Reader Rant

Reader Rant: Being Underwater and Coming up for Air

August 9, 2010 by Source
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by Elaine

After losing my job of more than 25 years, being unemployed for 8 months and finally being offered a job at half the money I used to make, I found myself close to foreclosure. Really close. I have been consistently 2 months behind on my mortgage for over 2 years and cannot catch up. If it wasn’t for the 2 roommates that live with me I would have given up and let the bank have the damn house, along with the negative equity.

The story behind how I ended up in this situation is one you’ve heard before. Simply stated, I got divorced at the height of the real estate market (my house was appraised for almost 3 times what I paid for it) and at the time the best thing I could do was to stay put. Buying another house would have cost me just as much, increased my property taxes and with the additional expense of moving, well it just seemed like the best option for me and my kids.

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Reader Rant: ‘My tears are for the fallen, not for the recent wars that have nothing to do with our freedoms.’

June 1, 2010 by Source
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by Anonymous

When I was seventeen in1967, a friend and I got in trouble at school, cutting class to go surfing if I remember right. This was not the first time we had been caught breaking school rules so it was no surprise when we were both called in to the principal’s office.

We were introduced to a couple of army recruiters and given choices. My friend Stein – his mother dead and his father the town drunk – could enlist or go to juvenile hall. I was offered expulsion or military service. I chose expulsion.

Stein, still not eighteen, showed up in Vietnam just in time for the Tet offensive. He was in country for less than two weeks before he was killed.

I would never betray my friend Stein by thanking him for dying in a war that no one has has ever explained to my satisfaction that had anything to do with mine or any other Americans’ freedom, or pursuit of happiness.

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Online Reviewers Rate Local OB Veterinarians

April 12, 2010 by Source
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by Jen Wilbur

We OBceans sure do love our animals. Not only do we have Dog Beach and Dusty Rhodes Dog Park nearby, but also many restaurants, bars and coffee carts have a fresh bowl of water readily available.

There are also no less than 5 veterinary hospitals within a less-than-5-mile radius. So it’s no surprise that folks are vocal about which vets they love, as well as those that made them miserable from time to time.

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Stories From Beyond the Village

February 10, 2010 by Source
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* DA Bonnie Dumanis Threatens Third Judge With Boycott

* Permanent Homeless Shelter On Hold

* San Diego’s Teenager Curfew Law Ruled Illegal

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Reader Rant: OB Hot Dog Cart “Wars”

February 9, 2010 by Source
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by Ryan Schillinger

Our hot dog cart is the “original” OB hot dog cart, the one that was at Winston’s for years and years. The cart was originally owned by OB Bob.

We got kicked out of that spot due to technicalities of private vs. public property, and have spent 9 months at a new location in the Rock Paper Scissors parking lot. We have built up a large group of customers, and have made that spot known for late night hot dogs and munchies.

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Reader Rant: Another View of San Diego County’s Food Stamp Scandal

January 22, 2010 by Source
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As a former government worker myself, I can understand the food stamp worker’s lament to not be blamed for the program regulations she/he has to deal and the stress she/he deals with having heavy caseloads and not enough workers, BUT it sure sounds like there is an attitude problem also, as many have already mentioned.

The worker blames federal regulations but doesn’t seem to be aware that California, and San Diego County in particular, goes far beyond what the federal regulations require to PROCESS the applications, and someone has already mentioned that maybe the fact that our County Board of Supervisors is made up of all Republicans has something to do with that.

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Looking Back at 2009 – Ten Things We Did at the OB Rag

December 30, 2009 by Doug Porter
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Two thousand nine was a growth year for the OB Rag blog. We added a whole bunch of new voices, posted more often about more things, and still managed to keep a good eye on what was going on in our community. Our readership grew by leaps and bounds and our unique brand of citizen journalism gained significant local and national recognition. We had our hits and flops, made a lot of new friends and a few enemies along the way.

Frank Gormlie and I have been talking back and forth over the past few days, trying to figure out how best to recap the year. We tried collectively writing about all our coverage and it quickly got unwieldy. So here’s my stab at writing about the impressions that reside in my memories of the last twelve months.

