Letters: March 4, 2011

Council majority locking up citizen commissions
What are we going to do about Encinitas? The City Council majority is locking up every citizen commission. They recently replaced several members of several commissions who had the audacity to serve as honest representatives of the community and to challenge the status quo. The Environmental Commission chair, Elizabeth Taylor, was mocked by Jerome Stocks in her presentation to the council and then not reappointed. Why not let each council member unilaterally appoint someone to each commission? That way we would have a broader range of participants, a more diverse set of views, and break the stranglehold imposed by Stocks, Bond and Gaspar, on any actual substantive debate.

Lisa Shaffer
Encinitas

Doorman got it right
I wanted to respond sooner to Cory Waterhouse’s column on “I’m feeling celebrity overload” in your Jan. 21 issue, but better late than never, especially in regard to this critique of the increasingly appalling erosion of our culture and the dumbing of America.
I just wanted to say that Waterhouse’s analysis of the present generation’s ad nauseum preoccupation with lives of insignificant media-created personalities was so right-on that I found myself saying “amen” to every one of his points and naming of names.
I can’t help but believe that there is a huge minority of people who have better things to do with their lives, but the amount of time and space devoted to those who obviously don’t is so highly profitable that it will perpetuate itself as long as the majority of viewers and readers lap it up like thirsty mules.
As ye sow, so shall ye reap.
As in the computer equation: garbage in, garbage out.

Jim Donovan
Del Mar

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  1. Agree or Your Out says:

    The 3-2 majority remover the most qualified Environmental Commission chair person with someone with little or no experience in this area for political reasons. The same thing occured with the planning commission and the arts commission.
    The 3-2 majority has no shame in proving, again, that if you are a citizen of Encinitas and do not agree with them, they do not want to hear what you think and will use their power to silence any opposing view.
    They have made this very clear.

  2. Good Points Lisa says:

    Lisa Shaffer always has good points to make as an observer at Encintias Council meetings. As Lisa has pointed out, Democracy is as much about process as it is about decisions. If we felt that we had an actual voice in the decision making process instead of being dictated too by builder-backed Council members, there would not be the level of rancor and unrest that now exists in our city.

    We would like to have Commissioners, City staff, and Council members reflect the people whom live here and whom they represent–not a group of publicly-paid lobbyists for local devlopers and the building industry.

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