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
FAIR AND BALANCED
The following letter originally ran Jan. 4.
Why does the Weakly [sic] publish letters from total dumb fucks who go on to praise your columnists or tell you how funny you are? Does this somehow make your work better? Sometimes, your articles are funny, interesting, etc., etc. But who fucking cares what some moron thinks about your paper/authors? You guys are assholes for printing those self-serving letters, and it's embarrassing for those of us who have to read them. Fuck you.M.A.
I REALLY AM THIS DENSE
The following letter originally ran Feb. 1.
If you would enlighten me, what would inspire you to refer to Mr. [Jeff] Andrade as a pedophile [Gustavo Arellano's "McKnight Fall," Jan. 26]? Other than the typical reporter mentality of throwing their mother under the bus just to get a story? If I read the article correctly, the girl was 15 at the time, correct? I'm looking forward to hearing a response from the author and contributor.J
Gustavo Arellano responds:You're right, J. 15-year-olds aren't children. I meant to call Andrade a "statutory student rapist." My apologies.
KEEP IT COMING, NICK
The following letter originally ran March 15.
I would like to thank the OC Weekly, especially Nick Schou, for taking an interest in what has happened to my daughter Andrea Nelson ["Girl On Film," March 8]. It's shocking to me that the police and Orange County authorities have not taken the same interest as your magazine has.Linda Cator
The following letter, which originally ran March 15, pertains to Gustavo Arellano's March 1 This Hole-in-the-Wall Life, on restaurant Union Jack Fish & Chips, in which Arellano states Cadbury chocolate makes Hershey seem as "bland as spackle."
Please note that Spackle is a registered trademark of the Muralo company. Please note this in future articles when referring to Spackle.James Norton, worker
GOD HELP THE OUTCASTS
The following letter, which originally ran April 12, concerns Gustavo Arellano's March 29 "interview" with Mickey Mouse, "The Ratón That Roared," on Disney's battle with the city of Anaheim over control of property immediately surrounding Disneyland.
This article is CRAP. This interview never happened, and falsifying information in that way is wrong for so many reasons. Mickey Mouse is a household name. It's like slandering Jesus; you just don't do it. I love your magazine, but this really pissed me off. I hope Disney sues. I feel you should write a retractment [sic] statement and make things right.Tahra
MAKING AN ASS OF ONESELF
This next letter, which originally ran April 19, is in regards to Nick Schou's April 5 open letter to District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Sheriff Mike Carona, and the police chiefs and mayors of every Orange County city (except Laguna Niguel), "Thanks for the Work!"
As usual with the OC Weekly, this article sucks donkey dick. Keep up the great "investigative" reporting and fighting against liberty and security.Anonymous
The following letter, which originally ran May 3, pertains to Gustavo Arellano's April 24 story concerning Bishop Tod Brown's undisclosed molestation accusation, "Nailed?"
I've finally figured out your purpose in life: What you do is try (as best you can) to assassinate the character of the Catholic bishops of California, or more specifically, Orange County. Well, go ahead. I'll still keep sending Bishop Brown money for his cathedral, his schools and parishes, and any other projects he has in mind. The more you dig up fanciful or made-up stories, the more resolute I become in my Catholicism. Keep up the good work!Michael Sorrell
The following letter, which originally ran May 10, pertains to Gustavo Arellano's May 4 story, "Almost Famoso," on the release of his bookÂ¡Ask a Mexican!
"The Mexican" can be witty and insightful sometimes. But his bashing of Guatemalans has to stop. I'm all for the occasional gibe, but he has shown nothing but pure hatred. His disgusting, Mexican-flavored, xenophobic humor is not funny anymore, and now with national exposure, it might turn into something less palatable—illegal, or at the very least actionable. If he represents what Mexicans in Orange County, California, think about Guatemalans, I say deport those motherfuckers and limit their interactions with the more civilized.El Gordo
WE FEEL THE SAME WAY
The following letter originally ran May 24.
I currently subscribe to The Orange County Register. For the past week, I have been receiving the [Register's] OC Post also free of charge. Thank you, but I do not want the OC Post, so please stop delivering it. A few months ago, we were away on vacation and had canceled the OC Register. When we got home, we had numerous copies of the OC Post, although we didn't order it, on our driveway. This allows people to know we are out of town and makes our home a target for break-in. I called the OC Post's offices and explained my concerns and told them, do not send the paper. It stopped for a while, but now it's back. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME ANY MORE EDITIONS OF THE OC POST.Susan Newman
DUUUUUUUUDE . . .
The following letter, which originally ran June 7, is in response to Nick Schou's May 18 piece, "Dude, Where's My Pot?"
Dude, what were you thinking? [This letter has been edited for space]Susan Kang Schroeder, public affairs counsel
Orange County district attorney's office
WE THINK SHE'S PRETTY COOL OURSELVES
This letter, which originally ran June 21, is in regards to Vickie Chang's June 14 Trendzilla, about guys who wear black graphic tees.
Thanks for the sarcasm. You must be one cool chick. I live in HB and have to live around these guys every day. I'm a 30-year-old guy who wears Levi's and does not have dragons and skulls on my tight shirt. On the occasion that I do wear a ballcap, I do have the bill slightly bent and not flat. And let me guess: You guys drink Corona. It's nice to hear of a lady that does not get off on these lame guys. Oh, yeah, and by the way, it's not cool to "trick out" a 1998 Ford Ranger. . . .Chris
LAZY AND CRAZY
The following letter, which originally ran July 19, is in response to the coverage of Ashley MacDonald's "suicide" (Nick Schou's "Shoot First, Ask No Questions Later," Sept. 7, 2006; "Hey, Chief!" Nov. 9, 2006; "Fire at Will," Feb. 1; "Inside the Kill Zone," March 15; "Thanks for the Work!" April 5; and "Suicide by Cop 101," June 5).
