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Contact us via voice mail at (714) 825-8432, or by e-mail: letters@ocweekly.com. Or write to Letters to the Editor, OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. Or fax: (714) 708-8410. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. All correspondence must include your home city or service provider and a daytime phone number.KNOCKING 'KNOCK 'EM'I am writing in sheer disgust of "Knock 'em Down: Our 15 favorite places OC developers have missed" (Feature, Sept. 25). I had no idea that people could be this greedy, human-centric and ignorant. Briefly summarized, this article said: pave the planet, kill the poor and give their land to the rich-and while you're at it, let's get rid of the Latinos.How could you print such crap? This world was around a damn long time before we were, and it didn't come with a tag that said, "Pave me, and do to me whatever will benefit humans." Yet this article insists that Back Bay, Quail Hill and the Headlands should be destroyed and refitted to suit human interest. And to further my disgust, this article pats Garden Grove's redevelopment agency for "using some of the millions it borrowed to force its poor trailer-trash residents out of town." THIS ARTICLE ACTUALLY SUGGESTS THAT GETTING RID OF THE LOWER CLASS IS A GOOD IDEA. The ignorance portrayed in this article grows with every word. The article then turns its ignorant focus on the Latino community by acting disappointed that Fourth Street in Santa Ana is inhabited by Latinos. I cannot find any more words to express my disgust of this article. -James Kiger
La Mirada

The editors respond: Thanks for asking, James. We, too, wondered what happened to BASEketball and discovered that it has been replaced by A Night at the Roxbury.ROAD RULESOrange County's experiment in public-private sprawl development, otherwise known as the Transportation Corridor Agencies, is indeed eviscerating wild Orange County ("Vroom With a View," Sept. 25). While the Eastern Corridor is finished, there is still an opportunity to stop the weakest link in Orange County's toll-road plan. The Foothill-South Corridor would punch through the last wilderness in Orange County. Stretching from Coto de Caza to San Clemente, the planned route would slice down the Cristianitos and San Mateo Creek watersheds, run over San Mateo Campground in San Onofre State Park, and plunk a massive intersection on I-5 right next to Trestles in San Clemente.Building the Foothill-South Corridor assures a degraded future for southern Orange County, which is being set up for a tremendous amount of urban sprawl over the next 10 years. Representative Ron Packard (R-Oceanside) supports the road even though its primary purpose is to move cars from other counties through Orange County. How this helps San Clemente is unclear. How the road helps developers and their pro-sprawl chums is all too clear.-Bill Corcoran
Public Lands Conservation Assistant
Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club

THE POET KNEW ITI appreciate your article's mention about me being the founder of Next magazine ("What's Next? Nothing," Sept. 25). I would also like to mention that former Huntington Beach resident (now San Francisco poet/ slammer) Charles Ellik was a major influence in the initial launch of the magazine during the spring of 1994. A special tip of the hat to Lob, who did a monumental job of trying to get major advertisers into the magazine. Next (or some form of it) will still go on, or someone else will come out with something similar. The greatest kick out of starting the magazine was getting people interested in the numerous poetry events throughout Orange County and LA. The greatest thrill was getting people into writing and performing their poetry. In that respect, Next was a success from the first issue to the last. I hope someone else will one day know those feelings of getting people turned on to the many writing and performing opportunities that abound for poets and writers in this area. But then you guys got a great writer like Victor D. Infante to report for you . . . so from my viewpoint, "you owe us Big Time."-Larry Schulz
Huntington Beach

DON'T CRY FOR ME, TED MORENOThis is for Rebecca Schoenkopf:I see you put another piece-of-shit article in the Weekly about Ted Moreno ("No Sex! Alleged Lies? Videotape?" Sept. 18). I know you and your little queer art friends have it in for Ted, but this is yellow journalism at its worst. This is just ridiculous. If you and the rest of your little queer buddies are going to make attacks on Ted, well, go ahead. But . . . if you're going to pretend to be a journalist, at least pretend to be a little ethical and a little fair. Thank you.-Sean Mill
Santa Ana

Rebecca Schoenkopf responds: Dearie, you obviously didn't read the article in question, as we made it abundantly clear that Moreno is a stand-up husband and father, which obviously makes him fit to serve the community, no matter how many counts of extortion, conspiracy, money laundering, mail fraud and election violations he's been charged with. After all, it's private morality rather than public ethics that our government and media care about. And obviously, you, too, Sean, since you told me that even if Moreno had committed the crimes with which he's charged (though you made it clear you don't believe he did), you would still support him over Miguel Pulido.

 
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