Letters to the Editor

We love ‘em to death

Today’s 10 highest grossing box office releases are about animals, including: “Finding Dory,” “The Jungle Book,” “Zootopia,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and “Kung Fu Panda.” Nearly half of our households include a dog and nearly 40 percent have a cat. Two thirds of us view them as family members and cherish them accordingly. We love our animals to death.

Literally… For every cat, dog, or other animal that we love and cherish, we put 500 through months of caging, crowding, deprivation, mutilation, and starvation, before we take their very lives, cut their dead bodies into little pieces, and shove those into our mouths. And that doesn’t even include Dory and billions of her little friends, because we haven’t figured out how to count individual aquatic animals that we grind up for human or animal feed.

The good news is that we have a choice every time we visit a restaurant or grocery store. We can choose live foods — yellow and green vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, grains, as well as a rich variety of grain and nut-based meats and dairy products. Or, we can choose dead animals, their body parts, and other products of their abuse.

What will it be?

Edward Cole,

Encinitas

 

Rail enforcement

Regarding the Coast News Aug. 5th, 2016 Edition Story entitled: “NCTD steps up enforcement along rail corridor”

As a retired locomotive engineer and railroad safety officer for a major freight railroad for 32 years I have seen first hand at the Del Mar ocean cliffs along 8th Street the potential of a train vs. human incident occurring daily.

I, myself working as a train crew member have witnessed four deaths at crossings during my railroad career and there is nothing in the world I would ever want to experience again as of that walk I had to take from the locomotive back to the point of impact of those accidents and to witness and hear the crying of the survivors or of their dead or injured family members.

However, I do see responsibility on the railroads and of the city to protect the public’s access to this beautiful ocean view location.  There are a number of solutions that would cost money and at the same time diminish the ocean view somewhat, and they are:

1.) Create designated pedestrian crossings with signage at various locations, 8th Street for example being one.

2.) Require the engineer to blow his horn at intervals even though I suspect there is a ban on blowing the engineer’s horn at the Del Mar road crossings.

3.) A reduced speed zone in this mile section of track and

4.) fencing of the track, which would be costly and would diminish the view.

During all my of railroad career I was told as a matter of fact that the railroads were here before the roads, which is basically true, but in this case the ocean was here before the railroads and the public has the right as much as the railroads to be in that narrow area.

I would offer my services free of charge to help find a solution to this serious problem if a committee would be formed to find a workable solution other than the threat of a costly fine to the public.

Richard Olson,

San Diego

 

‘Pedestrian’ rage

Before our recent wonderful trip to the West Coast, we were warned of the high rate of road rage. What we didn’t expect was pedestrian rage.

Last week, returning from San Diego, while making a right turn (on green), we nearly struck a couple darting out from behind a utility pole. I didn’t see them, but came to a stop. The man lost it and began ranting, banging on the hood, and pointing to the green walk sign.

After reviewing traffic/pedestrian rules on line I found some helpful suggestions:

1. Never assume motorists see pedestrians, especially at night

2. Pedestrians should be aware that motorists turning right might not see you if you’re on the same side, so look carefully before crossing, even if you have a walk signal.

3. Usually the rule is whoever enters intersection first has the right of way. (We entered at same time).

The last thing you want on your tombstone is, “The walk sign was green!” My guess is my righteous pedestrian friend is going to be more cautious in the future. For that, you’re welcome! I would suggest I the future to not bang on a car, you never know who has a gun (I didn’t).

Oh, one other public service suggestion — motorcyclists, if you plan on biking in the Deep South, please don’t try to lane split. I have a bike so don’t get me wrong. It’s for your own safety, ‘cause they wouldn’t take too kindly to it!

G.C.,

New Orleans

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