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Hey, Babe

Re the cover photo (“Cat Snip,” February 24), isn’t it distressing when a castrating woman is drop-dead gorgeous?

Gary Whitlock
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Cat Lovers Protest

This week’s cover of the Reader is very offensive and damaging to a lot of people who have had to witness the picture (“Cat Snip,” Cover Story, February 24). Being a real or fake picture, this really isn’t a cool thing to put on the Reader, and for a publication that is usually more open-minded to people’s feelings on certain subjects…

I speak for myself and every cat lover that this is just not right.

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Do It, Don’t Show It

I am a cat lover. I had three cats that lived until the age of 21. Last year I adopted four kittens from Helen Woodward.

Seeing that kitten tied down to the stiff board after it got “snipped” is horrible (“Cat Snip,” Cover Story, February 24). Why do you think that is a good cover shot? Yes, being “snipped” is a great thing, but to display the kitten tied with its paws in that position is concerning. I was with my children, and they were very upset.

Name Withheld by Request
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For Shame!

I am very upset about the cover (“Cat Snip,” Cover Story, February 24).  It is inappropriate to put a dead feline prepped for a necropsy on the front cover reading “Cat Snip” for all ages to see whether you believe it is for educational purposes or not. It should be recalled, and shame on you.

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The cat was alive and had just been spayed. — Editor

I Love Irony

Just a note to say how much I enjoyed your hypocrisy of juxtaposing Don Bauder’s highlighted comment (“City Lights,” February 24) chastising newspapers for reporting “titillating items regularly” with the equally prominent “Stringer,” “Caught on Tape,” about the man accused of videotaping a 12-year-old girl taking a shower! Or were you just trying to make his point in an ironic fashion?

Anthony Solare
via email

The Light Side of TJ

I would like to comment on the article that was published in the February 24 Reader, “Yonder Lies It: Messages from Tijuana” by Lorena Mancilla. The title of the article is “Rehab: A Public Nightmare in Tijuana.” Here we have, once again, another article in the paper depicting a sordid side of the city. And many, many, many articles appearing in the Reader seem to focus on the dark side or a sordid side of the city.

It would be nice for readers to know that there are thousands of Americans living in the Tijuana area — the Playas-Tijuana area, Rosarito Beach — who feel that Tijuana is a very beautiful place to live. There’s a lot of art, there’s a lot of wonderful activities, there’s a lot of natural beauty. Many Americans feel that as a retirement place this is a wonderful place to live, and many people don’t see, or seem to feel that they see, all the violence that the paper suggests is all around them. But most importantly, this is a city that has many wonderful things, and it’s unfortunate that the media seems to dwell on the negative aspects.

Any city — Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago — has some very, very, very bad areas, and if these areas were publicized as much as the bad things in Tijuana are publicized no one would probably ever visit the United States either. So this is just a thought from an American who has been traveling back and forth to Baja for many years.

Vivian Marlene Dunbar
Playas Tijuana

Creepy Corporations

Creeping corporatism isn’t happening just at city hall (“Sanders on Sale,” “Under the Radar,” February 24). Local business titans are financing a ballot initiative for the next election to change San Diego’s city charter to permit a takeover of the five-member board of education that currently is elected by the people.

A privately bankrolled group called “San Diegans 4 Great Schools” (Irwin Jacobs, Buzz Woolley, Rod Dammeyer, and others) has paid signature gatherers in mall parking lots to qualify their radical measure for the June ballot. They hope to add four appointees to the board of education, limit elected boardmembers’ scope of authority to small districts rather than present citywide responsibility, and officially restrict elected members’ terms of office. San Diegans 4 aims to “reform” school “governance.”

As at city hall, this focus on public school “governance” is more corporate self-interest than altruism. Increasing the size of the board of education (and padding it with appointed friends) shifts the number of votes needed to cede public school real estate to advantage wannabe private investors.

Gaining access to public-sector markets of real estate, services, and contracts has been sought by these education “reformers” ever since they engineered the controversial appointment of ex-superintendant Alan Bersin more than a decade ago.

Mall shoppers should just say no to San Diegans 4 paid signature gatherers, and should the measure make it to the June ballot, just vote no to defeat it at the polls.

Frances O’Neill Zimmerman
La Jolla


To Paula Myers, the director of the MADD Victim Impact Panels (“No VIP Cred,” Letters, February 24).

The reason the Reader did not, as you write, “do research or contact” you was for the sake of keeping you MADD. You’re entitled to your name. If you’re not MADD anymore, you’re gonna lose your benefits drastically in this economy.

Mike W.
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Money From Drunks

I was glad to see an article on DUI (Cover Story, February 17) and only wish the victim, “Edward,” would not have been so hard on himself and instead been aware of and focused on the real truth about the DUI money machine, which the cops, the DMV, the courts, the tow companies, the insurance companies, and certainly the army of attorneys are using to steal millions of dollars annually from the state’s citizens under the great disguise of legally enforcing the law.

The DUI money machine is the single biggest government-sponsored scam — hiding behind the sacred cow of law enforcement — ever to be perpetrated on the American people.

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