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Who the hell is Rebecca Schoenkopf, and what idiot wasted space in the mighty OC Weekly for her lame commentary?! Her review of the Lenny Kravitz show at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre was way off (Commie Girl, April 30). What the hell do you care what Kravitz was wearing? Because he changed his look makes him a boring performer? Screw you!
You should be writing for a teenie-bopper magazine (I think you would be underqualified for even that position) because all you wrote about were the people around you and the different artists' clothes. You didn't even touch on what a great show Kravitz and the Black Crowes put on! Why don't you hang out at the mall with your friends and write a story on the clothes people are wearing? Leave the reviews to someone who has half a brain and actually listens to music instead of watching it. DUMB ASS!!!
-Martin Barrios, via e-mail
What's the deal with Smilin' Rick's place (Rebecca Schoenkopf's Shelter, April 2)? I didn't know whether I was trying to be sold on this authentic apartment or if I was supposed to be "wowed" about the fact that he had a swinging bachelor pad. I think you need to get a grip and say what you need to say: Is this article an advertisement for renting a one-bedroom apartment, or is it just some words of unimportance put together to take up space? If you really wanted to take up space, you could have added a few more tasteless nude pictures from the back!
BRING ON THE PAIN
Thank you for Mike Males' story "Down These Mean Equestrian Trails" (The County, April 30). It's a welcome perspective on the recent events in Colorado. I've long been concerned with the media's war on young people (I believe it really is a war). The statistics Males quoted about the real toll of violence by middle-aged people against young people were shocking to me, but a welcome shock.
However, I was shocked, saddened and, yes, troubled by the horrible high-school shooting in Colorado. You can't expect people not to be. Perhaps this can be a wake-up call for all people of conscience to get together and help one another-middle-aged and young alike.
Thank you for what you do (writing painful, truthful stories). I hope we can all do a little more each day to make a difference.
PEACE OF HIS MIND
One of the special powers demonstrated during a Transcendental Meditation (TM) program I attended in Leysin, Switzerland, in the summer and fall of 1977 was yogic flying, which was referred to in Matt Coker's A Clockwork Orange (The County, April 30). Also demonstrated was a technique called "objects hidden from view." I decided to apply my own litmus test to the power yogis claimed they were acquiring. I asked the three of them to describe a blown-up photo on my kitchen wall back home in Santa Ana.
A Dutch yogi described a scene by the ocean that featured a tall object with a seagull alighting on it. He got it right! The tall object was a light standard on the Newport Beach Pier, and I had snapped a seagull coming in for a landing on it. A second Dutch yogi described a man dressed in a white sheet, possibly Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, standing near a reflecting pane of glass, and next to him was a man in dark glasses. The yogi had accurately perceived a second photo in my apartment, this one in my living room near the kitchen. The reflecting pane of glass in his description was the windshield of Maharishi's car. I was the figure in dark glasses. A third yogi described a series of bucolic scenes: meadows, streams, mountain foothills, etc. He had described the successive pages of the calendar on the wall of my room in the Swiss hotel about 100 feet from where he was standing.
Such flashy war stories never fail to impress the uninitiated. What is more generally important is that transcendent powers of the evolved mind can be objectively demonstrated. Peace in Kosovo is possible via more subtle and powerful means than are currently being contemplated in official gridlocked circles.
-Adriano Francesco Autore, Santa Ana
Anthony Pignataro's recent article on electric-utility deregulation "Power Play: Bad news on the first anniversary of energy deregulation-you're still getting screwed" (The County, April 23) is a wonderful piece of countercultural journalism. We all love to hate those bad companies. Tony argues that "the companies are free to pursue unprecedented profitability." Investors would be ill-advised to take Tony's claim too seriously. In this era of unprecedented stock-market appreciation, the public utilities mentioned in your article (San Diego Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas & Electric and our own Southern California Edison) are all suffering on Wall Street. Southern California Edison's parent company, for example, has lost 20 percent of its value over the past two years. Don't quit your day job, Tony.