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The right to dissent

A recent guest commentary incorrectly posits that we are obligated to stand during our national anthem to pay homage to “the courage and sacrifice of our veterans.”

While few would dispute the commitment of such fine men and women, if the writer would take off his red-white-and-blue-colored glasses he might view the reality that our nation was actually founded on principles of dissent.

Citizens who choose to kneel during the anthem are living testimony to the heritage and tradition of our country, a lineage that sets us apart from most of the rest of the world.

I recently watched a video lecture apparently given at a college campus. The speaker simply asked her almost totally-white audience, “How many of you would trade places with a black person?” Not surprisingly, no one raised their hand.

Instead of condemning fellow citizens for expressing their constitutionally-given rights, those sharing the views of the commentary’s author might consider their own blessings and view the issues at hand that led to these non-violent expressions with compassion and a greater wish to understand the experiences that led to their necessity.

Barry J. Marks


Dunes traffic a dust menace

Forbidding driving on some areas of Oceano Dunes will definitely benefit the lungs  of Mesa residents who are breathing the dangerous dust being generated there. 

However, it will not help the lungs of people like me who live, do business and/or vacation on Pier Avenue and in the Oceano Beach community. In fact, we are also exposed to dust mostly caused by thousands of vehicles driving on the beach and by the track out of sand when they exit the beach.

To ameliorate the quality of our air, they need to reduce drastically the number of vehicles traveling on Pier Avenue and Oceano Beach.

It comes a point when a park, a natural area, a wilderness cannot take the use and abuse to which they are subjected. Then it is time to reduce the number of people allowed on them. It is done all over the country with other parks.Why can't it be done here?

Oceano Dunes, the beach and Community cannot take more use and abuse. It is time they get a break.

Lucia Casalinuovo