A ’Nam Fantasy
After reading your cover article “Citizen Pot Bust” (February 9), I don’t know who is more dangerous, the people in the forest growing marijuana or a bunch of military wannabes carrying loaded guns playing vigilante. Could this article have been any more self-serving? I hope that the DEA and the authorities discourage this kind of untrained and unskilled macho Rambo behavior. I also found it amusing that in their minds they were in Vietnam chasing Charlie. Unless you are at least 56 years old, which they didn’t appear to be from the picture, you were never in Nam. Please do us all a favor and grow up.
Pot Story A Big Bust
I’m really surprised about your article “Citizen Pot Bust” (Cover Story, February 9). It’s about the weirdest article I’ve ever seen in your paper. I mean, it’s like you’re advocating people to go out and put on jungle fatigues and hike around in the woods with guns looking for pot growers. It’s ridiculous. I don’t know if you know it, but it’s illegal to hike off the trails in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. These guys, they said they went there a dozen times? Broke the law every time. It’s illegal to hunt in Cuyamaca state park. They’re up there with guns hunting, poaching illegally, breaking laws again. They’re walking around with loaded guns, ready to fire at anybody that happens to step out of the bushes? It’s like you’re advocating these psychos, okay? And what cracks me up is that then you turn to the last page and you’re taking money from pot stores, helping sell pot. It’s ironic.
According to a ranger at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, it is not illegal to hike off the trails, but it is illegal to hunt in the park. — Editor
Co-Authored By The DEA
I so far got off on those pix of charcoal-smear, camo-bros with their climbing gear out in the Cuyamacas hunting down Mex alien pot farms for the DEA (“Citizen Pot Bust,” Cover Story, February 9). Dude, my brother (not my bro’, ’cuz bro’s something different and way superior, dude), he works for the DEA, and he says that article is way authentic because this s* happens all the time!!! People really do help the DEA find pot farms. And the Mex farmer will always try to attack them with automatic weapons, so it really is necessary to lock and load your 9 mm in self-defense.
Listen, there was so much Bull, Shark, and Frick in that article it must have come from the DEA itself. Where’d the pictures come from? They carry no credits. So, I figure they come from the DEA. And…one bud worth $3000? Say a plant has 20 branches with 100 buds on each and your bro-freelancer/DEA public relations bro’ helped harvest 16,000 some-odd plants, give or take, how much was your bro-citizen’s busted pot worth? I actually did the math: 20 x 100 buds = 2000 buds per plant; 16,000 plants x 2000 buds = 32 million buds; $3000 x 32 million buds = $96 billion. That would be enough to fund the budget of the DEA and the SDPD and a few Republican candidates for the presidency. To paraphrase from one of the article’s drop-out heads… So, Editor, heh-heh, what’s your reward for running this article, bro?
Mitchell, Li Mandri Too Cozy
Dorian Hargrove’s article (“Good Advice? Don’t Pay Homeowners,” “City Lights,” February 9) raises red flags, not only for those of us who are downtown residents but for anyone concerned about the reputation of the City of San Diego. The $10,000 per month paid Li Mandri, the hastily engaged consultant, is clearly excessive, but even more troubling is the manner in which his contract was rushed through by Kris Michell, the president of the Downtown San Diego Partnership. Can we hope that someone with the Ethics Commission or in the DA’s office will have the courage to risk angering Kris Michell once more and insist on some answers about this seemingly inappropriately cozy relationship?
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We Messed It, You Clean It
The February 9 “City Lights” story “Fed Probes May Help American Engineers” will no doubt provoke howls of racism from a certain segment of your readership. The same folks will also find a racist slant to the cover article about criminals growing weed on public land (which is a good example of why open borders will not work).
It seems to me that only in Europe and North America are the concepts of fairness and morality part of public policy. In the rest of the world, it’s dog-eat-dog and devil take the rest — especially the top dogs. Western nations also practice environmental protection and population control while other countries don’t seem to care at all. “Why bother to improve things here — we can always move someplace else” seems to be the underlying attitude.
These themes are interconnected in ways that affect us all. National self-loathing plus fewer jobs equals despair among our young people, leading to more drug use and alcoholism. And it is not hard to become defeatist and cynical about a country that appears less promising to you than it did to your parents and grandparents.
On the internet, I often read posts disparaging the 1950s. I was in high school then, and, kids, take it from me, America was a paradise compared to what it is now. My generation ruined all that, and it’s up to yours to change things. You have more of a challenge facing you than did the “Greatest Generation” during World War II. Some reflection on love of and service to one’s own country might be a good place to start. Charity begins at home.
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With regard to the shrill, extremist, irrational, and non-sequitur replies I stimulated by my response to the SDSU Repubs (Letters, January 26) — from John Wise (February 2) and follow-up by “Name Withheld by Request, Oceanside” (February 9) — I REST MY CASE !!!