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‘Throw Out That Stinky Old Bong, Shut the Fuck Up, and Go Apply for Jobs at Six Flags’

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PRESCRIPTION FOR PAIN
I have a few comments for the good doctor [Brian West, featured in Daffodil J. Altan’s “Cutting Remarks,” Aug. 15]: 1) You need to apologize to your ex-patients for the sloppy jobs you’ve performed. 2) You’d be surprised what an “I’m sorry” may do for your reputation/status when a patient is injured or unhappy with the outcome of a procedure. 3) You still have to answer to God when you knock on that golden gate someday.

I suggest you get on your knees and apologize to Him now, and then to the patients you are accused of injuring. You may be surprised how welcome that statement may be. My husband is dead because of the lack of competent medical care in the good ol’ USA. No one should be injured or die from seeking care. I am beginning to wonder if there are any real doctors anymore because of all the denial and cover-up attempts made on a daily basis. But I will let you in on a secret: As patients, we know who is guilty of our injuries. Patients are present during the procedure, too, you know?

Dianne Parker, via e-mail

BURGERS WELL-DONE
OMG! I love this place [Gustavo Arellano’s This Hole-In-the-Wall Life, “Brea Burger Bingo,” Aug. 15]. I cannot believe you didn’t mention the fried zucchini. It’s amazing. Good job on the review. I live in Huntington Beach but used to work close to the restaurant, and to this day, I still make the trip to PK Burger.

Berenice Perez, via e-mail

TIKI TORCHED
Unfortunately, this article was poorly written and extremely negative, something I have come to expect from Greg Stacy [“Where the Birds Sing Words and the Flowers Croon,” Aug. 8].

Art is, after all, subjective, so I don’t expect, nor would I appreciate, a “vanilla” review, but there should have been some attempt to explore the artistry and appeal of this popular, tongue-in-cheek take on the SoCal beach culture. There are many colors, layers and sides to our community, and let’s be honest, not many of them are represented in the Pageant of the Masters.

I attended the “Tiki FREAKout” show opening, and while I don’t completely understand or like everything the lowbrow scene has to offer, I can appreciate the raw talent and reckless abandon of these artists. Sure, many can paint a perfect, precious watercolor beach landscape, like that from a bored Orange County housewife with too much money in the bank and too little interest in her children, and yet none choose to entertain that kind of mediocrity.

Greg Stacy, on the other hand, revels in mediocrity and, once again, takes the easy way out by condescending his way through an empty review with underdeveloped thoughts and childish insults. The OC Weekly—and the community it supports—deserves better than that.

Erika, via e-mail

CHARITY CASE
Why must you and Homefront America have the need to condemn other volunteers or nonprofits [Gustavo Arellano’s “The Snow Job Express Rolls On,” Aug. 22]? It’s really in poor form.

The problem is, if charities’ key people aren’t paid, most will end up not doing much in terms of program execution. There is an industry standard to follow that typically requires the charity keeps its administrative costs below 15 percent to achieve a high charity rating with Guide Star and Charity Navigator. Habitat for Humanity raises millions of dollars, and without talented paid people, the “big” money just doesn’t get raised. The more funds for the program, the bigger the impact you can make, clear and simple.

Most nonprofits have paid administrators, which is perfectly legal and, in most cases, required. Even Mother Teresa’s financial needs were taken care of while doing her important work, and that takes nothing away from her amazing accomplishments.

It’s great that you are in a position, as I am, to volunteer your time. However, I could not do the great job that the executive director does for Habitat, who has a proven track record to spearhead a successful program that meets the mission and devotes the vast majority of the funds to the program.

Any nonprofit should open its books or expose tax returns to any donor, without hesitation. And if a director gets paid $100,000-plus, it usually means the director get results. Most worthwhile nonprofits typically pay much less than the for-profit companies, and employees work much harder for the same money.

I know Mike Kerr, and he is a dedicated supporter of our veterans and their families. I will never forget my experience with the Snowball Express, and Mike Kerr and his team of hundreds delivered everything he said they would and more—and I did my research.

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