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
-Dave Blodgett, organizer, Leisure World Residents for Cityhood; founder and president, Leisure World Residents to Save the Canyon; member, Board of Directors, Laguna Canyon Foundation; No. 1 fan of Anthony Pignataro
Loved your 100th column! I always pick up the Weekly to check out what Pignataro has come up with next. Because of this growing interest in your periodical based on his work, I urge you to give him a raise! Nice reporting.
-Richard Bosworth, Laguna Beach
I'm curious about your new "Hey, You!" column (The County). Allowing the OC Weekly to become a forum for people with personal vendettas who are too cowardly to sign their names threatens the credibility of the entire publication. I've always thought you were an important voice in Orange County, exploring issues that were too uncomfortable, too unpopular, or just too off-the-wall for the Register or the Los Angeles Times to touch. Surely you'd like to keep your standards for integrity and professionalism high enough to withstand the scrutiny you apply to other newspapers.
By the way, when was the Poetry Contest announced? I would have liked to enter it.
-Name withheld by request, Lake Forest
The editors respond: No need to enter the contest: we've just named you winner of our first ever Poetic Irony Award.
A LIT FIT
After seeing Rich Kane's so-called "review" of Lit's A Place in the Sun, I must say it's no wonder the OC Weekly is free (CD Reviews, March 26). Why would anyone pay to read a review by a music editor who obviously should be the fashion editor? It appears that Mr. Kane once again devoted his entire column to slamming the appearance and character of a band (who he has obviously never met) instead of reviewing their music (which, by the way, is No. 1 in Billboard and on KROQ).
Thankfully, the rest of the music industry and the public are listening to the music instead of judging the CD for its cover. Shame on you, OC Weekly, and you, too, "Mr." F#?%ing K*^#!!! (nice language for kids to read in a weekly publication). Sign this as from a former reader.
-Sheri Suglia, via e-mail
Has Kane checked the music charts lately? Lit is No. 1 on the modern-rock charts! That's No. 1 in the nation! It's rare when I like every song on an album, which is the case with Lit's A Place in the Sun. These guys got to where they are on the quality of their music and not the number of tattoos they have or the way they dress.
For Kane to say their music "blows" doesn't say much for his credibility as a music reviewer. Maybe he should switch to book reviews, but then I'm sure he would do some quality author an injustice.
It was with amusement that I read R. Scott Moxley's opinion column, "Pilot Error, the Sequel" (The County, March 19). While I agree with most of what Mr. Moxley said, I found him to be guilty of a similar journalistic ethics problem for which he was taking Daily Pilot editor Bill Lobdell to task. My amusement came at your senior editor's hypocrisy.
To wit: before illustrating how the Pilot had doctored letters to the editor, Moxley cited-out of context-a statement I had made but which had nothing to do with his article. His statement was not only irrelevant to his argument, but also misleading. He said, "Contrary to the Pilot account, however, it was only Crawford who had bizarrely referenced the 'espionage world' and effectively proclaimed Angela Newman's 11th-grade class a national threat." It is true that I believe multiculturalism and its E pluribus pluribum philosophy to be a threat to our social fabric. However, it is cognitive dissonance, not multiculturalism, that is a product of the espionage world. Moxley never mentioned cognitive dissonance, leading the reader to infer that I believe multiculturalism to be tied to the world of espionage.
I "bizarrely" referenced the espionage world to illustrate the potency of cognitive dissonance. It creates an agitated state of mind wherein one can more easily be shaken loose from his values' underpinnings. This renders the individual more susceptible to opinion molding or brainwashing.
In Lisa Richardson's Los Angeles Times article "History Takes a Multihued Turn for Newport Students" (Feb. 22), one can see how Newman's detraction of our leaders and heritage led to internal turmoil among some of her students. She had created a state of cognitive dissonance in their minds. This impact was the basis for my statement, which Moxley failed to connect.
As to whether George Grupe's reputation has been sullied by linkage to me in the Pilot, I can attest that he and I appeared at the board meeting independently of each other. We had not coordinated before the meeting. He spoke in reference to the vapid texts used in our schools while I spoke of the social problems with multiculturalism and its relativism. The sole link between us is that the texts he detests have been written by the revisionists and multiculturalists I abhor.
-Bruce Crawford, Fountain Valley