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 she develops and supports her point of view for readers. I am puzzled that one of the complaints was that she takes too long to lay out her argument. It reminds me of how proud Sean Spicer was recently, showing off how much thinner the GOP healthcare plan is compared to the Affordable Care Act, as if brevity is the gold standard, not substance. I am thankful there are still reporters and columnists out there like Ms. Sutton, conducting thorough investigations and painstakingly gathering information, dedicated to the best of what journalism should be. It was Ms. Sutton’s detailed scrutiny of the property tax increase following the passage of this district’s school bond in 2012 that uncovered the fact that every household in the district was being erroneously overcharged. Because of her investigation, our tax bills were lowered. Over the years I have found her research to be meticulous, her commentary thoughtful, and her perspective, while at times controversial, always refreshingly honest. Her courageous outspokenness is one of the things about her column I respect and admire the most. Now, more than ever, we need this kind of journalistic integrity. I am grateful to Ms. Sutton for her excellent work, and I am grateful to the Carmel Valley News for publishing her column.

Kim Perl

Carmel Valley

Remind Del Mar City Council of our Prop J vote

To my fellow Del Mar residents who think they voted down major changes to the traffic flow in downtown Del Mar with the defeat of Prop J, that is not the case! The City Attorney opined: The Village Plan was a comprehensive planning document which addressed many aspects of development in the Commercial District and one cannot draw any conclusions on what features of the plan were disapproved by the voters. I interpret her words to mean that the City has no obligation (nor intention) to honor our vote against sharrow lanes, diagonal parking, removal of left turn pockets, and other changes that will make travel much more difficult along the spine of our city. It is imperative to remind the council of our Prop J vote.

The Camino Del Mar Streetscape Plan for downtown Del Mar is scheduled to be on the Del Mar City Council agenda April 3 (as per the latest council agenda). Please mark your calendars and don’t miss it!

The council meeting will be one of the first times the public will have the opportunity to hear a status update and council discussion of what comes next, as the council-appointed subcommittee meetings to discuss the plan were closed to the public. I overheard a council member say it is important to continue the sharrow lane (bikes and cars share the lane, each with equal access to the full lane) that is in Solana Beach, as it will be confusing to cyclists if we are not consistent along the entire coast. I prefer to think we should design for the approximately 40,000 motorists on CDM each day rather than cyclists who number far fewer. Please let your voice be heard! See you at the council meeting!

Nancy Stoke

Del Mar

Sutton’s columns informative and enlightening

I must say that I was a bit shocked to read two separate letters to the editor regarding term limits for columnists and that both were directed at Marsha Sutton. I have always found Marsha’s columns to be clearly-written and well-informed. As a result of my own observations, the common use of the out-of-context “term limits,” and the fact that both letters were directed at Marsha Sutton, I can only conclude that there is collusion here and that a great deal of water has already flowed under this bridge.

I am pleased that you have Marsha Sutton writing columns for you as I find them informative and enlightening. With a child in the educational system here in SDUHSD, I tend to count on Marsha Sutton to present a well-reasoned assessment of what’s out there in the weeds. Lastly, I have always found that folks seek “fresh vitality, energy and new ideas” as long as it all comports with their own perspective. You should know that I actually get more from multiple perspectives than I do from everyone being in agreement. Happy to see differing opinions, but not happy to see such obvious collusion.

John Kuberra

Carmel Valley

Climate change is happening now

Bill Stoops expresses skepticism about human-caused climate change in his letter of March 9. As he says, the climate has always changed, but global average temperatures have changed in lockstep with atmospheric carbon dioxide levels for as long as we have evidence. The current atmospheric carbon dioxide level of 400 parts per million is the highest in at least the past 800,000 years and probably much longer. The physics of how such greenhouse gases increase temperature has been understood for 150 years. The climate is now warming much faster than any normal historical rate, too fast for many species of animals and plants to adapt. All major U.S. scientific societies have adopted statements urging action to address this human-caused problem, and 97 percent of active climate scientists agree. This may be an appeal to authority, but if I had heart trouble and 97 percent of cardiologists agreed on the diagnosis and treatment, I would take their advice.

Climate change is not just a future projection based on models, it is happening now. Arctic sea ice is melting now. Streets and homes in Florida are flooding now due to sea level rise. Reliable direct temperature measurements go back to 1880, and show that 16 of the 17 hottest years on record occurred since 2001. The Pentagon considers climate change to be a national security risk.

If an asteroid were going to strike the Earth in five years, we could take action provided we believed the astronomers who were trying to warn us. If we waited until the asteroid was visible in the sky to everyone, it would be too late.

Mr. Stoops suggests that government action to combat climate change would be immoral. On the contrary, the moral argument for such action is laid out in Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, which I recommend to all readers.

Jeff Rabin

Carmel Valley

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