Letters to the Editor

How much is an oak tree worth?

I have lived in the San Diego Country Estates for nine years and have witnessed or heard about several accidents on San Vicente Road between Wildcat Canyon Road and Warnock Road.

Last Thursday we lost another young adult to a vehicular accident on this stretch of roadway. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families that have lost loved ones on this road. Circumstances and details of last Thursday’s accident are currently unclear.

I’m upset with the current situation regarding road improvements on this dangerous stretch of road. This roadway was never designed to accommodate current real time speeds and the amount of daily commute traffic flows.

I read that some groups are upset that planned improvements will reduce the amount of oak trees or eliminate the country feel of this roadway. I have also read that speed, bad weather, or driving distracted is the root cause of several of the recent accidents.

Whatever the reason is for all of these tragic accidents, my question to all of you in our community is how many more lives are we going to lose before some type of improvements are made to this roadway? Is speed enforcement the only answer?

We need to get past the bureaucracy and red tape and make road improvements now.

Is an oak tree worth the cost of one more lost life?

Derek Burger

Ramona What’s fair for one should be fair for all Some time back when Pepe’s Produce came to town, there was a big to-do about the color that he had chosen to paint his building. As I remember, it was green. There was such an uproar as to make him repaint in a color more to others liking. I suspect a little color prejudice here (pun intended) or is it something else? Has anyone noted the color of the Antique Mall? It is screaming mimmie yellow or now the putrid colors of the new to-be restaurant of green and awful green. Where are those people who complained? Why are they not speaking out about these two businesses? In all fairness to Pepe’s Produce, I think it is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Dolores Garcia

Ramona Solar electric industry in serious state of flux The solar industry has always been dynamic, but recently events are changing more rapidly and not necessarily for the better. Solar panel costs have traditionally been predicted to become lower as manufacturing techniques improved, more solar was installed and more players entered the market. That prediction has played out. Today, however, the dynamics have changed for some or all of the following reasons:

  1. Solar panel manufacturers were fighting for a significant share of available business and competing with Chinese manufacturers who are subsidized by their government. As a result, panel prices were artificially low and there was an oversupply of panels versus demand. This situation has been mitigated somewhat by EU and U.S. embargoes on Chinese panels. As a result manufacturers are now playing on an almost level field.
  2. Companies who could not compete or sustain annual losses in the low profit market have ceased operations, resulting in a backslide in panel production.
  3. Solar installations have dramatically increased in the past year (including huge solar farms), resulting in consumption of manufactured goods to the point where inventories have been nearly depleted.
  4. In California (and probably nationwide soon), energy prices are increasing so rapidly that electricity ratepayers are scrambling to install some sort of renewable substitute.
  5. East Coast weather disasters (especially storm “Sandy”) have caused major disruptions of manufactured goods including the destruction of an entire tractor trailer loaded with solar panels headed for the West Coast.
  6. At least one very large manufacturer of solar panels has recently experienced a catastrophic factory accident, which has disrupted a significant portion of their production capability.
What does this all mean? Good, high power solar panels will be in short supply and higher priced for the next 12 to 18 months. The cost of the balance of system (copper for inverters and wire runs, labor and overhead) will continue to increase. Players in the solar market will be deluged with unqualified and perhaps dishonest installers. Despite this grim picture, solar electric will continue to be a good investment yielding purchasers up to 25 percent annual return on their investment.

Walt Wands

Ramona

Cherry and persimmon orchard destroying horse owners' dream

My husband and I have lived in Ramona for over two years. We love it here. We have three horses and two mini donkeys. We are being forced out of Ramona because our neighbors are putting in a cherry and persimmon orchard. They refuse to plant trees that are not poisonous to horses. Our horses potentially dying is not their concern. We live in an area that allows horses. It is horse property. We have spent $100,000 on barn, permits, pipe panels, electrical, etc., to make this a safe home for our animals. Our dream has been destroyed by this orchard going in next to us. We can not sell our property as horse property now that we have to disclose that an orchard is going in. Our animals mean everything to us. Now we may have to break up the family and go back to boarding our horses, all so that our neighbor can live their dream of having an orchard in this beautiful horse town. If there is anything anyone can do to stop this, please help. We want to stay in Ramona and we want to keep our family together.

Kerry Randhahn

Ramona

   
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