By Matt Coker
By R. Scott Moxley
By Charles Lam
By Nick Schou
By Gustavo Arellano
By Gustavo Arellano
By Steve Lowery
By R. Scott Moxley
'I Was More Interested In the Cute Hippie Girls Than Hanging Out With the Guys and the Cult Thing.'
THEIR DOGMA CHASED HIS KARMA
Are law-enforcement officials honestly proud of this [Nick Schou’s “Distant Karma,” Dec. 11]? They should be ashamed. Pointless, damaging laws have made a mockery of their service and created a powerful distrust between them and the people. I can’t imagine anyone in their right mind seeing this and feeling the least bit safer or that justice had been served in some way. What a pathetic, wasteful farce.
Lee, Phoenix, via ocweekly.com
I was one of the 53 so-called conspirators spoken of in your article. I was surprised how accurate the story was, from all that I recall. Being an independent soul, I wasn’t a bonfire Brotherhood of Eternal Love insider, though I lived at the end of Laguna Canyon Road for some time and became acquainted with many of the individuals in the article, the hash-oil incubators and many Orange Sunshine escapades. Also, I spent time at the Castle in Modjeska Canyon and hung frequently at Finnegan’s Rainbow in Costa Mesa. I was more interested in the cute hippie girls than hanging out with the guys and the cult thing. After finishing at Orange Coast College and Long Beach State, I can’t recall much of these days in OC, as I was somewhat frying much of the time. Most of the people I knew were good people who believed in change and in a more open society. Love and enlightenment was the theme of our lives. And we all believed in it for all the people. The way was realized through psychedelic-induced experience. We didn’t feel, as the newspapers said, that we were corrupting the children of Orange County. We just wanted to help. I hung with and idolized Tim Leary, and at the time, I believed in that message. After going through the system, I disassociated myself from that lifestyle and moved away. I became a productive member of society and raised a family in a small town. I still relish the many adventures I had: going to Woodstock and associating with many interesting personalities of that time.
K. Smith, Seal Beach, via ocweekly.com
My childhood experience with the original Brotherhood of Eternal Love was all nurturing, all caring and all about family gatherings. Nothing cultish, no weirdness. Starting in Modjeska to Laguna Canyon and on to the ranch, our parents kept us under their wings, even when they glowed. All love and respect to my ancient peeps!
D’Artagnan’s Daughter, via ocweekly.com
MORE SMACKDOWN TALK
It’s a shame you don’t print the whole truth to this story [Gustavo Arellano’s “Slater Slums Smackdown,” Nov. 27]. What you don’t realize is that your exaggeration of your half-truths hurts innocent people. Why don’t you present the facts and not your biased version of what happened? Obviously, you aren’t following the trial too closely, or you just purposely didn’t mention that at the last court hearing, the DA was reprimanded by the judge for talking to OC Weekly and sharing information regarding the case, making it difficult for a fair trial. I noticed this time you did say no one is talking to OC Weekly. Another lie, since the DA admitted to talking with the paper. Whatever happened to honest reporting of the news? I guess if you were a decent writer, you wouldn’t have to make stuff up for the sake of a story. This is a sad and disturbing story all on its own. You don’t have to make it worse. You don’t have all the facts, and there are a lot of things that haven’t come out. Please be an honest reporter and report the facts.
Gustavo Arellano responds: It was defense lawyers who argued that the Weekly’s coverage of the case had made it impossible for a fair trial. Judge Steven Bromberg not only reprimanded no one, but he also denied the defense’s request for a dismissal of all charges based on the Weekly’s reporting.
Where can I go to read “the whole story” that people are talking about? I know the Weekly isn’t exactly the greatest source for news, but this story doesn’t seem too complicated.
Paul, Orange, via ocweekly.com
Bravo, Gustavo! We need more journalists of your caliber in Orange County! Looking forward to the next feature.
Mark, Costa Mesa, via ocweekly.com
It’s incredible how an article can bring out so much hate. A lot of you really need to check your facts before you type. It’s funny how you assume that because these people are Mexicans, they’re illegals and are on welfare. Maybe you should walk into the welfare office and see with your own eyes the people who are in the lobby. There are just as many whites as there are Hispanics, Asians and blacks. There are good and bad in every race. Like Felipe Esparza says, “Don’t hate me ’cause of the color of my skin. There is so much more to hate; be creative.” LOL!
M.H., Long Beach, via ocweekly.com
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