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As a former Huntington Beach Independent reporter and target of then-City Councilman Dave Garofalo's journalistic criticism, I wanted to congratulate the OC Weekly on a job well-done with "Uncle Sham" (Dave Wielenga and Anthony Pignataro's Cover Story, June 30). Cumulating the many details surrounding Garofalo's extensive conflict-of-interest dealings is no small task, as I know from the hours of research and investigation I did on this topic back in 1998. From a reporter's standpoint, it is absurdly clear that Garofalo has a problem with conflict-of-interest as a public figure, as well as with his conscience in admitting that a conflict of any sort exists. I find it amusing that his response to the questions surrounding his behavior has been to attack the press with unfounded claims of sensationalism and poor reporting.Kathleen Haney
YEAH, BASICALLY INEPT
Ha, ha, ha! I loved your anti-Lido-Isle-gated-community article (Leta McLaughlin's "Island Fever," July 7) because you hypocritical, Republican-hating, bitter liberals conveniently left out of your article (or was it just moronically inept journalism?) the fact that one of this island-of-elites' recent visitors was a liberal icon: Hillary Clinton. Yes, your icon was a guest of Lido Isle residents for a gathering where she certainly hoped to get—and probably did get—some of that elite Lido Isle cash to help her with her carpetbagging attempts to grab the New York Senate seat. It's interesting that you left that out.Gary Brandt
I have sat on the edge of my seat waiting for a formal retraction from Steve Lowery since the Lakers' championship victory. Contrary to what Mr. Lowery claimed in "The Shaq Trap" (Sports, June 18, 1999), the Lakers can and did win a championship with Shaquille O'Neal at the helm . . . not to mention an MVP trophy, for good measure. It is crystal-clear to me that Lowery knows nothing about the game of basketball—or any sport for that matter. I was astonished to see such a ludicrous article published in your paper.
I don't think Lowery could have been further off the mark when speaking of Shaq's lack of desire for the game, his statement that centers don't win championships by scoring, or claims that Shaq is not a dominant rebounder. I won't bore you with the statistics, but it is evident that Lowery was way off-base on nearly every claim made in the article. Shaq—almost single-handedly at times—willed this team to victory, many times carrying the team in scoring, rebounding, defense and nearly every aspect of the game.
It's a sad state of affairs when such a poor student of the game is granted the opportunity to write such a factless article. Before writing his next anti-Lakers article, I recommend that Lowery gain some basketball knowledge. You might refer him to Chick Hern's [sic] recent article in TV Guide. Chick has true basketball knowledge and could teach Lowery a few things about sportswriting. It doesn't surprise me that Chick speaks of a Lakers dynasty while Lowery speaks of the Lakers not winning a championship with Shaquille O'Neal at the helm. Way to go, Steve—far off-base again.Chuck Hilliard