"An inappropriate picture of O.B."
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Horrid statements regarding O.B.

To Joseph Miravalle. Hello, Joseph. I read your article regarding Ocean Beach, and I have a lot of problems with your assertions.

First, don’t say “seven blocks” when you only talk about two. You talk about all the things ob-chians do not have a concern with. You totally failed to look at north O.B. You failed to see that no one in O.B. goes anywhere near Sunshine Company.

All you did was paint an inappropriate picture of O.B. Mothers and Raglan blow away the burgers at Hodad’s. No discussion about the mellow feel of dog beach and the best pizza at Surfrider. I’m appalled by your portrayal of O.B. as “a place to get high and go to Hodad’s.” We consider that inappropriate and lame.

I am more than happy to work with you on an article that properly shows O.B. I walk the alleys at night; I help people day and night. Feel free to contact me, spend some real time in O.B., and write a real article instead of a tourist call to do drugs at the beach with hippies.

Looking forward to you contacting me and correcting all of your horrid statements regarding O.B.

  • Keith Herron
  • Ocean Beach

South Bay is the backwoods of craft brewing

Thanks for the article "Craft beer seeps into new neighborhoods." The true backwoods of SD County craft brewing has been the South Bay. We are kinda-sorta starting to catch up.

Note 3rd Avenue in historic downtown Chula Vista. And Groundswell Brewing (of Riverdale and Santee) will soon open a tasting room, and there are a few other places to sample craft beer already in downtown.

With any luck it will become a mini-hub of tasty brew. It’s long overdue.

  • Name withheld
  • Chula Vista

Hallaj: "O Thou Whose closeness girds my very skin."

Devoted to the belly and the crotch

I long ago stopped hoping that the Reader would morph into something more than a substitute for toilet paper. Your September 7 issue is a case in point.

I started with the back pages and eliminated 17 pages purveying pot. The article on the bail bond industry was worthwhile. I plowed through numerous pages devoted to the belly and the crotch.

Finally, I found your article on al-Hallaj on page 36 "Mansur al-Hallaj — Sufi mystic," The article does not mention that he was crucified after his hands and feet were cut off by his Islamic murderers. I believe the author mentions that al-Hallaj had come to believe in Christ.

The Waterfront page is okay. Lastly, I found Garrett Harris a writer I can respect. Most of the rest of the issue was placed next to the toilet, in the event that it is needed.

  • (Via voicemail)

Father Bratso Krsic: "We hope and pray there are not many people in hell."

Adepts of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Why do you even bother with “Sheep and Goats”? As in your August 31 issue, it is nearly always the same thing.

There is “the resurrection of Christ” — someone who never existed. There is “salvation,” whatever that means. There is “triumph over death and sin,” whatever sin is supposed to be.

They claim to “profess the Orthodox Christian Faith,” while many other sects would dispute that. The Bible has been changed many times and is not historical.

They are so generous. They feed the homeless “every third Wednesday.” Then of course we go to heaven as “our soul separates from our body, since it is immortal.”

Of course, there is no evidence for any of this nonsense. Most of these people have gone to some religious or theological school, not a real school.

Why don’t you have some atheists and adepts of the Flying Spaghetti Monster respond to your questions?

  • Ed Erickson
  • Solana Beach

Neighbors on Albatross

Literally appalled

Good morning. I was just reading your article in the August 31 issue regarding "He said he would destroy our neighborhood," and I honestly can’t believe the picture identifying the neighbors you wrote “Dawn is the black woman, Carol is in the black shirt and glasses.”

I’m just absolutely appalled actually that you would refer to the woman as “the black woman” when you could actually have easily identified her as “the lady in the orange sweater” or something like that. After last week’s contentious article — or a couple weeks ago — article about water for the “illegals,” I’m finding it more and more difficult to believe that you’re not a racist magazine.

I just moved back here from Northern California, and I’m literally appalled at what I’m reading. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Please, whoever is writing these articles: rethink your verbiage. It is effective. And very, very disappointing.

  • Cathy Cresser
  • Bay Park

Dawn is the black woman

Dear San Diego Reader editor, I am writing to you in regards to the August 31 publication. I wanted to bring your attention to a photo caption that was the featured in the article "He said he would destroy our neighborhood."

The photo (page 16, right-hand side) includes a community of individuals with the caption “Dawn is the black woman, Carol is in the black shirt and glasses.”

I find this caption very unprofessional, upsetting, and racist. I suggest that the editors and writers of the San Diego Reader learn how to properly compose a well-written caption. For example, use directionals to identify the people or describe both woman by what they are wearing.

I hope I am not the first person that has brought this up. Please do the right thing and issue Dawn Taggett an apology, in addition to carefully reviewing future captions/articles.

  • Name withheld

Editor responds: A mix-up in the editorial process resulted in this story going to print with place-holder captions. We regret the oversight.

Extremely too many pot ads

I’m writing about the letter about the pot ads [Letters, August 31]. I agree with Dave. Very much, wholeheartedly.

Your paper used to have wonderful articles and lots of ads and short stories, but now you’ve taken up most of them with pot ads. I don’t know why you have to depend on pot ads, but there’s just extremely too many of them.

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