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After reading the article, the average reader might perceive Mr. Tocher's actions are common practice in the towing industry. We are here to take a leadership position to fight that perception in our words and deeds.

-Jody Campbell
Brad Humphreys
Tracy Taft
MetroPro Road Services Inc.
Santa Ana

The Darnel Squad takes serious objection to the OC Weekly's "Scariest People" article characterizing the Darnel Squad as a group of unbalanced, deranged women. The Darnel Squad, which was recently profiled on CNN's Health Watch, is an advocacy group for the defense of women favoring European/natural hygiene and is in no way an underground group focused on terrorizing the cosmetic industry. Although it is true the Darnel Squad has made the decision to take the next step from support group to advocacy and has begun marketing its ideals in a more aggressive fashion, the Darnel Squad does not advocate terrorism. No member of the group has been convicted of a terrorist act involving a commercial business. The Weekly's vicious attack on us is exactly why you were uninvited to attend our members' meeting! It is obvious you are nothing but a shill for your advertisers. You are definitely one of the "Pretty People"!!!

-Julie Mandrake
President
Darnel Squad

Regarding the OC Weekly's listing of the "underground" Darnel Squad in the "Scariest People": I and other downtown Huntington Beach residents wish they were out of sight and truly underground. Members of the Darnel Squad-or the "Ape Patrol," as they have been dubbed by locals-canvas Main Street on a regular basis. Every Thursday, they can be found aboveground-in front of several beauty salons, shoving their leaflets and taunting women as they enter and leave the establishments. I have no problem with their personal decisions and peculiar philosophy. However, their tactics make Operation Rescue look like a bunch of choirboys. If they are truly seeking converts to their cause, they need to tone down the rhetoric and taunting of other women.

-Linda Chacon
Huntington Beach

BRUTALLY HONEST

While I sympathize with the family and friends of those who have been killed by any type of violence, police-oriented or otherwise, my understanding of this issue is that the vast majority of people injured or killed by police officers have either committed a crime and are trying to evade consequences or are in the act of committing a crime and do not respond to police instruction ("Stolen Lives: Protesters decry police brutality," Oct. 30).

While the article does not state what transpired in the case of Ted Franks (and let's also not forget that sometimes settlements are made not because of actual wrongdoing but because it is less time-consuming and costly than a lawsuit), Nick Schou does write that Juan Manuel Campos was in an allegedly stolen vehicle. The officers claim that he tried to run them over; his girlfriend (who, we may notice, was a 17-year-old minor dating a 28-year-old man) claims he was merely trying to leave the scene. Either way, he was not complying with police and had allegedly committed a crime.

Obviously, his potential crime did not warrant being killed. But Campos is responsible for his choice to violate the law, and the consequences were clearly much more drastic than he had intended. It is not clear whether the police acted in true self-defense, and if they did, I cannot fault them for shooting him. It seems to me that if Campos had not committed a crime in the first place, he would not have become a target for the police at all.

Rather than protesting police officers reacting to offenders, family and friends would better spend their time encouraging those around them not to commit crimes that will bring them to police attention. The people protesting do not mention all of the innocent bystanders who are killed by burglars, carjackers and other criminals. As someone who has not committed a crime-and, coincidentally enough, has thus not become a victim of police brutality-I see the solution as simple: obey the law.

-Melissa Schad
Orange

CONTENT WARNING

Oh, Gentle Contents Writer:

Know that I am a dedicated fan of your work and appreciate the long, hard hours you put into each and every issue (Contents, Oct. 23). It's because of you (and only you) that I pick up a copy of an otherwise crappy OC Weekly each week.

I looked over the staff credits and noticed two things: 1) even the interns get mentioned on the staff credits page, and 2) the one person who should be looking out for you, the director of Human Resources (Lynne Foland), had no trouble making sure her name appeared. So with these serious grievances in hand, I suggest you organize a union quickly and watch the OC Weekly crumble when you go on strike!

Power to the workers!

P.S. I would have suggested enlisting Commie Girl for help, but her name also appears in the staff credits, so you know which side of the proletariat/bourgeois line she's on.

-Bil Corry
Brea

HEY! POETS!

Sure, you can scrawl rhymes onto the backs of napkins you'll never show anybody, but do you have the-what shall we call it?-outrageous sense of self to enter your best "work" in THE FIRST (and probably last) OC WEEKLY POETRY CONTEST?!?!? We want to read your best Orange County-inspired poems. Don't send us a buncha crap about how much you love LA, New York City or San Francisco.

For complete guidelines, e-mail us at letters@ocweekly.com or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Meister Poet Victor D. Infante, Poet-Friendly OC Weekly, P.O. Box 10788, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-0247.

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