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
'The Point of All the Ranting Is Racial Hatred, No Matter What ‘Facts’ the Ranters Come Up With'
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Shirley Grindle is my hero [Spencer Kornhaber’s “TINCUP More Than Half-Empty?” Dec. 4]. What a shame that in a county with a population of 3 million, there’s only one watchdog. No wonder government in this county is so corrupt. The voters keep electing a worthless DA who’s part of the corrupt system.
IrvinePolitico, via ocweekly.com
The experience [at Studio at the Montage] was worth it from start to finish [Edwin Goei’s “The Studio System,” Dec. 4]. I hope you made time to go down to the beach or stroll the grounds before or after.
Brekkiefan, Irvine, via ocweekly.com
My wife and I had the tasting menu there two years ago, and for the price compared to some of my other favorite places, Studio was the one establishment at which, to this day, I cannot recall a single dish. I look forward to trying the new chef’s menu for something a bit more memorable than the scenery. Thanks for the heads-up.
Jbryan, via ocweekly.com
A HARD-SHELLED TACO BY ANY OTHER NAME . . .
[Tom’s Tacos] was called “Tito’s Tacos” back in the day [Gustavo Arellano’s Hole-In-the-Wall, “A Thousand Gabachos Can’t Be Wrong, Can They?” Dec. 4]. I used to ride my bike to the comic shop that’s in the same plaza. Then I’d grab a quick bite of their golden, delicious tacos. Then one of the guys yelled at me for scooping up more of the tomatoes than the watery part of their salsa. I never went back since.
Polar, Cerritos, via ocweekly.com
Isn’t this the same joint that used to be the OC location of Tito’s (venerable Culver City institution on Washington Place, under the 405)? If so, it sounds like they’ve kept the recipe about the same, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Laurence, Tustin, via ocweekly.com
KICKIN’ IT . . . WELL, YOU KNOW
I love Frankie [Alvaro]! He has great taste in music and is super-fun to be around [Brandon Ferguson’s Locals Only, “Vintage Vanguard,” Dec. 4]!
Carla, Garden Grove, via ocweekly.com
Thanks for this! I rule!
Frankie Alvaro, Echo Park, via ocweekly.com
Dr. Chichis has an Anglo-oriented culture, not withstanding some Aztec blood genomes [¡Ask a Mexican! Dec. 4]. “Illegal immigration” has been happening in the U.S. for more than 200 years—just ask our Native American indigenous brothers and sisters. What does he think about “Manifest Destiny” and slavery? How did 13 pinche colonies/private enterprises take over the territory of 50 states plus Borinqen, Saipan, y mas? He should read his U.S. (notice I didn’t say American) history books. Pinche buey.
Rocky, Belmont, via ocweekly.com
Dear Mexican: Maybe you’ve explained this before, but why don’t you explain to Dr. Chichis about the high percentage of undocumented workers who DO pay taxes? Not only millions in sales and property taxes, but also federal payroll taxes (those fed and Social Security taxes your boss withholds before paying you). The IRS will take everyone’s money—no questions asked—with something called an individual tax number (ITN), not a Social Security number. So undocumented folks will pay into Social Security but never get to claim any money back in their old age.
Mimi, Altadena, via ocweekly.com
The largest number of illegals in the U.S. about 40 years ago were Irish. No one cared because the screaming then was against the legal citizens who were migrating from Puerto Rico into the States because they looked different and could be targeted. Then, as now, the point of all the ranting is racial hatred, no matter what “facts” the ranters come up with.
Ellis Glazier, La Paz, Baja California Sur, via ocweekly.com
Pellet gun that makes a “bang” [Hey, You! “Half-Cocked,” Dec. 4]? Put down the crack pipe, please!
Tdubb, Rancho Santa Margarita, via ocweekly.com
SO, SHOULD WE ASSESS HER A 15-YARD PENALTY?
The movie review of The Blind Side [Melissa Anderson’s “Was Blind But Now I See,” Nov. 20] and the subsequent responses in two letters [Letters, Nov. 27] raise some interesting but little-talked-about issues. The writer of the second letter questions if the reviewer ever asked the football player why the black community offered him no support. There is another issue reporters never ask for fear of being labeled non-PC. Does Melissa know of any instances where an affluent black family raised a poor white student? Perhaps Melissa could write such a screenplay. If the reviewer is asking why charity seems to mainly flow unidirectionally from whites to minorities, but rarely in reverse, she may have a point. But if she is not, then perhaps Melissa could explain why her review of an upbeat story is so cynical?
Dr. Mike, Newport Beach, via e-mail
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