Country Clutter?

What is happening to Scripps Ranch? Driving around certain parts of our "Country Living," the sights are disturbing. As the first family to live here 33 years ago, we have seen a lot of change. Most of it has been for the better. But lately, it looks like the area is going downhill.

One of the reasons for the purchase of our home was the promise of a storage area for "toys," such as recreational vehicles and boats. We are still waiting for this. When we moved here, we had a truck and cab over camper. We signed the CC&Rs and agreed to abide by them.

We now have a large motor home and have been paying storage fees for all those 33 years. The cost for storing our vehicles would purchase a home in our area. We felt, and still feel, that if you want a "toy," you should be aware of the rules prior to purchase and accept that the cost of storing them is included in your decision to purchase.

Driving on Aviary has become a death-defying ordeal. With the "used car lot" on the public street around the old Vons, it is difficult to get in and out of the parking lot safely. To add to the misery is the storage of RVs, trailers, and boats on the street. Some of the people play the game of moving them every 72 hours to avoid being ticketed.

With drivers going way beyond the speed limit, it is several accidents ready to happen. The area is starting a downhill slide. Where are the owners’ pride of living here?

What can be done? First of all, this is a community problem. Do you care that people are violating the CC&Rs and the law? Do you condone what is being done? Why can’t the Retired Volunteer Senior Patrol (RSVP) notify the proper authorities when a violation occurs? What is our Homeowners Association position on this issue?

Many residents have seen our properties increase in value beyond our wildest dreams. My husband and I truly believe that if we do not look at our surroundings and work together to resolve issues, we cannot grow and continue to enjoy one of the nicest communities in San Diego. Thank you for listening to our opinion.

Sheila and Paul Donigan


[Ed. note: SDPD Community Relations Officer Steve Higuera says that if you notice a vehicle parked on a public street longer than 72 hours, contact the RSVP at 538-8120.]

Mail Thefts

I live on Riesling Drive in beautiful Scripps Ranch. Many thanks to my wonderful neighbor who made me aware of theft from my mailbox in late December. On that day various envelopes and papers addressed to me were found scattered on Chardonnay Street.

After examining the papers, I was able to determine that a check had been stolen. As a member of the Scripps Ranch community, I feel it is my duty to notify others of this event and the possibility of it happening to you. The issue here is not so much the money, but the invasion of privacy, the inconvenience of having to replace my old mailbox with a secure one, and the time spent dealing with this.

This theft is being investigated by me, the party who issued the missing check, and the U.S. Postal Service. I have been told that this has happened to others in the community. Although this was a minor infraction, it is unfortunate and discomforting that this happens in such a safe and peaceful neighborhood. Thank you for giving me a place to pass on this information.


Heroes, Heroism, and Today’s World

Where have all the heroes gone? Those are the words of a favorite song. Film critic Michael Medvec wrote, "The yearning for heroes–manly, patriotic, self-controlled–permeates every aspect of our culture at this vulnerable moment in national life, in part because we know we need such servants and protectors."

We are observing the frequent departure of Marines and sailors from San Diego and are constantly reminded that they are servants of, and protectors of, all that America stands for. They are citizen warriors! Among them will emerge heroes who through selfless actions saved comrades, did their duty in a fantastic manner, overcame tremendous obstacles, and served their country well.

Often, these warriors–such as combat medics and corpsmen–give their lives to save the lives of others. Not many of the men and women who serve our country in combat actually emerge as heroes. There is an old saying, "The bravest soldiers are not heroes, they are just doing their duty." I found this true in my 13 campaigns in war.

As we bid farewell to our service men and women to potential combat and danger, make sure you take the opportunity to communicate to all our young people the true stories of heroes of all wars. Heroes and winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor are national icons.

Yet, we see growing up, the cult of the anti-hero on many college campuses or the press-inspired cult figure. Let us all stop and recognize and honor the difference. Ensure that the young people of America know the true stories of self-sacrifice and heroism by the Armed Forces and police and fire departments.

Do not let the legitimate heroes go unheralded and unrecognized. The American heroes of the past, and those being seen today, are the role models for the future. September 11 was filled with heroes serving their fellow man. Do not forget them and what they stood for.

Where have all the heroes gone? They are all around us! Honor them. The qualities of a strong sense of duty, honor, country, and service remain the bedrock of a patriotic America.

Bob Dingeman, Old American Citizen Soldier