Our readers write: Muirlands Middle School, homelessness, Village, opioids, more
Letters to the Editor:
Muirlands Middle School is back with a bang
La Jolla is known for its highly rated public schools. We are lucky to live in a place that has a fantastic college like Muirlands. But no one could have predicted almost three years ago how a pandemic like COVID-19 would forever change everyone’s life.
Among the tragedies that strike so many because of the pandemic, our adorable children have not been able to physically go to school. This meant they were deprived of seeing friends, socializing or playing sports. Due to COVID, schools have had to scramble and come up with alternative teaching methods. Through it all, Principal [Jeff] Luna has remained committed and dedicated to this school and to our children.
With a big thank you to Principal Luna, I am delighted to say that Muirlands Middle School has come back strong! Muirlands students, once again, can take advantage of extracurricular sports, clubs, events, field trips and more.
For those who may not know, Principal Luna served as the vice principal of the school for 12 years. As director, he continues to be very committed and involved. Under his leadership, teachers, staff and the foundation have worked hard to ensure that all students receive the highest quality education and have resources to support their success. We hope that everything we do at this school prepares our children for the next chapter in their lives – high school.
In 2000, Principal Luna said, “We do a great job preparing our children for high school and beyond. We nurture that and support them to become independent learners when they leave college and move on” (La Jolla LightJune 26).
That’s exactly what Principal Luna does. He is committed to maintaining a safe, healthy and enriching school environment. The school now has clubs such as debate, math, chess and many more. The Science Olympiad is back as students take part in a myriad of science activities and compete against other schools. Homework help after school is back, where our dedicated teachers provide free tutoring.
With the help of Principal Luna and the staff, the students at Muirlands have created some great college memories. Muirlands has amazing classes and helps support students with different learning needs and styles.
It’s not just the teachers and staff that make Muirlands Middle School a success. As a parent of a student at Muirlands, I am proud of the continued support that my fellow parents give to this wonderful school. Parents are dedicated in which they volunteer. It helps bring all those great events that Principal Luna and the staff want to provide for our children.
Let’s continue our commitment to this amazing school and partner with Principal Luna, teachers and staff to provide our children with the best educational experience possible and the opportunity to achieve excellence.
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Military bases could help the homeless
Our country needs to start taking homelessness seriously (“Affordable housing, services and new perceptions are all key to solving homelessness,” Guest Commentary, November 3, La Jolla Light).
There is no good reason why our military bases cannot accommodate at least some of our homeless people. For me, this could be a solution to help our homeless people get off the streets and settle in a safe environment, which will provide them with food, medical care and security, as well as a means of find the loss of autonomy. the esteem of so many homeless people.
Our military bases could provide all of the above, of course, with the authorization of the Ministry of Defense and base commanders.
I see so much effort trying to use hotels, apartment buildings and the like that cost our cities, states and federal government so much money that it’s really just a waste of time. We need to show our homeless people that our government and all of us really care about them.
We must offer them the possibility of settling on a military base. They have the human resources and the financial resources to really do something, and in a short period of time. These homeless people might even be offered tasks to perform on the bases.
I think every heart cries when we see this tragic situation on our streets. It leaves us feeling helpless and hopeless for them. Please support this effort. Thank you also for your efforts.
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The village loses its charm and value
Re “The planned building on Herschel Avenue is nothing special” by Alicia Quackenbush (Our Readers Write, November 3 La Jolla Light):
Emptying our Charming Village is exactly that. And draining our village value.
Hershel will look like a commercial center of dense development in the Sorrento Valley or elsewhere.
How do we create the motivation for Village Design / Santa Barbara Architectural Design?
Nancy Linke Patton
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Doing all we can to stop opioid overdoses
I would like to commend Mark Powell, Past President of La Jolla Sunrise Rotary, for his letter regarding the availability of Narcan, the opioid overdose reversal drug, to both public health officials and paramedics. (“Everyone should know how to use an opioid reversal medication,” Our readers write, November 3 La Jolla Light).
Other more conservative communities elsewhere have said we shouldn’t make Narcan available because it “sends the wrong message”.
No, that in itself is the wrong message. We don’t let people die just because they got addicted.
The war on drugs is a lost cause. We can’t stop to get out of this problem. Let’s focus on the medical help we can give people to save lives, including Narcan.
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Happy about Light changes
As much as I liked the size of the previous paper (it was easier for me to hold and read), I’m glad you changed to the larger size. For me, the content now stands out more. I like to see more community events and larger photos.
I just wanted to thank you for finding a way to continue publishing your local newspaper. I really like and appreciate the articles.
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