I thought last week's Mailbag very interesting. 

I loved the thought about bringing back Rockin' Fig and getting information about local surfing. We are "Surf City" after all. 

I also thought Charles Osterlund's letter was interesting. I do notice the constant letters from Tim Geddes and often agree or not. I think it might be interesting to have a give and take from Geddes and someone like Osterlund about the issues our city faces.  So often when Geddes writes on a subject, I'd love to hear what someone on the other side thinks. 

I do hate the use of the terms liberal or conservative. Most liberals work for a living, pay their taxes and live their lives much as conservatives do. I think the terms are thrown out as hateful.  I think most of us live our lives in the center. 

I was one who thought we would never see Bolsa Chica as it is now and thought it might be a huge waste of time and money. I am now grateful to have been wrong. Watching the birds and watching as my grandchildren were fascinated by the rays swimming near the pedestrian bridge in the middle of Bolsa Chica, all proved to be worthwhile.

Dean Downing

Huntington Beach


Discerning is in the eye of the beholder

Re: "More variety of opinion needed in Mailbag," Dec. 20:

Well-known curmudgeon and controversial former Ocean View School District trustee Charles Osterlund has emerged from his conservative cave to bash the Independent and its editorial oversight of the Mailbag, and not for the first time. 

When Mr. Osterlund routinely had his letters to the editor published a decade ago, was the readership more "discerning?"  It was the same. His reactionary views and criticism have not changed either.

While the editors of the Independent have changed over the last decade, their commitment to fair and objective journalism has not, including the publication of letters from all visions and viewpoints of its readership. 

Mr. Osterlund seems to exist on a steady diet of sour grapes. He is quick to ignore the rich dialogue of the Mailbag that does exist if he only chooses to see it. If the editorial policy of the Independent favors intelligent, well-written, and on-point observations for its letters to the editor, that is no sin. 

If certain contributors of any stripe are to be criticized for being "reliable and eloquent," that is Mr. Osterlund's perceptual problem not that of the newspaper. 

The Independent remains the premier local newspaper in Huntington Beach for the expression of views from its citizens. It will always be criticized by those who have no concept of what it means to be discerning.

Tim Geddes

Huntington Beach


Vegan is obviously the way to go