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
Giving Christians a bad name, then using the “we are all sinners” defense [Nick Schou’s “He Shall Be Set Free,” Nov 26]. If God does exist, God is love; if Set Free’s version exists, I welcome the fire.
Lily, Costa Mesa, via ocweekly.com
Typical OC Weekly: Make spitheads look like good guys, and make good guys look like spitheads. Keep peddling your liberal rag.
I.t., via ocweekly.com
LOL—Phil Aguilar is a piece of trash. He sat at the table next to mine at the Brock Lesnar/Cain Velasquez fight at OC Sports Grill. When he asked me who I was rooting for and I told him Lesnar, his group started in with the “white boy” comments. Then when Velasquez won, this “pastor” got in our faces. Gave me the “You better be glad Lesnar didn’t win” comment, to which I just smiled. This guy runs a gang. Trying to slide by under the name of religion. Lock him up, and throw away the key.
Chris, Newport, via ocweekly.com
Hey, Chris, if you had balls, you should have told him something at the fight, [but you] talked shit when he left, and then went home and got behind a computer like a girl would do on Facebook. Grow a pair, and let the dude know to his face next time that you don’t like him. I’m sure you were at a table with two other guys talking shit about every little thing in your life that sucks. Have a good one, and remember that when you comment on a website or talk about someone you don’t like, you’re just making him more famous.
So sad, OC, via ocweekly.com
TAKING THE BAIT
Nativo Lopez is a shameless race-baiter in the Al Sharpton tradition, but he should have a right to open his idiotic mouth on political/social issues [R. Scott Moxley’s “Crying ‘Racist,’” Nov. 26]. Here’s the thing: The First Amendment protects the intellectually dishonest and race-obsessed among us, as well as people with legitimate opinions and ideas.
DerailAmnesty.com, via ocweekly.com
Nativo Lopez is an open-border advocate first. He is a perfect example of reverse racism. Most humble legal immigrants believe in the laws of the U.S., which make our lives livable—unlike those of our neighbors. But you would never see Lopez trying to be a hero in Mexico, working to change the conditions that push people to the U.S. No, it is easier to make this a racial issue and try to guilt Americans into a lawless border. We welcome his demise. Illegal immigration is a net loss in California.
Carlos Vasquez, Santa Ana, via ocweekly.com
AMERICANS CON SABOR
Why can’t we all just be Americans [Gustavo Arellano’s ¡Ask a Mexican! Nov. 26]? Without hyphens or shame? My late father, of Irish and Cherokee heritage, and probably a few more, addressing the subject in light of my late mother’s radically different ancestry, suggested we were really “Heinz”: 57 varieties.
El Gringo, Guadalahabra, via ocweekly.com
Estimado Gringo, it’s great you want to buy into the “Heinz 57” perspective of your beloved late mom (que en paz descanse). It would also be great if you accepted that not everybody wants to embrace the “we are all just Americans” mantra. Some of us are very proud of our heritage and want to cling to it while respecting those who feel otherwise. It’s all about accepting and respecting other ideals and points of view.
Romel, via ocweekly.com
THE POWER OF MUSIC
I stumbled on Tomorrows Bad Seeds after I was introduced to G. Love and Ballyhoo by a friend [Lilledeshan Bose’s “So Bad They’re Good,” Nov. 26]. I was searching for more of the same kind of music, and when I found their website and played some of their album, I immediately fell in love with their sound and the conscious messages they were delivering. The guys are great, too—especially Moi. They have time for their fans and make you feel involved in their rise to fame. These guys have changed my whole view on life, and when music can do that, you know it is something special.
Zara Prowse-Smith, Southport, via ocweekly.com
“We do feel they have a history of bias against public education,” says Bill Guy of the California Teachers Association (CTA) in regards to The Oramge County Register [Matt Coker’s “Hot for Teacher . . . Salaries,” Nov. 19]. Really? Our PTA raised more than $900 in a recent Register In Education subscription drive. Do Guy and the CTA know what they’re talking about? Or are they simply out of touch with what is happening in Orange County? Call them ideological hypocrites if you must, but those evil libertarians at the Register have done more for our school this year than the CTA and OC Weekly combined.
Anonymous, via e-mail
Expose the shitty teachers and get them the fuck out of here!
Clawy the Lobster, via ocweekly.com
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