Mailbag: In praise of panels at Dwyer

December 29, 2010

It is unfortunate that the parents of Dwyer Middle School feel that their need for community action would be manifested in preventing solar panel placements in areas that aren't pleasing ("Parents protest solar panel site," Dec. 23). I can only wonder at the double standards their kids are being taught as they study science and the chapter on green energy and creating a sustainable environment.

It is a shame that Dwyer Middle School, instead of being recognized as in the avant garde of promoting clean energy in Orange County, is at the forefront of backward-thinking ideology. Although I have traveled the world and have admired 2,000-year-old buildings, I would have driven past Dwyer to view the solar panels. I have never considered visiting Dwyer up to this point.

Aesthetics are in the eye of the beholder. Historical buildings are beautiful, but the paradigm is changing. This is why Europeans think we are inefficient and hypocritical. In the long run, though, it won't matter: Necessity will replace tradition and these parents' children will be making very different decisions in 20 to 30 years when they are parents.


Mimi Sueda

Fountain Valley

History, technology can coexist

First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to run an article on such an important topic in Huntington Beach as the placement of solar panels in front of a historical landmark ("Parents protest solar panel site," Dec. 23).

I hope that the Huntington Beach City School District remembers that Dwyer Middle School is a historical landmark. Putting solar panels in front of Dwyer will detract from it.

The residents who voted the school board members into office did so because we all knew that they would have the schools/children in their best interest, as well as the community, and we always trusted them to listen to us.

It is now time that they listen carefully to their voting residents and move the solar panels to the parking lot to look like carports. This will be wonderful for the staff, because staff members could park under the carport panels and thereby keep their cars cooler and cleaner. Putting the panels in the parking lot would also eliminate the visual blight produced by the panels on the front lawn of a historical landmark.

I trust the school board will, in light of the above, reconsider the placement of the solar panels and put them in a more productive area that reduces the unnecessary visual blight.

Su Bersch

Huntington Beach

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