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Letters to the editor

My heart goes out to John and Susan Hartzell on the loss of their home. As survivors of the fire in San Diego County in 2003, we suffered another loss in our small town of Julian. One-third of the membership of our church lost their homes. Two-thirds of an area called Cuyamaca lost their homes. Harrison Park residents lost everything including homes and businesses.

Many of these people were not able to return and friendships were lost; 225,000 acres burned.

Thankfully, we had learned a few things from a previous evacuation. We made a list of things to grab in order of importance. We bought portable file boxes at Kmart and filed our bills by month, keeping paid bills for a year. We did not take anything that could be replaced by money. We put all of our valued pictures in suitcases. When the fire came, we had 45 minutes to evacuate.

We were out of our home for 10 days, learning it was probably saved by seeing a neighbor on CNN. We were completely without utilities for two weeks.

Please Tahoe, prepare to be a survivor, too. The victims will need your support emotionally and financially. Churches, make kits of personal items to have available immediately.

Last of all, grab your dirty clothes from the hamper. They’ll be the ones that fit. Been there.

Patricia Mann

Sky Valley, Calif.

A different dialect or just poor grammar?

My awareness has been heightened lately on the quality of English language used in and around town.

Suspecting that many of us were raised by like-minded parents on both coasts, and in the middle of our country as well, I am hopeful that you share my view that proper usage of the English language should never go out of style!

It is now our (collective) job to ensure that we continue to lead by example and impress the importance of good grammar and English usage on our children and those around us.

Unfortunately, a couple of the most commonly misused phrases I hear are used and abused by adults and children alike! Instead of shrugging it off, I thought perhaps a more proactive step would be to point out the error of our ways and help raise our awareness.

Error No. 1 – “These ones.” Used in a sentence, “These ones are better to eat because they have more fiber.” These is a pronoun or adjective and is the plural of this. So if you said these bananas or these apples, good job! These ones? No.

Error No. 2 – “Git a.” (I am not confident this is spelled correctly, as this one completely confounds me!) Used in a sentence, “I’m not happy because you git a go to the beach, and I have to work.” What in the world is this?

Listen and you too shall git a hear these ones, I’m confident.

Debbie Vreeland

South Lake Tahoe

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