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Further, the context of Hitler and Nazism that you choose to highlight reeks to me of anti-Semitism and is highly offensive. Let's not call Knight and his ilk Nazis. Rather, let's make use of these weeks before the March 7 election as an opportunity to educate the public about the dangers and threat to the civil liberties of all Californians. Prop 22 isn't about protecting marriage; rather, it limits marriage. It is anti-family and could undo recently hard-won equal rights for gays and lesbians.

I understand that you are seeking to expose a certain faction for their ignorance and the absurdity of their view. However, I honestly believe your piece, especially with the photo, was a dangerous misfire and may be damaging in a way that you did not intend.

Rabbi Denise L. Eger Congregation Kol Ami West Hollywood R. Scott Moxley responds: Unlike Rabbi Eger, we believe our readers are smart enough to know that the bizarre claims (among them: that World War II was actually a secret attempt by homosexuals and something called the "black occult" to take over the world) made in the piece by an OC-based Christian ministry are obviously preposterous. Equally preposterous—if not hysterical—is the rabbi's twisted, unsupported claim that merely reporting the group's activities "reeks of anti-Semitism." Furthermore, if a photo of two women hugging offends the bigots, then so be it. We're rather fond of the shot.

SNORE

The year after you stopped missing the Rams, I ran across Dave Wielenga's article on your Web site—and got a big kick out of it ("The Year We Stopped Missing the Rams," Jan. 1, 1999). I'm sure you don't miss them at all now that they're competing in the Super Bowl, do ya? Well, perhaps St. Louis has its fair share of problems, but the people here don't cry in their empty stadiums as you do there. We love sports here and are not just proud of our Rams, but the St. Louis Blues are leading the hockey world, too. So, Dave, keep on crying, man—whine, whimper and carry on. The people of St. Louis know how to treat their teams, and their teams know how to win.

Vince Selders St. Louis Dear Vince: You don't know how glad we are that you're glad you have the Rams. But we don't whine about our empty stadiums; we use them to store all the cash we've saved by not having to field pro sports teams run by inept millionaires. We also don't have reserve linebackers who get good and liquored-up and go out and plow their trucks into cars, killing young women. Or judges who let those linebackers off with a suspended sentence—as long as they promise to "go easy on the moonshine and put a hat on someone real good come Sunday." How proud it must make all of you, as you sit down to vittles. Thanks for your interest, and give our regards to Boss Hawg.

DAILY GRIND

Matt Coker's disgusting vegetarian rant against beef made me want to puke—and not for reasons he might think ("This Week in Mad Cowboys," Jan. 28). In describing the process of producing cattle feed (grinding up cow parts, diseased farm animals, road kill, and euthanized dogs and cats and then feeding the resulting "protein concentrate" to cattle), Coker clearly hoped to put me off meat. He didn't. Here's a question for smart-ass Coker: When was the last time you ate a mushroom? Like your left-wing vegetarian politics, mushrooms grow in shit.

Pete Caulfield Orange Matt Coker responds: Mmmmm, mushrooms grown in shit.

YOU'RE NEXT

The OC Weekly has been doing a superb job of educating people about the present fact of unwanted pets. But Irvine's new plan for lost/found pets is not the way to do it. Under a proposal by the city's animal-control officials, Irvine Animal "Care" Center would spay or neuter your lost dog after seven days without your permission. To claim your dog, you must pay certain fees, including the charges for the alteration of your dog's sexual organs. The reason: after seven days, your pet is put up for adoption by the city's Animal Care Center. The center adopts out only neutered pets.

This plan would bring the city into compliance with a new state law requiring the spaying/neutering of all dogs adopted out by local shelters.

Those of us who love dogs and cats recognize the problem: unwanted animals in shelters are being killed to make room for others. How do we discourage overpopulation of dogs and cats? By educating people, of course.

The new law begins the slide down the slippery slope that takes away the pet owners' choice to spay or neuter their pets. If we give this decision over to government, this year it is your dog or cat. In 100 years or less, humans are next. For now, just don't lose your pet in the state of California.

Linda Lee Grau Irvine

KILL EVERYTHING

I am so glad to see Jim Washburn contributing to my favorite weekly again. As a loyal reader, I have missed his amazing insight and on-the-mark commentary. Regarding his most recent column ("How About a Future That Doesn't Blow," Lost in OC, Jan. 7): I used to be a field person for a major utility. As part of my regular rounds, I would make my way to the top of Signal Peak once a month. I looked forward to this day because there was an amazing view from there. On some days, it was wildflowers as far as the eye could see. The passing of a deer or coyote or hawks soaring above was commonplace. Now, instead of a one-lane, barely paved road leading to the peak, there is a major street (Vista Ridge and Ridgepark). The view now is of the biggest blight to hit OC in years. Cookie-cutter condos and mega-mansions as far as the eye can see. What a shame. I was witness to the raping of the most beautiful wilderness, slowly, painfully. Will builders and developers ever be vanquished? Doubtful. Next stop, Bolsa Chica wetlands.

D. Jesseph via e-mail
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