You’re missing a lot of interesting discussion if you’re not checking out our comments sections regularly. So, we’ve been highlighting comments every week to get you a taste.

Here are five from this week:

Frank Landis on “Years of Broken Promises on Protected Land“:

Do we need more funding and protection for the area? Absolutely. Until now, it’s been protected by its obscurity, and by the fact that it’s easy to get really lost out there (that’s a big hint to people who want to see it. If you don’t know the area, wait until the parks have it opened and directional signs on the trail. I help a lot of lost bikers). Unfortunately, locking the area behind fences is infeasible, and the presence of hikers and bikers deters would-be marijuana growers and potential troublemakers.

The real challenge here is teaching San Diegans to love, respect, and preserve Del Mar Mesa, and all our natural areas, without loving them to death, or sacrificing them in the name of one-time profits or political expediency. I for one think it’s possible, but it’s going to take a lot of work from everyone involved.

Brian Harward on “Googling or Garbling?,” the latest in a series of hosted pieces looking at issues in science through Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”:

As this article suggests, being out of touch with science is hurting people. We don’t know how our brain works so we fail to maintain willpower, we don’t know how our bodies work so we try the wrong diet, and so on.

There are great answers out there in the scientific literature, but it is not being utilized. Surprisingly I do NOT think researchers need to spend more time with the public. Instead we need dedicated full-time people who read and synthesize everything relevant to a topic area, and deliver that skillfully as teachers, speakers, and spokespeople. This does happen but not nearly enough. …

Julie Ellison on “Bob Filner Wants You to Have a Job,” one in a series of examinations of the different mayoral candidates’ plans to create jobs:

This is a BAD idea – stand up for a beautiful San Diego Bay – don’t let Barrio Logan become like the San Pedro area of Los Angeles.

C’mon Bob – all those years in Washington DC and all you can come up with is a jobs plan that brings belching semi-trucks to a neighborhood working to have a better, cleaner, friendlier way of living with no actual details on how this will happen other than ‘Elect me and I’ll make it happen’. Elect me and we’ll build the ship berths and ‘people will figure out how to bring the ships in’.

Mark Giffin on “Manchester Interested in OC Register“:

… Just because I cheer a conservative voice doesn’t mean I support a convention center expansion or a stadium.

I certainly don’t support either in their current form. .

As far as Doug Manchester though I do agree with him that The “vision thing” needs to be bigger….whether his proposal or not the vision thing is myopic in its current form.

Tammy Tran on “Nearly 1,700 Layoff Warnings Issued by City Schools“:

Wealthy Californians,

Please help the schools and the kids, most of them will be future employees who would help grow your companies and make you rich(er). 

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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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