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
McCoy didn't spend years in Laos—he spent less than a year there, and I highly doubt he got to stay in Long Tieng during the war years. The CIA made sure of that. The French, in their desperation, did use the sale of opium to aid their war chest in an attempt to hold on to Indochina after World War II. The biggest CIA operation ever did happen in Laos. The largest bomb dropped ever happened in Laos. What makes people think that the Hmong have time to cultivate enough opium to poison American GIs when clearly the enemies they are up against leave them no room for other activities. The CIA have satellite photography of Laos in detail during the second Indochina War. It is not hard to prove or disprove McCoy's theories that Vang Pao plays a big role in heroin production and trafficking. All Vang Pao ever asked is that Laos be democratic. So the people of Laos can enjoy the freedom others take for granted.
I thought that it was a DAMN good article [R. Scott Moxley's "White Power With a Lisp," June 14]. Very informative and descriptive in describing the gangs as well as their origins. Two thumbs up!
Nardare J. Rivers
The following letter is in regard to R. Scott Moxley's Feb. 1 article, "Phu Fighter," about gangsters assaulting a defenseless girl in a parking lot.
The information stated by R. Scott Moxley in the article is pure ignorance, and not to mention a stereotypical article name. He needs to get his facts straight about Vboyz. Saying it consists of mainly teens and they only have 15 to 20 members is the stupidest thing ever. Have you ever heard of an Asian gang with those numbers? Someone needs to review his articles before they are made public and review his facts. I'd like him to e-mail me back telling me where he got his information from. Stupid-ass crackers talk about gangs like they know something.
In Luke Y. Thompson's June 15 story "Mary, Queen of Tats," about the Ink & Iron Festival in Long Beach, a report of a stabbing given to Thompson by a bartender at the event turned out to be greatly exaggerated. According to producer Trace Edwards, someone thought he had been stabbed in the heat of the moment. He was back partying at the show the next day.
Three OC Weekly writers received LA Press Club Awards on June 16. Gustavo Arellano won the extremely prestigious President's Award for °Ask a Mexican! Humbled, he offered all of the judges a free pool cleaning. R. Scott Moxley took first place for investigative/series writing in our circulation category for his piece "The New Crips" [Oct. 27, 2006]. The judges said, "We liked how Moxley laid out the case against this disabled 'activist' while treating him fairly and pointing out that the law is actually on his side. The story serves as much as an exposť of the law as it does of the ex-drug dealer at the center of the story." Luke Y. Thompson scored an honorable mention (which is to say "third place") in the Entertainment Reviews/Criticism category for his review of the film Monster House ["Unreal Estate," July 21, 2006].
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