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Thursday, May 15, 2008 | I was struck by a quote from David Washburn‘s May 15 story about the race for City Council District 1 and the debate about the seal colony at the Children’s Pool.

“Cohabitation doesn’t equate,” said Merrifield, a 48-year-old owner of a nationwide lock and key distributing business. “Cohabitation means the seals win.”‘

So what if “the seals win”? This “battle” of people versus seals at Children’s Pool is ridiculous to the point of being an embarrassment to La Jolla and San Diego.

It should be obvious that children enjoy seeing the seals, and that there are plenty of other beaches nearby for people to use. This is not a battle being fought in the name of children — it is being fought by small-minded people who, for some unfathomable reason, have chosen this insignificant issue to focus on.

Why are we allowing unreasonable people to demand that we spend money to disturb the seal colony that so many people enjoy visiting? Why are the District 1 candidates going along with this skewed logic? After reading Washburn’s story, I can’t help but be disappointed by the position of all three candidates, particularly Phil Thalheimer and Marshall Merrifield.

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