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David Neffew
via email

No Name

Regarding “Cat Snip” (Cover Story, February 24). Is there an official name for this group that does this work in case a person wishes to donate? I was frustrated at no closure to the story in the respect of what this group needs from the public.

Cathy Anderson
via email

Matthew Lickona responds: The official group’s name is the Feral Cat Coalition, at feralcat.com.

Cat Suit

I believe that your cover on the February 24 issue is very disturbing to a lot of people (“Cat Snip”), especially young children. The paper lies around in the public. Very inappropriate cover photo for a paper lying out in public for all to see. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen put out by the Reader. And actually, I hope that a lawsuit is brought up against you because of this.

Jeff Rally
via voice mail

Golden Chariot Fine

Our compliments to Jeff Smith on his well-researched article on Julian gold mines, particularly the historic Golden Chariot Mine (“Gold in Them Thar Cuyamacas,” “Unforgettable,” February 24). We joined a small group of friends and family in 1990 and purchased the Golden Chariot Mine and brought it up to operational standards until the 2002 Pines Fire, which swept through the area.

The author was able to consolidate his resources into a lively and interesting article about the Golden Chariot Mine and its lasting impact on Julian history.

Cherie and Larry Eyer
via email

Angry Head

In reference to Stephen Johnson’s criticism (Letters, February 24) of Shepherd’s “News of the Weird” about the Green Party. Environmental projects don’t always generate dividends. No one knows for sure if global warming is totally caused by pollution. Of course we need to stop pollution, but sunspots can affect the weather, and even damming up rivers can affect oceans. During the American Revolution, the world was in a global cooling period.

Johnson comes off as an angry environmental liberal, where no one better dare question any information he picked up from the Soros LSD network, which is now defunct, or make innocent fun of his Green Party. If he would take his blinders off, he might not see everything with anger in his head.

Peter Bartkiewicz
Chula Vista

Buried Underground

Regarding the “Blurt” section, “Heavy Metal for Sale,” February 10. As I was reading this article, it dawned on me this is a sad state of affairs we live in, when a particular person or persons are claiming a new form of metal alliance, trying to establish a time line of credibility. Whatever the case may be, it’s not the way to represent metal. For one thing, the metal underground scene in its present condition is a parody. Today it is a shadow of its former self. The real metal underground in its traditional glory existed throughout the 1980s and 1990s. As the year 2000 approached, it was clear the metal underground had become a thing of the past.

It is very misleading when people still insist that the metal underground is alive and well. Like I said, the real underground is long gone. It wasn’t designed to last forever. I consider myself very fortunate to have been into metal music as long as I have been, well over 30 years. I am not ashamed to say it’s part of my life, and I am grateful for it.

Metal music has kept me alive. That’s for sure. From the days of traditional heavy metal, evolving into the thrash metal underground of the 1980s, then shifting into the death metal underground movement of the 1990s. It was the greatest time for these forms of music to be heard and embraced and to be a fan and musician. Nostalgic beyond any expectations, metal history for all time’s sake. If there is anyone that can relate to what I am expressing, I hope this letter reads you well. For those of you wanting to pretend that the current status within the underground is doing just fine, I leave you with this prediction: when this is all said and done, the 1980s and the 1990s real metal underground and those who were there and lived it will remain victorious forever.

P.S. Metal sells, but who’s buying…

Tony D. Metal
Spring Valley

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lneal Sept. 8, 2012 @ 12:54 p.m.

To the author of the well-written and thoroughly entertaining 'twit report':

John Frater:

Don't worry, I'm not mad or anything. You are a decent writer but judging from your flawed logic and closed-mindedness you're probably not a lawyer or a scientist. Your highly-inflated self-righteousness makes me think you might be a cop, but I also know some people with PhD's (or D.O.'s I suppose) who are incredibly ignorant and lacking in social skills too.

Have you published anything that I can read and critique? I looked but had no luck. Anything. Even in a free, weekly, entertainment "publication of this caliber?" I'll be much nicer than you were. Envy and anger will not cloud my thinking. I can offer constructive criticism.

Anyways, ARE YOU READY TO GET TROLLED JOHNNY-BOY??? Remember not to stain your briefs and have your denture-glue readily accessible because today I AM your weatherman and I'm predicting a lot of jaw-grinding and anger in your forecast.
If you were mad before, (you were), just wait until you see what I've got prepared for you! Actually......

It's not for you. I don't care what you think. I didn't care almost two years ago when you licked your mischievous, bony fingers and gleefully typed up your devious little diatribe for all to see. I could care even less now. It's for the selfish reason of enjoying a little friendly competition for my own amusement that I dignify you with a response of any sort.

I hope to hear answers to my questions, especially the one pertaining to trolls, which you probably resemble in ignorance if not ugliness. Thank you for your time and constructive criticism! So kind of you to offer your opinions. My rebuttal is ready to get Ctrl+V'ed all over this page. Can you handle it?

Love, your humble friend and colleague,

~Laurence Neal

P.S. If you still want to slap me, I'm not far away. Eagerly awaiting your reply so I can troll you and make you cry. Please hurry.


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