gang Task Force for their excellent service in the recent high school drug sting that rendered quite a few arrests. I was glad to see the focus wasn’t just on the kids that bought it, but the kids and adults that were selling and providing the drugs.
I have been frustrated for a long time about the amount of drugs going through our schools, and had an opportunity to attend the town hall meeting that was held last year about this very subject. I felt at a loss as to how to help do something about it, until I read that work was actually being done!
Thank you to the officials who OK’d the sting and thank you to the officers who were there to arrest those involved. I hope that it will put a small dent in the drug trafficking to our youth, and scare the daylights out of some small-time kid drug dealers who will think twice about thinking this is an “easy money” way out of getting a job! Sometimes we all gripe about things that aren’t being focused on, and I wanted to acknowledge my appreciation about that.
Muriel Koche, Poway
Letters appearing in the News Chieftain
No reason to widen Espola
I wish to commend former Poway City Councilmember Bob Emery on his April 25 Espola Road article and applaud the judgment of Editor Steve Dreyer to run it.
As a resident of my Espola Road home the past 30 years, I can only hope the present City Council will truly and critically examine throwing good money ($10 million plus) after bad ($2 million for the EIR). The majority of the residents of Espola Road do not want the widening and enjoy the “City in the Country” look it now enjoys.
Let’s regroup and take on a much smaller improvement as Bob Emery suggests.
Walter Schutz, Poway
Widening a bad idea
The only part of our city that is still “country” is east of Espola Road. As a resident fronting the road (on the east), I think widening it will just be another nail in the coffin of our country-like setting. Mira Mesa, here we come!
I mean really, tell me what parts of Poway are still “The City in the Country?” Garden Road, Powers Road or Metate Lane?
Moving my eye toward the more affluent, are you guys with your mansions in the North Poway hills excited that Espola will become another Pomerado Road?
I am a high school parent and have to wait sometimes as much as 10 minutes in the morning. Yeah, I went to Mira Mesa High. Drive down that boulevard sometime. It was the same road in the ‘80s, and had a ton of congestion every morning when 3,000 people were all trying to be at the same place within a 30-minute window. Widening Espola Road will not solve the problem.
Oh, and this project is still unfunded. So they are going to go sniffing around to the feds for some cash. Gee, being indebted to the federal government — what could possibly go wrong there?
Just like it was 10 and 20 years ago, the widening of Espola Road is a bad idea.
Lewis Board, Poway
It’s just not necessary
Having studied the 1,800-page Environmental Impact Report relating to the proposed widening of Espola Road, I am grateful for the professionalism and helpfulness of Poway city employees. However, apart from drainage improvements and perhaps creating a footpath on one side of the road, I believe that large portions of this project are completely unnecessary.
The idea that Espola is reaching its “capacity threshold” is preposterous. The project seems symptomatic of many of the USA’s larger financial problems in that a marginally needed project, such as this, costing millions of taxpayer dollars, would even be considered.
Apart from the cost there would be the inevitable hassle during construction and compulsory purchases of Espola Road residents’ property. Having properties close to the road together with ugly sound walls will make the road less attractive.
I live near Espola Road and have traveled on it for 11 years, including driving my children to Tierra Bonita Elementary and Twin Peaks Middle schools. The project calls for a continuous turning lane to be constructed between the north and south lanes. The only way this could conceivably improve traffic flow is if there were currently traffic delays caused by people turning left off Espola into side roads. I have never been delayed by as much as a second by anyone making a left turn off Espola. Indeed with a new traffic light at Durhollen Drive, traffic capacity might actually decrease.
Martyn R. Whittaker, Poway
Why not roundabouts?
Poway has grown and we must accept the change. Sooner or later the people who live on Espola Road will have to accept the change.
At one time Espola was a dirt road and the neighbors accepted the change when it was finally paved. Now the people who live there will have to admit that Espola is a vital artery in Poway and needs to widened from Poway High to Twin Peaks Road.
If the city engineers are really looking to the future they would forget about stop lights on Espola and consider building roundabouts. In Oregon roundabouts are very popular and they keep the traffic moving smoothly. I hate wasting gas at a red light when I am in the only car at the intersection.
Ted Sandall, Poway
Letters appearing in the News Journal
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Prescription for clarity
Response to the April 25 letter about the April 3 “Historical Character” article:
1. Have you visited the website on which the article was based?
2. Will you put your money where your letter is to compare volunteer hours?
3. Judgment on my time: Have you ever cared 24/7/365 for an elderly dementia patient?
Dr. Price, you are cordially invited to visit RBClubDesignCenter.org (new pages 19 and 20 are just for you). Afterward, I’ll consider acknowledging your comments. Thank you kindly.
Jeffrey John August, Rancho Bernardo
- Letters to the Editor: Issue of April 25, 2013
- Letters to the editor: May 2, 2012
- Viewpoint: Is Espola Road expense really necessary?
- Poway releases Espola Road EIR for public review
- Letters to the editor: Feb. 21, 2013
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