Opinion

  • March 16: Letters to the editor

    Double teaming Ms. Sutton Regarding the two letters sent in last week condemning Marsha Sutton’s weekly education column, I feel compelled to weigh in. “Careless” is the last word I would use to describe Ms. Sutton. While I may not always agree with her, I have always been impressed by how carefully...

  • March 23: Letters to the editor

    Climate change and science This letter was written on an iMac; emailed to the Del Mar Times. These everyday tools are the product of scientific research. Our TV’s, our cars, our homes have all been enhanced through scientific discovery. Science grows, delivers, and allows us to enjoy food of infinite...

  • March 30: Letters to the editor

    Clean air and emissions standards When I moved to Southern California in 1971, automobile emissions were poisoning the air. A recently published photo of LA’s shrouded skyline in 1973 reminded me how grim it was as the brown fog crept closer and closer to San Diego County. Fortunately, the California...

  • April 13: From the Del Mar Mayor: Del Mar Public Safety

    April 13: From the Del Mar Mayor: Del Mar Public Safety

    Del Mar takes pride in its public safety. We have our own lifeguard service which makes our beaches safe for residents and visitors. We have our own fire department, which responds quickly to emergencies. We even have a one-person police officer who patrols our beaches and parks; the Del Mar Ranger....

  • April 6: Letters to the editor

    Unicorns in Del Mar? Kudos to the City of Del Mar and the City Council for their transparency in posting the newly released feasibility study for a private police department on the City’s web site. Here is the link: http://www.delmar.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/2837 I am neither supporting nor opposing...

  • March 2: Letters to the Editor

    Beating Cheating High schools all across the world are filled with cheating, from the lowest ranking schools to the most prestigious ones. San Diego is not exempt from cheating. Students copy homework, post answers to tests, and even share answers during the test. The teachers are not the problem,...

  • From the Del Mar Mayor: Crime in Del Mar

    From the Del Mar Mayor: Crime in Del Mar

    I have two reasons for writing this article. First, Del Mar has always had a strong value of looking out for our neighbors. That is why we have such organizations as Del Mar Community Connections, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), and Neighborhood Watch. Also, one of my first responsibilities...

  • From the Del Mar Mayor: Is Del Mar a good host?

    From the Del Mar Mayor: Is Del Mar a good host?

    The Breeders’ Cup is coming to Del Mar in November of this year. This is the Super Bowl of thoroughbred horse racing. Thirteen races will be held over two days: Friday and Saturday Nov. 3 and 4. There will be 150-plus horses from 13 countries. $26 million in purses will be offered, including $5...

  • Dec. 29: Letters to the Editor

    But can they fix the roads? Del Mar’s newly elected city council wasted no time in passing a resolution “affirming the city’s commitment to addressing climate change, and its unwillingness to participate in the registration of Muslims or the rounding up of undocumented immigrants(Del Mar Times,...

  • Letters to the Editor: Nov. 24

    Gun shows: What was the question Shooting is an Olympic sport. Virginia Thrasher, a 19-year-old, won the USA’s first gold medal in Rio this past summer. Shooting is an intercollegiate sport and, in some places, an interscholastic sport. Trap shooting is an international professional sport. Pardon...

  • Letters to the Editor: Nov. 17

    Time to work together Well, elections are over and the people in Del Mar have spoken. I want to congratulate Ellen, Dave and Sherryl and wish them well in their role as City Council members. This was Del Mar’s first contested election in 10 years. While there can be negative aspects of contested...

  • Letters to the Editor: Oct. 6 issue

    Increase safety, stop additional train noise pollution As a believer in the old adage “there are two sides to every story” I would like to present the flip side of the people complaining about getting ticketed for trespassing on the railroad tracks in Del Mar. One point that hasn’t been raised...

  • Letters to the Editor: Sept. 29 issue

      Guest editorial: The facts about the Solana Beach City Council and CCAs BY LESA HEEBNER, Solana Beach council member There is a lot of misinformation being spread around town that the Solana Beach City Council is forcing a “CCA,” or Community Choice Aggregation entity, upon the community without...

  • Rant with Randi: For the directionally challenged

    Rant with Randi: For the directionally challenged

    For all the directionally-challenged people out there, this one’s for you. I’ve never been good with directions. In fact, I’m so bad with directions that oftentimes I can get turned around in Carmel Valley and have no idea how to get home. This is not something you understand unless you, too, are...

