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Letters to the editor


Editor, Times Advocate:

On this pleasant afternoon, I was relaxing with a cup of tea and browsing through the latest issue of The Times Advocate. I so much enjoyed the article entitled

“ ‘Who is that Beautiful Girl?’ A Valentine’s Day Story,” to learn something more about our near neighbor Hank Weldon, to learn that “Left Eddy” has returned, and to note other interesting news items.

I also glanced at your editorial entitled “Van Quackenbush, my most unforgettable character.” With your years of writing experience, I’m surprised to read the following in your editorial in the sixth paragraph from the end. I’ll quote the entire sentence in which I believe there is a grammatical error. “He told me that he liked to go into a town and start a paper and when the town grew big enough for the paper to be impossible for he and Marge to publish it, he would sell the paper and move on.” I boldfaced the phrase in question. Shouldn’t it read “for him and Marge”? “Him” would be the object of the preposition. Even more correct, it seems to me, would be to write “for Marge and him” putting her name first.

Anyway, I had a few extra moments, so I thought I would take the time to let you know I read the paper, and that there are still some of us English usage purists around who note such things as my question suggests.

Thanks for helping to make our community the exceptional place that it is!


Skyline Ranch Country Club
Valley Center
Editor—Yep! You caught me!

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Editor, Times Advocate:

I almost laughed out loud when I read Michael O’Connor’s recent letter “wondering why the developers are pushing something that the vast majority of residents in Valley Center do not want?”

The obvious answer, money. I’m wondering how old O’Connor is, and how long in San Diego County? I came to S.D. in 1950 as a toddler. Growing up here, it became most obvious that “developers” care primarily, like any good capitalists, about making money for themselves and their investors.

That’s why they are at times at odds with local community values, the EPA, clean air and water regulations, the endangered species act and other legislation designed to preserve and enhance healthy lifestyles for us all.

Most of my life I’ve seen “developers” get rich destroying the native and lifestyle I treasure.

San Marcos


Editor—On the other hand, I’ve rarely seen anyone who opposes development living in a tent. All of us who live in California live in homes that were built by someone, and that someone frequently is a developer.

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*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

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