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 Do Not Wear Sombreros, and I Do Not Drink Tequila, But I Can Kick Your Ass'
Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to email@example.com, or mail to Letters to the Editor, c/o OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Or fax to (714) 550-5908.
SANTORUM? IS THAT YOU?
I feel left out [Daffodil J. Altan's "Eat, Drink and Be Gay Married," June 20]. I love my dog and would like to marry him—is this going to be legalized? Of course not! It is no more natural than gay marriage. What people do between themselves is their business, but it does not have to become a legalized issue. History is record enough to show what has happened to societies as issues like this continue to erode their society. Is this something to welcome or endorse? Great nations have dissolved due to moral decay. Is this the direction our country is headed? Don't get defensive; just review history before making any type of reply.
Anonymous, via e-mail
It's no surprise that California has become a prison state. Putting people in prison has become a business [R. Scott Moxley's "CSI Games," March 14]. As a Mexican-American woman, I am appalled at how many young Mexican-Americans are put in prison. It saddens me because I am the mother of a young Hispanic man who was put in prison for 15 years. My son had a drug problem and a hearing disability, but that was never brought up; he is just another victim of this prison state. Why give someone 15 years in prison? Do you know that it costs $45,000 per year to house an inmate? There are thousands of young Chicanos being railroaded and herded into the jail system.
I am saddened by James Ochoa's plight, and I thank God there were compassionate and honorable people who assisted him. I recommend he sue the county of Orange for pain and suffering, unjust torture and cruelty, and justice.
Maggie Moe, via e-mail
Wow! This looks just like the guy that wacked off in front of my friends and I, during my senior year of high school [R. Scott Moxley's "Who Is This Jerk-Off?" July 13, 2007]. That would have been in 1994 in the Inland Empire. Could it be?
Selena, via e-mail
ACTUALLY, THEY'RE EXAMPLES OF AWARD-WINNING JOURNALISM
Can you possibly be any less sensitive to the types of culture you target in your ¡Ask a Mexican! column [Gustavo Arellano's ¡Ask a Mexican! June 5]? Anyone can read this article, as many of my co-workers did, and it is definitely not comfortable to hear people say the N-word. Is this an example of good journalism?
E. Leon, via e-mail
First off, you should know that there are different kind of Mexicans. I am pretty sure you are one of those Mexican aborigines, who don't have any education and come legally to the U.S.; then you have the civilized people, who don't fit the description of the shit you write in these articles. So if you are going to crap on Mexicans, please get your facts straight, and even if the 10 percent of the Mexican population that doesn't look like Indians are different, then you need to say it since the way we behave is totally different. I do not eat burritos, I do not dance any Mexican dances, I do not wear sombreros, and I do not drink tequila, but I can kick your ass when I meet you, even though I have a master's degree and came to America legally and studied American history in Mexico and learned the language as a normal educated person living in Mexico.
Sebastien, via e-mail
BAD COP, WORSE COP
I just got through reading your article [Nick Schou's "Party Crashers," June 6] on the events that took place on Sept. 12, 2004, and I must say I am certainly not surprised by the actions taken by the police against the entire Santos family. The idea of a "good cop" does not exist. A "good cop" can turn into your worst nightmare if he's having a bad day. A "good cop" can turn into the worst cop in one order from a higher ranking officer.
These police officers got away with harrassing a family because they were "being disrespectful." No law says we must speak to a cop if we don't want to, let alone speak "respectfully" to a police officer. I think both parties are at fault here. Some of these people were ex-correctional officers and current CHP officers; they should know their rights when speaking to police officers. Or did they not try to exercise their rights because even if we do try to do so, the police officers won't let us have those rights?
In short, learn your rights.
Adrian Castillo, via e-mail
CLUBS EDITOR NEEDED
The Weekly has an immediate opening for a part-time Clubs Editor. This person must be well-versed in the mysterious ways of the OC/Long Beach nightlife scene—but not so far into it that he or she can't write about it coherently the next day. The main duties involve database work: compiling the Weekly's comprehensive print and online Club Guide listings. The Clubs Editor also writes descriptive capsule reviews of local watering holes, dance halls and other nightspots. As an hourly, part-time position, the Clubs Editor position does not come with benefits. Please sent a résumé, cover letter and writing samples to Ted B. Kissell, Editor, OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.