I cannot get enough of your articles in relation to Ashley MacDonald. I swear I e-mailed your "Hey, Chief!" article to practically everyone I knew. Most of these people do not live in Huntington Beach, as I do, and they refuse to believe anything like that could happen in the so-called "Surf City." I personally have no clue what it must take to be a H.B. cop, nor do I believe that the mentality is limited. I am not the first person to catch them sleeping in their cars, and given the fact I was less than a block away from the park where Ashley was killed, I can only deduce you must have two mindsets—and only two—in order to make the cut at the H.B. Police Department: Lazy and Crazy. Nevertheless, I still do anything and everything I can to avoid the H.B. police for any reason. Keep the good stuff coming.Shawn Miars
The following letter, which originally ran Aug. 2, is in response to R. Scott Moxley's July 12 article outlining the tale of a public masturbator extraordinaire named Nizameddine Hassan Chokr, who blames his woes on the women of Orange County and their amorous ways, "Who Is This Jerk-Off?"
You are brilliant! My friends and I are thoroughly entertained and moved by your article about Mr. Chokr's victimization. We are so moved, in fact, that we are launching a "Free Chokr" campaign. T-shirts are being printed as we speak. Ballcaps will bear the insignia EHW (evil horny women). Thank you for bringing Mr. Chokr's plight to our attention. We feel it is our duty to right this most egregious wrong.
A New Fan and her Friends,Annalee Cappello
This letter, which originally ran Oct. 4, has some things to say about our Sept. 21 Best of OC issue.
Knucka, please! OC Weekly, you trippin'. Why half yo list in the LBC? Last I checked, the county line was the 605. Stop frontin' on me, or I'ma bust a drive-by from Seal Beach to Mission Viejo, recognize! You ain't a real place, and you never will be. You can't front culture, or, in yo case, just jack it. To quote the homey, Leche: "You want the coolness of a real city but not its trappings (crime, gangs, graffiti, black people, etc.)." THAT IS CALLED FRONTIN' IN MY HOOD, HOMEY! Watch yo back.Ky-Phong Tran
The following letter, which originally ran Oct. 25, is in response to a series of stories by R. Scott Moxley including the April 26, 2006, article, "Dirty, Stupid or Both."
Rico [Rick Rizzolo] is a good man. . . . Has no ties to your so-called La Cosa Nostra. As a friend, I would appriciate [sic] if you would stop with the unnececery [sic] articles and slender [sic] of his name. . . .Georgio Gambino Panagiotou
R. Scott Moxley responds: Rick Rizzolo is a convicted felon and ex-Las Vegas titty-bar owner who, according to FBI surveillance, is tied to organized-crime bosses and hit men. I exposed Rizzolo's relationship with Sheriff Michael S. Carona and will continue to report on local corruption.
HIGH NOON FOR OC'S SHERIFF
The following letter, which originally ran Nov. 8, concerns R. Scott Moxley's ongoing coverage of Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, pre- and post-indictment.
Moxley, I am truly impressed. For years, I've read about Sheriff Mike Carona's wrongdoings in your paper and have become more and more infuriated with him in every new story. When I woke up Tuesday morning and saw the headline on the front page of The Orange County Register, I nearly wept. This is the first step of many to come in the march for justice here in Orange County. I salute you, Moxley. You do fine work, and you're a fine reporter.Trevor Clarke
MUSIC TO OUR EARS
The following letter originally ran Nov. 15.
I just wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying your music coverage in the OC Weekly. It's great to see Hobey Echlin's byline, too. I used to read his stuff in the [Detroit] Metro Times. I especially enjoyed Echlin's recent piece on the Gore Gore Girls ["These Boots Are Made for Kickin' Ass," Oct. 19]. Well, I just thought you'd like to know that a fellow former Detroiter is digging the music section of the Weekly. Keep up the excellent work!Beth Fhaner
The following letter, which originally ran Dec. 14, is in regards to R. Scott Moxley's continuing coverage of the Jeffrey Nielsen pedophilia case, notably the story "Oh, Boy!" in the Dec. 7 issue.
From the article: "Jeffrey Ray Nielsen—the well-connected Orange County conservative activist who claimed the so-called liberal media, specifically the Weekly, was out to get him by publishing a series of exposés on his pedophile activities—finally admitted on Dec. 5 that he used two boys for sex since the early 1990s."
He's right: The liberal media WAS out to get him, and damn well they should have been. He's a pedophile, the most despicable example of all criminality. What did the conservative media do? Praise him for pretending to save some puppies? My fucking hero.Knew Jeff in High School
The following letter, which originally ran Dec. 21, is in response to Ben Westhoff's fictitious (one reader simply called it "bulllllshit") Dec. 14 article, "The Efron Scandal," about rapper Lil Wayne collaborating with teen heartthrob Zac Efron and kissing him on the mouth.
All right. I seen this on another website because no one has ever heard of this one. Anyways. You need to quit trippin' on Wayne. The collabo may be true, but ain't no way Efron's up in there, sayin' nigga and chillin with Wayne.David