Peggy Miller
Imperial Beach

Shame On You

I’m just calling regarding a story that I just read called “Chub Scrub” (“S.D. on the Q.T.,” May 27). You guys should be ashamed of yourselves. That’s ­ridiculous.

Name Withheld
via voice mail

A Page For The Homeless

Congratulations on Don Bauder’s excellent article (“Out of Prison, Living in Luxury,” “City Lights,” May 27), which points out a few things that most news media don’t want anybody to know. Also, stringer Refried Gringo has a point about the Soledad Club enjoying tax-exempt status while functioning as a political organization, an IRS violation if proven (“Members Only,” “Stringers,” May 27). Matt Potter holds our government’s feet to the fire, per usual. “Sheep and Goats” takes a week off but has already covered Christian churches and denominations well, so will it now cover all the other churches and religions? Still not covered is the new grand jury report on the homeless, but I expect you’ll get to that. My website has a home page ( but also has a homeless page (, which has a link. Thanks, and keep on blogging the ­truth!

John Kitchin
via email

Don’t Call Me, I’ll Call You

I’ve seen a bunch of articles (“Under the Radar”) that quote a group calling itself “San Diegans for Accountability at City Hall,” as well as getting bombarded by what I think are illegal recorded messages on my answering machine promoting Prop D for strong ­mayor.

How come I can’t find any information on them other than news reports quoting ­them?

I want to contact them and leave recorded messages every day on their ­machines.

Name Withheld by Request
via email

What A Character

One of the Chinese characters in your May 20 “Brainstorms” puzzle — character number 9 — is not used in China. My wife grew up in China and lived there for most of her life, and she says she’s never seen it. However, the characters are beautifully brushed. The hooks on numbers 18 and 20 — the little jagged edges — are ­perfect.

Name Withheld
via voice mail

Oops, Sorry

Barbarella wrote in her May 6 column (“Diary of a Diva”) about a time in her past when she attended an introduction to the Landmark Forum. She was impressed by what a friend had gotten out of the course and was interested but chose not to register. She expressed dismay regarding the number of follow-up calls she received. Landmark Education regrets that she had this experience and apologizes. We have started a comprehensive program to review and improve all of our business practices and now have strict policies to ensure excellent customer service. We are pleased that in independent surveys, 94 percent of our customers said the Landmark Forum has made a profound and lasting difference in their lives. We are out to have our customer experience meet and even exceed that ­standard.

Randy McNamara
Director of Corporate Communications
Landmark Education

Bilingual Amnesty

I read a letter (May 20) concerning the immigration problem in San Diego and the name was withheld, and I know why. I would like to add to that letter, in that one thing he did not mention was that the Democrat Party a few years ago gave amnesty and citizenship to a couple of a million of illegal aliens, and this is not right. I went to a swearing in to the U.S. citizenship in Mission Valley a few years back, and behold that a good portion of it was in Spanish. Now, are we going to end up having two official languages in the United States, English and Spanish? The Europeans come over and they weren’t given this privilege, so I would like to see the Democratic Party answer to why — now they want to give amnesty and citizenship to two more millions of ­illegals.

Name Withheld
Lemon Grove
via voice mail

Tin Fork Golden

Thanks for keeping “Tin Fork” active. I first came into contact with that column in 1992 (a planned two-week vacation turned into a four-year stay in your beautiful county). In some inexplicable fashion, this Bedford character keeps that magic alive — at a time that such magic is greatly needed and ­valued.

Of course, the Reader as a whole is a wonderful experience still, so ­thanks!!!

Tomas el Juero de la Carolina del Norte
via email

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David Dodd June 2, 2010 @ 12:35 p.m.

Well, it's done. Satire and parody are apparently officially dead. They died on this day, June 2nd, 2010, in the "Letters" section of the San Diego Reader as sympathetic onlookers mourned silently, tears flowing on an otherwise beautiful San Diego Wednesday afternoon. R.I.P. In lieu of flowers, please donate liberally to your favorite literature teacher.


David Dodd June 2, 2010 @ 12:40 p.m.

And to "Name Withheld" from Lemon Grove, while I can appreciate the sentiment that Spanish speaking folk should certainly learn English, I would be remiss if I didn't point out that most Americans also do not speak the native language. In fact, there are so few that speak Cherokee, Sioux, and Navajo, I'm truly frightened that America is truly loosing her roots.


Russ Lewis June 2, 2010 @ 2:09 p.m.

Satire died with Al Capp and Frank Zappa, Gringo.


SurfPuppy619 June 2, 2010 @ 2:27 p.m.

Satire died with Al Capp and Frank Zappa, Gringo.

Satire died with the rise of the $5 million public pensions.


mtnjim74 June 4, 2010 @ 1:46 p.m.

To "Name Withheld" in Lemon Grove. Unless both of your parents were 100% Indigenous American, you are a product of immigration. Further, there is no “official language” for this country. There was a movement to declare English as the “official language”, but that went nowhere. By the way, the “official language of America almost ended up as … German. Get a “real” American history book, not one of those abominations Texas is scheduled to get where the only “true” contributors to America were white, English speaking, Christian, males, and you can read all about it. Oh, yes, we mustn’t forget about Dutch either (Manhattan Island, aka New York City).


mtnjim74 June 4, 2010 @ 1:51 p.m.

Oh, yes, another point. There were no controls, on immigration, except medical checks, and therefore no "illegal aliens” until the 1930’s. Even then the controls were put into place to get the Mexicans out of California because they were taking "white men's jobs".


ronaldi27 June 5, 2010 @ 1:53 p.m.

Regarding the Heavy Hand letter. It was interesting that you used the same word I did about Mayor Sanders in another letter - FRIGHTENING.


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