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Mailbag: Bolsa Chica going to the dogs

March 07, 2012

Thank you, Chris Epting, for your story on dogs at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve ("The O'Reilly factor is at Bolsa Chica," In the Pipeline, Feb. 23).

As you said, there are many responsible dog owners, but the irresponsible owners leave their mark — or should I say, they leave their dogs' mark. I walk a great deal in HB and our sidewalks and parks are littered with what dogs leave behind.

I will go to the park with my granddaughter and I have to check it out before I can let her use the play area. I watched in horror as a dog owner allowed her dog to relieve himself in the sandy area under the slide where my granddaughter usually played. I said something to the dog owner and the words I got back at me — in front of my granddaughter — could not be printed in this newspaper.

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I hope these owners see themselves in this letter and try and do the right thing — that is, every time they walk their dogs and not only when someone is watching.

Mike Jones

Huntington Beach

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Visit Tampa for Poseidon truth

Poseidon Resources' only desalination project, in Tampa Bay, was completed by Tampa Bay Water after Poseidon encountered financial problems before completing that task. Tampa Bay finished building the plant according to Poseidon's design.

Initial testing revealed substantial design problems. Millions were spent redesigning the plant only to end up with a desalination facility that still could not meet its 25-million-gallons-a-day promise and water that was too expensive to produce except in the darkest days of Tampa's water needs.

Poseidon fled the East Coast and prayed that people in California would not know what was going on in Florida. Unfortunately, for California residents, their gamble may pay off. With the Independent covering the story locally, people will never know about Poseidon's financial woes and their lobbying of public officials. The public will be fed only an endless blather of Poseidon's press releases mixed with minimal and selected quotes from those with opposing views.

John Scott

Huntington Beach

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Belated kudos to second winner

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