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Now it's communities of color. For too long and for too many newspapers across the country, the coverage of communities of color is approached as "them" rather than "us." Meanwhile, the population of people of color has continued to grow and soon will be the majority in many counties.

Change is a frightening thing for many people, especially in newspapers. I applaud the Register for realizing the composition of its general audience in Orange County is changing and its effort to cover Orange County for what it is: a multicultural community full of compelling stories about human beings.

Julio Moran
executive director
California Chicano News Media Association
USC Annenberg School for Communication
Los Angeles
KISS ASS

Re: Matt Coker . . . Court Decision in Favor of Leisure World (A_Clockwork Orange, June 9): Real cheap attempt at humor, Matt. Interesting how perspective is sometimes skewed through ignorance. I am a resident of Leisure World; I am 56 and hardly reflect what you so proudly pronounce the archetypal resident-"people who can't hear and who breathe through masks attached to mobile oxygen tanks." My wife, who is 47, says the OC Weekly can kiss her yet-to-be wrinkled ass.

Paul L. Hutchins
Laguna Woods Matt Coker responds: Mmmm, yet-to-be-wrinkled ass . . .
PRAY FOR RAIN

Thank you to Michael Collins and the OC Weekly for reporting on the Aerojet controversy ("Russians, Rockets and the Santa Ana River," May 19). This is important information, but the article offers few remedies in terms of dealing with the situation in Chino Hills.

The Reverend John P. McAndrew
St. Angela Merici Church
Brea Michael Collins responds: Residents have a lawyer in their fight to find out more-attorney Michael Bidart at Shernoff Bidart Darras & Dillon (600 S. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711-5498; phone: 909-621-4935; fax: 909-625-6915; or e-mail: shernofflaw@cyberg8t.com). You might also contact the Orange County Water District and urge officials there to begin testing regularly for chemicals the state has identified at the Aerojet site (P.O. Box 8300, Fountain Valley, CA 92728-8300, or visit the district's website at www.ocwd.com).
SUMMER RESEARCH

I would hope that your writers are educated enough to do the proper research when writing an article. In regard to an informational article listed as "Best Place to Watch Gay Volleyball" ("Summer-Rama," May 26), which described Laguna Beach as a gay volleyball beach, it is completely untrue. I have played volleyball on the beaches of Laguna for more than 10 years, and there are so very few gay players that might play there. Ninety-nine percent of the players are straight. Put it this way: in the 10 years I have played there, I have yet to meet a gay volleyball player who plays at the Laguna Beach courts. Sure, Laguna Beach may be known to have a large amount of gays in the community. This does not, however, coincide with the members of the local beach community who play this sport. If there are gay players, they must still be in the closet because we know of none. I know most of the 40 to 50 regulars that play religiously on the weekends and a lot of time during the week as well. You are a local paper that is viewed by many Orange County residents, and I would think that as editor, you can understand my hostility about this article. We are not an anti-gay-volleyball beach, but at the same time, we do not care to be recognized as a gay beach to play this sport.

We would like for your magazine to print a reprise, stating that the author of this article was either misinformed or used poor judgment. Either way, we were offended and would like a correction made.

Robert E. Downs
via e-mail A straight guy who ought to be sorting the mail rather than reading it responds: How is this guy so certain that those volleyball players AREN'T gay? And why does it seem to matter so much to him that they might be? And just how does he propose to carry out research on this subject? And I don't know about Rebecca Schoenkopf-who's far smarter than I-but, no, I CAN'T understand his "hostility" to the article. And I want to know who the hell "we" is.
AS AMERICAN AS APFEL STRÜDEL

Bert Jakobs doesn't know how Carl got into this country (Jory Farr's "Horror, Hiding and the Holocaust,"_June 16)?! Get with it, man! Our inept intelligence community sanitized the Nazi backgrounds of thousands of Waffen SS soldiers. Today, more than 3,000 of them live in the United States and receive military pensions from the German government!

Val Rodriguez
Signal Hill
NOT THAT YOU'D CARE

At this year's annual gathering of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, two Weeklings were honored for their contributions to the science of putting together these sorts of papers. Art director Heather Swaim grabbed a first place for cover design; the judges singled out her colorized photo of Ho Chi Minh ("Who You Callin' Ho?" Feb. 19, 1999). Music editor Rich Kane received honorable mention in music criticism for what judges called his "sharpshooter's eye for the damning detail. He plays his self-described role of 'annoying journalist' with conviction, bratty pride and just the right amount of self-deprecation-carrying on a long-standing tradition of alternative weeklies gleefully into the future."

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