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Reader Rant: Don’t let them take the fire pits out – you’ll really regret it if you do

December 10, 2009 by Source
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by bodysurferbob

I’m telling you right now, if you allow the City of San Diego to remove OB’s fire rings and pits, you will live to really regret it. Maybe not this summer, but a summer or two down the pike. Or maybe the next time your kids ask you to take them to the beach for a marshmallow or wiener roast. Or the next time you have guests from out of town, and you want to do a beach party.

I’m telling you right now, if you let the City take the fire pits out, part of beach culture goes with them. Part of our beach culture will die.

You’re saying, hey, they’re closing libraries, they’re talking about cutting out school sports and music, the City is laying cops and lifeguards off. These are really dire economic times. How can we worry about fire rings?

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Reader Rant: Does OBMA rent to anyone during Farmers’ Market?

November 18, 2009 by Source
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by OB Anonymous

The Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association. Will they rent spaces to anyone during The Farmers Market? It appears so.

Perhaps I’m alone out there but I would think that one of the roles of the OBMA is to support the local business’s on the 4900 block of Newport. It’s not bad enough that there is a significant drop in revenue from having all the parking spaces taken from 4900 block merchants, but now, to add insult to injury, they seem to be working against local merchants by renting spaces to jewelry vendors, massage therapists, clothes vendors, hot food booths etc etc etc. How does that help the tax paying businesses on the 4900 block of Newport Avenue?

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Reader Rant: ‘Fight back against the water rate increase!’

November 2, 2009 by Source
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by Gail Madsen

Who else is tired of our public officials ignoring our best interests, cutting our services, going forward with their pet projects regardless of cost and our current finances and expecting us to obligingly pick up the tab?

Well, thanks to Proposition 218; (yes, one of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association propositions); we have a chance to fight the water increase planned for November 17th.

From what I understand, the reason for the rate hike is because we have done such a good job of cutting back on our water consumption; the city is trying to make up for the loss in revenue.

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Reader Rant: OB’s Oktoberfest? Bah humbug!

October 14, 2009 by Source
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by disillusioned local

How do you say, “bah humbug!” in German? That’s my attitude about the most recent event in downtown OB this past weekend that was labeled “Oktoberfest.”

Was this an Oktoberfest or just another street fair at the end of Newport? Nothing seemed like Oktoberfest. This event was no different from any other street fair at the bottom of Newport. The charity is the same, the cost is the same, the crowd is the same…the only thing different is that this is called “Oktoberfest”.

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Reader Rant: Cancellation of Surfrider Clean-Water Paddle reflects take-over by ‘business-types’

September 14, 2009 by Source
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by anonymous surfer dude

Believe it or not- Surfrider – that world wide surfer organization- actually canceled Sunday’s Clean Water Paddle because they said the waves were too big! Unbelievable!

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Reader Rant: “Hrrrrmppff On the Peace Rock Killjoy”

September 7, 2009 by Source
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by Peace Rocker
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I was discouraged almost two years ago when the Peace Sign was stolen in the middle of the night. Perhaps, I thought, the thief chose (wrongly!) to see the sign as a political statement, rather than as a simple and eternal prayer for “peace on earth, good will towards all.”

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Do you agree that recent stench is from the San Diego River?

September 4, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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OCEAN BEACH, CA. Something’s fishy in Ocean Beach. Or at least the recent stench that has seemingly permeated the community has a fishy source (not literally). Where is it coming from?

SDG&E reports that they received 500 calls about a gaseous odor. 25 technicians were sent out to investigate.

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Reader Rant: No Homes for Dog-Owners?

August 12, 2009 by Source

by Emily Taylor

My husband and I moved to Ocean Beach back in February after falling in love with it during a visit. We love that it feels like a small town even in the middle of a huge city; we love how laid-back everyone is; and we love that it’s so dog-friendly.

But my question is: Where do all these people with dogs live?? Every rental property that I call inevitably tells me “No pets.”

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Blogger Rant: Make Love Not Smores

July 19, 2009 by Dave Gilbert
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by Dave Gilbert

I’m a little more than surprised that 11 days after the Marsh Mallow fights of 2009 have ended, that the mess at Veteran’s Rock still remains.

Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words so here’s what it still looks like down there after all of that “fun” has subsided.

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Police continue their investigation into who attacked Chris Bowd while (most) local media still ignore him

July 13, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

San Diego Police are still conducting an investigation into what happened to Chris Bowd, the OBcean found unconscious at Newport and Bacon the night of July 4th. Bowd remains unconscious.

