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From observation and from testimonies of Vietnamese, I would say their viewpoint of Mexicans is that we are dirty, lazy, uneducated, illegal and so on [Gustavo Arellano's "When Immigrants Attack," July 18]. Since their arrival 20 years ago as refugees, I would say Vietnamese have a lack of understanding of the history of the Chicano Mexican people, not to mention Indian history. I think they view us this way because of what they see in the news about us. I would say that the Vietnamese do carry racism against the Mexicans, and I would say it's because of the image that they see of us without the understanding of our long history that we have had here in the U.S.

Lupe Lopez
Via e-mail

Hello, Gustavo Arellano, a.k.a. Mr. Esoteric. I am impressed with your basic historic knowledge, but in your weak article ["Gringo de Mayo," May 2] you make it seem as if all Mexicans and Mexican Americans are flying flags that say VIVA MEXICO every Cinco de Mayo. Mr. Esoteric, even though you placed the accents in the proper position in the two Spanish words that you wrote, I do not think you are capable of writing a well-educated essay in Spanish. Finally, as a Mexican American, I would be embarrassed to be seen with a person like you. I never celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but whenever I have a chance to drink, I drink.

Aldo Gutierrez
Via e-mail

P.S. Get a real education; you probably went to Cal State Dominguez Hills or Cal State LA, and call yourself Gus.

Gustavo "Guti" Arellano responds: Pues cómo Ud. no me dió razón de que exactamente es su problema con mi artículodipwad, solamente le puedo decir que su cartaDick Nichols es indicativo de una enfermedad en la comunidad Latina, esa de ignoranciaignoramus. Le aviso que lea mi artículo otra vezpocho pendejo y después escriba devuelta a nuestra revistachimichanga con una carta que tenga puntoTecate. Y la educación fue en UCLA, pendejo, no un Cal-State. ¡See you Cinco de Mayo!


Stacy Davies asked of Fleetwood Mac, "What's left to know about the classic overexposed band and its biggest star?" ["Bella Donna Groupies," July 11.] Obviously for you, what's "left to know" is digging up half-cocked groupie stories from the '80s. I wonder if YOU ever had a problem in your life—and then had THE GUTS to seek help for it like Stevie Nicks did? Here's another one of your journalistic gems: "Fleetwood Mac, with a hopefully cleaned-up Stevie Nicks, performs at the Arrowhead Pond." Stevie Nicks has been in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse for years. Why is there no mention of this in your article? Get your facts straight.

Jan Freedland
New York City

Stacy Davies responds:I (sniff) saw the recent Fleetwood Mac show, Mr./Ms. Sensitive, and you're right (sniff): Stevie was so "cleaned up" and wax like, she (sniff-sniff) barely moved, her tambourine playing was off, she forgot the words to "Rhiannon" and the windows to her soul flashed "Vacancy." The lesson here (wheeze) is clear: Stevie Nicks SHOULD be on drugs! Now excuse me while my face falls back into this pile of blow.


Thanks, Jim Washburn, for your insightful Lost in OC column regarding the environmental issues of the day and especially global warming and genetically modified foods ["More Backyard Trash Fires," July 4]. On global warming, I think it should be pointed out that although we are an influence on the environment, in the scheme of things we are a putative influence. The sun's output varies from time to time. In the last century, three volcanoes belched out more carbon dioxide than the entire history of mankind. Not to mention the fact that insects generate more CO2 and cows generate more methane than we do (fine by me as long as I'm upwind). To be fair, I don't think it hurts to take some preventive action, especially at the rate we're losing trees, but it's important to understand that there are bigger forces at work that we have no power over. And I think it's ironic how the food companies like ADM and Monsanto want to patent their food inventions, but they don't want them labeled because they're afraid that people won't buy them.

Scott Dunn
Costa Mesa


Let's see, Commie Girl, in your world Bob Hope dies and Kobe Bryant gets off the hook because he cheated on his SATs, and Wondertwat, or whoever, tops the charts ["Commie Girl," July 11]. But you're right about the Stray Cats: they sucked in 1980 and they suck now. It's funny how rockabilly crops back up every five years, but not for long, thankfully. Wait, I see why you're concerned about Kobe: you're afraid another rich black LA athlete will not get a fair trial. Good point. Pinhead!

Russell Parker
Via e-mail
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