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PAMELA ROTH, San Clemente

You and I should thank Steve Knoblock and his ilk. Without them, you (and all of us) would be sitting in a field of weeds instead of a home. The land Knoblock had a hand in bulldozing is now the Outlets at San Clemente, which provides entertainment, services, wares, food and incomes to hundreds of people and their families.

I love the forest and open space as much (if not more) than most people. As a former rock climber and hiker, I revel in nature. But I love people more. Some acres of brush within a developed area doesn’t outweigh the benefits of the Outlets at San Clemente. And if you disagree, lead the way by returning your home to its natural state. 

To illustrate, spin a globe with your eyes closed, stop it, and then place the end of a pin on the globe. You will have to spin many times (perhaps more than 50) before you successfully put a pin on anything other than open space. 

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