To get an update, I spoke with Detective Patrick Hall, who is leading the investigation, and his sergeant.

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Reader Rave: OB’s Own Dog Whisperer

July 5, 2009 by Source
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by Larry Kosta, Jr.

When I got to know Dave Gilbert a little better, I asked him what he did. He told me he was a dog walker.

I thought to myself, is that really a job? This isn’t New York City. Do people in San Diego actually pay to have their dogs walked?

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Open Letter to Union-Tribune Editor: Why I cancelled my subscription

July 1, 2009 by Anna Daniels

by Anna Daniels

Dear Karin Winner, Editor:

Ms. Winner, I just canceled my 15+ year subscription to the Union-Tribune. I asked to speak to a supervisor who would convey my reason for doing so to the appropriate individuals within the company. The reason I gave to Hector was the U-T’s recent decision to publish all City employee names and salary information on signonsandiego.com.

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OB Makes the Union-Tribune (again) – One Year Ago

June 26, 2009 by Frank Gormlie

OB Rag Makes the Union-Tribune

Today – June 26, 2009: this was the original headline one year ago, posted on June 14, 2008. We thought we would run it again for some obvious reasons.

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Here’s the piece on O.B. that ran in Saturday’s U-T and we’re quoted …

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Reader Rant: Once upon a time, Nebraska took the money away from its state government – then it snowed.

May 29, 2009 by JEC
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by JEC

Once upon a time, in the State of Nebraska, the citizens, excited from voting out the State Income Tax, decided to follow up with eliminating the State’s last source of revenue, the 2.75% Sales Tax.

And then it snowed. It was a blizzard….

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READER RANT: ‘She begged them to keep the Children’s Energy Center open’

April 14, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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Chris Yule is far to modest. My family has known Chris for years, she is my closest friend.

She begged both Funke and Winkler to keep the school open. At the time of its closing, less than $3,000.00 in repairs would have kept the school open. The school was refurbished long AFTER its closure.

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READER RANT: Open Letter to the Metropolitan Transit Board

April 11, 2009 by Source

My apologies in advance for any perceived crudeness of language in the e-mail. That’s just how I roll, yo.

Hi, Please allow me to preface this letter by identifying myself as an infrequent user yet ardent supporter of public transit in our county.

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READER RANT: Open Letter to Sec’y of Homeland Security re: Alan Bersin

March 27, 2009 by Ernie McCray
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by Ernie McCray

Dear Secretary Napolitano:

I write this letter because Alan Bersin is rumored to be on a short list of people who seek to run the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency. If I didn’t say anything against the possibility of him rising to such a position I would feel as though I was letting my fellow citizens down, especially in light of the faith that so many, like me, have placed in President Barack Obama.

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Reader Rant: I Want a Plug-In Hybrid

March 19, 2009 by JEC
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I want a plug-in hybrid. A vehicle with lithium-ion batteries good for 40-45 miles, two wheel drive, a six speed computer controlled transmission with a computer that starts a small generator; an 11 hp portable generator is rated for 6200 watts, and yes, burns gas, for now. Modular construction would make it easy to replace the gas power generator with a fuel cell or other non-internal combustion power source.

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Reader Rant: ‘We’re not gonna let anyone close our library, period.’

November 14, 2008 by Staff

by OB Joe The library is an issue that regular Obcians will stand up to protect. When people in OB get it together – we get it together. We – people of OB – fought the City to a stand-off and prevented most of the jetty from being built, we prevented the City from selling […]

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You’re the reader in this ‘Reader Rant’

August 27, 2008 by Staff

This is an open post for any reader to leave their rant – on anything, the Democratic Convention in Denver, the status of waves in Ocean Beach, any subject or issue.

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Reader Rant: Supporting youth resistance to militarism, so where’s the peace movement?

June 13, 2008 by Staff

This is the second in a series of Reader Rants – be sure to go on to the accompanying article and its video. San Diego High School Students Are Standing Up to JROTC But Without the Larger Peace Movement’s Support by Rick Jahnkow Over the last 9 months local high school students, supported by a […]

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Reader Rant of the Week

May 21, 2008 by Patty Jones

We’ve gotten some pretty great letters and comments from our readers over the course of the last seven months (man, time flies ….) and we were thinking that it’s too bad that they are buried, sometimes in obscurity. So, we’ve decided to post (with your permission) a Reader Rant of the Week. Got something to […]

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