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‘Is Gustavo Secretly Gay?’

 

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HAVE YOU BOUGHT YOUR COPY OF ORANGE COUNTY: A PERSONAL HISTORY YET?
Señor Gustavo Arellano says “go figure” about how it is that anyone can back Proposition 8 and like the ¡Ask a Mexican! column [“Orange County, This Is Your Life,” Sept. 12]. Go figure, indeed! Here’s the figure: Mexicans back Props. 22 and 8 by a significantly larger percentage than gabachos. I know the ground has changed a little in the past eight years; I confess my secret hope is that Prop. 8 loses among the gabachos and wins because of the Mexicans and other people of color.

That would piss off exactly the right people on both sides! Is Gustavo secretly gay? Is that why he thinks there’s some kind of inconsistency between liking ¡Ask a Mexican! and being for Prop. 8?

Howard Ahmanson, via e-mail

 

This is what keeps me in Orange County. We are so different than our neighboring Los Angeles. You totally show a different side to “life as a Latino in Orange County.”

Monica, Santa Ana

 

Guess what everybody in my family gets for Christmas?

Kat, La Habra

 

SPANGLISH LESSON
The word is pachuquismo, not pachucismo [Gustavo Arellano’s ¡Ask a Mexican! Aug. 29]. No wonder the gabas think Mexicans are stupid. You can’t even spell your own language. Pachucismo son tus nalgas, pendejo! Gracias.

P.S. Mr. Professional Writer, nalgas!

El Pocho, Anaheim

 

SEPARATE PERO NO IGUAL
As I read “School Colors” [Daffodil J. Altan, Sept. 5], I recalled my visit to Little Rock, Arkansas, last February, where I saw the monument honoring the first eight African-American students to attend Little Rock Central High School in 1957 (after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling ending school segregation).

At first, I thought it ironic, but now I realize how fitting it is that the monument is facing a Confederate-war memorial about 100 feet away. As if it’s defying (albeit symbolically) the racism and segregation that tried to hold back those students!

I hope the same spirit of courage and defiance that motivated those eight African-American students to topple school racism and segregation in Arkansas will motivate parents, students and school employees to do the same at Capistrano Unified School District.

Bob, via e-mail

 

Parents of students residing in San Juan Capistrano are drastically overreacting when it comes to topics based on the unity of different ethnicities. Yes, it was important to mention that Hispanic students should be required to learn English because they are part of an English-based country; however, it is ridiculous for white parents to move their children to schools with lower Hispanic populations.

Although not all of the Hispanic students speak fluent English, their lack of understanding does not lower the education level being taught to the other students. Parents should be encouraging their children to socialize with students of different ethnic backgrounds.

America is described as “the Great Melting Pot,” and refusal to associate with all races contradicts the message our country tries to send.

Lindsey, via e-mail

 

I was a teacher at Marco Forster when those fliers were discovered in the student lockers. I, along with about five other teachers and administrators, took locker keys, opened every locker on that campus, and removed the fliers. It was a difficult, emotional day on a campus that was nurturing and positive.

That campus no longer exists. Marco is no longer a nurturing place, and it hasn’t been since the current leadership has been in place. My own child refused to finish her eighth-grade year there because her perception was that there was two sets of standards: one for Latino students, and one for everyone else. Having still been on staff there for her sixth- and seventh-grade years, I had to admit she might have a valid point. While student population does effect the climate and culture of the school, the ultimate responsibility lies with the principal. The principal sets the tone for students, staff and community.

Perhaps those who are so worried about the presence of a mural should refocus on the real issue.

Al, San Juan Capistrano

 

Illegal immigrants have been invading our country for decades, millions have piled in, and the federal and state governments do very little or have liberal judges do it for them.

Why should we be upset?

Our schools and hospitals have been overrun.

Why should we be upset?

Our neighborhoods and cities have been destroyed.

Why should we upset?

Racist activist pro-Mexican groups threaten us when we speak out.

Why should we be upset?

Schoolchildren tell us this is part of Mexico.

Why should we upset?

We spend billions on them, and they have the nerve to tell us that this is not our country.

Steve Jorgenson, Costa Mesa

 

ONE WAY TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION
Deputies Brett Gardner and Jose Pelayo need to have rectal reconstruction performed in a correctional facility filled with hostile black and Latino gang members [R. Scott Moxley’s “Tape? What Tape?” Sept. 12]. I pray that day is coming soon.

Joe, Agoura Hills

 

 
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