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Regarding the January 26 cover article, “The Government Made Me a Sex Offender” — I don’t know how the CBP officers can call anybody a sex offender. [Names omitted] — all CBP officers at the San Ysidro border who reach over the booth without a word and pat your junk. Since they’re armed, this is sexual assault with a deadly weapon, which is a felony.

I don’t how they can call David Miller — a guy crossing the border — a sex offender or how they have the right to call anyone a sex offender. This has happened thousands of times since about 2005, for some reason. Fortunately, County Health said we can’t get HIV through groping, or STDs from one of the hundreds of other crossers groped that day. This is never in the news. You’ll see “Jogger in the Park Got Groped” but never “CBP Officer Gropes Guy Crossing the Border.”

  • Jim
  • via voicemail
A ton of pressure on kids nowadays

More Impressive Than Ads

Kudos to Siobhan Braun on her article about getting into college. I thought it was well-written and informative. I was particularly interested in the schools that are available to talented youngsters who are not from families who can afford all the academic boost programs that are available to more well-off families.

I do not read your paper very often, and this impressed me a lot more than the ads in the back.

  • Carol Kapp
  • Clairemont
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Comedian **

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Robert De Niro again, this time charging through the role of Jackie Burke, a once-mighty sitcom star who decades later has difficulty making the rent as a put-down comic. Any script with Roastmaster General Jeff Ross’s name attached can’t help but yield a few mean-spirited howls. (Included is a reenactment of that legendary night in Friar’s Club history when Harry "Parkyakarkus" Einstein, aka Albert Brooks’s father, dropped dead in mid-roast.) There’s a conceivable romantic subplot involving a woman (an exceptional Leslie Mann) Jackie met while performing community service for punching out a heckler. De Niro gets back to acting, swearing off the focking patented funny faces and building a character who’s more than just a bad-humored comic. Scanning the various audiences for familiar faces is time well spent. But other than watching Jackie wriggle through one uncomfortable gig after another, Taylor Hackford’s <em>The Comedian</em> ultimately has nowhere to go. With Edie Falco, Harvey Keitel, Charles Grodin, and Lois Smith

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A Trump Move

In your paper you didn’t list The Comedian at Regal Parkway Plaza, which is kind of incompetent but I will forgive you, LOL. I saw it there, so I was amused that you somehow missed it.

Okay, keep trying to keep the facts and don’t leave out anything, as that would be a Trump move, LOL.

  • Name withheld
  • via voicemail

In print, we listed The Comedian as being “in wide release,” which means it is playing at multiple theaters. — Editor

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Never in the News

Regarding the January 26 cover article, “The Government Made Me a Sex Offender” — I don’t know how the CBP officers can call anybody a sex offender. [Names omitted] — all CBP officers at the San Ysidro border who reach over the booth without a word and pat your junk. Since they’re armed, this is sexual assault with a deadly weapon, which is a felony.

I don’t how they can call David Miller — a guy crossing the border — a sex offender or how they have the right to call anyone a sex offender. This has happened thousands of times since about 2005, for some reason. Fortunately, County Health said we can’t get HIV through groping, or STDs from one of the hundreds of other crossers groped that day. This is never in the news. You’ll see “Jogger in the Park Got Groped” but never “CBP Officer Gropes Guy Crossing the Border.”

  • Jim
  • via voicemail
A ton of pressure on kids nowadays

More Impressive Than Ads

Kudos to Siobhan Braun on her article about getting into college. I thought it was well-written and informative. I was particularly interested in the schools that are available to talented youngsters who are not from families who can afford all the academic boost programs that are available to more well-off families.

I do not read your paper very often, and this impressed me a lot more than the ads in the back.

  • Carol Kapp
  • Clairemont
Movie

Comedian **

thumbnail

Robert De Niro again, this time charging through the role of Jackie Burke, a once-mighty sitcom star who decades later has difficulty making the rent as a put-down comic. Any script with Roastmaster General Jeff Ross’s name attached can’t help but yield a few mean-spirited howls. (Included is a reenactment of that legendary night in Friar’s Club history when Harry "Parkyakarkus" Einstein, aka Albert Brooks’s father, dropped dead in mid-roast.) There’s a conceivable romantic subplot involving a woman (an exceptional Leslie Mann) Jackie met while performing community service for punching out a heckler. De Niro gets back to acting, swearing off the focking patented funny faces and building a character who’s more than just a bad-humored comic. Scanning the various audiences for familiar faces is time well spent. But other than watching Jackie wriggle through one uncomfortable gig after another, Taylor Hackford’s <em>The Comedian</em> ultimately has nowhere to go. With Edie Falco, Harvey Keitel, Charles Grodin, and Lois Smith

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A Trump Move

In your paper you didn’t list The Comedian at Regal Parkway Plaza, which is kind of incompetent but I will forgive you, LOL. I saw it there, so I was amused that you somehow missed it.

Okay, keep trying to keep the facts and don’t leave out anything, as that would be a Trump move, LOL.

  • Name withheld
  • via voicemail

In print, we listed The Comedian as being “in wide release,” which means it is playing at multiple theaters. — Editor

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