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
WELL, THAT'S JUST, LIKE, YOUR OPINION, MAN
I disagree with you entirely, Mr. Barton. Obviously, you are not a golfer [Dave Barton's "This Dude Doesn't Abide," Oct. 14].
Tim Clark, via ocweekly.com
AN ILLUMINATING ARTICLE
Interesting example how the "state secrets" excuse can be used to cover up all sorts of things [R. Scott Moxley's "Pyramid Scheme," Sept. 30].
The "Government of Hope and Change" also claimed "state secrets" in killing a U.S. citizen without any judicial process, far from battlefield. Anwar al-Awlaki was never even charged with anything, much less convicted.
Buckle up, folks; we are not in Kansas anymore.
Billg, via ocweekly.com
The frightening truth about this article is the unknown abuses of power that may still be in existence—and I cannot help but wonder why the charges against one of the accused were dismissed, without some type of public disclosure. Thanks to the OC Weekly and Moxley for this great update on organized financial schemes that seem to originate in the OC.
curious, via ocweekly.com
If one spends enough time in the upscale watering holes of Newport Beach and Corona Del Mar, one eventually concludes the area is full of and a magnet for pros and cons.
I usually found the pros more interesting and prettier.
Briansays, via ocweekly.com
Scott, good story, but my gut feeling is that there is more here than meets the eye. Keep up the good work, and who knows? Perhaps one day, the Feds will get around to small potatoes and do a sting on the Agranistas.
Patrick R, via ocweekly.com
SHIRLEY, YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS
Shirley MacLaine is a terrific actor, but mostly full of shit [Stacy Davies' "Still Out On a Limb," Sept. 23]. Her fawning over that consummate fraud Mother Teresa was the last straw for me.
Valentia, via ocweekly.com
Hawking is the reincarnation of Newton, okay. . . . Maybe [MacLaine] should go after the James Randi Educational Foundation's $1 million challenge.
Bill T., via ocweekly.com
Mom took me to see Sweet Charity with her friends soon after she divorced. How time flies: Being a single woman in the early '70s was far from how it is now. Love ya, Shirley. May you return as a whippet.
Bill, via ocweekly.com
WHAT THE HECKLER'S VETO?
You can't disrupt public events just because you don't like the message [Michelle Woo's "Who's Gagging Whom?" Sept. 23]. That goes beyond free speech, and the courts have ruled such. The DA was entirely correct to file charges. No one expects the 11 to go to jail, but they should be held accountable under the law as they have been. We have the rule of law. Anything less is anarchy. If you disagree with a speaker, there is a correct way to protest. In this incident, the 11 were flat-out wrong. Justice has been served.
Stan S., via ocweekly.com
WHAT THE HELL'S KITCHEN?
I have been going to Luigi's D'Italia since I was 13; I'm now 36 [Edwin Goei's "Ramsay Knows Best?" Sept. 30]. I remember when Luigi Sr. would come to our table to check on us, and when he would wish me happy birthday as a child. I always picked Luigi's as my restaurant of choice because the calamari has always been THE BEST ever. I no longer live in SoCal; I'm in Sacramento. But every time I am in town, I go. In the past few years, I've felt that the quality of the entrées seemed to decrease a bit, so I would stick with the calamari and the salad with the fantastic creamy Italian dressing. It hasn't felt quite as energetic as it did when Luigi Sr. was there. But I love this restaurant. I watched this episode of Kitchen Nightmares and cried when the family cried—it felt very personal.
The new recipes seem interesting. I'm glad to hear they are making some of the old items as well (vermicelli bodak, the old version of the caprese salad), and I hope the family finds a nice balance of old items and new recipes to develop a cohesive menu moving forward. I will be in town soon, and I will go back to Luigi's—a place I would truly, truly miss if it were to ever close. Good luck to the family! And thank you to Gordon Ramsay for rejuvenating the restaurant and bringing the family together.
Angela Osborne, via ocweekly.com