Dec. 19 2012 08:56 AM

Our readers tell us what they think

Magnet for the homeless

While I'd much rather provide shelter to the homeless than a football stadium to the wealthy ["Editorial," Nov. 21], we need to be pragmatic and reasonable about this dilemma.

Many of the homeless are mentally ill and don't want to be in a shelter; therefore, we cannot help everyone. San Diego has the best year-round weather in the nation. If we combine that with the best homeless shelters, where do you think all the homeless people in the U.S. will migrate to? The city of San Diego is already facing fiscal deficits through the year 2018. How can we afford to house the majority of the nation's homeless?

I'm sure that the above seems harsh to many; however, we must think of the longterm ramifications of our decisions.

Ronald Harris, Scripps Ranch

Jerry ‘Dorian Gray' Sanders

Regarding your Nov. 28 editorial, I think Mayor Jerry Sanders did just what he was paid to do, and he looked better / happier / more avuncular when he was chubby. Probably he's healthier at this weight, but it was sort of a Dorian Gray transformation, when you think about it. Lean and mean, he looks the part of a Chamber of Commerce CEO or whatever they're called, and he doubtless will do just what he's paid to do.

Frances O'Neill Zimmerman, La Jolla

Saffron owner responds

One of my regular customers brought in a review in CityBeat that mentioned my name in relation to a rather bad review of my restaurant, Saffron ["Grubby Bitch," Dec. 5].

First and foremost, I am honored that you would use my name as synonymous with Thai food. I don't really deserve the honor, but rather the ancient ones who had worked hard for centuries to develop this fabulous cuisine.

From the review, it sounded like you had an unpleasant experience at Saffron and seemed to think that we are skimpy on portions—in particular the rice. Let me explain: We've had customers who don't want rice as accompaniment because they don't want to eat carbohydrates due to their weight concern. They deliberately asked if we would eliminate rice from some of the dishes. Since rice is an important ingredient in Thai food, I've tried to not only convince customers to eat rice, but also brought in red organic rice grown in Thailand. We need to charge extra for it because the wholesale cost is much higher than regular jasmine rice. I didn't serve brown rice because I don't think its taste and flavor goes well with Thai dishes.

As for the healthy concept in relation to Thai cooking, I deliberately try to introduce my version of Thai cooking, which uses the best seasonal ingredients, no refined sugar, less salt and gluten-free soy sauce in our dishes. It's the way I cook for my family and friends.

I'm pleased that you have found another restaurant which you feel can give you your money's worth for healthy Thai food. To me, the more the merrier.

Su-Mei Yu, owner, Saffron

A floating solution

Thank you for printing the letters from two of our homeless San Diegans in your Dec. 5 issue.

I see a simple solution for this problem—namely, using the Navy's "mothball fleet" to house them and tying up to piers on the bay. No more NIMBY. The same organizations that handle the situation now could handle it aboard ship.

I would be interested to know the objections to this, which should be compared with the current situation.

Mel Shapiro, Hillcrest


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