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‘It’s Time to Throw the Bums Out’
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This article [Nick Schou’s “Seeds of Change?” Sept. 19] is a complete hack job on Dana Rohrabacher. I’ve followed his career for many years, and just about all of these allegations are erroneous and embellished. No wonder he doesn’t respond to your rag of a publication.
Chris Regal, Huntington Beach
A vote for Dana Rohrabacher is a vote for George W. Bush. He is completely out of touch with people of all walks of life. He has supported all of the deregulation laws that have crashed the economy. He prefers Washington, D.C., partying and lobbyist buddies such as Jack Abramoff to his own constituents. Lots of independents and conservatives where I live like Debbie Cook because she’s more like them: in touch with energy independence, fiscal responsibility and good government. It’s time to throw the bums out and elect Debbie Cook!
Mike, Palos Verdes Estates
Dana Rohrabacher is sadly out of touch with this district. He has distorted, outlandish ideas on the economy and the environment! He has been in Washington way too long. We need the strong, modern, visionary leadership that Debbie Cook will provide. Our economic future and children’s health and safety demands fresh new ideas.
Get rid of the same old tired ideas that Rohrabacher represents and his special-interest “politics as usual” views. People of both political parties as well as independents need to get behind Cook for our collective self-interest; otherwise, we will get more failed policies that have destroyed our economy and our great nation’s respectability and standing as a beacon of hope to the rest of the world.
Zeek, Huntington Beach
This article was harsh and demeaning, and I believe you deliberately went over the line [Amanda Parsons’ “28 Plays Later . . .” Sept. 12]. You went for the jugular because it was the easy route, but had you chosen to look more in-depth at what we presented, you may have been able to offer a constructive critique and steer your readers in a more guided direction. Humor is subjective. I cannot argue whether you found our show funny, but the show had meaning, and your ability to see it is not our error—after all, you mentioned it in your article. Engaging the crowd and encouraging a vocal audience, stimulating communication—that is our mission. When we speak of theater being dead, we do not refer to its ability to sustain itself; we speak of Peter Brooks’ “deadly theater,” a theater consisting of its audience members shuffling into their chairs to watch the lives of characters onstage. Our theater is alive; it is full of life—so we embrace that with everything we have. We never let you forget that you are in the theater, and we enjoy every moment of it—and you criticize us for that. You attempt to take away our joy. Our statement is made in the way you watch the product: Like Brecht, we allow you to see the means of production, and like Jerzy Grotowski, we are re-defining the relationship of audience to actor. Our advantage is that nobody’s job is on the line if we fail, which gives us the freedom to risk everything, which we do. The truth is, I don’t find every play in our show flawless. However, not only is the show original, but it also challenges the way people see theater, and to me, that makes it a triumph. So far, this show has drawn the biggest crowds to date, and as Scarborough wrote, “Alive Theatre has got under-30s watching live theater.” At Alive Theatre, we promise you a night filled with life, joy and vibrancy, and one day, you, too, will see why.
Jeremy Aluma, via e-mail
Go see “Übermensch”! Great work. Super article [Greg Stacy’s “In-between Days,” Sept. 19]. Ted Von Heiland rules!
Katie Perdue, Yorba Linda
As proven repeatedly in human history, the people’s position is often not taken seriously until there is a show of blood. After seeing this article [Daffodil J. Altan’s “School Colors,” Sept. 5], I believe this may be one of those times.
We the people of the United States of America want our laws enforced, and we want Illegal Criminal Alien Invaders removed from our midst. We have danced the dance of political rhetoric and are well-prepared to act out our own wishes.
Illegal Criminal Alien Invaders have to sleep sometime, and they’ve chosen to sleep in our communities. They are easy to find and easy to chastise.
Our organizational views are as follows:
We pray to God in heaven, in Jesus’ name, that violence is not needed to retain our sovereignty and safety as a nation. To that end, we strive to intelligently do all we can to safeguard our grandchildren’s future while we are on watch. But if it comes to violence, we’ll be out front. Count on it. For those who view homelessness as comical, if you become homeless, keep laughing.
M.E. Goodwin, via e-mail
I just wanted to tell you I enjoyed your article [Erin DeWitt’s Locals Only, “Mr. Xquisit,” Sept. 19]. If I hadn’t heard Xquisit’s music already, I’d definitely have a sudden urge to check it out after reading your review. Job well-done!
Nicole, via e-mail
The photo accompanying Tom Child’s Calendar pick “Rock & Parole” [Sept. 19] was not credited correctly. The actual photographer was Anthony Browning. The Weekly regrets the error.