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Mailbag: There's been plenty of opposition to Poseidon

Re: "OCWD to look into salt water" (June 12) and "Mailbag: Desalination project is good for economy" (June 12).

I attended the Orange County Water District meeting referenced in the article, read the letter to the editor by Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council Representative Jim Adams and spoke in public comments. I live in Southeast Huntington Beach, the area of the city most affected by this proposed development project.

Anthony Clark Carpio's article only quoted one of the people who spoke in public comments, a Costa Mesa resident blindly supporting the project and not the myriad number of local residents speaking against the project who refuted many of the contentions made by supporters and OCWD board members during the meeting.

The letter by Adams, a special-interest advocate, made many misleading assertions. The project will not result in "thousands of new, good-paying jobs" on any long-term basis.

Beyond the initial construction phase (which will likely involve few Huntington Beach residents and workers), the ongoing operation and maintenance of the plant will take just a handful of employees (again few of them local residents).

Contrary to Adams' assertion, the Poseidon project has not been "universally championed throughout Orange County for the past decade." It has been vigorously opposed by all manner of resident and environmental groups and much of the local community.

The OCWD meeting this month was a sham. The project will wind up saddling Huntington Beach with the biggest boondoggle in city history, not to mention costing the water rate payers of this district millions of dollars to cover the deal that Poseidon would receive.

Tim Geddes

Huntington Beach


Respect the flag and our traditions

With Flag Day having just passed Saturday, I had to impart some pieces of observance.

First off, I am totally miffed by the disregard people have for our flag and the protocol associated with our national anthem. Case in point: At recent baseball games and other public events when the national anthem is played, people are sitting in their seats chatting or texting. Those who show the civility to stand do not remove their hats, do not place their hands over their heart and just bounce around.

Soldiers have and are giving their lives for this freedom and the least the civilians should do is follow the protocol and tradition in honor of our nation and flag. This was not added after 9/11; it has been the protocol since 1776. The added salt in the wound is when parents let their kids run amuck during the anthem, let alone their own disrespectful behavior.

Tradition is tradition, as is the protocol associated with it. If we start tossing that out then we are throwing all that our country should embrace under the bus.

Happy Flag Day and think of it and those who sacrificed.

Drew Kovacs

Huntington Beach


Central Park is not the best we can do

Huntington Beach Central Park is great, but it is not this city's finest feature. That would be the coast.

Few cities can give their seniors a center that has an ocean view, is three blocks from the beach, three blocks from a municipal pool and less than one mile from a vibrant downtown and pier.

Our city had the option of rebuilding the senior center on that prime real estate but chose not to because we didn't want to pay for an underground parking structure. The site selected instead is good but we could have done better.

If we truly want to honor our elders, we would offer them our best, not our most economical.

Chris Borg

Huntington Beach


Drunk driver needs harsher punishment

Re: "Father calls sentence for driver 'crazy,'" June 12: Despite the guilty plea in this case, it is the judge who has the ultimate authority of sentencing and the sentence given is too light.

I am a 30-year paralegal in Orange County and a 1983 graduate of Huntington Beach High School, where Bill Morehouse was a favorite icon among students.

Tadashi Mizutani got away with drinking then driving, which is a felony in the eyes of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. I am now a criminal justice master's graduate who agrees that Kelly Morehouse's parents are sentenced to a life sentence of great loss. In the anguish of it all, a suit for wrongful death and punitive damages would certainly be worth entertaining if this guy has any assets to which he could be forced to turn over, such as real estate.

I pray for peace and sympathize over the injustice. This case is certainly an example of blind justice. It is just a matter of time before this man is released back into society.

Janese Johnsen

Sunset Beach

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