Letters From OC Weekly Readers

TO HECKLE WITH IT
Planning and going to a meeting to repeatedly shout at a speaker is not activism [Michelle Woo's "Who's Gagging Whom?" Sept. 23].

Standing outside with prepared materials on your criticisms of the speaker to hand out is activism. Working to bring a pro-Palestinian speaker to campus at a later date to share your perspective is activism. Posting a rebuttal to the speaker's points after the event and sending it to the local and school papers is activism.

If this group had engaged in real activism, it could have enhanced the academic experience of our public universities, instead of undermining it .

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Jeff Klives, via ocweekly.com

The real issue concerns people at an open public meeting, with public officials speaking at a taxpayer-supported university and a taxpayer-supported forum.

In such a public forum, people have the right to jeer, hoot, holler, heckle, laugh and clap as they see fit. This is precisely a First Amendment issue, which you and your fellow America-hating cons are deliberately avoiding in your hatred of Muslim Americans.

antiwar, via ocweekly.com

The guilty verdict helped establish the acceptable protocol that will allow all of us to engage in free speech in a manner that will not suppress the basic human rights of another person. I have never known the concept of free speech to mean that someone can use that right to prevent another from engaging in that same precious right. If that were so, then the right to free speech would be reserved by only the meanest thugs wielding the biggest clubs.

However, I think any punitive sentences against the students should be suspended. For years, universities across the nation have repeatedly allowed a handful of campus dissidents to strip others of free speech through such behavior. The students in this case were most likely following established behavior patterns subliminally condoned by many universities in the past. They were simply misled by the notion that free speech was only for them in that auditorium at that particular time, not for Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren or anyone supporting him.

Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minutemen Project, via ocweekly.com

Since when does the criminal system play a role in rude behavior? Last I heard, California was having financial difficulties, yet we are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a trial because some college students were outspoken. Come on, let's spend tax money on real criminals. Let's face it: If this were anyone else they interrupted, no one would be charged.

Sjhnolaw, via ocweekly.com

2ND FLOOR IS TOP TIER
Ouch. . . . Sounds like Edwin Goei might have a little personal thorn in his side ["Surf City Gothic," Sept. 23]. I haven't had anything off the menu that was less than forkin' fabulous.

Brigid Anderson, via ocweekly.com

Wow. I have been in there quite a few times and have always had really good food and service. I also brought my parents to the Wednesday Classical Carnage, and we enjoyed it. The restaurant donates 25 percent of the proceeds to kids' performing-arts programs. As for the art, I think you should have done your homework before calling it "kooky." Most of the artists featured there are legends. It sounds like it just wasn't your cup of tea, but then again, please remind me the last time you wrote anything nice about downtown Huntington Beach. Thank you, 2nd Floor, for bringing a little culture downtown and for all you have done for our city. Some of us appreciate it.

Hblife, via ocweekly.com

A TACO TRADITION
I don't eat as much Wahoo's as I used to, but back in the mid-'90s, when I was in the Marines, my roommate and I used to go surfing every Sunday, and on the way back to base, we would stop at the Wahoo's Fish Taco on Newport Boulevard, off Interstate 5 [Anne Marie Panoringan's On the Line, "Wingin' It," Sept. 23]. For almost three years, that was my Sunday dinner (except when we were deployed). My buddy died of liver cancer a couple of years ago (probably courtesy of the military), but a couple of things always remind me of him: the rare occasions that I actually make it out to surf, and when I eat at Wahoo's.

909Jeff, via ocweekly.com

 
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