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Mental illness: An inconvenient truth

Recently, the world lost Robin Williams, a great human being and actor. Some of us will remember him as the alien in “Mork and Mindy,” the nanny in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” or Teddy Roosevelt in “A Night at the Museum,” but none of us will forget the sad twinkle in his eye and the joy he brought to audiences everywhere.

Solana Beach resident to head Rotary of Del Mar

Dr. William Rawlings

Since Rawlings took office, the Del Mar Rotarians have already been visited by Joe Harper, CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, and Steve Fisher, head coach for the San Diego State University men’s basketball team. Rawlings also points to the upcoming inaugural Ethics in Business Awards event in October as a highlight that will begin during his term. This new program honors local businesses that place ethics — a core Rotary value — as a main priority in their mission and commercial practices.

A new year and new president for the Rotary Club of Del Mar

Dr. William Rawlings

The first of July marked the beginning of a new year for the Rotary Club of Del Mar and with it brings new President, Dr. William Rawlings. Bill is off to a roaring start with exciting guest speakers, new goals for the members and a passion for serving others.

Bill has been a Solana Beach resident with his wife, Mary, since 1982. He is a Specialist in Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry and has been in the Rotary Club of Del Mar since 1996. Over the years, his contributions to the club have focused on community service, planning and executing club fundraiser events and international service projects. He counts his most memorable moment as a Rotarian to the trip he took last year to Cambodia to perform dentistry. He says he gained perspective while working there and “understanding the tremendous need for medical and dental care in the Third World.”

Public review begins for San Elijo Lagoon restoration

Dave Roberts

Coastal lagoons provide one of North County’s most defining natural features. And in our increasingly urbanized environment, the relief and respite we gain from these valuable wetlands is more important than ever.

In past decades, we have mistreated our lagoons. But that has changed. Coastal wetlands are getting the protection they deserve. In fact, wetlands are so important that some of them have received multimillion-dollar restorations to improve their ecology.

Rant with Randi: Criminalizing parenting

Randi Crawford

In case you were wondering, it turns out you can’t parent however you want in 2014.

A 46-year-old woman was recently jailed for letting her 9-year-old daughter play in the park, unsupervised, while she was working. This story comes on the heels of the homeless woman who was arrested for leaving her kids in the car during a job interview. (Sort of ironic, since her home was her car.)

Increasing speed limit on Ocean Air Drive will not solve anything

In response to last week’s letter to the editor titled “Disappointed to read about increasing enrollment at TH school” regarding increasing class sizes at Torrey Hills Elementary school, I couldn’t agree more. My daughter is beginning kindergarten this fall and part of the reason we chose to buy our home in Carmel Valley is due to the stellar public schools. Anything that could potentially erode her receiving the best public education possible, is a negative in our book.

At Stand Down, veterans get the respect they deserve

Dave Roberts

San Diego is home to one of the largest veteran populations in the nation. Sadly, many men and women who have served our country now need our help.

In our community, the nonprofit Veterans Village of San Diego steps in to provide assistance.

Earlier this month, Veterans Village hosted its 27th “Stand Down,” a three-day event that converts the field at San Diego High School into a tent city where nearly 900 homeless veterans and their families received medical and dental care, clothing, job training and other help.

Sheriff’s Department and response times

The newly appointed captain of the San Diego County Sheriff’s department, Encinitas branch, recently provided the city of Del Mar’s budget and finance committee with the average response times for the four major types of 911 calls. The response times as stated by the captain appear to be consistent with our neighboring cities, including Solana Beach.

Priority 1 calls, extreme emergency to life such as serious accidents, airplane crashes and SWAT actions, at approximately 12 minutes.

Priority 2 calls, serious felonies in process such as homicide, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, and residential burglary, at approximately 9.5 minutes.

One Paseo has something for everyone, but is it a ‘Village?’

I take exception to Kilroy’s latest advertisement for One Paseo, a “Proposed mixed-use neighborhood village with something for everyone.” Part of it is accurate and part of it is not.

What is not accurate is the “neighborhood village.” Del Mar is a village. Del Mar has public transportation. A “neighborhood village” is not a series of five-story-plus buildings on a relatively small plot of land. The rendering in the latest ad shows a two-story structure in the foreground and a five-story structure in the background with a wide expansive walking/park area in the middle. Looking closer in the left side of the rendering, you see what looks like the top of a much taller structure in the background. And from everything I’ve seen, there is no wide expanse of walking/park area in the existing project.

Leave no one behind in Alzheimer’s research

Michael S. Rafii, MD, PhD

Today in the U.S., more than 5 million people are living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. According to a 2009 study by the Alzheimer’s Association, of those 5 million people, more than 500,000 live in California. As we live longer, rates of Alzheimer’s disease have grown dramatically, and the disease is now cited as the third leading cause of death in the United States and the sixth leading cause of death in California.

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