Letters From OC Weekly Readers

Thank you for this article [Spencer Kornhaber’s “Toil & Trouble,” Feb. 26]. As a witch for more than 40 years, I understand Milo Shiff’s discomfort. Over the years, I have seen so many displays like the one he described and have just turned away with disgust. Perhaps Mr. Shiff’s comments will not only open eyes, but will also at last take away the false depiction of witches as “baby-eaters” and evil people.

Carolyn, Garden Grove, via ocweekly.com


With respect to Mr. Shiff, not all witches smoke cannabis or refuse to cut meat. These are personal choices, not religious. Secondly, the crone image should be embraced by witches. The crone represents wisdom. Green represents death and rebirth, just as the coloring of Osiris represents the same, and as a Kemetic witch, he should understand that. Black is eternity and death. The broom represents the household. The cauldron, rebirth, wisdom and nourishment.

This image is about confronting our own mortality, a thing Americans don’t like to contemplate. It’s about the cycle of death and rebirth. The alleged witches of the burning time are not related to the witches of today. They didn’t smoke cannabis, and they weren’t vegetarians—at least not by choice. They weren’t even witches! Ancient Egyptians practiced magic, not witchcraft. Shiff’s grandmother probably practiced folk magic, which doesn’t mean she was a witch. Has Mr. Shiff been arrested, held against his will, tortured or killed for his beliefs? No, he was confronted with an image he doesn’t embrace because of lack of understanding on his part. He trivializes his religion when he does this.

Though Halloween is about being scared and confronting mortality, it’s also about having fun. Some witches need to remember that because they are in danger of becoming prudish Puritans. But it probably isn’t a good idea to scare the children of the customers. It’s not a religious issue. It’s common sense.

Lyra, via ocweekly.com


Pesky witches . . . always causing problems. Casting spells, eating children. Troublesome bunch. I much prefer the elves and fairies.

Gericault, Costa Mesa, via ocweekly.com


I regularly shop at the Ralphs where Milo works. He is quirky to be sure, but so what? We have gotten to the point where anybody who is a little different is shunned. I, for one, embrace Milo’s strangeness. The cookie-cutter sameness of the shoppers in Newport needs a little shaking up. We need more Milos in the world.

Crusader, Newport Beach, via ocweekly.com


Three cheers for Milo! He has the guts to stand up to cruel discrimination from the misinformed. People need to do their research into witchcraft instead of going by what Hollywood shows! Witchcraft is an earth-based religion that helps the planet.

James Lengacher, Bristol, Wisconsin, via ocweekly.com


Look, all I wanted was some bread and milk and maybe a pumpkin. I didn’t want to get involved in all this witchcraft stuff. Don’t you think life is complicated enough already?

Phil Gray, Valley Village, via ocweekly.com


WTF? This guy seems to be missing a few marbles. What he needs to do is get another job instead of wasting everybody’s time and patience.

M.E., Here, via ocweekly.com


This man has a right to observe any religion he wishes to observe. That doesn’t make him nuts nor a person who should be shunned.

Sherry, Missouri, via ocweekly.com


You go, Milo! You are doing the right thing—what is right in your heart—and you know it. Please know that you are not alone and you are paving the way for others who will follow you. I salute you, brother and priest, and I am humbled by your gentle efforts.

Lady Bridget, Tamarac, Florida, via ocweekly.com


Oh, give me a break.

Vicki Caswell, Dana Point, via ocweekly.com


What an interesting and insightful piece. You are not only a gifted writer, but also a skilled reporter. The Weekly is lucky to have you, but I think The New Yorker should snap you up!

Carrie St. Michel, Irvine, via ocweekly.com

The following are responses to a letter from “Splat” printed in the Feb. 26 issue, regarding Nick Schou’s “Giving Back?” from Feb. 19:


Maybe Susan Graf should have used her energy to pay back her victims rather than use charitable works to propel/reinvent herself in our community. “Whatever her past is, it has nothing to do with . . .”? There are plenty honest people who run charities; why shouldn’t we know the background of who is running them and make a choice on whom to trust with donations? If the next time she only accepts cash donations, would you give her a $100 bill?

Bob, San Clemente, via ocweekly.com


Really? She’s a role model?? Not for my kids she’s not. I guarantee at least half of the donations she received will not make it to Haiti but will find some way to line her pocketbook.

Kim, via ocweekly.com

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, 2975 Red Hill Ave., Ste. 150, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Or fax to (714) 550-5908.



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