Sloppy Work

I was quite surprised to read the article, “Border Patrol Combats Crowd of 100,” (News Ticker, December 5) and find typing and grammar error after error.

Do you know about spell check and other tools for proper writing? Wow; what sloppy work and poorly structured sentences. You guys are a joke!

  • Ricardo Jose Fiske
  • Escondido


To Find the Bite

I would like to suggest that Ian Pike give the address of the restaurant that he is reviewing. It would be helpful to know where it is located.

He did a review on Bite of Boston (“Fried Clams and Lobster Rolls at Bite of Boston,” December 5), and the only thing he said is that it is on Mission Boulevard in Pacific Beach.

He also did a review of Dunkin’ Donuts (“Sunny Donuts and the Incoming Dunkin’s,” December 5) and he gave four addresses of where I could find a Dunkin’ Donuts. But nothing on where I could find Bite of Boston.

In the future, please give the address when you review a restaurant.

  • Mel Weisenberg
  • via voicemail


Donut Flaks

In the December 5 issue of the Reader it talks about a donut shop down there on Broadway in Chula Vista (“Sunny Donuts and the Incoming Dunkin’s”).

There’s a man who goes in there twice a week to buy donuts to take to AA meetings. He says usually there’s nobody in there and he can get waited on properly. He said that on Friday when he went in there, there were eight people in line in front of him.

I told him that the place had been written up in the Reader, and he said, “Well that explains it.”

They are good donuts. But it just goes to show you that people really do read the Reader!

  • Charlie
  • Chula Vista


With This Ad: $749

In the article about a great president who was killed (“The Kennedy Assassination’s Last Insider,” November 21), there is a coupon for a gun from California Police Equipment. “We sell to the public!”

As an American I don’t appreciate this.

  • Ron
  • El Cajon


Abhorrent to Me

I’m calling about the ridiculous quotation you have from your cover article on page 40 (“The Kennedy Assassination’s Last Insider,” November 21): “I don’t like to say it, but they applauded in certain public schools when they heard Kennedy was shot.”

I don’t know what kind of bullshit crap you’re writing. This is abhorrent to me. I was alive at the time. I was 15 years old. And there was nobody anywhere who was applauding when Kennedy was shot. I think you should be ashamed of yourself.

I’d like some explanation for the notion that you would even think of putting anything like this in your paper.

  • Pat Raines
  • via voicemail


Glock Fashion

This is about your cover article on my favorite subject: guns (“Want to Out Your Gun-Toting Neighbors? There’s an App for That.” November 14). This isn’t the first letter I’ve written about guns. There are so many statements in the article that I agree with.

First of all, may I state there is something wrong with a person who loves guns. The second amendment needs to be torn up and thrown out. I don’t understand why we’re living by some crap that is no longer applicable. You’d think these amendments were written by God.

Shooting guns as a hobby makes me think of brain-damaged humans. Humans, the most violent of all creatures. Since most gun lovers love alcohol also (the two go hand in hand) I’m beginning to see no hope.

What politician is going to stand up and state the fact that there is an epidemic of gun deaths? Or that the NRA rules this country? We really are a stupid bunch.

I still get upset about a youngster that found a loaded gun in a neighbor’s garage and accidently killed himself. That gun owner ought to be in prison.

Every day — more like every minute — someone is shot by a gun owner. And there are still AK-47s: people-hunting guns. And now it is fashionable to carry a Glock. More women are killing with their guns. I hate people who love guns. I just couldn’t associate with someone with such a sick mentality.

Abortion is murder. All those religious gun lovers make me sick. I live in the same country as those white trash pseudo-religious murderers. Only in America. President Obama is another gutless wimp. I don’t vote anymore.

I can’t have a gun — I suffer from depression, the type where 95% of us would be likely to kill ourselves. The real mentally ill are the killers of others, the sociopaths. It always gets me how the so-called sane will assume that anybody who sees a shrink is a killer.

Killers don’t see shrinks. People that can’t carry guns are the least likely to kill. We tend to be more spiritual. Even though we struggle, we would never destroy a body that God gave us. The gun-toting killers don’t care about God. As usual it all boils down to greed, arrogance, and money —and now it is also fashionable.

