By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
I was surprised to read that you would like to avoid watching my film, Finding Kraftland, at the upcoming Newport Beach International Film Festival like the plague [Luke Y. Thompson's "Twelve Films I'm Excited to See (And eight I plan to avoid like the plague)," April 12]. As the co-director of this good-natured documentary about the relationship between my son and myself as we travel the world riding roller coasters and collecting pieces of Disneyland and other American pop culture, it is interesting to note that the dread of spending 65 minutes watching my film is in the same league as locusts and boils—rivers of blood I can understand. While it may not be Citizen Kane, I personally guarantee you it is at least better than death to the firstborn.
Co-director, Finding Kraftland
The following regards Seven MacDonald's March 23 story, "You're On With Jesus," on Neil Saavedra, who masquerades as Jesus Christ on his KFI radio talk show.
I appreciated your article on the "Jesus Christ Show." Thank you.
SON OF A GUN
This author is a horrid person [Nick Schou's "A Higher Fire Power," July 1, 1999]. He believes that California's gun-control laws are leaky! California has some of the strictest gun-control laws in the United States. Gun-control laws do not cut down on gun crimes; they encourage them. By limiting who can have guns, you are limiting the rights of good citizens and violating their Second Amendment rights. The criminals do not get their guns legally; they get them illegally, so gun control will not effect them. It has been shown that where draconian gun laws have been enforced, crime has skyrocketed. I cite England and Australia as examples. Please, when thinking about gun laws, remember that it only hurts law-abiding citizens.
Please thank Matt Coker for writing that review of my film ["Soup Dreams," April 12]. It was no-holds-barred, but he did give me a lot of credit, and I really appreciate it. That review will help pack the theater. Thanks.
WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO YOUR BELOVED CORPS?
I seem to remember [John] Wayne's character in Sands of Iwo Jima as a U.S. Marine, not Army as stated in the article [Matt Coker, "John Wayne Is Orange County," April 12]. It's a small thing, but as a former Marine, it's something that stands out. Otherwise, it was a good article.
Editor's note: He's right. The Weekly regrets the error.
This next letter concerns Gustavo Arellano's April 12 ˇAsk a Mexican!™ column, in which he gives advice to a reader who is concerned he has married into his spouse's family.
Damn, ain't that the truth. My daughter married a Mexican from San Luis Potesi, and we really did marry the family. We've given up setting the table for family dinners. Who knows how many will show up? At first, it's tough. Adjusting to a different culture is like that. But hey, we now like it. And it makes wonderful stories for all our gabacho friends.
The last few lines of last week's cover story, Nick Schou's "So I Married a Terrorist," were inadvertently left out of the print edition of the Weekly. The story should have ended with this quote from Saraah Olson: "It's better that way. If I get killed and they try to fly my body back to Washington, it's going to be hell." The Weekly regrets the error.
In last week's Arts section story about Germs drummer Don Bolles [Greg Stacy's "Don Bolles Keeps His Nose Clean"] references to a "protective/stay-away order" or "stay-away order" between Bolles and his girlfriend Cat Scandal should have read, "amicable restraining order." The Weekly regrets the error.
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We are also looking for a dependable, experienced proofreader for part-time, weekend proofing. A rigorous test covering spelling, grammar, word usage, punctuation and style will be given to qualified candidates. Potential proofreaders should contact Erich Burnett at Village Voice Media, 1468 W. Ninth St., Ste. 805, Cleveland, OH 44113. E-mail Erich.Burnett@VillageVoiceMedia.com. Yet again, no phone calls.