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Letters

Truck It I want to commend Dorian Hargrove for the excellent article he wrote on page 3, “Hidden Pipeline, Secret Menace” (“City Lights,” October 13). Yes, that is an accident waiting to happen. Would you ...

Back When: A Revolution in Mexico?

Thirty-Five Years Ago “It’s gotten really bad in the last three years,” says Bob Moore, one of 45 Border Patrol agents patrolling the Chula Vista Sector. “Well, this is just hearsay, you understand, but I ...

Back When It Was Legal to Make PCP

Thirty-Five Years Ago When the new penal statutes take effect January 1, we won’t be able to do what we didn’t know, until now, that we could do. New crimes will include: the possession with ...

Letters

Whom Did That? I want to make a comment on the October 6 Reader, Thomas Larson’s cover story, “Debt. Arson. Murder.” Okay, I’m just a poor old engineer — I’m not an English major — ...

Mary Karr

After ten months praying in a cave in Manresa, St. Ignatius received a vision that permitted him “to see God in all things” — the stated goal of his Spiritual Exercises, which are part of ...

Seen on DVD: Torso, The Frighteners, Hellraiser

Michael McQuiggan FilmOut Programmer, filmoutsandiego.com Italy’s Torso has grown on me over the years and with a new Blu-ray edition, it’s won me over. Suzy Kendall stars with a bevy of beauties stalked by a ...

Letters

Stands With Giants I have not picked up the Reader in two years, but today I saw the name of Jerry Schad on the cover. The reprint of the 1987 Sorensen article on Jerry was ...

Thomas More

Many things know we that we seldom think on: and in the things of the soul, the knowledge without the remembrance little profiteth. What availeth it to know that there is a God, which thou ...

1991: You’re Gay, You Drive, You get Special Handling

Thirty-Five Years Ago Since WWII, the emergent “East Coast” style has tended toward a simplified, even primitive, form and a more cerebral content.... The New Yorker always was, and still remains, a great testing ground ...

Some Peeves Never Change

Thirty Years Ago Tribune editor Neil Morgan will put an end to a “very strange and uncomfortable” situation next week when he turns loose his protégé Tom Blair to write a column of his own. ...

Letters

Dig It! Mucho kudos to Thomas Larson and to the Reader for this comprehensive piece on babies born here to Mexican mothers (Feature Story, September 22). I don’t think I’ve seen anything in print on ...

Letters

Ugly Comes And Goes I really enjoyed Ollie’s article about the trailer park (“The Ugly Trailer Park Across the Water,” Cover Story, September 15). I’ve lived in San Diego my whole life. I’m 56, and ...

Francesco Petrarch

How often on that day, think you, did I not on the return journey look back upon the peak of the mountain! In comparison with the loftiness of human contemplation, unless one is mired in ...

"Come Prima," by Archie Randolph Ammons

I know there is perfection in the being of my being, that I am holy in amness as stars or paperclips, that the universe, moving from void to void, pours in and out through me: ...

The Hip List

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>On the night of Tuesday, September 28, in a boxing ring constructed inside New York City’s newly renovated Yankee Stadium, a heavyweight championship bout will be held between the aging, invincible Muhammad Ali, ...

A 91X Rant

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>Studio structures have been bemoaned for so long that it is almost an automatic reflex to greet the recent breakdown with cries of “Up the rebels.” But the upshot of independence is that ...

Letters

Get A Kidney, Give A Liver Your story about organ donation highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations (“Gift from the Grave,” Cover Story, September 8). There are now over 110,000 people ...

Letters

Hell Right Here Wow! The article “I’m Coming to Rescue You From Protestant Hell” by Brianna Van Ness (Cover Story, September 1) is really powerful! At least Brianna needn’t worry about going to hell; she’s ...

What O.B. Were You Visiting, Mister?

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>Being a life-long resident of Ocean Beach, I found your article last week on the O.B. Pier a little amusing. Maybe your writer found one or two fishermen whom he could romanticize, but ...

Homeric Hymn

O universal Mother, who dost keep From everlasting thy foundations deep, Eldest of things, Great Earth, I sing of thee! All shapes that have their dwelling in the sea, All things that fly, or on ...

Seen on DVD: Confessions of a Superhero, Baghdad Cafe, Death to Smoochy

Shana Wride Director, Walter Cronkite Is Dead at San Diego REPertory Theatre If you love Absolutely Fabulous, then you’ll love the entire French & Saunders series. Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, the comedy team responsible ...

Letters

No Facts, No Fun Wow, I had no idea the Reader was a shill for Irwin Jacobs until I saw this tasteless cartoon (Neal Obermeyer, August 25). SOHO and its members stand for historic preservation, ...

MTV Two Decades Ago

Thirty Years Ago<br>San Ysidro embraces the new branch of the Main Attraction, a strip joint boasting more than $100,000 worth of lights and sound paraphernalia, whose owners figure there are fortunes to be made from ...

Empedocles

Behold the sun, everywhere bright and warm, and all the immortal things that are bathed in heat and bright radiance. Behold the rain, everywhere dark and cold; and from the earth issue forth close-pressed and ...

Be on the Alert for Marijuana

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>San Diegans are meeting in churches, recreation centers, and living rooms, hoping that somehow, some way, they’ll make it through the night without a chocolate milkshake.... Most of them are fat...not just pleasingly ...