Have the DNA of your potential spouse checked. Explain to your children why there are gun shops and gun shows in Del Mar. My son was three when he asked. I replied, “Unfortunately, son, there are some really hopelessly stupid people in the world. They are not godly.” I said the same thing about the zoo and SeaWorld. People should be in cages.

Last of all, statistics have proven that guns bought for the homeowner’s protection ... it never happens. The guns only get used on a family member or in a shopping mall. Let’s put the owner of the gun in prison when his child goes on a killing spree. Gun owners don’t make good parents.

  • S.P.
  • via snail mail


Losing Momentum

I am the Chair of the Parent Task Force at Magnolia Science Academy here in San Diego. I am very concerned about a recent article that appeared in your publication on November 14 (City Lights: “The Turks Are Coming...to a Charter School Near You”), and would strongly suggest that you retract the article.

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dwbat Dec. 11, 2013 @ 8:09 a.m.

Letter-writer Pat Raines was upset, but I remember news reports after the Kennedy assassination saying that schoolkids in some areas DID applaud after hearing JFK was shot.

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dlwatib Dec. 12, 2013 @ 12:33 p.m.

Re: Suck it Up

You have it all wrong, Mr. Long. First off, the high school was obviously not the first in the neighborhood. It was built to educate a population which was already mostly in place at the time. Even if it was built before certain houses immediately around it, that doesn't give it license to do whatever it wants, nor does it take away the rights of those who come after.

The original article should have been about the abuse of the public trust. Shenanigans like that WILL come back to bite this school district when it comes time to campaign for another bond. The author of the story made it sound like the neighbors were out to punish the kids somehow. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most of the families living around the high school more than likely had or will have kids at that same high school. In this case it wasn't about the kids, but about the malfeasance of the rogue administrators and the author was greatly remiss in not focusing more on their shameful lack of accountability. In my opinion, jobs should be lost over this issue. Capisce?

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jnojr Dec. 12, 2013 @ 12:42 p.m.

I wonder how S.P. would feel about repealing or having a correct interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment to stop anchor babies? Liberals love to claim that the Constitution is special and sacrosanct when applied to criminals, illegal aliens, welfare recipients, foreigners, etc. But when it comes to working US citizens, we should "tear up and throw away" a great deal of it. Too bad that this product of public schools is too ignorant or unwilling to know that the Bill of Rights, the contents therein, and even the order of the first ten Amendments, is no mistake… the Second Amendment is very literally the linchpin that holds the rest together. If we lose it, and thereby lose the ability of the people to throw off an unjust government, we'll quickly wind up with the government that the government believes we should have. Even the extreme left fringe would be upset then, but there'd be nothing left to do about it.

We can quickly dispense with the rest of that silly, childish, paranoid rant by pointing out that very literally tens of millions of Americans own guns, and that those legal gun owners are rarely the criminals. The US is near the top of global "gun violence" stats, until we take out a few virulently anti-gun cities like DC, Chicago, LA… and then we're near the bottom. "Gun control" only works for repressive government and hand-wringing Utopians. It does NOT work for a free people.

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Ian Pike Dec. 12, 2013 @ 4:40 p.m.

Daaaaamn. I call a place "rad" (with italics, mind you!) and "the niftiest idea to hit North Park in a while" (or something to that effect) and I still can't catch any love. Can't even praise a place without getting hatemails. What's the world coming to?!

I guess everybody is used to pseudo-journalism and PR-hackery. We must break them of that terrible addiction.

:heads off to speak more truth

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SDaniels Dec. 19, 2013 @ 1:58 a.m.

I feel it necessary to break my monastic silence in order to speak the truth about Ian Pike, who is not a "sour" guy, but rather more a sweet-and-sour guy. Goes to show what you learn second-hand; better to realize you've met with the best you can right now, Mr. Mahmood, and that 80% of the review could be tacked up above the bar as is, not to mention that it will most certainly draw in business. So you've been informed that Pike is young in years; that has nothing to do with the integrity of intellect of his writing, and to claim that you wrote at his level of rhetoric in seventh grade is laughable. You certainly wouldn't be in the restau biz

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