...Some MTA officials have had the audacity to refer to the new coaches as "clean diesel." There is no such thing as "clean diesel," only dirty diesel and less dirty diesel. Both produce cancer-causing emissions...
DEAR EDITOR:Johnny Angel is so right-on about San Francisco ("Why I'm Glad To Be Back in L.A."). Two years ago I left that rat-infested, overpriced, incestuous little communist day-care center for clove-cigarette-puffing poseurs, that damp, dank bed-and-breakfast that fancies itself a city because it has an opera house and a handful of overrated restaurants, and I never looked back. Why should I? In L.A. I can actually live like an adult, have an apartment and a car (and places to park it!), for less than it costs to live in "America's Favorite City." And I really hardly ever miss the sourdough bread.
Rock on, Johnny Angel, and welcome home.
DEAR EDITOR:Re: Falling James and Al's Bar ["Best Loud Music Club"]. At last someone from your publication has the sack to make a stance. After reading your "alternative" newspaper for the last few years, I gather that either you have passive music writers disinclined to make a statement that could jeopardize their "careers," or your editing reflects a buzz-kill complacency. But at least one cutting-edge visionary has emerged from your platoon of temporal minions, and that bold individual is Falling James.
-Chuckie CicerelloLos Angeles
DEAR EDITOR:Congratulations on publishing Andrew Christie's loony-tunes letter in your October 9-15 issue, in which he compares Marc Haefele - who, along with the L.A. Times, has made serious allegations against Marcia Hanscom and the Wetlands Action Network - to a vicious dog and asks that he be reined in. The bankruptcy of some environmental extremists could not be more well-illustrated by this display of personal attack and crypto-fascism. Christie apparently believes in free speech only for those who agree with him. Let's return to a serious discussion of the issues raised by Haefele and the Times rather than continuing this ad hominem mudslinging.