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The right thing, the right seals?

When people do the right thing, we don’t always know about it. When people do the wrong thing, we often find out. What was the last wrong thing you did? Was it today?

Imagine you were the mayor. What would be the right thing for you to do? Soon people will be stepping up to do what they consider to be the right thing. That evolving situation will bring out the best in some very good people. Stay tuned.

Speaking of the mayor, besides Jane Reldon and the Wans, who will now be the seals’ advocate at the pool bequeathed in 1931 in a Tidelands Grant created by Ellen Browning Scripps as a trust for the benefit of the children of La Jolla? She intended for a breakwater to be built, which it was, so children could safely swim at the beach. Recently, thousands of dollars, hours and energy have gone into keeping children from their pool. Was that the right thing to do?

Now that we are on the subject of seals, are we protecting the right seals? What about Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, former Navy SEALs left behind in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. Someone spent more than $50,000 erecting a camera to monitor the behavior of humans near seals on the beach.

Why on God’s earth did our government not protect the Navy SEALs defending our civilians and ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya? They waited hours for extraction that never came. The men weren’t even on duty. They voluntarily went to the Embassy to protect U.S. citizens because they considered it the right thing to do.

Instead of doing the right thing, our U.S. government rationalized that our ambassador, SEALs and citizens should be left there unprotected. I thought doing the right thing meant no man left behind. Are we spending our time, energy and resources on the right seals? Are we doing the right thing?

— Nancy Gardner, La Jolla
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