Readers have been quite vocal in the comments sections of our stories on Mayor Jerry Sanders’ final State of the City address and on Scott Lewis’ column calling the city’s financial condition one of the top 12 stories for 2012.

(To catch up take a look at: our word cloud of Sanders’ speech, our photos, Liam Dillon’s write-up, Lewis’ highlights, and Lewis’ piece on the broke and broken city.)

Here are five of your comments from the discussion:

Eva Vargas:

… the San Diego he (Sanders) was speaking of was not the SD I see in my neighborhood. His slaps on his own back were slaps on my face. I was sitting in that place (Balboa Theatre, and how much did the whole venue cost) wondering why I didn’t feel included, because I wasn’t. My community and like mine or similar to mine are NEVER considered as part of his San Diego.

In his mind, everything is running the way it should with a few minor impediments.

Jesus Torres:

Mayor Sanders has been part of the solution not the problem. After losing a Tax hike he turned around and chose Austerity. Austerity is the solution that will help San Diego get out of its mess. Next June the voters will vote in favor of Pension Reform and that will be under Mayor Sanders watch. Mayor Sanders will go down as one of the best Mayors this city has had!

Dianne Parham:

I voted for him (Sanders) the first time because I thought he would be different from the usual politician San Diego gets stuck with. Instead he just became the same old thing with backdoor deals, hands deep in the pockets of developers, and more promises than accomplishments. He will not be missed by me.

Sara Kent:

Let’s plan to leave the next State of the City address feeling inspired, hearts welling with solemn pride and excitement for a future we can all build and participate in, regardless of event staging and whether loud music is played to an expensive multimedia presentation.

San Diegans can ask for more, and as discouraging as it is to be occasionally denigrated for being an idealist or expecting more from local government, individual voices matter. The region needs all our voices.

Bob Jones:

The City of San Diego is on a very strict financial diet, yet is unable to pay for civic necessities and basic infra-structure demands. Yet, the Mayor and others strive to build a NEW STADIUM which will never come close to breaking even financially.

Most San Diegans would like to have a pro football team in town, but they first demand safe streets, adequate water supply and a sewer system that does not pollute out beautiful beaches.

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Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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