Letters to the Editor: Aug. 22, 2008

Oh say can you see: at night

As a proud American I am delighted to see the many U.S. flags displayed throughout our community. I am dismayed, however, to see many flags are not illuminated at night. Solar powered spots are an inexpensive way to remedy this neglect. I encourage my fellow citizens to honor our flag in the proper manner. Thank you.

Nancy Stoke

Del Mar

State needs to change tune on its own brush

Your recent articles indicate that some people are finally getting serious about brush management.

They should be. If you haven’t seen the pictures from the fires last fall, they say a lot about what we’re up against. They showed what was left of homes that had 2,000 feet of nothing but dirt 360 degrees around them and yet they still burned down.

While many of us are taking actions like having our homes painted with fire resistant paint to complement the clearing we’re having done, there are others who are not facing up to their responsibilities.

That would be the state of California.

As you may know, the state has enacted a law requiring individuals to clear the brush from their property for a distance of 100 feet or to their property line, whichever is closer.

The law also gives the insurance companies the right to require any additional distance they may want cleared without regard to the homeowner’s property line. This means, of course, that a homeowner could be responsible for clearing the brush from property he or she may not own.

There are many people who live next to state-owned property that is thick with brush. The state, however, exempted itself from its own brush clearing requirements and refuses to clear any brush on its property that is adjacent to private homes. On top of that, the state will not allow adjacent property owners to clear brush on state land.

When asked for a solution to this condition the local state officials have suggested that all people living next to state-owned brush land simply sell their homes and move.

They claim that its brush is now sacred because much of it is in open space reserves and endangered species live there.

A practical solution needs to be found for this situation before the next fire. Save the brush or the people and their homes - which should it be?

Roger DeWeese

Del Mar

Note: Mr. DeWeese is a

retired landscape architect

Maccabi Games a success

I wanted to extend a hearty mazel tov to the entire community that was involved in organizing the recent JCC Maccabi Games in San Diego. From the local JCC volunteers and staff, to the wonderful steering committee to the safety and security personnel including the local police, everyone was helpful and warm, and very professional. The games were truly outstanding and reflected a wonderful community effort. Thank you for your caring about out our leaders of tomorrow, and investing in the 1600 Jewish Teens who had a “beach” of a time visiting San Diego.

Jed Margolis, executive director

Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel