Cruel and unusual
About your story detailing the treatment of mentally ill immigration detainees at Alvarado Parkway Institute [“The Front Lines,” May 20]:
I, too, was in this hospital about five years ago when the detainees began being detained there. At first, my room was right next door to the prisoners until they moved me into another room far away from the prisoners. When I was there, the prisoners were shackled to a bed. They laid on the bed all day watching TV. There were two prison guards watching them. I remember I tried talking to the prisoners. The guards would not let me talk to them. They had no visitors. They weren't allowed to use the phone. I never even saw them get out of their rooms or up from their beds. They stayed for weeks like this.
I think it is horrible that API is still doing this after all of these years. I can't believe they're getting away with it. I am really pleased to know that people are finding out about this. I hope a stop can be put to this. I think it's cruel and unusual punishment.
Kristin Tappen, University Heights
Editor's note: On May 20, API told attorney Ann Menasche that they'd no longer admit Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees. Then, last week, Menasche learned that ICE had invoked a federal law requiring hospitals to admit anyone in need of emergency care and detainees were back at API.
Is this Rummy's work?
Holy WTF, Catwoman!
At first I thought, Aaryn, your meds are way off this week [“Backwards & in High Heels,” May 13]. No one could be that juvenile, that puerile, that—stupid, especially for 8 million bucks, could they?
After virtually scurrying over to the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau website to verify this asininity, I can only assume “stupid” is part and parcel of any creative concept these moe-rawns come up with.
What did the SDC&VB do, contract with Donny “Stuff Happens” Rumsfeld to focus-group this Edsel of a campaign? Eight million bucks and we get “Happy Happens”?!
Here—I'll give you a real city slogan to chew on, and you don't even have to comp me a top-floor suite at the Hyatt or put chocolate-covered strawberries on my pillow with my Torrey Pines tee time tucked underneath:San Diego—America's Most Dysfunctional City!
Stan Teliczan,Golden Hill