By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
By Charles Lam
STONED LOVE—AND HATE
I’m glad to see people can begin to have an open, honest discussion on this issue, rather than hiding in shadows and trembling in fear [Nick Schou’s “The Pot Prop,” Oct. 22]. The authorities have had it wrong since the beginning, and it’s high time we stop acting like a dictatorship and start acting like a free society . . . unclutch the pearls, so to speak. There is no factual reason why cannabis should be discriminated against the way it has been.
Tax Paying Citizen, via ocweekly.com
How could we possibly have more cannabis users than we have right now? The opposition talks as if there are no cannabis users right now, and we’re debating introducing it to California. It’s here NOW, folks. If we aren’t having these problems now, we won’t have them later. Why does anybody still believe that the illegality of cannabis dissuades anybody from using it? It didn’t when it was a felony, it didn’t when it was reduced to a misdemeanor, it won’t when it becomes an infraction, and it won’t when it is re-legalized. What you see now is what you will get.
Kevin, via ocweekly.com
You know what gets me? The fact that most of the people running our government are not qualified to assess anything about drugs, as they’ve only experienced one side of it—and a very biased side at that. It’s the equivalent of me conveying my opinion about rape when I have no experience other than what I’ve heard or read. Why do we elect people to make decisions who have no experience in many of the important matters? Shouldn’t we have someone who has experience with drugs making the policy? I’m not suggesting Ozzy Osbourne, but I’d like to see someone who actually thinks for himself, has some experience and is open to new information. Someone who will call for the rescheduling of marijuana since we all can agree that CRACK and SPEED are NOT safer than WEED, and if that’s something we can all agree on, then let’s get marijuana rescheduled.
Chadd McKeen, via ocweekly.com
McKeen is a hypocrite. He isn’t really concerned about young kids picking joints up off the ground or people hopping fences. He is scared of losing money. The medical-marijuana guys opposing Proposition 19 make me sick. Everyone knows the medical-marijuana industry is a big racket. If Prop. 19 fails, they should expect medical marijuana won’t be legal for too much longer, either.
Bob, via ocweekly.com
OC’S POLITICAL RACE OF THE CENTURY
In the end, I think Loretta Sanchez will pull it off, and minus any new talent, she will sit in that seat for another 10 years or so [R. Scott Moxley’s Moxley Confidential, “Can Van Tran Get Lorretta Sanchez Fired?” Oct. 22]. I predict she will grow old in Congress, hamming it up for the camera, not really doing anything substantive . . . and when it’s all said and done, she will be known more for her holiday cards than for any real advocacy.
Adriana, via ocweekly.com
How’s her bastard doing? Mexis vs. Viets. Should be fun.
Major Variola, via ocweekly.com
Excellent reporting again, Moxley. I have voted for Sanchez in the past, and I saw the KOCE debate on TV. She seemed too dramatic and scripted, and I remember thinking Tran, whose politics are too conservative for me, at least had not been intimidated.
Chris, via ocweekly.com
GOP HYPOCRISY, CHAPTER 286
They’re all freaking hypocrites [R. Scott Moxley’s Moxley Confidential, “Buy, Buy Baugh?” Oct. 8]! They accuse public-employees’ unions of bankrupting the county, then pilfer the paychecks of rank-and-file workers who are barely scraping by so they can give their buddies millions of dollars and their executives $765-per-month car allowances and bonuses. Great story. Keep up the good work!
Outraged, Santa Ana, via ocweekly.com
Scott, good article and merely another spoke in the wheel of what is wrong with the Republican Party in Orange County. The “good ol’ boy” club and “don’t do as I do, do as I say” philosophy is sickening. To add insult to injury, the Republicans have now resorted to attacking other Republicans, ones who are not members of the exclusive club.
Ltpar, Irvine, via ocweekly.com
OMG! Half a MILLION DOLLARS of taxpayer money to do what? The City of Bell comes to mind when it comes to outrageous payouts. But the hairy-faced, straight-faced alleged champion of taxpayers’ rights, Supervisor John Moorlach, couldn’t care less so long as public-safety people who actually work for a living get screwed. I guess Moorlach believes the only people who are deserved of waves of big public money are his friends, and the most dangerous or daring thing they will ever do is change their underwear.