Race v. Rally

Ahoy, Reader. In your Neighborhood News you made a serious error in terming the Baja Ha Ha a race. I think they call it a rally. The participants can use motors and there are two designated anchorages, where all the fleet stops en route to Cabo San Lucas. But I sure like your paper.

Marcus Platypus
via voicemail

Raising Hell in Escondido

Regarding Neighborhood News, the Union-Tribune bought the T-A in Escondido, and Ken Harrison wrote the story of how they fired 80 of the staffmembers. Everybody’s mad as hell. They write letters in. It’s like we have a second San Diego paper in the Times-Advocate. The bus drivers had been talking about it in Escondido. Kids are talking about it. People are taking them out of the machines and throwing them away. People have raised hell about how they’ve ruined the Escondido paper, the Times-Advocate.

You did a story about how they bought it. Why don’t you do a follow-up? The other side of the story: what happened after they bought it. They bought it October 15. Ask what happened after they bought it. Put it on the front page. They charge $2 for the Sunday paper and a $1 for the daily paper now. Bastards! Just like when San Diego Gas & Electric started the fires — help us pay for what we did. Now they want us to help them pay for the paper they bought.

Your San Diego paper is fine. You’ve got your own paper. Valley Center has the Roadrunner. The coast has their own paper. Everybody has their own paper. Don’t come here. It makes me us so mad we could wring their necks. What happens when you buy a newspaper from another newspaper and change it to the way you want it, not the way the readers had enjoyed it for 25 years.

It’s like when Coca-Cola changed their drink and everybody raised hell and they had to change it back.

Come on, Ken Harrison! Do it! Put it on the front page of the Reader. Everybody would love it!

Name Withheld
via voicemail

Profanity Spurs Vomiting

I was reading “Retro Rumble” (November 1 cover story), and I was very offended by the language that was in there. The “F” word is used; the “S” word is used; the “A” word is used. Please edit these ugly words out. I would appreciate it, and I’m sure others would. I want to vomit when I read it.

Monica Mangold
College Area

Do a Background Check

I am highly offended that you printed the item about the Deported Veterans Support House in Rosarito without any fact checking. I don’t know how accurate Fox News Latino is, but did anyone actually determine if these people served in the U.S. military?

Becoming a citizen after being in the service is a complicated process and is not just handed out because you joined up. There are several reasons they could have been denied citizenship and deported. Did they have any criminal background? Did they lie on the application? A basic web search would show the requirements to become a citizen. To put out this article without investigating the resident’s background does a disservice to the many men and women who served their adopted country honorably and went on to become citizens.

I am so sick of people who want privileges handed to them without actually earning or deserving them, yet whine afterward they didn’t get what they thought they should get. Look at your own actions before you blame someone else or the system.

Name Withheld
via email

Wonderful Romney

That was a beautiful picture on the cover of the October 25 Reader, and it was an interesting article (“Come to Romney Country”). I happen to be Mormon, and I thought it was fair, and balanced, and told the whole story. Thank you for printing that wonderful picture and that very good article about Mitt Romney’s family.

Harriet Steel

A Nation Divided

The editor of the magazine chooses to use the Reader in a propaganda manner. The article on Mitt Romney (“Come to Romney Country,” October 25) detailed his lifestyle. Will the Reader issue a publication detailing President Obama in a positive manner?

The Tea Party and Republican candidate, former Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, never served in Vietnam. Romney went to France to serve his Mormon Church on a faith mission. Romney was never prosecuted for not serving in Vietnam. Mrs. Romney stated on The View, “He was serving his mission. My five sons have also served their mission. None served in the military.”

Muhammad Ali, 1960 Rome Olympics gold-medal champion, heavyweight champion, and other boxing accolades did not go to Vietnam due to his Islamic faith. Ali was arrested, stripped of his boxing accolades, and barred from boxing for many years.

The bias in this country needs to cease! Imbrue: The cancer of racism stains our national fabric, taints our moral character and common core. The Republicans refuse to work in a bipartisan manner; instead they choose to ignore the greater good of the American people and choose their own agenda. A nation divided against itself will not stand!

Former Reader reader and disabled American veteran
via snail mail

Risking Retribution

I really need to be kept anonymous as I work for the City of San Diego and retaliation is normal there. I have wanted to comment on the article “Favor for Favor(s)” (News Ticker, October 25). I have been hesitant to do so as I was worried that Carl DeMaio might be voted in as the next mayor. The election is now over, and I still cannot state publicly my true feelings without worry of retribution.

I was at the voter forum in Del Cerro that was mentioned in the article. Mr. DeMaio started off his presentation exclaiming himself to be LGBT. I couldn’t tell if he was bragging or complaining. Immediately thereafter he proceeded to shoot barbs at Congressman Filner. Filner’s response was very emotional as DeMaio’s barbs obviously struck a chord with Filner. DeMaio stood there rolling his eyes and smiling during Filner’s return diatribe.

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Javajoe25 Nov. 14, 2012 @ 8:14 p.m.

To the writer who said he (or she) was "so sick of people who want privileges handed to them without actually earning or deserving them".

The fact is, the military has the obligation to determine whether or not someone can become a citizen before they allow them to serve. If someone was permitted to enter the service and then performed their duties and completed their hitch, then they should by all means be allowed to become a US citizen. It has been a long-held tradition and belief that serving in the military is a legitimate path to citizenship.


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