Letters to the Editor

  • Nov. 23: Letters to the editor

    Gratitude to hard-working journalists Thanksgiving is around the corner and what better time to express gratitude to our hard-working reporters. Is it surprising that our founders identified freedom of the press as the very first amendment? It is America’s free and independent press that provides...

  • Guest view: Reflections on surfing, life, and what exactly all this is

    It was a crisp Sunday morning in late October. A faint glow of consciousness shone through the slatted bedroom blinds, tattooing the fin of my newest wave-riding vehicle with a spray of sunlight. It was 8:09 a.m. The sun had been up for an hour and change, and I was late. I knew as well as anyone...

  • Sept. 14: Letters to the Editor

    Help give a stronger voice in the fight against cancer Note: This letter was submitted just before the author left on her trip. She was in Washington, D.C. from Sept. 9-12. Next week, I have the honor of representing cancer patients and survivors on Capitol Hill by traveling to Washington, D.C....

  • Aug. 17: Letters to the editor

    Coyote pet protection Thank you for your excellent and topically important article, “Coyotes ‘Out of Control’ in Carmel Valley.” I might have an idea that would be helpful to other local pet owners. After the 2003 fires our Maltese named “Fat Boy” was attacked in our backyard in Del Mar near the...

  • Aug. 3 and 10: Letters to the editor

    As for Sheriff vs. Police Department issue

  • From the Del Mar Mayor: Summer update

    From the Del Mar Mayor: Summer update

    Summer has arrived and we are half way through 2017. This is a good time for me to bring you up to speed on City projects that are progressing in Del Mar.

  • July 28: Letters to the editor

    Patrick Vergne is a gem I have a friend whose son did something slightly wrong while at the beach. One of Patrick’s lifeguards was about to call the police. Patrick calmly intervened and simply called the boy’s parents. They were grateful and assured Patrick that the boy would be reprimanded. Due...

  • July 20: letters to the editor

    Pat Vergne should run for City Council Take it from one who has known and dealt with him for decades, there is no more honest and capable person in Del Mar than Pat Vergne. I suggested he run for City Council some years ago but he said he wasn’t ready for that. My hope is that he now is. Jim Donovan...

  • July 13: Letters to the Editor

    Kudos to the Bruttens for Plaza upgrades Patricia and Marc Brutten — what a wonderful start for your plans to revitalize Del Mar Plaza. Your recent physical upgrades of the Plaza are first class and the new comfortable furnishings are delightful. A perfect place for neighbors to again enjoy neighbors...

  • July 6: Letters to the editor

    When the San Diego County Water Authority filed its initial rate case lawsuit in 2010 against the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, we knew it would be a marathon. Seven years later, we passed another important marker in the long-running litigation when a June...

  • June 29: Letters to the editor

    Short-term rentals have long played a key role in Del Mar Del Mar’s recent attempt to restrict residents’ renting of their homes for less then 30 days is yet another alarming example of the exclusionary direction our local government is trying to take Del Mar without concern for what is actually...

  • June 22: Letters to the editor

    Community Choice and climate change When 97 percent of all climate scientists agree that climate change is real and caused at least partly by humans (climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus), assertions to the contrary like those by Bill Stoops (in last week’s Solana Beach Sun) are a distraction....

  • June 15: Letters to the editor

    CCA or CCE, it is all more government control of markets Those interested in the expansion of government into the electrical utility business tout green energy and so saving the planet from man-caused climate change, and tangentially lower electrical costs. A point to consider is that should a...

  • June 8: letters to the editor

    From a mom to a mom Thank you Lucile Lynch. Mother’s Day may have come and gone but we can still celebrate motherhood. I have got to know you this academic year. You are a great mom and a passionate supporter of equity in education. Although I am known to all as a liberal, I never saw you through...

  • June 1: Letters to the editor

    Untold story is the state’s school funding formula On the field, Torrey Pines is our archrival. We delight in victories over and mourn losses against them, but take no delight in their recent treatment in the press. A critical fact, ignored in the May 14 San Diego Union-Tribune article, is the...

  • May 25: letters to the editor

    A new opportunity for public art Del Mar is a community which admires and appreciates art. Since I have been on council I have heard from many residents a strong desire for some form of public art. But, unfortunately, Del Mar has never had a city policy that outlines how public art can be proposed,...

  • May 18:Letters to the editor

    Thank you, Del Mar City Council An individual new to our city viewing the May 1 city council meeting would have concluded that most residents of Del Mar support STRs (short-term rentals) in our neighborhoods because many speakers spoke in support of STRs. However, I believe that the majority of...

  • April 27: Letters to the editor

    One Paseo view As I recently drove past the gouged, treeless expanse of the One Paseo construction, on both Del Mar Heights and El Camino Real, I was surprised and saddened that the critics of that project did not have the foresight to require the installation of, say, 12-foot high placards painted...

  • April 20: Letters to the editor

    The feel of Del Mar Sheriff or no Sheriff, that is the question! Will Del Mar survive this? Do we appreciate the “feel of Del Mar” under our Sheriff, or shall we become more of a police state and create our own Del Mar Police Force? This is a very important issue and the future “feel of Del Mar”...

  • 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 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 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...

  • 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 9: Letters to the Editor

    Climate has always changed Thanks to Mark Peters for his recent letters discussing the inconsistency of climate change predictions and accuracy. The technique used by some to say “almost all scientists agree…” is called an appeal to authority, and is often used by proponents of a position to obscure...

  • 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...

  • Feb. 23: Letters to the editor

    Letter misleads readers about climate change Mark Peter spread falsehoods about the topic of human-caused climate change in his recent letter (“Climate change and the facts", 2/17/17). Take for example his canard that the “ice cap is increasing” at the South Pole. The reality is that, while the...

  • Feb. 16: Letters to the editor

    Climate change and the facts I’d like to respond to the two letters featured regarding climate change. It does exist, but it’s not such a serious problem requiring a UN global carbon tax of trillions of dollars that will have little-to-no effect and destroy the economies of Africa. Valerie and...

  • Feb. 9: Letters to the Editor

    The following letter was sent to the Del Mar City Council and to this newspaper for publication. Lane plan should be further analyzed Dear Mayor and City Council, Regarding the removal of the northbound traffic lane on Camino Del Mar from Carmel Valley Road to Del Mar Heights Road: I am concerned...

  • Feb. 2: Letters to the Editor

    Alternative energy sources outside of fossil fuels should be pursued I read with interest Mark Peter’s letter (Jan. 26 issue), “Climate change isn’t a serious problem,” as it provided another view on climate change. It seems to be irrelevant if climate change is happening or not since as a country...

  • Jan. 26: Letters to the Editor

    Why we voted No on Eric Dill as the San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent We were asked to approve the hiring of Mr. Dill as our superintendent for the San Dieguito Union High School District. We voted No because we believe approval of him is premature. We were given the choice...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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