Cal­i­for­ni­ans de­fined

Re “What makes us Cal­i­for­ni­ans,” Opin­ion, Aug. 8

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

It seems that af­ter 25 years, David Ulin still does not un­der­stand Cal­i­for­ni­ans. We don’t care. If you come from Mars or Ohio it is OK. We all pay taxes and cope with traf­fic. Get­ting along to­gether is all Cal­i­for­nia strives for. Wel­come! Tim Ash­ford Lomita

Cal­i­for­nia is a dif­fer­ent planet.

That is what I tell my friends and fam­ily whom I left be­hind on the East Coast 50 years ago. That assess­ment has not changed.

We are a dif­fer­ent breed, most of us. We are dif­fer­ent be­cause we are open: open to new ideas, to new peo­ple, new places. We are not bound by tra­di­tions be­cause ev­ery day is a new day, a new ad­ven­ture, and we wel­come it. We are con­stantly learn­ing and teach­ing. Al­ways in progress, al­ways mov­ing for­ward. Bar­bara Schif­fler Encini­tas

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