Letters From OC Weekly

‘Thanks for Bringing OC’s Checkered Past to Light’

Great, insightful article [Gustavo Arellano and Gabriel San Roman’s “Murder Was the Case,” Sept. 11]. I just love reading about local history, and you have a knack for that, Gustavo. Free Mumia!

Cesar, via ocweekly.com


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Great job on this story. This little piece of Santa Ana history has been all but forgotten. It was almost surreal to read that Everett Dickey was the prosecuting DA on this case. I was at the courthouse the day Judge Dickey ordered Geronimo Pratt released. It is still one of my fondest memories and happiest days. Thanks again for writing this piece.

Sean H. Mill, Santa Ana, via ocweekly.com


Thanks for the exposé on racial strife in the OC circa 1969. You wrote, “Activists fought police with bottles and rocks in Huntington Beach and Fullerton’s Hillcrest Park.” I grew up in Fullerton, and they sure didn’t tell us about that during history time in elementary school. Nor did we learn about the riot (uprising?) of 400 black and Mexican kids on June 30 of that year. Maybe I’m naive, but I was shocked that at that late date TheOrange County Register would print overtly racist cartoons and that an OC police chief would go on record recommending the use of “boy” to refer to black men. At least Santa Ana put its tax dollars to work on community policing to tackle its problems. The jury’s still out on the Register. Thanks for bringing OC’s checkered past to light.

Lance Langon, Orange

1.) Not everyone enjoys your kid, or the noises that come out of it [Hey, You! “Joy to the World,” Sept. 11]. There are some places where it is acceptable to bring a little one, and there are some places that aren’t best-suited for crumb-crunchers. I think a hair salon would fall in the latter category. 2.) John Hopkins? I think you were probably referring to Johns Hopkins, the hospital? Stop breeding, please.

Crumb-crunching McGee, Irvine, via ocweekly.com


Why were you not baby-sitting while your wife went to the hair salon? There are venues where having a baby around may be inappropriate. Besides, business owners should be able to have a say in what happens in their businesses. Yes, please stop breeding.

Tunaviller, Tustin, via ocweekly.com


Remember, people never find your children as amusing as you find them. Have some respect for those who don’t appreciate screaming from a cute child. Would you find it funny if I laughed very loudly and randomly near you? I think not. You sound like an idiot with no respect for others.

Mike, Tustin, via ocweekly.com


To McGee: Really? The point of the rant wasn’t the name of the hospital, was it? You got the point. I understand kids aren’t a perfect fit everywhere, but if that’s your policy, take down the hypocritical sign. To Tunaviller: I was in the salon with my wife, in the chair, getting my hair cut. She was next. Thus, we had the child with us. I agree there are some inappropriate venues for children, but I didn’t know a hair salon was one of them. Especially one that brags about loving children. To Mike: I have no respect for others because my baby was laughing? Be careful calling anyone an idiot when you make comments like that one. Would I find it funny if you were laughing loudly? No, probably not, but I doubt the salon owner would have asked you to control yourself.

Baby’s Daddy, Mission Viejo, via ocweekly.com

This is some actual journalism [R. Scott Moxley’s “Ex-OC Assemblyman In Bed With Lobbyist,” Sept. 11], as contrasted with my current daily fishwrap. The kind of hubris Michael Duvall exhibits is part of why I wanted to get out from behind the “Orange Curtain” in the 1980s. My mom worked for John Briggs, for chrissakes.

Bigleggedwoman, Fullerton, via ocweekly.com

Gail McMahon’s money and time would be spent more wisely if she sought psychological counseling [R. Scott Moxley’s “Who Killed Tootsie?” Sept. 4]. This woman is one sick puppy.

Morgan, Anaheim, via ocweekly.com


Tootsie’s owner should receive a settlement for all her stress and the death of her dog in the care of the veterinarian. My beautiful 9-year-old Chihuahua mix was killed by her vet this past Saturday. My pet was in the care of the vet for 10 minutes, and they told me she had a heart attack and died during an x-ray!!! I am mortified and going through tremendous grief right now. My pet was killed. Something needs to be done.

Mandy, Rancho Santa Margarita, via ocweekly.com


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