Put An End To It
The Reader’s choice of cover article in the August 12 issue is disgusting (“I Have a Habit of Having Things in My Hand”). If your intent was to draw attention to the dangers of drug use, you could have done so in a more responsible way. It is time to put an end to all violence against women, as well as to end all forms of discrimination against women. Please print stories that celebrate respect for all life.
Stories For Kids
I got to tell you, I picked up the August 12 edition. It is the sickest thing I’ve ever read. I couldn’t even read it all. You people ought to be ashamed publishing that kind of stuff for children to read, and I’m a 56-year-old man. I wouldn’t pick up this piece of trash ever again after reading that. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.
via voice mail
Lapse Of Reason
I am an epileptic, and on the occasions I have required the response of paramedics, I found them all to be professional and skillful (“Stringers,” August 12). One time I was attending a summer barbecue, had slowly consumed one beer, and had a seizure. Although the ambulance staff treated me nicely, the emergency department staff quickly labeled me a “drunk having withdrawals” due to the alcohol on my breath (my BAC was 0.01!).
When Gail Powell asked the firefighter what had happened, she should have received no personal information. Instead the firefighter broke numerous department (SDFD), county, state, and federal laws, not to mention rules of common sense, in divulging her diagnosis of the citizen’s seizure.
Hopefully this firefighter will have no more momentary lapses of reason and sense and can be retrained in the multitude of policies that protected that person’s health information.
The Three Fs
Kudos to “Anonymous” who sent the letter “Our Mongoloid City” (August 12). If ever a letter summed up this sad burg, this was it. If by “mongoloid” the writer meant abysmal stupidity, he or she was right on the money. But rejoice, fellow primitives, because we got football, fish tacos, and fire pits in America’s Dumbest City.
The Scoop On Total Depravity
In reference to the anonymous diatribe, fifth column on page 64 of the August 12 edition (Letters). Total depravity did not start with John Calvin. Total depravity started in the Garden of Eden when Adam sinned and is perpetuated through Adam’s progeny, the human race. The fact of total depravity is explained in detail by Paul the Apostle in Romans, chapters five through seven.
Most people misunderstand the doctrine of total depravity because it is rarely taught with accuracy. Total depravity means that when Adam sinned, he corrupted his nature, and consequently his corrupt nature passed to all his descendents. As a result, we are all born spiritually dead with a total inability to have a relationship with God on the basis of our own merits. Self-righteous do-gooders are just as much depraved as licentious hedonists. Total depravity is not an inability to adhere to a code of morality. Total depravity is the universality of the old sin nature that we all inherited from our original biological father.
As for Pastor Tiffany’s belief regarding hell (“Sheep and Goats,” August 5), he is overemphasizing God’s omnipotence at the expense of God’s veracity, immutability, righteousness, and justice. The Word of God asserts that there is presently a place called Sheol and Hades, where the souls of the physically dead, spiritually dead await the final judgment in a state of torment.
Additionally, the Bible also asserts that following the final judgment, the resurrected spiritually dead will be thrown into a lake of fire, where they will be tormented eternally. If Pastor Tiffany teaches that there is no hell, he is misrepresenting the Bible, insulting the veracity of God, and leading his flock astray.
Thanks to God, there is not only a solution to total depravity but also an escape from the lake of fire because God loves the human race so much that He gave His son, the one and only Jesus Christ, with the result that everyone who believes in Him will not suffer eternal punishment but shall possess life eternal. Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.
Past Her Sell-By Date
Why should anyone take Naomi Wise’s review of Barrio Star (“Food Girl’s Mexican Soul,” August 5) seriously when she begins the review by stating that she is already prejudiced against it? She’s so busy bad-mouthing owner Isabel Cruz and the premise of the restaurant that she doesn’t even get to the food until the seventh [sic] paragraph. It’s beyond time for her to be replaced. She is a SNOB. The fact that she constantly compares the food in San Diego to food she had in San Francisco and New York is idiotic. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. And her obsession with all things pork is nauseating. I haven’t read a review of hers in at least a year in which she hasn’t swooned about every piece of pork she has eaten. The same is true of Jidori chicken. Please do all of San Diego a favor and find someone who is less of a snob and who can be objective in his/her restaurant reviews. With this review, she has lost all credibility as a capable critic.
Not On The Menu
“Southwestern College’s Proper Snack Bar” (“Stringers,” July 29) left out some crucial facts.
I began working at Southwestern College as chief of communications, community and government relations in March 2010. Between my predecessor’s departure and my arrival, the college had no in-house staff devoted to communications with the community, media, or elected officials.
In the winter of 2010, there was understandable public interest in the college’s accreditation status. Although the college was, and remains, fully accredited, insufficient communication led to some misapprehension. During this time, the college needed help sorting fact from fiction. In fact, the college is ahead of schedule in completing recommendations it received.