Sept. 30 2014 06:46 PM

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The Arts do it all 

I'm writing in response to the two-part series by Kinsee Morlan about the arts in our county ["Art & Culture," Aug. 6 and 13]. I think our request is to show how the arts are not asking for a handout, or for another layer of administration, but instead a way to show the county how we can help it to reach its goals. We are asking the county to embrace the arts community and recognize that it's an aid to economic growth and a better life for the entire region. 

These are county Supervisor Dave Roberts' stated priorities on his website, and we think by giving these examples, it helps to clarify more how the arts are an aid to the system.

· "To be an independent and honest representative, who restores government accountability and promotes job growth." Cultivating the arts creates job opportunities to aid economic development in the new economy.

· '"ìTo promote neighborhood preservation." Creating vibrant art projects for neighborhoods builds pride through branding and arts districts in communities.

· "To strengthen fire protection." Emergency prepardness programs for artists and Synergy Arts Foundation programs for artists affected by the fires.

· "To promote public safety." Arts promote public safety by keeping a dangerous element off the streets by giving them a purpose, creating after-school, healing arts and veterans programs.

· "To improve libraries and parks." Arts programs in the public libraries throughout the district and public art in the parks are great enhancements to our community. Libraries are cultural centers in their communities that use the arts (visual, performing, literary, culinary, healing). The Encinitas and Carlsbad libraries are prime examples that use the arts to increase attendance for all ages and lifelong learning. 

· "To protect our coastline and open space." Arts tap into empathy with programs like Sea Changes: Act (part of the DNA of Creativity project) to draw attention to areas that need improvement.

· "To preserve and promote initiatives to sustain our environment." Arts programming for environmental issues includes recycling, sustainable fishing, plastic pollution, etc.

· "To promote quality schools and opportunities for all to succeed." Arts education is fundamental to prepare students of all ages for the challenges of an innovation-based economy.

The call to action, then, becomes a call for collaborations to be set up in all areas of the county to investigate what your part of the county needs and how the arts can fill those needs. These collaborative groups need to share information among and between themselves. Then, when the time comes in the near future, when new or existing supervisors can open their minds, we will be ready.

Thank you to Kinsee Morlan for writing these articles and shining some light on a much-needed subject. 

Patricia Frischer, San Diego Visual Arts Network,
Cardiff by the Sea

Thoughts on minimum wage

Regarding your Aug. 13 editorial on Kevin Faulconer and the minimum wage:

1. The global economy has people choosing to purchase outside of the country. You give these workers an increase, they will be purchasing products made in China (clothes, pet food, etc.). A solution to not giving a wage increase (protect small local business) is to give vouchers for them to make purchases from local businesses in San Diego that do not have franchises outside of county lines. The voucher would allow the local business to sell products free of any tax, and that discount is given to these people—likewise, the business is allowed to write these taxes off.

2. Raising wages will increase prices, forcing businesses to cut employee hours, so the net gain will be the same.

3. These unskilled workers now have to compete with robots and automation. Jack in the Box has kiosks, many grocery and big-box stores have self checkouts that used to be cashiers, toll booths are now unmanned, ATMs have replaced many tellers and so on.

Roger Leszczyski, 
Barrio Logan


Great column by Dave Maass about Max from Netflix ["No Life Offline," Aug. 20], and the Venn diagram was a nice bonus. I also find myself gravitating to that snarky-ass Max, especially when I'm extra bored—when I'm to the point that I'm highly doubtful that any backlit device will appease me.

Sometimes I get frustrated enough with his silly banter and crappy suggestions that I yell back at him. That's right, I make the conscious decision to outwardly verbally insult an innocent gaming system. The only other digi-friend (patent pending) that I have this type of love-hate-annoyed relationship with is Siri, really. If Max and Siri had a digi-love-child, I'm pretty confident that my head would explode from all the "input"!

Anyway, you got a laugh (and a letter) outta me with this topic! Keep up the great writing!

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