How asinine (“Off the Cuff,” October 15)! If Alan C. didn’t want his picture in the paper, you should not have used him in “Off the Cuff.” Hiding his face with a dog shows stupidity. Shame on the Reader!

Bill Bartkus
via email

Worse Than Baghdad

In response to the letter “Bridge Survivors,” October 15 issue, I applaud the Persauds for daring to visit Tijuana. As a result of my September Tijuana robbery, I had to take out a loan at over 800 percent interest. (Four hundred and sixty percent, mentioned on page 6 in Matt Potter’s “Under the Radar”? I wish!)

I was not the only one assaulted and robbed, if you’ve read previous issues of the Reader. The full danger of visiting Mexico has not been fully covered in the press, and cannot be, as comments about Mexico and Canada are not covered under free speech nor free press laws. TV-6 CW news got permission to run a story about the overcrowded Tijuana morgue and the tourist bodies rotting outside for lack of space. I suggested last October that Tijuana was more dangerous than Baghdad and was arrested as a result. The court ruled that although “free press” laws did not apply, as a published tourism author, I had an obligation to inform my readers. (The other things not covered by free press laws include obscenity, profanity, defamation, libel, false calls for help, and various religious secrets.)

John Kitchin
via email

I Right The Wrongs

Mr. Sanford: The Barry Manilow concert at the Sports Arena was postponed earlier this week, giving you plenty of time to make a note of it in your “Blurt” article (October 15). So why didn’t you?

Mark Rafferty
via email

Jay Allen Sanford replies: The Reader is a weekly (rather than daily) paper, so last week’s “Blurt” column was already typeset and at the printer before I received notice of the cancellation.

Got The Picture?

I was wondering if there was any chance of getting back “Picture Story.” As a longtime San Diegan, I always looked forward to those. If there’s any chance of getting it back, that would be great.

Kenny Lane
via voicemail

“Picture Story” will resume soon, running once a month. — Editor

Good News From The South

Re “Please Don’t Tell Anyone That Old Surfers End Up Here” (Cover Story, October 8).

Fantastic article!! I am a transplant who has lived (and surfed) in San Diego for the past year but has always been wary of adventuring south to Baja California. Reading books like In Search of Captain Zero and West of Jesus fuel my surf-adventure spirit, but the media manages to always throw water on my fire. It’s great to hear positive news from south of the border, and I hope to see Steve and others in the lineup soon!

Nicholas Foster
via email

Great X2

Re “Please Don’t Tell Anyone That Old Surfers End Up Here” (Cover Story, October 8).

Great article and story.

Tom Church
via email


Re “Please Don’t Tell Anyone That Old Surfers End Up Here” (Cover Story, October 8).


Derrick R. Grahn
via email

Good Dog

I am a writer-reporter specializing in Baja animal rights issues. I found the “Dogs’ Deathbed Gift” article (“City Lights,” October 8) to be informative and accurate.

However, the article leaves the reader with a rather bleak picture of the fate of most homeless Baja dogs.

Things have changed, much for the better, in the last ten years. Thanks to the tireless devotion of a number of groups and individual rescuers, thousands of these Baja street dogs have found their way into wonderful new homes in Mexico and the United States. There are dozens of American and Mexicans living in Baja who have literally devoted their lives (and all their money) to getting these homeless pets off the streets and rehabilitating them. Readers would be happy to know that there is a lot of love and devotion here in Baja for these dogs and cats. Tijuana and Rosarito governments are now actively helping promote animal-welfare issues. The City of Rosarito tops the list, with a monthly free sterilization program, free dog-training programs, and special pet events just for kids, like “Run with Your Dog.” Rosarito Channel 6 even has a weekly pet-care program featuring Rosarito’s perrera and spay/neuter clinic director Joaquín Villaseñor.

In Tijuana, the Humane Society of Tijuana sponsors regular low-cost and free monthly spay and neuter clinics and special mange and tick clinics.

Thanks to the devotion of many animal rescuers and activists, Baja is now a place where these dogs face a much brighter future. However, until the day when the sterilization clinics can bring the pet overpopulation under control, people like Donna and Marlene and Joaquín will be their angels waiting for them at the end of the line.