Letters

More Questions Than Answers That pinup cover guy either hates himself or just his body (“It’s a Tough Crowd,” Cover Story, August 18). Will his neck tats get him a job once his few muscles ...

Letters

Plus And Minus Congratulations on a fine article regarding the new homeless storage program and its civil rights lawsuit (“Anatomy of a Good Idea,” “City Lights,” August 11). There are, however, things you did not ...

Rich Man in Heaven

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein are the best of the bunch, because they devote a reasonable degree of attention to the cinematic style of the genre under inspection. Not many moviegoers would care ...

You Can't Fight Rose Lynne

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>I had two phone calls. The first caller, a woman, began plaintively, “I find your reviews depressing. You’re always writing about how to save money, share meals, find bargains. My husband and I...don’t ...

Letters

Not Offbeat, Just Tasteless I have been a faithful fan and reader of yours for decades. I especially have appreciated your inclusion of the offbeat and unusual in your choice of topics and humor. The ...

Letters

Tip Of The Scamberg Thank you for printing the cover story “Would You Like Five Free Cell Phones?” featured in the July 28 issue. In this day and age, there is no shortage of scammers ...

Seen on DVD: Dumb and Dumber, I Saw the Devil, Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Giovanna Maimone Actress, Hellbenders I’m a comedy fanatic. The Farrelly brothers are by far my greatest inspiration as a comedy writer. Their Dumb and Dumber pretty much set the mark for its genre of sick ...

Where the Bad Boys Are

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>Just as the people who live along the ocean shore are affected by the tides and the pull of the moon, the children of the street in inner territories like Shell Town and ...

Letters

Gardening Tips Kudos to Susan Luzzaro on her article (City Lights: “How Did We Get in This Mess?” July 21). It is probably worth peeling the onion one or two more layers when it comes ...

Comic Book Bash

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>SAM: WE’RE THROUGH, you airhead. Jack is meeting me this Friday at City College to see “That Scoundrel Scapin.” Eileen. ANGEL, SORRY we couldn’t finish the voyage, but rock and roll is calling ...

Songs for Lovers

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>At a mock Hollywood party in one scene of Rodgers and Hart, the pleasant musical revue at the Carter Centre Stage, a drunken partygoer makes the bold confession: “I’m heterosexual!” This is a ...

Letters

Dave? Is That You? I would like to comment on “Where Do They Go When the Races Are Over?” (Cover Story, July 14). First, I think society should be more evolved so that races are ...

Seen on DVD: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Battle of Algiers, Freedom Riders

Ralph De Lauro Film program director, Central Library and Cinema Under the Stars Napoleon, by Abel Gance. All sparks and pinwheels. Gance’s silent thrill ride is long, sentimental, and simplistic, yet it’s bursting at the ...

Letters

Correction The story on the Reader website titled “Helix Water District’s Info Flow Questioned,” by Grant Madden, included many factual errors. We regret posting it with minimal fact-checking. Lucid Brews Ed Bedford’s “Beer Heaven” cover ...

Archie Bunker Would Have Thrived in Lakeside

Thirty-Five Years Ago Jerry Ford and Ronald Reagan use them. So does the Chicano Federation. As a matter of fact, almost no political happening would be official without them. Security guards are the new symbols ...

Letters

Correction Last week’s “Best Buys” column on mobile pet groomers stated incorrectly that Chad Davidson of Pawlished Paw Mobile Grooming works in the Oceanside area. Davidson is based in Coronado, and he works in communities ...

Found in the Shuffle

Thirty-Five Years Ago If you drive south on Highway 5 and take the Pershing Drive off-ramp down to 26th Street, you will wind up on a narrow road through green hills and cool groves of ...

Perils of the Press

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>Being the first on the scene will get a newsman his story, but getting a “scoop” is not without its perils. Last Wednesday, the second F-14 fighter in three days went down at ...

Letters

No Pulitzer Hayley Rafner spends 11 pages complaining that she can’t get into Gaslamp clubs and claims that she “Google[s] things to do in San Diego when you’re underage” (“Miss In-Between,” Cover Story, June 23). ...

Letters

Harley Jerks “Dad Was a Bum” (Cover Story, June 16) reminded me that we have no basis to draw facile conclusions regarding total strangers we may encounter during the typical day. We have no idea ...

Rooms with a View

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>[T]he dominating mood among the middle-class graduates is one of passive acceptance of a decayed world, handed to them on a platter beyond meaningful repair. While the middle-class kids tend to view themselves ...

Are You Pilgrims?

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>Dear Matthew Alice:<br>Why don’t cats have to have licenses?<br>Paul Bloom, Point Loma Dear Paul:<br>Cats in San Diego are clasified “wild animals,” just like opposums and werewolves. Not only does this allow cats to ...

Letters

Can’t Get No Satisfaction Re “I Want Love Now” by Heather Augello (Cover Story, June 9). No matter what you do, you can never make everyone happy! All you can hope to do is do ...

Boëthius

“Wherefore I much marvel why these things are thus turned upside down, and the punishment of wickedness oppresses the good, while evil men obtain the rewards of the good. And I desire to know of ...

Naysaying

Thirty-Five Years Ago<br>The popular theme in this season’s batch of grievances is my alleged negativism. In a typical case, this accusation comes from someone who advocates love, fun, coolness, and peace, and who then demands ...