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A PUNK'S PUNK
This is Frank Agnew, formerly of the OC band The Adolescents, among others. I first want to let you know that your trashing of my son's band CTW (he's the singer/guitarist) was a little uncalled for (Rich Kane's Locals Only, Dec. 1). Granted, they are green and new at this, but the reality is they're 14-year-old kids having fun with their friends and staying out of trouble. It appears you took this show far too seriously as your tone throughout the review (not just of CTW) was pretty damn mean—especially the "How about crappy?" stuff.
I've had my share of negative reviews in the past, but none portraying such vitriol and lack of tact. A reviewer has every right to write negative reviews if they so desire, but it isn't necessary to be nasty. My advice: be careful who you recklessly trash in public; it's bad for your career.Frank Agnew
SHE WAS TOPLESS TILL NOW
I'm sure Commie Girl is getting a ton of messages about this (and probably already knows about it), but the day after Thanksgiving isn't for shopping (Rebecca Schoenkopf's Commie Girl, Dec. 8)! It's International Buy Nothing Day, a day on which we buy nothing and decide not to participate in landfill-filling, worker-exploiting, toxic waste-producing, credit-busting hyperconsumerism. My best hope is that she wrote an article about Buy Nothing Day before Thanksgiving (because she's just that cool!) and that I just missed it in my tryptophan hangover. If, however, she's not familiar with the idea, check out www.adbusters.org and poke around. Maybe she can inspire the masses of OC to avoid shopping next year (ha!). Regardless, thanks for being a voice of sanity in OC.Bill W.
SPIDER WEB CAM
Re: Alison M. Rosen's list of lousy gifts ("Shittygiftophobia," Dec. 8). Maybe it's her own acrophobia getting in the way here, I don't know, but the "all-expenses-paid skydiving trip" sounds like a pretty good gift to me!Paul Quade
WEEKLY IS EVIDENCE OF GOD'S EXISTENCE!
Nick Schou's story on Dana Rohrabacher's appearance at the anti-immigration meeting was about the best piece of writing ever to grace your fine rag ("Bush Victory Evidence of God's Existence," Dec. 8). So Rohrabacher believes George W.'s narrow win is a sign of the existence of God? What a tiny God Rohrabacher prays to. My God is interested in bigger news, like the countless acts of kindness and love that occur every day but are mostly unreported.
To the editor: Chris Ziegler is a very disturbed man, and you must be a very disturbed person yourself to allow him the space to write a Christmas gift list that includes a lock-picking set, ready-to-eat military meals and a horse leech ("Miscellaneous Great Gifts!" Dec. 8). This is sick.
Christmas is supposed to be a time to reflect on God's love for man enfleshed in the birth of Jesus Christ. It is offensive to me that our holiday has been hijacked by non-Christians as an excuse to sell things like horse leeches.
Please do us all a favor and fire Mr. Ziegler, and then fire yourself.