Have you checked out the lively discussion in our comments section lately? Every week we highlight comments so you can sample the chatter.

Here are five from this week:

Patricia Vainik on “Extra Pay for Meter Maids on Scooters: Fact Check“:

I once worked with a woman who had been a meter reader. She had an implant in the bridge of her nose because she had been beaten a couple of times after writing a parking ticket for the assailant. The surgeons couldn’t fix the bone anymore so she had a prosthesis. I don’t begrudge these people a cent.

Lyle Beller on ” Controversial Teachers Union Leader Zombro Voted Out“:

I find it interesting to note that the total votes cast was 734. I know there are a LOT more teachers than that. So where were all those others ? Is the union actually representing all of the rank-and-file teachers? Or are most of them basically satisfied with what they have and just joining the union in case they might do better ?

Jon Osborn on “How the Pension Initiative Saves $1 Billion and $0: Fact Check“:

I would have given them both a “Misleading,” simply because each statement can be true only if everything falls into place. DeMaio’s statement appears particularly so. He seems to imply that if one of the parties involved does not play ball, even those Prop. B does not require to play ball, they are not being “faithful” to the proposition.

Cynthia Duncan on ” Letter: ‘Is This Really the Best Way to Handle Our Education?’“:

As a student teacher watching far too many great teachers getting pink slips, I’m so glad you’re so informed on the kind of education you deserve as a student! Regardless of disagreements on pay or benefits, the sad fact is students like you will have fewer amazing teachers next year and more fellow students in classes. You all deserve better and I’m glad you’re saying so. Keep writing!

Les Birdsall on “Hoteliers Get Their Wish In Convention Center Deal“:

The Convention Center should be privatized. It should be owned and paid for by private operators. In exchange for public funding (bonds) the management should agree to pay fair and livable wages. In this line of work this requires a union so the public sale contract should specify this. There is no good reason why taxpayers and hotel guests in Rancho Santa Fe should subsidize the operation of the Convention Center.

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Dagny Salas is the web editor at voiceofsandiego.org. You can contact her directly at dagny.salas@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5669.

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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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