Your coverage of the status of San Diego Unified Schools [Cover story, Oct. 2] was both comprehensive and balanced-qualities missing from most coverage of the issue in other media. Thanks for good journalism.
Jim Edwards, Uptown
Rest in peace Re: Your story about the firing of Mike Halloran from 92.1 [“Locals Only,” Oct. 2]. Great story. Sorry to see them go and the station go under. Nice obituary.
Jerry Kroth, Cupertino
Bush's war plans I really liked the article “A critical mass” in the Oct. 9 edition of CityBeat. I think that Kelly Davis did a good job of conveying the feelings and the message of the people who were there to demonstrate against Bush's war plans.
Bush cares nothing for democracy (stolen election) or freedom (detention without charges or trial), and the U.S. Congress cares nothing for peace-witness their vote for war. The people of the United States need to take to the streets and let the government know we want peace.
Polls can be interpreted, which is why you can say that the people support Bush on the one hand, and on the other you can say they only support conflict with Iraq if it's supported by the U.N. The overwhelming sentiment of letters and calls to Congress has been against war. When I'm out on the street handing out flyers against the war, the response there is also mostly positive.
The corporate media concerned solely with profit and ratings cares nothing for the truth of a situation. Small independent publications like yours and larger independent organizations like the Independent Media Centers are places where people can turn.
The global Indymedia Web site (www.indymedia.org), after putting out a call to all the IMCs around the U.S., determined that there were more than 80,000 people out in the streets last weekend in this country to say no to war.
I do think, though, that it would have been nice if you had mentioned the contact info for the San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice (www.sdcpj.org).
Jim Carter, Normal Heights
Born drunk? So, Edwin Decker has gone from telling his charming stories about toothless tweeker hags and vomit covered toilet seats, to giving kids his consent and approval to use hard drugs-and why it's a good idea [CityBeat, Oct. 2].
Hey, Jackass! While you're at it, why not teach them the correct way to shoot up heroin or snort a line of crank? Or which corners on the street that an anorexic, jaded teenager can sell his/her ass on to support their addiction that you created? In next week's column, you can show us your incredible common sense, morality and wisdom by showing kids how to make crystal meth in their parent's trailer park tub in Lakeside.
You say to use dope in “moderation.” What the fuck does a 16-year-old know about moderation? Hello? You got an answer to that, Einstein?
Do you always write when your beer-battered brain is swimming in enough alcohol to fill an aquarium? Were you born a drunken idiot, or did you have to work on it?
And what will you say to some kid's parents when their son or daughter takes your fucked-up advice and ends up addicted, incarcerated, homeless or dead? Let me give you some advice: You need to shut your fucking hole!
Stick to telling your worthless stories about other worthless bags of catshit-like yourself. Quit trying to convince kids to become brain-dead looosszers like you!
Consider the following scenarios-Hey! Put down the water bong when I'm talking to you and listen to me, Spicoli!
1. Some kid reading your column takes your advice, gets totally baked, stuffed and fried-“in moderation”- and goes out for a cruise. It's 2 a.m., closing time. You stagger out of your favorite scummy dive bar with some skanky tweek freak. Homeboy slammmz into her. She's toast, and the car's a flaming wreck. The kid tells the cops why he got wasted. His parents sue your phuckeeng ass off, and City, err... “Shitty Beat” drops you like a bad habit. “Clear out your desk, Ed, and don't leave any bottles or blow in it.” Did you ever think of that possibility, Poindexter?
Or how about No. 2: That same kid's dad is a wonderful, upstanding member of the local chapter of the Hell's Angels. He and a few of his “associates” decide to visit you after the bar loses to discuss the aforementioned situation. They invite you outside for a private conversation around the corner. They then commence to give you a back-alley ass-beating with all manner of broken bottles, steel-toed boots and lengths of greasy, grimy motorcycle chains. Reginald Denny and Rodney King send you get-well cards.
But most of all, I hope you keep taking your own advice and wrap your car around a telephone pole at 2 a.m. in the middle of fucking nowhere. I hope your life ends as a 10-second soundbite on Channel 8.
Jeff Webster, Allied Gardens
Truth or consequences Just a note to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Edwin Decker's “Sordid Tales” on the topic of drugs [CityBeat, Oct. 2]. Finally, someone willing to tell the truth!
I can well imagine that your paper will be inundated with letters complaining about this column, and how it's “irresponsible” or some other such nonsense. The fact of the matter is that there are millions of adults in this country who smoke the occasional joint, drink the occasional beer and don't wind up on Skid Row.
Maybe if more kids got truthful information about drugs (as opposed to DARE-scare) we'd have less of a problem?
Charles Nacarga, Clairemont