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DEATHLIST.ORG
Craigslist doesn’t kill people. People kill people [Spencer Kornhaber’s “‘But for Craigslist, Donna Might Be Alive Today,’” May 8]. Why not sue the killer’s parents and former teachers as well? Idiots.

Anonymous, via ocweekly.com

  

I feel for the families who have to deal with tragedies like this. It is too easy, though, to blame something like Craigslist. There are hundreds of ways mentally unstable people can find victims. Instead, the family should push for people to be more cautious in meeting strangers.

Vivpio, Santa Ana, via ocweekly.com

DUDE, DO YOU EVEN OWN A BIRD?
You guys should change your name to Corporate Tool Weekly for all the cover stories you’ve been running lately that have almost nothing to do with Orange County. From now on, the only thing I’ll be using OC Weekly for is to line the bottom of my birdcage. Looks like you can still do one thing right.

Jeff Lorenzini, via e-mail

HEY, TEACHER, LEAVE THAT ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE ALONE!
I find James Corbett’s comments in a classroom beyond belief [Daffodil J. Altan’s “An Anti-Establishment Comment,” May 8]. Since when do teachers have the right to indoctrinate their students with this liberal, anti-Christian ideology? I would be as concerned if Corbett were a conservative and his rant pro-Christian conservative. And I bet Corbett wouldn’t support my right to give a conservative rant to his kids in a classroom.

My problem, however, is more with Judge James Selna than with Corbett. All of Corbett’s statements were offensive, not just one, and I am certain that Judge Selna would have ruled any reference to Christianity a violation of the First Amendment. If that’s true, any anti-Christian remarks should fall into the same class of statements.

This whole situation is a poor example of what the parents at Capistrano Valley High School allow in their classrooms. Corbett is a disgrace. Unfortunately, so is Judge Selna.

Len Lemmer, Fort Myers, Texas, via ocweekly.com

    

Tailoring recordings in the hopes that the legal proceedings take Dr. Corbett’s sayings out of context is juvenile and belongs on sugar-coated legal shows such as Law and Order. Judge Selna understood that Corbett did not attack a religion, and as he is no omniscient being, he cannot teach with the hopes of not offending religions in the world.

News flash: Orange County is home to multiple religions!

The tone of this editorial represents the closed-minded nature of those who cower in the face of critical comments made in the name of the Christian church. Dr. Corbett is an intellectual who should not be subservient to the pitchforks and torches of psychotic religious zealots.

Hoosh, Mission Viejo, via ocweekly.com

HYBRID HYPOCRISY
I am a Toyota Master Diagnostic Technician employed at an Orange County Toyota dealership, as well as an owner of two Toyota hybrids. I am also a dedicated progressive and a regular reader of OC Weekly, so it was with a great deal of interest that I picked up this week’s issue featuring a bedeviled Toyota emblem on its cover [Paul Knight’s “Devil Inside,” April 24].

I wanted to address Ms. Stacey Josefowicz’s concern that her dealer’s service department was minimizing her concerns or implying that she ran the car out of fuel because she’s female.

Given a situation in which a Prius is brought in with a driveability complaint, one that can’t be duplicated on a test drive, coupled with the fact that the only trouble code present on the vehicle’s computer system is one that indicates that a “fuel run out” condition occurred, what other conclusion should the technician come to? This precise scenario has happened to me on a number of occasions. Although I am painfully aware that sexism is rampant in our industry, I really do believe that the technician that looked at Ms. Josefowicz’s Prius was being completely honest.

I am certainly no apologist for large corporations, but from my experience, which includes repairing almost every make of car you can think of, Toyota makes a damn-fine product. I absolutely love the Toyota hybrids we’ve owned and have never experienced any of the problems Mr. Knight’s article describes. This includes the sometimes eight to 10 Priuses I service and drive almost every day.

Over the past 15 years that I’ve been “wrenching,” I have noticed that car owners, particularly new car owners, have developed expectations about their cars that are more and more unrealistic. People forget that cars are machines and that machines make noise, wear out, break down and will act in different ways under different conditions, and that doesn’t always mean that the car has a design problem.

Anonymous, via e-mail

 
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