Vivian Marlene Dunbar
via email

Pay It Forward

Don Bauder’s article “Make the Victim Pay” (“City Lights,” October 8) only tells part of the story regarding SDG&E. A joint application has been filed with the PUC (A0908020) by SDG&E, Southern California Edison, and Pacific Gas & Electric to allow the utilities to finance the costs of future wildfire damages as they are incurred and pass on those costs to ratepayers. The costs include satisfying wildfire claims, legal expenses, and insurance premiums, all to be paid by the ratepayers. The utilities claim that compliance with safety rules is not realistic and wildfires are an inherent cost of service. This is an attempt to not only have the victims pay for past mismanagement and negligence; SDG&E wants the ratepayers to also pay for future mismanagement and negligence by the utilities.

Name Withheld by Request
via email

Toys? No, Cartoons

I must have missed Duncan Shepherd’s review of Toy Story when the movie first came out. Obviously, it’s been resurrected for the current 3-D release.

“From Disney, the self-proclaimed First Fully Computer-Animated Feature Film: reason enough to disdain it on general principle. Reason in particular, and in plenty, is provided by the horrible forms of the figures — closer to Puppetoons, Claymation, Gumby, Speedy Alka-Seltzer, and the Pillsbury Doughboy than to the Disney family of cartoon characters.”

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PistolPete Oct. 21, 2009 @ 3:04 p.m.

The Reader may be 70% fluff,Mr.Cuevaf but it's better than any daily newspaper I've yet to read out here. City Beat is a junior edition of the Reader and as great as GLT is,it only caters to one section of the populace. It's pretty sad when a voracious reader as myself eschews the SD-UT,L.A.Times and NCTimes to wait patiently once a week for the Reader,warts and all.


nan shartel Oct. 21, 2009 @ 3:24 p.m.

the READER is a gastronomic delight!!!


nan shartel Oct. 21, 2009 @ 3:30 p.m.


there now I've had my superficial and non-substanciated angry protest at READER unappreciators...and i feel so much better i get the grammer and speel all that right???


magicsfive Oct. 23, 2009 @ 11:32 p.m.

so when michael finally goes back to wherever it is he came from, he won't be forced to read the reader. i suspect that he's not all that great either. so just run along, michael, and pick up a reader's digest on your way out. I LOVE THE READER. must be a reason it's been around 30+ years.


magicsfive Oct. 23, 2009 @ 11:35 p.m.

oh, and "shame on the reader..." for allowing someone to choose not to have his face shown in a picture? um what? BAD, BAD reader for allowing someone anonymity....i have changed my mind. i shall never read again....NOT.


David Dodd Oct. 23, 2009 @ 11:59 p.m.

I actually thought the guy putting his dog up rhere was amusing. I swear, sometimes I think there is someone with a sense of humor similar to my own editing the "Letter's" section.

I remember in high school, I was an avid reader of National Lampoon magazine. Their "Letters FROM The Editors" column was ridiculously funny.

Like John Kitchin's story about the Tijuana morgue. I mean, I think that's a serious letter, but having lived here so long (and, unfortunately, having taken trips to the morgue myself), it's a scream from my angle! It's sort of like if I wrote to the New York Times and demanded that they reinstate George Bush because I witnessed hundreds of people beaten and stabbed by Obama supporters. (Dude, seriously, stay out of here, visit Canada or something, we don't need any more sensationalistic lies.)

And to Michael Cuevaf, if you do some reasearch, the San Diego Reader is historically one of the most profitable weeklies in the last twenty years, even through this screwed up economy we find ourselves in. They must be doing something right.

Reader, I recommend that your staff gets rewarded by having them make up letters. Let them make the letters amazingly ridiculous. Promote office morale!


SurfPuppy619 Oct. 28, 2009 @ 9 a.m.

If Alan C. didn’t want his picture in the paper, you should not have used him in “Off the Cuff.” Hiding his face with a dog shows stupidity. Shame on the Reader!

Bill Bartkus

You must admit though-that is one good lookign dog!


SDaniels Oct. 29, 2009 @ 9:25 a.m.

You must admit though-that is one good lookign dog!

By SurfPuppy619


That dog is adorable! What brand of terrier?


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