Letters to the Editor: Aug. 17, 2012

Well planned…

 Well, the Del Mar Council adopted their proposed Village Specific Plan, after reducing the allowed development cap from 600,000 square feet to 500,000 square feet and removing the fourth roundabout at 15th Street.

That means the proposed maximum development will be approximately one-third less, meaning the maximum development will be allotted on a first come/first served basis to developers. In other words, after taking advantage of all the bonus incentives for this and that, and building three-story buildings on the west side of CDM out to the edge of the sidewalk, here and there, there will remain all the one and two story buildings set back from the sidewalk 20 to 25 feet from the sidewalk, and at different levels from CDM. Won’t that look well planned?

It also guarantees that the three roundabouts will not work (creating more congestion, pedestrian and car hazards and use of residential streets) because it was pointed out the roundabouts will not work if there are any stop signs. And now there will be a big one at 15th Street and another one at 16th Street. How can you tell if the other three work, if there are two big stop signs, plus the pedestrians stopping cars to cross the street!

Doesn’t plain logic say to vote “no”?

Ralph Peck,

Del Mar

Foie Gras ban

California isn’t the only place looking out for the welfare of ducks and geese. The Compass Group, a British company that caters events such as Wimbledon, has decided it will no longer serve foie gras due to ethical concerns.

It’s an important reminder that California’s foie gras ban was the right thing to do, even as chefs and restaurants look for sneaky loopholes to continue serving diseased livers to diners.

Birds force-fed for foie gras have up to four pounds of grain and fat pumped into their stomachs through metal pipes every day. The pipes sometimes puncture the birds’ throats, and the force-feeding process causes their livers to balloon to as much as 10 times their natural size, sometimes causing their livers to burst.

It is common for birds who have been force-fed to suffer from hepatic encephalopathy, a serious brain ailment that occurs when their livers fail. This seems radical for a moment of gustatory sensation.

Hopefully other businesses and states will also find their moral compass and agree that it is better to have a big heart for animals’ welfare than to dine on their engorged livers, especially when chefs are capable of creating so many other wonderful options.

Sincerely,

Chef Tanya Petrovna,

Palm Springs

Awaiting response

A second request for an answer from Mr. Joe Moris, regarding this quote from his opinion story “Passing of health care is brilliant,” published 6 July:

“The current liberal thinking is to squeeze out the middle class in order to create an egalitarian society. They can’t say it that way but that is what their objective is.”

As I responded earlier: Definition: New Oxford American Dictionary: 1. Egalitarian: of, relating to, or believing in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.

From our Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

I support the “liberals” objective in this case. Indeed, why doesn’t Mr. Moris support this principle found in our Declaration of Independence?

Still waiting for that answer.

John Lynn,

Carlsbad

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