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
I HAVE A GREEN DREAM
This past month was a celebration of the prophet, the peace-maker and Nobel Award recipient Martin Luther King Jr. It was a commemoration of his great speeches and the advancements he accomplished in the name of civil rights [Nick Schou's "Collective Punishment," Feb. 3]. It was a memorial to the man who led a peaceful 250,000-strong march on Washington, D.C., and emblazoned upon the memory of this nation that he had a Dream. His was a Dream that included all peoples, especially those who might be considered "different."
This Dream illuminated the considerable bigotry and prejudice at the time, and yet King found a way to focus on a positive path for this country to follow.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), passed in 1990, and California's Unruh Act, legislated in 1959, were designed to eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities and provide an avenue for them to have equal/comparable access. Proposition 215, a.k.a. the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, allowed for qualified medical-marijuana patients to legally partake of their medicine. In 2003, state Senate Bill 420 clarified many aspects of Prop. 215.
Change did not happen overnight, but over the years, the vast citizenry has become much more aware and accepting of those who are [in need].
The city of Long Beach's motto is "Working Together to Serve"—meaning to serve ALL citizens. The city's website states, "The city of Long Beach is committed to complying with both the intent and the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act." That means that medical-cannabis patients should have access to their physician-recommended medicine equivalent to what others have to prescribed pharmaceuticals.
And I have a Dream that even in Long Beach, all people with disabilities and/or who are ill will be treated with the respect they deserve and judged by the content of their character, not by whatever medicine they need to ease their suffering.
Diana Lejins, Long Beach
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
So Todd Spitzer is willing to be an adult and turn the other cheek, and you're lambasting him for it [R. Scott Moxley's Moxley Confidential, "The Real Todd Spitzer Stands Up," Feb. 10]? That makes no sense! In the short time he was in the district attorney's office, Spitzer uncovered a massive corruption scandal—one that had been untouched because it involved the DA's girlfriend.
I don't know about you, but I'd rather have someone such as Spitzer, who is willing to end the feud, than someone such as TRack or Schroeder, who wants to perpetuate it.
I'm sure if/when Todd becomes a county supervisor, he won't use his position to exact a vendetta against Schroeder and TRack. Too bad those two can't say the same.
As taxpayers, we should all be ashamed by the childish, petty behavior coming from elected officials such as TRack.
Anteater2004, via ocweekly.com
This d-bag's lack of shame and megalomaniacal personality never cease to amaze. That Americans would ever elect a drooling narcissist such as him is even more discouraging. You would expect something such as this in the hills of Kentucky or Mississippi, but OC?
Why won't this Spitzer clown just go away.
Steve, via ocweekly.com
I think Rackauckas has Spitzer's number pretty well. I have been in the courtroom with Spitzer; God help the people of Orange County if he ever becomes DA. Spitzer's engines are powered by his thirst for the blood of the corpses of his enemies, and his enemies are anyone who does not fall in line with the rest of his cult-followers.
He was an ineffective assemblyman and an even worse supervisor. His votes on the Board of Supervisors can be blamed for just about everything that is wrong in Orange County today. I wonder why the Republican Party can't find a decent candidate for that seat. Is it really that people are afraid of the pile of cash he extorted from those thugs running the government employee unions?
If Spitzer is not forced to spend that money in this cycle, we will be begging "District Attorney Spitzer" for mercy in two years.
WE SHOULD ALL BE AFRAID, VERY AFRAID!
Ethan Davis, via ocweekly.com