Doing God’s Work

Dear God:

I’m sorry to be reading your mail and all, but I just happened to come across a letter addressed to you that was published in the L.A. Weekly [“What the FCC?” by Kate Sullivan, March 4–10]. I wanted to make sure you got a secular point of view as well.

The author was quite struck with the presence, beauty and grace you showed with the installation of a radio station going by the name of Indie 103.1. Personally, I thought it showed your vengeance in true form. Indie 103.1 is a plague with the best of them. Sure, they are “a pretty-much-freeform, alt-rock haven for music fanatics, unsigned local bands, and aging punk rockers,” but they are ultimately interested in one thing: money. Steve Jones sells each listener car insurance while playing old tired music that is hardly independent.

God, I was under the impression that you didn’t take kindly to money changing in your temple. Because it corrupts the true message of your word. Sure, I don’t really believe in you. But that’s one of the things I remember from the beating I took from the good book. And to answer the question “Who cares if they had ulterior motives; they did your work in the end, which is what counts.” I care. And I think you do too. If money is more important than your work, aren’t they breaking the First Commandment?

God, I’m struggling. I believe that my fellow disc jockeys and co-workers are truly doing your work here at KXLU 88.9 FM, but sometimes people just don’t notice. I know vanity and pride are sins, and to be humble is a virtue, so I will do the best I can. We have never aired a commercial. We have no sponsors. We are only interested in the purity of your word. We represent all your people, from those who like salsa, to rock, to noise, to classical. I know we have many faithful followers, and they keep us alive on their donations alone, but why don’t others see the light?

At KXLU we are committed to maintaining consistently high programming standards throughout our schedule by striving to give underrepresented artists and musical genres a voice. We never have to worry if the noise we are playing is too soft or too loud for the people buying our airtime, because our airtime is not for sale.

Lord, I know we’ve been working together for a while now (about 25 years) and we never will get the press and recognition that some might say your work deserves. But it is good to know that we will keep working together forever with or without the recognition. And doing that work will always be commercial-free!

Thanks for hearing me out, God.

P.S. By the way, can you please do something about that Christian station trying to take over our signal?

—Brandon Perry
General manager, KXLU

Cleveland Rocked

Before I get started, let me say, good story, Eric Nuzum [“Small Revolt,” March 11–17]. Having grown up in Akron, Ohio, I find it hard to believe that you could not find a punk or other scene in Canton. Granted the Canton scene was never as vibrant as the Akron or Cleveland scene, but you were just a car ride away. Sure, you were coming a bit after the punk heyday, but Cleveland was arguably the second most important city in the U.S., after New York City, as far as the birth of punk. From Pere Ubu to Rocket From the Tomb, who became the Dead Boys, the scene may have chilled a bit by the mid-’80s, but the music and scene were still there.

I guess I have always been loyal to northeastern Ohio, and it bothers me when people speak of it as some sort of cultural backwater. The fact that you could find a Smiths album in ’80s Ohio is a surprise only to you. So, hey, the next time you go back, drop me a line — I’ll point out a few cool places for you, then you can write about that.

—Jeremy Roberts

Friend to the Feathered

I’d like to make one important correction to Judith Lewis’ fine article on the DWP Pine Tree wind farm, in which I am quoted [“Don’t Mince Birds,” March 18–24]. We aren’t defenders of the hundreds of songbirds that fly through that location during migration. We are defenders of the millions of tiny songbirds that fly through that location during migration, a figure that even DWP’s hired biologist Dr. Michael Morrison can’t refute. Our own members have seen up to 6,000 birds in one day in one location on field trips. We just don’t know exactly how many there are, when they fly (some at night), how high they fly, or exactly what path they use, because there has not been a study. We feel it is DWP’s responsibility as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act to conduct that study before they conclude that there is no significant risk to avian populations, rush to put up turbines, and try to conduct fatality studies on tiny puffs of feathers.

—Garry George
Los Angeles Audubon Society
Los Angeles

Get the Lead Out

Regarding the article “Fight of the Condors” [February 18–24] and the problem of lead contamination: In 1984 I visited a friend in New Mexico and we went duck hunting. New Mexico Fish and Game officers came up and found shotgun shells in the truck that contained lead. They wrote me a citation for $50 on the spot. Their behavior showed me there was a ban on lead shot in New Mexico.

This can be done in California. Put the ban on lead shot on the books, explicitly saying that the hunter and the landowner will be fined.

—James Heatherington
Los Angeles


The photographs of the Dazzle Dogs exhibit [March 18 issue, Page 34] were taken by Kevin Scanlon.


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