Letters from OC Weekly Readers

“I guess when you get down to it, having a point is kind of old-fashioned”

Letters may be edited for clarity and length. E-mail to letters@ocweekly.com, or mail to Letters to the Editor, c/o OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Or fax to (714) 550-5908.

Have you ever noticed—I’m sure you have, you are very intelligent and perceptive people. After all, how does one become an editor? But really, have you ever noticed that every last one of your writers—don’t get me wrong, they all seem like fine, upstanding, astute people and downright decent Americans—they sure know how to string words (and plenty of them) together. And isn’t that what being a writer is all about? But have you noticed that every writer on your staff seems to have a hard time getting to a point. Not that a writer really has to make a point. I mean, Finnegan’s Wake is an entire book of stream-of-consciousness and it’s considered a classic of literature. I guess when you get down to it, having a point is kind of old-fashioned.

You see, the trouble is, with a lot of articles in your publication I read about three languorous, adjective-packed paragraphs, and then, when I can’t see any discernible point or thrust of the article, I have a hard time continuing. Not that I want to step on anyone’s toes, of course, especially those of the hard-working writers on your staff, they really do a tremendous job of filling the space between the ads. And splendid ads they are. I think it’s terrific that I can know the location not only of every restaurant but also every outcall “masseuse” in the county. It’s just. What was I saying? Oh yeah. I was wondering if you’ve noticed that your writers have some difficulty getting to any point in their articles.

Gary Schwind, Laguna Niguel

Thank you for this article [R. Scott Moxley’s “Moxley Confidential: Let Me Die in Laguna Beach,” July 11] and for allowing Eric Lampel a chance to correct just some of The Los Angeles Times’ mistakes. I am always amazed at people’s lack of compassion. Yes, Susan showed a terrible lack of compassion 37 years ago, but does that equate to us needing or having the right to “extract vengeance”? Mrs. Atkins has done all humanly possible to atone for her crimes. Obviously she can’t bring the victims back, but does this mean we as a society should show the same lack of compassion almost 40 years later? Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Virginia, via e-mail

Actually Susan did admit to stabbing Tate until she stopped screaming. Then she said she didn’t. The woman is a liar. Keep her in prison until she dies. The travesty in this case is that she was not executed more than 30 years ago like she was originally sentenced to be. Think of all the pain the victims’ families had to go through because of the Manson [clan]. Had they been executed like they should have, maybe [the families] could have had an easier time with their lives. But every couple of years, they had to relive these horrible crimes by attending the stupid parole hearings. Rest in peace, Sharon, Jay, Gibby, Steven, Leno, Rosemary, Wojciech, and little Paul Richard who never had a chance to live because of Susan Atkins.

Cole, via e-mail

You have got to be kidding! Even though Susan supposedly did not “actually stab” Ms. Tate, what about Wojciech’s legs, and holding Ms. Tate, and smothering Mr. Hinman? You sir, are ignoring the facts. Not the D.A. You are putting her involvement in a nice little explanation and trying to make it appear sympathetic.

You state she has to live in a fly-infested cell? I believe there are nine victims in the ground with less comfortable surroundings. The public deserves the sentences of these cruel and abhorrent killers be carried out until the very end. Compassion is giving her the pain medicine for her illness in a hospital. I cannot imagine how much pain Ms. Tate was in after the first wound, or Mr. Frykowski after fighting so hard for his life. She is lucky to be in a hospital. You should get off your soapbox and get on the side of the victims.

I wonder, have you ever lost someone so that your heart “aches with pain”? How about the family members of these victims going through this after 39 years. What about their pain?

Vickie Watts, via e-mail

Thank you for your insightful, powerful, and enlightening article on Joelle Casteix’s journey [Gustavo Arellano’s “Our Lady of Perpetual Protest,” July 11]. She is obviously a person of incredible strength and spirit. To have survived all that has happened to her and to continue to fight for other child victims of sexual abuse is to me an amazingly admirable thing.

Martha, via e-mail

The Weekly has an immediate opening for a part-time Clubs Editor. This person must be well-versed in the mysterious ways of the OC/Long Beach nightlife scene—but not so far into it that he or she can’t write about it coherently the next day. The main duties involve database work: compiling the Weekly’s comprehensive print and online Club Guide listings. The Clubs Editor also writes descriptive capsule reviews of local watering holes, dance halls and other nightspots. As an hourly, part-time position, the Clubs Editor position does not come with benefits. Please sent a résumé, cover letter and writing samples to Ted B. Kissell, Editor, OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701, or e-mail tkissell@ocweekly.com. No phone calls, please.

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