Bad question belies newspaper ignorance
Shame on the Independent for the questions proposed to its readers
in the July 28 edition. The question next week should be, "Do you
think that Poseidon has succeeded in compromising the Independent's
independence?" The question -- "Given a choice between treated sewer
water and treated sea water, which would you drink? And why?" -- has
little to do with Huntington Beach. The Independent is now a purveyor
of fear and ignorance. Poseidon's water will not be used in
Huntington Beach. The reverse osmosis process used by the Orange
County Sanitation District will produce water purer than the water we
The Independent should be promoting the conservation of our
resources and enlightening people so that they rise above their fears
and prejudices. Shame on you.
JOHN F. SCOTT
Question is another piece to lost integrity
A choice between treated sewer water and treated sea water --
which would I drink?
Come on. The media has lost enough integrity over the last year or
two. You add to it? Or don't journalistic ethics count anymore?
Slanted question? Absolutely.
It is also an insult to our astronauts who must live with treated
sewage. I have no problem drinking treated sewage water, nor do I
have a problem drinking treated sea water, seeing as all the water on
this planet is always being recirculated and treated by nature.
I guess we all drink treated sewage water, but that truism
wouldn't stand in the way of someone with an agenda.
Question not about facts in desal debate
Your question is skewed. The average person would never choose to
drink treated sewer water. How about asking: Would your support for a
desalination plant be affected if you knew that Huntington Beach
would never receive the water? How about: Would you support the
building of a desalination plant if the water ended up costing two to
three times more than water obtained locally? The bottom line is that
before we build such an expensive and questionable desalination
plant, we ought to look at other less expensive and intrusive
methods. (How about dealing with the inconvenience of 10 miles of
pipe being installed along our city streets?) Let's have a real
debate about this issue. For more facts, please visit
LYNDA A. HERNANDEZ
Desal plant not the
right beachfront fit
Your article about the proposed desalination plant in the July 21
Independent was well-written in that you gave quite of bit of good
What you didn't mention, however, are two significant things.
One is that none of the water is earmarked for Huntington Beach.
And two is the "unknown" factor about how much contamination this
will mean for our local beaches in particular and the ocean in
Poseidon came here lobbying for this facility. The city had not
solicited, or defined a need for it -- quite the contrary.
There are other unanswered questions, as well, such as what can we
glean for Huntington Beach from Poseidon's bad track record in
Florida; and who might be operating the facility in the future after
Poseidon has stepped aside?
This facility has the potential to have a major negative impact on
our city. I believe it should not be approved.
Desal plant would
be a step forward
I recently watched a short documentary, obviously prepared by the
Orange County Sanitation District. The host was a TV personality well
known for hosting special places in our county. He repeatedly
expressed his amazement on how the district could transform sewage
water through various stages of the process, while walking through
the process stages. There was one major element not discussed -- the
cost of the many stages, it's equipment and maintenance to achieve
this "miraculous" process.
One need not be a mental giant to clearly see that the comparative
simple process of desalination of our infinite supply of ocean water
would be not only simpler but less expensive. Is this process touted
by the district the reason our sewage rates have been dramatically
raised? The district is a government agency, so the cost is passed to
every single homeowner.
Let common sense prevail and give Poseidon a green light to take
advantage of lessons learned and build a state-of-the-art
desalination plant, at its own expense, and put Huntington Beach on
the map as a booster for this future technology. Is it not about time
we look ahead instead of constantly trying to put our city back to
the horse and buggy age?
Simple: If no support, then no fireworks
If there is a lack of support for the Fourth of July parade and
fireworks from the folks who donate big bucks and some of the other
movers and shakers, as there appears to be, lets cancel it or
downsize it to fit the existing budget or get rid of it all together.
For the people who scream about tradition and want a parade and
fireworks, let them kick in the bucks to pay for it. Lets not spend
money we don't have because it's a Fourth tradition and we've done it
for the last 75 or so years.
Who's to blame for job not so well done?
The Fourth of July board sounds like it is blaming everyone but
itself for a job not so well done.
If the city is going to make any changes to the fireworks and
parade, I would suggest it start by making major changes to the
They seem to complain every year about what the rest of us don't
do for them. If they can't get it done, let's find some people who
Don't like Fourth? How unpatriotic
I certainly do not think that the parade and Fourth of July
celebration should be scaled back in any way next year. Look at how
many people turn out for this event. In a time when traditions are
few and far between, we cannot allow a handful of grumpy shop owners
to ruin the festivities for us and our families because it's an
inconvenience for them. How completely unpatriotic.
Dog parks good
for all involved
Smart cities realize the opportunity connected to providing space
for dog owners to bring their dogs and spend money. The Park Bench
Cafe in Huntington Central Park is an example. An added public safety
benefit of getting family pets out into society is socializing the
dogs so they learn to behave around strangers and other dogs.