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Here are some readers’ recent thoughts on the issues:

Maria Barnes:

The holidays have just begun! I had family come in for the Thanksgiving weekend and they made mention of how “messy” the freeways and streets have become. I guess I had become so used it I did not notice anymore until my brother pointed it out. I am truly embarrassed! If San Diego wants to remain as a top tourist destination, shouldn’t we take extra care to make a good impression? Our city is so beautiful. Who do we contact to remove this blight on our landscape? The city?

Don Billings:

I had a minor epiphany recently. The County Water Authority says it needs this plant because it is essential to water supply reliability, but in the same breath says that the project itself is, in effect, unreliable. They claim it is so risky that we must pay high returns to the private equity investors and bond holders.

It doesn’t wash.

Ty Freberg:

The consideration of a desalination plant is to enable persons to continue with harmful (damaging to physical health) water abuse habits and what exactly is anyone planning on doing with all the salt?! I’ve seen salt buildings on salt flats (overseas) or literally, a hotel built out of salt bricks. What is the plan to eliminate the result of sea salt piles that is inherent to using the ocean water conversion method to promote even further wasteful/wanton water abuse?

To avoid digression: but showering daily is the worst (and dirtiest) thing to do to one’s skin/scalp/lung tissue/eyes/ears; limescale build-up in the pores causes a kind of (James Bond) “Goldfinger” effect. It’s acknowledged the main consumer of water here in San Diego County is considered to be grass but the water being used by personal daily showering is enormous and it’s also one of the ways people are killing themselves slowly each day. There’s a better way but it takes behavioral modification and sanity. In the meantime, what’s the to-do about how not to turn the whole area into a pillar of sea salt, ship it to the desert?!

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Dagny Salas

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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