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Here’s a roundup of some comments being left on our stories this week.

• What’s the best way to handle San Diego’s future growth? More lanes on Interstate 5, with toll roads? Denser development downtown? Scott Lewis wrote about the prediction that by 2030, it will take more than 70 minutes to get from La Jolla to Oceanside, up from 38 minutes in 2006.

Timothy Villalobos wants to know why I-5 needs to be expanded at all in that direction:

Why would anyone who lives in La Jolla bother going to Oceanside? The rich kids have no business going O’side and it’s doubtful they would ever go there. If you live in La Jolla, chances are you don’t work in O’side or Camp Pendleton.

Brian Wood has the answer: People might go that way to get to beaches.

Don Wood, who keeps a blog here, is not the only one who sees this as being a slap to the non-rich,

Something bothers me about a future where those with money get to use the high speed toll lanes while those who can’t afford it are stuck in gridlock.

Dale Peterson asks:

Why in the hell do we have trolleys, rail transit, etc., and none if it goes to Lindbergh Field?

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• There is a possibility of teachers being saved from layoffs through the use of redevelopment money. Merilee Wilsie points out that the news isn’t really about teachers.

It has been and always will be about the children. The board is trying to do what is best for their youngest constituents, kindergartners. By putting kindergarten classes back down to 24, 80 more teachers are needed. How about children are being spared for a change?

Fran Zimmerman — an indefatigable commenter — tells Merilee that she has missed the point. The stories, she says,

are not about “sparing teachers:” they are about cavalier misuse of public school monies and manipulation of funding sources for personal political ends. What’s going on is worrisome and beyond the capacity of reasonably intelligent interested citizens to follow the breadcrumbs in the forest.

• In response to our popular story, “Just How Empty Are Mission Valley’s Homes? Dan Geb puts little faith in the claim by real estate people that the vacancy rate is much lower than the Census reported.

The problem is the real estate industry is yearning to get back to times when they were making a killing. If it is up to some individuals in the industry, they will keep giving false information as long as it helps their need to do a little marketing. … The industry is geared into making the vacancy rate look smaller to justify rent or price increase at any cost.

• On an article about City Councilman Carl DeMaio itching to make San Diego the “Wisconsin of the West” — in other words, another battleground over public employee pensions — Robert Castaneda pokes a sharp stick back at the Republicans in defense of firefighter pay and pensions.

If your house were to catch on fire with you in it — God forbid — who are you going to call? The San Diego Republican Central Committee?

Stefan Popov, Dagny Salas and Will Stocker contributed to this article.

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