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
Did you know Brad had a mom, too [Lilledeshan Bose and Ryan Ritchie's "Bradley Nowell," May 20]?
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MARIA MONTESSORI WAS A DOCTOR, YOU KNOW
There is no effect on any school; it's just a prohibitionists' talking point [Nick Schou's "Pot Clubs Getting Schooled?" May 13]. Prove there is something bad.
I would bet that the patrons of the cannabis center are very nice to the children at that Montessori school, and many probably have kids of their own. All cannabis centers should be located in a family-friendly environment.
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NICE TRY, BUT WE STILL HATE WHITEY
Have you looked at the quality of the letters you have printed in the past few weeks? The only topic you have to offer is whether or not Orange County is racist [R. Scott Moxley's Moxley Confidential, "Evolution of a Scandal," April 22]? Not racist because it is at least 50 percent individuals of color, but racist because white people live here?
If you consider yourself to be intelligent, capable individuals, you might want to delve into finding out what are—or are not—the facts of racism.
Conservative does not equal bigot. I have lived in Orange County for 15 years and haven't met one white supremacist. The predominately conservative people of this county want, first and foremost, to lead their lives in peace.
Conservatives are not responsible for the quality of your lives; you are. You can move freely throughout this country (at least you can today) and make your own decisions. I am sure you would find places more conducive to your particular needs if you actually looked for them. If that means you need to relocate, have a nice trip.
Conservative Americans are 40 percent of the overall population. That's about 125 million people. They are from all walks of life. They were born here or came here because it is truly the most free country in the world. Whether their families were recent immigrants or have been here awhile, they find a reason every day to love this country.
"One nation under God with liberty and justice for all" is something we conservatives live by. You ought to try it. Better yet, if you still believe you can't get a fair deal here, you need to move on. Let me know when you find another country that puts up with what we put up with here on a daily basis and is a better place to live.
No matter how you look at it, the human existence has been strengthened and perpetuated by the incredible advances we have made in this country since its inception. All mankind has benefited from these amazing feats of brilliance. We have changed the lifespan of the typical human being. We have abolished diseases that killed millions. We have established a more fair and more accurate legal system than has ever existed. We have made it possible for individuals to own property and be the masters of their own fate. We have traveled to space and come back alive. We fight against the human excesses of tyranny, slavery, poverty, sloth, blight, addiction and hatred every day, and we win every day because we work at it.
Time for you folks to quit blaming everyone else for your own failings and do a little problem solving of your own. You won't find a better place to be free.
JMB, via email
The debate and article seem superficial to me when nobody is talking about colonization and racialization [Gustavo Arellano's ¡Ask a Mexican! May 6]. Rather than asking if a " gabacho" can be "more Mexican than Mexican," the question should be: What is the relationship between race, culture and power? This would open up the conversation to talk about the historical racism (that is central to modern life) that dehumanizes many people of color globally, addressing why it is that there could be third-generation Mexicans in the U.S. who are stripped from their culture.
How it is possible to have a white person ask if they could be more "Mexican" by knowing more "facts" about a culture without questioning the privilege embedded in this? To be white, live in Mexico, know authors and use the Internet means that one has citizenship to cross borders, as well as a certain level of knowledge. With this in mind, the question instead would be? "Why does a gringo pose the question 'Can a gringo be more Mexican than a Mexican,' and why does it matter?"
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