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Mailbag: Time for Dwyer 'exhibit' to close

March 02, 2011

Congratulations on securing the Christo Solar Panel Exhibit at Dwyer Middle School ("Setting up solar panels," Feb. 17). It is truly a striking work of environmental art. The monstrous exhibit makes us stop and realize how the beauty of historical buildings and open spaces that have been enjoyed by generations can be destroyed by the whims of a few elected officials. What a great learning experience for our kids. Of course, like all Christo works, the exhibit is temporary. We got the message. When is it coming down?

John Fick

Huntington Beach

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Thank you for your well-written article regarding the proposed leasing of the Kettler Elementary School site ("No bids come in for site," Feb. 17). The comments of neighbors Robert Granger and Nancy Wyckoff were especially helpful in explaining the situation.

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I am also a neighbor of Kettler, one who has held property adjacent to the site since before the building was constructed. For the first time that I can recall, the school board notified the neighborhood that it would be addressing the Kettler lease proposal at its upcoming meeting. Usually, decisions have been made with no notification to the neighbors at all. Keeping the community informed as well as asking for its help and input are definitely steps in the right direction toward an answer that should be beneficial to all.

For years, we have had questions about what to do when groups of unsupervised children climb on the school roof or throw rocks at the building. We've called out to them ourselves; at the suggestion of a school repair crew, we've also called the police and the school board office. The police wanted more information than someone who could only hear the disturbance could give, because a fence obstructed our view, and the school board office isn't very helpful at night or on weekends.

The Kettler property is in the center of a well-kept neighborhood. It needs to be cared for and used in a way that will be satisfactory to the entire community.

Jean Wheeler

Huntington Beach

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Dog owner doing her part

I loved Chris Epting's column on keeping dogs on a leash in HB ("Keep your dogs safe — on a leash," In the Pipeline, Feb. 24). I agree with him 100% and am so sorry to hear about the rudeness he encountered. We just adopted our first dog last month and have tried to be good citizens by cleaning up after our corgi and keeping her on a leash. I took her to the Strand for the first time yesterday, and all was well on that visit.

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