Here are some readers’ recent thoughts on the issues:

Bob Davies:

I believe that we can solve at least some problems in the city with volunteers. Surely if clearing debris from flood channels is a problem, as has been mentioned in the press, then getting a bunch of folks organized to clear it is something the city can do. Of course, under the Bob Filner administration, he may see this idea as a negative as it may deny a public union employee a task. However, if anyone represents the taxpayer, then perhaps we could have an organized brigade of volunteers that could take on specific, well-defined projects. I have tried to volunteer with the city in various capacities and sometimes it is welcomed, and sometimes it is not.

Recently, I finished a project that I’ve been working on for 2 months. The area under the Petco Park bridge has been neglected for 18 months and was taken over by weeds. I have manually pulled most of the weeds so that if you look from the bridge toward the Convention Center, you cannot see any weeds. It is a great sight.

Clarence Bolin:

The U-T San Diego and North County Times merger didn’t improve either one. Little or real reporting, no political balance and too much advertising. I have subscribed to these papers for more than 12 years and I’m going to cancel ASAP.

Rob Calderhead:

I am sick of the radical right Republican, Obama-hating slant of U-T San Diego. The only reason I have not canceled my subscription is my wife wants ads and coupons. We need an alternative! Are you listening L.A. Times?

Thomas Kelley:

For God’s sake, and every San Diegan’s for that matter, power-wash the La Jolla Cove. Toxic guano stink is neither environmentally intelligent nor pleasant for visitors or area residents. One of my childhood friends was married there for crying out loud. It is a beautiful, once serene spot, let it not be a terminal toilet for the birds.

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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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