  • Education Matters: Later school start times at San Dieguito remain elusive

    Education Matters: Later school start times at San Dieguito remain elusive

    The last time I wrote about school start times, I began by saying, “I can’t believe I’m writing about this again.” And here I am doing it yet again. Why? Because school boards continue to resist mounting evidence supporting the need for later school start times for adolescents. In a column back...

  • Rant with Randi: The closet I never had...

    Rant with Randi: The closet I never had...

    To really understand this rant, I need to take you back about three months. My daughter asked me to take her shopping, and as the mother of a teenage daughter, I was just happy to spend some time with her. So I willingly hopped into the car and we drove to La Jolla to do some shopping. We went...

  • Rant with Randi: Little things go a long way

    Rant with Randi: Little things go a long way

    Today, I want to write about the little things that people do that makes me happy. I’m a news junkie, but lately, it’s all the same stuff – bashing the Presidential candidates. I’ve grown up watching the Olympics, and it’s always been my favorite thing on TV because I love getting to know the athletes...

  • Rant with Randi: A polarized nation

    Rant with Randi: A polarized nation

    I’ve been on Facebook for the past few years, but I’m one of those people who love to scroll around to see the adorable animal videos (the one with the bulldog that rolls down the hill over and over again is a personal favorite). I also love to see pictures of kids growing up and reaching milestones,...

  • Rant with Randi: The road to Denver

    Rant with Randi: The road to Denver

    Two years ago, our lacrosse team decided that we wanted to participate in the WSYL (World Series of Youth Lacrosse), a tournament that, like the Little League World Series, is only available to 13-year- olds. The rules state that all players must live within 100 miles of their home field, so every...

  • Rant with Randi: Mental Health Awareness Month

    Rant with Randi: Mental Health Awareness Month

    There is so much to be said about mental health, but I want to start out with this thought. Of course there’s a stigma around the words “mental health”. When someone says the word mental, you immediately conjure up an image of a McMurphy (Mac) from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” I picture Jack...

  • Rant with Randi: '20 minutes of action'

    Rant with Randi: '20 minutes of action'

    Normally when I read something that stirs up so much emotion in me, I can sit down and bang out an article in no time flat. For some reason, it’s taken me a few days of watching the stories and listening, in absolute disbelief, to gather my thoughts on this one. I realized that it’s because I’m...

  • Rant with Randi: Why am I writing about a South African Garden?

    Rant with Randi: Why am I writing about a South African Garden?

    When a friend recently approached me to write a story about a South African garden that was on exhibit at the Paul Ecke Jr. Flower show, I laughed. I was at the Verizon store, dealing with cell phone chaos when the text came in. The following Monday, my husband and I, along with our friends Howard...

  • Rant with Randi: Ding-dong ditch & done

    Rant with Randi: Ding-dong ditch & done

    Did you ever play ding-dong ditch when you were growing up? I did. My husband did. If you’ve never heard of it, here’s how it works: You run up to someone’s door, ring the doorbell, and run like hell before you get caught. It’s fairly simple, innocent and fun to do once in a while. Or I should...

  • Rant with Randi: Carolina...out of its mind?

    Rant with Randi: Carolina...out of its mind?

    Deutsche Bank is canceling a planned expansion that would have added 250 jobs in North Carolina. Paypal cancelled plans to open a new global payment center in Charlotte, which was expected to bring 400 new jobs to the city. Stephen Schwartz, the Tony Award-winning Broadway composer, halted all...

  • Letters to the editor: May 5 issue

    Frequent Miramar flyovers pose risks to Carmel Valley residents and schools The Miramar website shows that a large percentage of flights are currently routed over Carmel Valley residents and schools. Ten or more flyovers per day are typical amounting to several thousand a year. These aircraft can...

  • Rant with Randi: 30 years later...

    Rant with Randi: 30 years later...

    As parents, we spend a lot of time working with our kids to help them figure out where they want to go to college, but for my husband and I, this choice should be simple. You see we went to Villanova, need I say more? Unless you live under a rock, you know that Villanova beat North Carolina — in...

  • Letters to the Editor: April 14-21 issues

    April 14 issue: Carmel Valley Needs a Senior Center With all the changes in our community of Carmel Valley over the last 30 years, with myself being one of many original homeowners, I have come to realize that I would like to grow old in the community I call home. We have all the amenities of...

