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CHICKENS

Jim Toledano comes out, and you guys think it's big enough news to make the front cover (R. Scott Moxley's "Coming Out!" Aug. 13)? Now, if he had balled both Dana Rohrabacher and Christopher Cox, that would have been a story!

—Name withheld upon request, member, Orange County Democratic Central Committee

I'm a concerned Orange County resident that I'm sure speaks for a majority of Orange County residents that have to go by and see this rag that you run every weekend that is so pro-gay. I'm looking at your brand-new issue, your "Big Gay Issue"—and what isn't a big gay issue with you people? And last week's terrible, disrespectful story on President Richard Nixon, who happens to be a former Orange County resident ("Dick Nixon's Orange County," Aug. 6)? You should really look at what your people are running in this fag rag that you run. It's terrible. You disgust me.

—Name withheld by request Dear Anonymous: And the paper is so difficult to read with one hand. APPLE STILL FRESH

Re: Frank Catalano's assertion that Apple's new iMac means Apple is out of the computer business is an interesting idea ("Internet Appleiance," Aug. 13). But he's wrong. Catalano figures that because the iMac "isn't a Mac with the broad array of business and personal applications that Windows offers," the iMac isn't a computer—it's a niche operating system, a consumer computing appliance, anything but a computer. That logic reminds me of the old joke about the farmer who takes his first look at a Model A Ford and says, "It seems nice, but there hain't no place to hook up the horses."

—James Kameny, Placentia

Catalano's evidence of Apple's demise (that Mac products available through retailers dropped 16 percent last year while software applications for PCs were up 8 percent) could be read another way: that unlike the obsolescence built into other computers, the Mac continues to offer durable, flexible applications that need little updating. That's a consumer-friendly spin that seems lost on Catalano, who seems enamored only of the latest and newest PC gimmick. I'll stick with my Mac, thanks.

—Adam Zahn, via e-mail Frank Catalano responds: The essay was a bad news/good news piece—the good news being the sales of iMacs to non-computer owning households who may not need every software program under the sun. Both comments only confirm that Apple is blazing a trail that takes the personal computer in a new direction. NAZI BOY

To Commie Girl, Rebecca Schoenkopf:

I read you all the time in the Weekly. I so want to be a journalist just like you. So I had a brainstorm, and I wrote some sample columns under the heading "Nazi Boy." I mailed 'em out, but nobody got it. I got horrified responses, and then some old guys with heavy accents and long black coats and, get this, fur hats, in July, in LA County, came to my house and lectured me about tolerance, court orders, and some list they're putting me on. I couldn't tell what they were talking about 'cause of their accents. I smiled and nodded my head. I'm just like you 'cause I don't have a lover. I'm a white guy with short hair, and women won't go out with me, except fat white girls who smoke cigarettes and live in trailers, but I'm not attracted to them.

—Pete Moss, Signal Hill Rebecca Schoenkopf responds: Dear Pete, thanks for your nice note! Have you ever noticed that old Jews just can't take a joke? Oy vey, huh? As for your letter, it's a good start! But anybody you send your sample columns to is gonna want a LOT more about how you can't get laid and a lot less about old Jews. Old Jews just aren't sexy! Also, if you can throw in there that you passed out somewhere—maybe in the hotel room of some old Jews at some kind of big Jew shebang—or threw up on a city street or something, prospective editors just eat that shit up! Good luck to you, comrade. Mazel tov! ANTI-NAZI BOY

While I appreciate your newspaper's efforts to attack hypocrisy wherever it lives, I must take issue with the way you positioned the article in your Aug. 6 issue about talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger. I identify the teaser headline on the issue's front page, "Mo' Sex, Please: We're Yiddish (Analyzing Dr. Laura)" as misleading at best and anti-Semitic at worst.

I assume you attempted with the teaser headline to play off the 1973 movie No Sex Please, We're British. If successful, this effort could have been a clever rhetorical flourish to encourage the reader to remember that comedy of manners, in which risqué post cards are delivered to the wrong address. This connection suggests that in Dr. Schlessinger's encounter with a skateboard magazine, she simply happened upon material that was not intended for her, that the material was essentially harmless, and that Dr. Schlessinger appears as foolish as the British prudes in the film. However, I must admit this comparison only came to me after significant consideration of what your motives may have been in writing the teaser headline that ultimately appeared.

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