Of course, it would have been more diplomatic to say “Some Guys Are Gross.” So, we’ll see what happens. Very, very clever.
Pimpin’ Is Easy
Re “Guys Are Gross,” August 30 cover story.
It all starts at home. You need a license to fish, but not to be a parent. When I read the quote, “My dad saw me at work and was cool with it. He saw that I was using what I have to make a buck,” I thought it would be accurate if the daughter were to replace the word dad with pimp.
Reader, I would like you to do an article about the two candidates for mayor, and what they plan to do for the downtown area of San Diego. I don’t know anything about these guys! I can’t afford the U-T. But I vote. And I read the Reader. You guys don’t give me any information! Come on, I’m waiting!
Pearl Harbor Pretext
In reference to the camps the Japanese were interned in (“Letters from the End of the World,” August 30 and September 5), it would never have happened if Roosevelt had not imposed economic sanctions on Japan, or their access to oil and other economic impositions which no country could put up with. So, they bombed Pearl Harbor.
Before that, Japan’s prime minister, Prince Konoy, had made proposals to meet with Roosevelt to lift the sanctions and to make a settlement that would be agreeable to both sides. Roosevelt ignored all of Konoy’s proposals and would not meet with him. Roosevelt wanted war with both Japan and Germany, and Pearl Harbor was the pretext to make the American Public believe we had been attacked without provocation and got support for his wars. And he could be the supreme commander and be a star in the world scene and have his re-election guaranteed.
Harold G. Greenman
Justice Delayed Is Typical
What happened to your customary editorial instinct for the right title? “What Made Them Kill,” August 2, should have been titled “Why Are They Still Alive?” I’m surprised the writer, Leslie Ryland, even signed her name to the article. She’s so devious and coy about spitting out what she seems to most want to say to your readers, which is that four unspeakably cruel San Diego murderers, sentenced to death 16 years ago, 14 and a half years ago, 13 years ago, and 13 and a half years ago, have still not been executed, have been sitting in prison all this time, and haven’t even started the appeals process, which is mandated by law, and which takes up to 20 years or more to complete before an execution can take place.
Why is it necessary to tiptoe around these facts? The question insinuates itself: Who is the writer trying not to cross swords with? And the answer falls onto the floor: Whoever has a vested interest in the mandatory appeals process, a process which has nullified the former truism, “Justice delayed is justice denied,” and replaced it with a new truism, “The more appeals the better for appellate lawyers.” A corollary of that new truism is the historical and contemporary fact that a huge majority of lawmakers are lawyers.
Juries can determine sentences but they can’t enforce them. If the legal establishment won’t, then it’s up to the rest of us. I hope there’s a dynamic organizer out there in your Readerland who thinks our country has had the highest violent-crime rate in the world long enough, and who will get the play started in a grass roots game of fixing our national penal system.
An Unapologetic Death Penalty Advocate