  • April 7 issue: Letters to the editor

    Crosswalk needed at intersection I’m writing to express my great concern about the lack of a crosswalk at the intersection of Dell Street and Solana Hills Drive. As a homeowner over the past five years, I have been unable to figure out why there’s a lack of a crosswalk or a stop sign at this intersection....

  • Rant with Randi: Hero dad or entitled athlete — what say you?

    Rant with Randi: Hero dad or entitled athlete — what say you?

    Have you read the story about Adam LaRoche, the first baseman and designated hitter for the Chicago White Sox, who is walking away from a $13 million contract in 2016 because he’s angry that his son can’t be with him 24/7 while he’s at work? I’m sure there is a lot more to the story, but, from...

  • Rant with Randi: Role model or bad influence...you decide

    Rant with Randi: Role model or bad influence...you decide

    A few weeks ago, Kim Kardashian posted a nude selfie on Twitter with the words: “When you’re like I have nothing to wear, LOL”. Harmless? You tell me. The very funny and witty Bette Middler, immediately tweeted a response to Kim’s selfie and she wrote: “Kim Kardashian tweeted a nude selfie today...

  • Rant with Randi: #Women NotObjects

    Rant with Randi: #Women NotObjects

    I love talking about women’s issues. In my former life, I was the co-founder of a women’s health care company and so women’s issues are near and dear to my heart. A friend of mine sent me the link to a fantastic 2-minute video, #WomenNotobjects, put together by Badger & Winters Advertising, highlighting...

  • Rant with Randi: Help

    Rant with Randi: Help

    I’m going back to a classic rant today. While I love to praise the positive things I witness going on around me in the community, I can’t let this go...we are getting so crazy over political correctness that let’s just say, it’s 100 percent determined which way I’m going to vote! We are so screwed...

  • Rant with Randi: 'The Sparkle Effect'

    Rant with Randi: 'The Sparkle Effect'

    If you want to feel really good about people who do great things, continue reading. I’d like to introduce you to The Sparkle Effect. “The Sparkle Effect is an innovative organization that helps students nationwide create school-based cheerleading and dance teams that bring together students with...

  • RSF Association Board Biz: New Year and New Names

    RSF Association Board Biz: New Year and New Names

    We are already one week and counting into 2016. The RSF Association board had its first meeting of the year last week, and, once again, it was a meaty meeting. Jerry Yahr, chair of the Design Subcommittee for the Covenant Club Planning Committee, presented the “final” design on behalf of the architects...

  • Rant with Randi: 'Get to'

    Rant with Randi: 'Get to'

    Life is short. I just woke up to the news that David Bowie died at 69 years old. What an incredible talent. Talk about living life meaningfully, he rocked it, literally! And that’s what this rant is about. We get one shot at life, let’s go for it. I just attended the most beautiful and moving funeral...

  • Rant with Randi: Rady's Rocks

    Rant with Randi: Rady's Rocks

    Perspective. Once in a while it hits you over the head like a ton of bricks, and that is exactly what just happened to me. Without going into too much detail, our daughter recently had a pretty major operation at Rady Children’s Hospital. I’m not a big fan of hospitals or surgery. And while I’m...

  • Rant with Randi: Youth sports events — Why do things have to get so ugly?

    Rant with Randi: Youth sports events — Why do things have to get so ugly?

    Every time I travel with my children for competitive sports, the things I hear infuriate me and I need to rant. My recent trip to Vegas didn’t let me down. Our boys U13 lacrosse team was playing in a consolation game, and the refs were calling penalties on kids holding the ball for more than 20...

  • Letter/Opinion: School board should postpone pay increase vote

    Today (Dec. 7) I requested from San Dieguito Union High School Board President Beth Hergesheimer a postponement of the vote for the across-the board 12.5 percent pay increase for all San Dieguito Union High School District employees, which the school board will be having this Thursday, Dec. 10,...

  • Education Matters: More questions than answers

    Education Matters: More questions than answers

    Late last Friday it was revealed that the San Dieguito Union High School District’s Board of Trustees would be voting to accept an agreement with its teachers union (the San Dieguito Faculty Association — SDFA) this Thursday night, Dec. 10, at its regular board meeting. Although the agreement calls...

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