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
‘You Can Say What You Will About Dillow (and Boy, Did You Ever!)’
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WON’T SOMEBODY THINK OFTHE CHILDREN?!
We need to protect women from this kind of abuse [R. Scott Moxley’s “The Rapist, the Judge, the Lawyer and Her Lover,” Oct. 31]! Unfortunately, restraining orders are being used as tools to undermine, rob, intimidate and destabilize both parties involved.
A couple can have an argument in which one individual pulls a restraining order barring the other person from contact or use of property and access to their community and children. That gives ample opportunity for flaring tempers when returning to get such things as clothing, cars, wallets, sleeping bags, etc. These circumstances can and do trigger arrests, which can cause emotional strife and usually creates a criminal record without due process.
Then couples get to the point of hiring attorneys. They can lose their jobs, get sick, and lose all their assets to the county coffers and attorneys, creating drama and much suffering. And what about the children? Does anybody care about them?
Sparks can fly, and humans may say or do something stupid or file restraining orders out of spite. There are thousands of these things out there, and I imagine it really tears at the hearts of our local judiciary and law enforcement. Courts are battlegrounds, and it’s ugly. All we’re really wanting to do is make our communities safer for everyone. At least I hope that’s the goal.
Concerned, via ocweekly.com
You can say what you will about Dillow (and boy, did you ever!) [Matt Coker’s “Dillow Unbound,” Nov. 14], but he actually might be the best crime reporter in the region. When he was at the Herald-Examiner, he regularly scooped the LA Times. Like too many good reporters, Dillow is a victim of the Peter Principle: He was promoted to his level of incompetence.
Chas. Brown, Westminster
The poster that corresponds to this article [Gustavo Arellano’s “The Sexorcist,” Oct. 31] fails to credit the executive producer to this blockbuster film: Rog “Tef” Mahal Mahony!
As anyone in the film industry knows, “Tef” Mahony has produced, directed, starred in, and is a legend (in his own mind) of the premeditated aid, abetting and enabling of many hundreds of clerical sexual assaulters, rapists, sodomists, oral copulators, physical maimers, kidnappers, delinquenters, molesters, etc., of many thousands of minors in California over many decades, as a charter member of the USCCB (Unremoved Sexual Criminal Cabal Bishops).
Albino Luciani, via ocweekly.com
The only way these monstrous pervert priests will stop raping or sodomizing children is if they’re locked up or dead.
Victoria, via ocweekly.com
Every day brings new evidence that we no longer live in a civilized and principled society. The worst part is it usually concerns another case of sexual misconduct involving a Catholic priest, young children and a Church hierarchy that helped to cover up the case.
To be sure, media pressure and public outrage have inspired displays of contrition from members of the Church hierarchy. But as more and more cases of abuse—and cover-ups—come to light, one begins to wonder whether such displays should be considered any more trustworthy than those of, say, Saddam Hussein.
As horrific as sexual abuse by priests may be, the perpetrators might merit a more forgiving place if only their superiors had the courage to do the right thing. For a few, counseling and close supervision might have been enough to prevent future abuses. Others clearly required something more intensive, such as a mental hospital or a prison.
But repeated abuse, as well as willfully hiding the crimes and the criminals—as far as I can see, this brings us much closer to the realm of mortal sin. And the sinners include not just the Church hierarchy, but also the attorneys who ill-advised parents not to buck the system and take on the Catholic Church, or may even have provided inside information to thwart legitimate cases against the Church; law-enforcement officials who may have thought it best to warn Church officials of pending investigations; and janitors, housekeepers, teachers and employees of the Catholic Church who kept silent because of concerns about a paycheck, a 401(k), a pension, or a fear of standing up to Church authorities. God has a place for everyone—and if you abuse children or protect the abusers of children, we can only hope that your place is called hell.
Mike Ference, Clairton, Pennsylvania, via ocweekly.com
Thanks for a great article [Gustavo Arellano’s This Hole-In-the-Wall Life, “Mad Mongolian,” Nov. 14]. As a self-taught connoisseur of Mongolian barbecue, I know of the Midwestern chain to which you are referring. That place was cool! It was inexpensive, and yet it had ambiance, complete with hip décor, music, recipe cards, and a huge variety of spices and condiments, most of which are sorely lacking in similar places. Unfortunately, you do occasionally come across a bad Mongolian-barbecue joint, which can usually be attributed to them experimenting with the barbecue sauce. I would love a Mongolian-barbecue registry across the Southland so I could try them all!
Sonia, via ocweekly.com
Latitude 33, which our readers voted as Best Used Bookstore in our Best of OC 2008 issue [Oct. 10], sells new books, but not used books. The Weekly regrets the error.