'He will have had a greater positive impact in people's lives than some judgmental, morally superior journalist who can only throw barbs to build himself up at the expense of one who has passed away'

So, what are his major crimes that justify denying him and his family the respect the dead deserve? He gave money to an anti-gay group while saying he did not believe they were anti-gay? While this shows he was out of touch with reality and homophobic, does it warrant declaring him a bigot right after his death? Bigot is a powerful, damning word, but you cheapen it-I can think of much worse organizations and much worse acts that deserve this label. His other crimes: acquiring other companies and letting the value of his hamburgers slide. Again, you are completely justified in making this criticism, but does it warrant stomping on this man's grave? Why not wait a while, let his loved ones grieve, and then bring up these faults, maybe in the context of what is wrong with America in general, so they do not seem like naked attacks on one man and may actually provoke thoughts on our society in general? Such an article, after Karcher's death has passed from the front pages, would not provide the requisite shock that you have reduced yourself to pandering for. You are a better journalist than that, Gustavo!

Huntington Beach

The following letters were sent in praise of R. Scott Moxley's continuing coverage of convicted child molester Jeffrey Ray Nielsen, most recently Jan. 11's "Boy, Oh, Boy!"

What an eye-opener! I will inform my young son of sexual predators like Jeff who prey on the minds and morals of young people who are vulnerable, like teens and even preteens. Parents, be aware of the people who are involved in your children's lives! Thanks, OC Weekly, for shedding light on this. I dislike most of your publication and find it offensive, but God uses even your magazine for some good things.

Tina Charme
via e-mail

Bravo to R. Scott Moxley on the series of articles on Jeffrey Ray Nielsen's serial molestation. I'm sick and tired of these perverts. Kudos to you, Mr. Moxley and OC Weekly, for not letting it go!

D. McFarland
via e-mail

Nick Schou's "Just a Random Female" (Nov. 23, 2007) will be included in the 2008 edition of The Best American Crime Reporting anthology, a book that has in the past featured articles from such publications as Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ and New York magazine.

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