[Re: issue 7’s “Smoke Screen” story about the medical marijuana arrest of Temecula grower Marty Victor] One of the worst aspects of the marijuana raids that Riverside County seems to love so well is the undeniable fact that these excursions into reefer madness take cops away from preventing crimes and apprehending truly dangerous criminals.
It is dereliction of duty for the Riverside County Sheriff’s office
to dedicate personnel to “marijuana crimes” that are not really
crimes while all manner of violent criminals prey on Riverside
County. It’s time for law enforcement to realize that tales of reefer
madness have lost their ability to frighten adults and only lowers
the stature of those spreading such fictions.
—Ralph Givens, Daly City
Hey, man, apparently the Supreme Court is on your side since the justices recently opted to keep their hands-off Prop. 215 (Sorry, San Bernardino County) and let it stand as a legitimate voter-approved measure.
Don’t Hate the Player…
Though I am not easily offended, I have taken strong offense to your stupid ¡Ask a Mexican! section. At first I figured some racist person of another group included that in there, but then I see that a Latino is the editor—was this your idea? When you know how hard it is for those of [us] in white collar positions to overcome racism, why would you set us back by publishing such an ignorant piece and further reinforcing the stereotype?
First of all, it’s racist. Second of all, it’s not funny; if it is, it is only to those of low intellect. Is this the image you want of your publication?
If the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the California Latino Legislative Caucus—the premier Latino PC agents in California—not only don’t think ¡Ask a Mexican! is racist but gave the column awards praising its value to fighting Know Nothings, then dontcha think you should lay off the angry-Chicano juice?