By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
P.S. I don't stomp.
THE REAL DRUG LORDS
Nick Schou's "Criminal Prosecution: Body count grows in war on medical marijuana" is on the mark (The County, Feb. 5). Kudos to you for publishing it. The relentless campaign against users and providers of medicinal marijuana is more than a little bit scary. Even now, the Drug Enforcement Agency is arresting and fining seniors who legally buy their expensive prescription drugs in Mexico. It all has to be about profits for drug companies.
-Gerald M. Sutliff, Emeryville
Who did Marvin Chavez rape, rob or murder? Who did he lie to, cheat or blackmail? It seems to me that ignorant, opportunistic politicians have raped Marvin and the Constitution, robbed him of his civil rights, and caused other sick and dying patients to suffer needlessly by classifying some medicines as illegal narcotics.
It is the district attorneys, judges and other politicians who lie, cheat and blackmail. When Marvin went to court, did the judge tell the jury that, as jurors, they had the right to decide if the law is being justly applied? Of course not. This is what keeps "the people" powerless even when it comes to laws that they voted for and passed.
Jury nullification means POWER TO THE PEOPLE. When you are asked to be a juror, never forget you have the right to judge the law itself, not "just the facts." This is how northern juries acquitted runaway slaves-even though the slaves were clearly guilty of violating the Fugitive Slave Act. This is why so many people were NOT prosecuted during Prohibition-fully informed jurors acquitted their friends and neighbors even though, according to "just the facts," they had clearly violated the 18th Amendment. Prosecutors got tired of losing cases, and Prohibition eventually ended.
This is the answer to ending this insane "war on everything." Be a juror when called, and if the case involves a victimless crime and no one else was hurt, vote to acquit! You cannot be punished for your decision. For more information about the power of the jury, call the Fully Informed Jury Association at 1-800-TELJURY.
-Doug Scribner, Secretary, Libertarian Party of Orange County
LEGGO MY EGO
A heartfelt thank-you to Charles Marowitz for exposing the demagoguery and egomania allowed to rule in the theater department at Cal State Long Beach and in Cal Rep ("Bad Rap for Cal Rep," Feb. 5). Of all the gall: to open a new theater with some overly long, unheard-of work written by an unknown playwright, who just happens to be-ta da!-the guy in charge! And how does he justify himself regarding attendance? By forcing students to attend his works! While this goes on, the rest of us are left wondering why we have to drive to LA to see a play by Ibsen, Chekov or Mamet performed.
Why is this egomaniac allowed to hold a publicly subsidized theater hostage? Fire him and put a non-author in charge, someone who will have the interest of the public in mind.
-Debra Lesslie, Long Beach
THE EYES HAVE IT
Re: Rich Kane's review of the Jan. 29 show at Java Lanes (Locals Only, Feb. 5): In regards to the Violet Burning, Kane writes: "Their singer . . . bugged, with an eyes-closed, mouth-open, jeans-creaming pose of orgasmic ecstasy epoxied on his face." What kind of critic is he? In the same article, he praises Ultrathin for being "phat." What the heck is that? Ultrathin stands there, eyes closed, in the same manner as the Violet Burning singer (see the photo in Commie Girl in the same issue). Singers are usually into it; the passionate ones usually have their eyes closed, lost in the music. Is that orgasmic?
It's funny that Kane tries to make the Violet Burning sound dated with his Cure references. Perhaps he missed Ultrathin's "phat" cover of the Cure's "Fascination Street." It seems to me that Kane has a case of playing favorites.
-Mathew Munoz, Anaheim
Re: Matt Coker's plea to the Libertarian Party in the wake of the Buena Park City Council giving initial approval to an ordinance that would require landlords to evict tenants arrested (but not yet convicted) for narcotics and gang-related offenses (A Clockwork Orange, Feb. 5): Yes, they are doing a great job of forcing conformity on all of us; it really doesn't matter if people are guilty or innocent. Most people who would fall victim to this are probably poor, so many in government and most of the soundbite-fed masses would rather have "those people" in jail, anyway. After all, if you can't be a business major and get a high-paying middle-management job at a paper-pushing office, you must be a criminal. This is Orange County, ya know; nonconformists should stay in LA County.
The Libertarian Party of Orange County is working on a program to keep an eye on local governments, so we can nip all of these "Final Solutions" in the bud. But there is so much to keep an eye on that we need all the help we can get. We have just started the City Representative Program in Orange County, and so far, we have representatives in six cities. Too bad Buena Park is not one of those cities yet. For people who are willing to attend the City Council meetings, we provide business cards, a City Rep Web site (www.lpoc.org/Cities/Cities.html), a City Rep e-mail account, and a forum for them to promote their cities' issues to the whole county party.