I really enjoyed Peter Gleick's Dec. 29 Commentary, "Dude, Maybe They'll Throw In an Awesome Accent." He proposes a fascinating concept. I would like to add an alternate. Alta California secedes from the U.S., and Baja California secedes from Mexico. The two Californias then join to become the People's Republic of California. A magnificent capital city is created by merging the cities of San Diego and Tijuana. The PRC would have a coastline bordering the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California. And it would include all the features mentioned in Gleick's commentary. Most Americans have always thought that California was the home of nuts and flakes, so why not have our own country?