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Overreach of Power

My letter is response to “Taxi Driver” in the December 25 issue.

“I felt threatened” — as if that justifies assaulting someone. If the guy was a Navy SEAL he had the training to kill and didn’t need to feel threatened by a taxi driver.

It seems to me that we are now condoning hate crimes if the assailants are members of the police or armed forces. A very sad commentary on the American system. How does that make us different from the overreach of power by our neighbors across the border?

  • Mukul Khurana
  • La Mesa


National Identity

Re: “Taxi Driver,” December 25 cover story.

Don’t they have politics in India? Is this what we’ve come to, foreign immigrants dictating our national identity? An Indian cab driver suing the U.S. Navy?

He deserves justice and due process, but if that’s still not good enough....

  • Name Withheld
  • via email


Epicene Tendencies

Angelina Jolie should be praised for bringing the story of the great hero, Louis Zamperini, to the screen. The Reader trashes the film, which is titled Unbroken. When one considers the increasingly epicene tendencies of the Reader, it probably would give Brokeback Mountain top billing.

  • Name Withheld
  • via voicemail


Only a Turkey

Re: News Ticker, “Ghosts of Seven Horses Haunt Del Mar."

The expected date for the lab results of the drug tests of those thoroughbred racers that collapsed and died so suddenly that their jockey or exercise riders were tossed is Super Bowl Sunday. This gives Joe Harper a chance to send the lab tech a Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas gifts without raising any concern from the CHRB or the U-T turf staff.

As noted in the U-T, the recent Bing Crosby fall meet at Del Mar passed, and all thoroughbred racers and riders returned safely to their stalls. But that same proven-safe course is being dug out and replaced with a new dirt surface. This creates a dilemma for the U-T staff that only a turkey could resolve.

  • Bob
  • Mission Hills


In Denial

I’m writing in response to the item regarding the Coronado Beltline Railroad,“Why One Sign Could Cost $10,000,” Neighborhood News, by Ed Kravitz. In the item, Mr. Kravitz wrote, “Cox told me: ‘I’m going to bury your little railroad under asphalt and there was [sic] nothing you can do about it.’ ”

I completely deny ever making those remarks that were attributed to me. I never said anything like that. I have always treated Mr. Kravitz with respect, no matter our disagreements.

The Bayshore Bikeway segment through Imperial Beach, the subject of Mr. Kravitz’s comments, is a popular recreational amenity that has thousands of users of every week, resulting in fewer greenhouse gases and healthier citizens.

  • Greg Cox
  • Supervisor, District 1


They Contribute Nothing

Dave Good could not have made an effective argument against raising the minimum wage, or presented a less sympathetic cast of characters (“I Make 300 Cups of Coffee Every Day. I Get $9 an Hour Plus Tips,” December 18 cover story). Starting with Kara, who dropped out of school in the 11th grade to have a baby, and at age 25 has four children and is married to an illegal alien.

Miriam has been in the U.S. for 16 years and doesn’t speak English, has three children, and is unmarried. Both receive public assistance.

Jon and Jessie are a couple of entitled, spoiled brats. Jon didn’t feel the need for a job since he got a decent allowance from his parents. After graduation, Jessie backpacked through Australia and Europe, then was surprised to find she couldn’t get a job. The stress caused her to have a mental breakdown.

Sherone has been to prison three times for identity theft and fraud. She at least seems to be determined to improve her life.

Self-styled “activist” Emmanuel is working on an Associate Degree in Chicano Studies. What exactly does he plan to do with that degree?

All of these characters are lucky to have any job at all. They contribute nothing towards moving things forward.

  • Skip Baker
  • Temecula


Stay in Austin

Regarding the “No Twang in Paradise” article (Blurt, December 18), maybe Mr. Stuart should open his ears to the many country bands here in town that do call San Diego home. The country music scene and musicians here not only work hard, but side by side in a great supportive community. Perhaps Mr. Stuart should stay in Austin. We don’t need you in San Diego.

  • Name Withheld
  • North Park
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