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More on the Ball Park Issue:

A regional draw for the ballpark benefits the new hotel project? Oh, that's right, the folks from Oceanside will want to spend the night in Escondido after a game just as the folks from Escondido spend the night in San Diego after a Padres game. Got it.

/s/Ed Gallo
Escondido Councilmember
Escondido, CA.

A Frederick Gomez Admirer:

Dear Sir:

I found Frederick Gomez' email, but thank you anyway. I hope I did not send you on a wild goose chase!

A close friend of mine who also does modeling helped me find a back issue of your paper in the archive section! Lo and behold, there was another article by Frederick Gomez called The Magic Castle in Hollywood. At the end of the story there was a contest with a email address! At first we thought it was another email for The Paper, but it was HIS!

Anyway, we love your paper and know you are very busy and we think you are absolutely super! Thank you Mr. Lyle Davis. (it was my friends that told me you were part Norwegian like me!! Very cool!) Have a wonderful, wonderful Thanksgiving and God bless you!

/s/Heather Svenson
San Diego County

Animal Experimentation

Dear Editor:

While several news outlets recently reported on a UCLA animal experimenter, who allegedly received a threatening note in the mail (AP story), the media is often reluctant to tell the public what is really going on inside laboratories across the country. They rarely reveal exactly what is being done to animals, how many thousands of times the same experiments have been repeated over the years, nor how much of the public's tax dollars are being spent on experiments that have no iota of a chance of ever helping people.

I personally was involved in animal experiments—including experiments on primates (I "trained" under a protégé of the infamous Harry Harlowe)—in psych(o) labs many years ago and can speak to the horrors.

I wish that I would've had the compassion for animals that I have now, and I wish that I could have now the one thing that I had back then: the key to the psych lab, where unspeakable tortures were inflicted on so many sad animals.

I truly believe that if the public was allowed to know what is actually occurring (not defending what they wish was happening) that these experiments would end tomorrow, and no one would have to even think of doing something so awful as sending threats in the mail.

Sincerely,
/s/Jayn Meinhardt, M.Ed
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Friday Night . . .

Friday night, while most of us were in our warm beds, an Escondido teen and his girlfriend were walking the street. They were not alone. According to the police, the couple was confronted by a group of three other teens. I’ll give you one guess what happened next.

One is dead. One is in jail. The other three will have this memory for the rest of their lives.

This scenario keeps happening. It is being played out over and over on our streets. Each incident has one thing in common. The kids are out after curfew.

As I write this, I have some huge philosophical differences I must confront. I am fundamentally opposed to curfews. I believe strongly in personal responsibility and self-defense. I don’t think the police prevent people from being victims, they only respond after the fact. I think people out late at night should not be a problem.

But I can not accept any more dead kids.

As parents, we need to get our heads out of the sand. If you have lost control of your teen, he/she will become just like one of these five. Dead. In jail. Or with a haunting memory. It’s just a matter of time. Tell me, which of these outcomes would you consider to be acceptable for your child?

If you get a call in the middle of the night because the police have stopped your child for a curfew violation, I have a suggestion. Ask the police to hold him/her overnight. If your child is out of your control and out after curfew, call the police, ask them to pick the child up. Teach your child that they can sleep in a warm bed or a cold cell. The alternative is just not acceptable.

If you are not a parent, you can still make a difference. We all want a civil society where curfews are not needed. Where people meet each other on the sidewalk with warm greetings. If you want to make a difference, and don’t know where to start, try the National Conflict Resolution Center or the Tariq Khamisa Foundation.

/s/Rick Paul
Escondido, CA.

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