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IF BAKER TOLD A LIE, IT WAS A WHITE ONE
William W. Baker claims he didn't know the Populist Party was racist and didn't share Willis Carto's racist politics (Stan Brin's "Hour of White Power," Feb. 15). Well-spoken, asshole! How could you be chairman of a neo-Nazi party and not know it was racist? You are a liar! Politics has no place in a house of God, especially when you're a lying politician of HATE! I have already been on the phone to the Crystal Cathedral. Shame on you, Reverend Robert Schuller! You have earned my distrust, and I hope others will follow!
Long Beach DON'T VOTE FOR ANYBODY WHO HAS HALF A CHANCE
Commie Girl is voting for Grayout Davis? (Rebecca Schoenkopf's "I'm a Puss," Feb. 22) For the man who did everything to make the energy crisis worse, including not paying independent producers and forbidding consumers from buying power from environmentally friendly power producers like Green Mountain Energy? Why would Davis do this? Could it be all the money Enron gave him? Vote for a candidate who has taken no money from Enron, who knows the difference between a free market and phony deregulation. Vote to end the two-party monopoly. Vote for Gary Copeland, Libertarian, for governor. If you can't do that, at least don't vote for a Republican or Democrat.
Lake Forest YET HOW BRAVELY DOTH HE SUFFER THE PHILISTINES
Dave Barton gave a favorable review to a play that made me want to leave the theater at intermission ("The Irish Problem," Feb. 22). Stella By Starlight at the Laguna Playhouse is as pedestrian a piece of work as one could imagine. The language is poor, the acting so broad and mugging that those who remember burlesque comics would find a nostalgic moment. There is a good play in the material of the Green Revolution, but this is not it. I'm afraid this was not a theme illuminated by the sparkling starlight one would hope for, but a banal tale lit by a flashlight whose batteries need charging. We didn't leave at intermission because we were with friends who are more polite than us. Combining this experience with watching Making It—which didn't; I exited at halftime—at South Coast Repertory a week before makes one wonder just what the hell is going on at the two OC playhouses with good histories. Maybe just a bad draw this month. We trust that is the case.
Richard P. McDonough
Irvine REAGAN REACTION (LIKE THE MAN, HIMSELF) JUST WON'T DIE
As a native Orange Countian reading the Weekly on the web, I want to congratulate Jim Washburn for having the guts to speak truth instead of nostalgia in his long-overdue reassessment of Ronald Reagan ("Not Too Late for a War Crimes Trial," Feb. 1). Whether you believe that time heals all wounds or wounds all heels, 20 years isn't nearly enough to make me forget the excesses, corruption, brinkmanship and greed over which Reagan presided.
Leverett, MA LOSE WEIGHT THE EASY WAY: READ PETA PAMPHLETS!
Sounds like the Weekly might be able to use the foie gras pamphlet from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ("Nice Dish," Jan. 25). My only regret is that I have no color printer to accentuate those nifty photos of festering puncture wounds inflicted by metal feeding tubes and to showcase all that violent torture and death in vivid, life-like color. I believe that most people are compassionate by nature and would have a more difficult time eating animals if they knew the horrifying truth about factory farming and slaughtering practices. Those wishing to be horrified and/or informed can visit www.peta.com.
Fullerton THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT!
Gustavo Arellano called El Original de la Sierra "the Aaron Carter" of the nortena scene ("Latest Big Thing in Latin Music," Feb. 14). I don't think he deserved such an insult. His performance was the highlight of the concert—especially when I threw my underwear at him, and he waved it around proudly for the crowd to see before walking offstage with it in his mouth! Gustavo, you should should support the fellow Xicano. (Yes, I spelled that correctly.) Stop hating!
Anaheim GUYS NAMED 'ANONYMOUS' ALWAYS MENTION THOSE ADS
On behalf of the Airport Working Group, I'd like to thank you for mentioning the link to our cartoon site (Anthony Pignataro's "The Good Old Days," Feb. 22). However, it only caused a mild spike in traffic—try about 40 hits from the OC Weekly website as a referral. This just goes to show that your average reader does not pay too much attention to what you write in the front pages. They probably cut to the chase and head straight to those cheesy escort ads in the back pages that keep your publication financially afloat.
Anthony Pignataro responds: No thanks necessary, Anonymous—is that Greek?—I'm always happy to help. But I hope I'm wrong to sense an undercurrent of snide sarcasm in your letter. You may not know this, but there is a firewall of integrity that separates the advertisements that our sales staff solicits and the stories that our editorial staff writes. And both exist only to further the expression guaranteed to all Americans (except those outside the United States) by the First Amendment. To make the suggestion—even sideways—that theWeekly tries to steer readers to the so-called "escort ads" is just . . . (continued on page 103).
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