Confusion Junction

I’m calling in reference to “That Could Never Happen to Me” (July 19 cover story). I was kind of disappointed. I love your stories; you do good work. But with this one here, you blew it. You combined two stories under the same heading. You combined the shooting, and the attempted rape, which is kind of hard to follow, until I figured it out. I’m reading along and then I realized I was reading a totally different story.

Patch it up next time. Other than that, you do good work, and I appreciate it.

Yahweh Badea
via voicemail

Grisly ESP

I started to read “That Could Never Happen to Me” (July 19 cover story), and the collateral massacre [in Aurora, Colorado] started to happen. It gave me goose pimples and cold chills. That picture on the front could have been James Holmes. It’s like you guys knew that something was about to happen. I still get shaky thinking about it.

Caser Lopez
Chula Vista


This is concerning your article on July 19, the cover story, “That Could Never Happen To Me,” that’s concerning the plight of the security officer that was shot a decade ago at Santana High School.

I can understand his anger, and his frustration, and his feelings of alienation and being left out and not recognized for the service. He was shot by the gunman three times, I think. For the kids to get out of the way and try to summon the gunman towards him, he’s considered a hero to me.

I don’t think he got his just due because of the stigma of security people. I work security for the San Diego Unified School District. I’ve been a security officer for 28 years, judicially educated, with an upper security-management degree. The profession is getting better. However, I think his recognition didn’t come because people think, “Oh, he was a security guard.” The public’s opinion of security guards is not too great. It’s not a good thing. It’s unfortunate. However, the police and firemen were commended for bringing some donuts.

Yes, we should commend our firefighters and our police officers, but we should also commend our security officers who are doing a good job, and who are saving lives and protecting people’s property. They should be recognized. That’s not good that we get a bad rap being security officers.

My hat’s off to the man. I commend you. Here in the security community, we commend you. Keep up the good work. It’ll get greater later.

I just wanted to respond to that story because it’s sad. But he’s alive, and he’s still performing a service for the community, and specifically for the district that he’s working for. He should keep his head up and keep on moving on. We’re going to keep advocating for security in Sacramento to make it better for security officers, so it doesn’t have to be a profession that is looked down upon, or that has a black stain, if you will. There’s a lot of great security officers out there that are doing a great job and, unfortunately, get no recognition because of the low pay and the stigma that has been bestowed upon security officers.

Hurray to all security officers and especially to that man there. We’ll just keep doing a good job for the public and, hopefully, we can turn it around.

Name Withheld
via voicemail

Afro Quote

Your choice of quotes on the front cover of the July 12 issue, “Afro Puffs,” is negative, untrue, insulting, and harmful for all humans — especially for children. The quote, “My three-year-old daughter has a beautiful afro” would have been a better quote.

Your cover this week, July 19, is negative and fear-promoting. There’s a difference between truthful reporting and the celebration of violence.

You have done good stories in the past, Reader. Please support a healthy community.

Helen Bourne

Bad Head

The article on page three of the Reader, “Consultants Suddenly Appeared,” by Dorian Hargrove, is a great article. Great editorial. However, when I go to the Reader online, its title is “Consultants Ate Your Baby.” That is not an appropriate headline. I don’t know if that’s intentional, or if it’s an error, or what happened. Who did this? You’re not going to get many people reading that — and people should be reading this.

Name Withheld
via voicemail

Trash Bash

That article on the front page of this week’s Reader (July 12, “Afro Puffs”) is terrible and, as I read it over and over, I find that it makes no connection to the horrible cover. Trash, trash, trash! Everyone on Facebook is trashing the San Diego Reader. Who approved such negative opinions to be published — especially on the front page?

Ugh! Disgusted ex-reader.

Name Withheld
via email

We Don’t Need Problems

I am a mixed in nationality, but I am truly offended by your article in the Reader (“Afro Puffs,” July 12). It’s a form of discrimination. We have enough problems in the world already without our own people of color adding to the problem. I wonder how messed up your children will be, since you are going public with this the way you have. We have already been through so much in life. Oh, maybe you didn’t, but your forefathers did? Hmmm.

via email

If It Quacks Like An Editor...

RE: "Afro Puffs," July 12.

Dear Editor/Journalist/Publisher:

You should be ashamed of your publication and the quack editor you employ. Your pathetic attempt to cause a stir worked. But, thank goodness, due to your ignorance, you will lose readers. That’s how stupid you are.

Francyne Martin
via email

The Truth Hurts

I’m responding to the cover article on July 12, “Afro Puffs.” I think that it was a legitimate article. You’ve gotta look at it with an open mind. Me, being an African-American male, I don’t think it was offensive to the Africa-American woman.

I know that a lot of African-American women, and African-Americans in general, are upset by this article, but I think it has some legitimacy to it. It was progressively written, and has some good pointers. Sometimes, the truth does hurt.

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nan shartel July 26, 2012 @ 7:13 a.m.

i have a picture that say's it better then i do


it's time for the world to become colorblind

diversity is wonderful until it breeds prejudiced....then it's outlived it's usefulness


David Dodd Aug. 1, 2012 @ 12:49 p.m.

I have a difficult time understanding the letters about the Afro piece. It shared points of views concerning race and inter-race, with some narrative by the author. I finally had to read it in order to try and understand where all of the vitriol was coming from, and I'm not getting it. I think some people just like to write angry letters and phone calls.

If a black woman "feels" that white males don't care for them, then that's a perception on their part, not a racist statement. And, it isn't true, at least not in this neck of the woods. But that's their perception in some instances, probably from an unfortunate personal experience or two.

The stuff that goes on the cover, which usually includes the headline and blurb, are written in order to draw readers in. The blurb was taken as a quote from someone else in the article. Did anyone bother to read this before launching a tirade about racism?


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