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ALL WRITEY!! A SAMPLING OF YOUR COMMENTS/CRITICISMS/LOVE NOTES/WITTICISMS

A selection from the feedback received from readers this week:

MARCH 21, “DAVE WIELENGA BECOMES A BLOGGER”

Awesome, Dave! I’m glad you are continuing your excellent coverage of Long Beach. I am certain this opportunity will inspire you to greater success. Now, how do we keep this site secret from Mr. Greet.  / EVAN GOULD

Dave: Best to you and good luck. The more media voices in Long Beach, the better. ROBERT GARCIA

Dave, I am also grateful that you will stay in the mix here in LB. Your willingness to ask the tougher questions and dig deeper on issues is refreshing for all. Together, you and Bill (LBReport.com) will continue to provide the citizens with thought provoking points of view and details on community issues/projects that may affect us all. Stay the course, and may the advertising dollars roll in to keep you both online!! / RAE GABELICH

I like how you call me your “girlfriend in Chicago.” / TIM GROBATY

MARCH 22, “TONIGHT’S 3RD DISTRICT DEBATE MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT YET … TO THE MAYOR, ANYWAY”

Good article on our Mayor Bobby the Lobby and his continuing support of DeWrong. Nice to read your print/word again – we need you, Dave, and never forget that and East Long Beach. / JOAN HAWLEY-MCGRATH

We do not need to continue rewarding council members for voting us into bankruptcy and further poverty. It is criminal that $102 million from the Redevelopment Agency has been spent downtown while we allow ourselves two blocks worth of mulch on Atlantic and can’t get a library built. We can pay Aquarium bonds, however, as a trade off for Port infrastructure. Pension reform with the public input regarding review of contracts will get messy because most council members consider themselves kings rather than public servants, so people before politics is a great answer. Anyway, great blog. / IBENCRUZIN

 MARCH 23, “WHAT QUESTIONS WENT UNPOSED AT 3RD DISTRICT DEBATE?”

My favorite unanswered question: “Please explain your position on councilpersons using Facebook, surfing the net, texting, etc. during council meetings.” And what the heck is going on in the back room during council meetings; you can’t have to go to the bathroom that often! / LB CITYGIRL

MARCH 24, LOUISE CUNNINGHAM’S “AS A MATTER OF FACT, TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE—TWEET THAT!” March 24

Dear Ms. Cunningham: Even though Ray Bradbury predicted in 1953 in “Fahrenheit 451” that we’d be a society walking around with portable sounds in our ears and watching interactive video on our walls, it didn’t prevent it from happening. So, here we are. I am of your generation and understand perfectly. Thank you for the well-written, telling piece. Plus the joke–I laughed right out loud. / LISA RINALDI

Beautifully written. / JEANINE

You mean that cell phones have not increased telephone contact? I still have my Great Depression days’ habit of using the phone only to transact business, even with family. My kids use their phones to tell them the time of day and which way is north. E-mail keeps me more in touch with people than telephone ever did. Maybe that’s because I hate waiting to hear all the details when the other end requires leaving a message. “Press 5 to send a page. Press 6 if the sun is shining. Press 7 if you did not like option 6. Etc. Press 101 if you yawned more this time than last.” The biggest struggle going on is between literate folks who read and write and audiences who require a video, a pretty picture, or a sales pitch. I belong to the former but predict the latter will win. Do you suppose the Trappists are still accepting applications? / JANUARY

MARCH 24, 25, 26, “JENSEN, MARCHESE AND DELONG ANSWER LEFTOVER QUESTIONS FROM  3RD DISTRICT DEBATE QUESTIONS”

Aren’t Mr. Delong’s “absences” from City Council a bit over blown? Have you ever listened to some of the drivel that goes on toward the end of a meeting? I can’t stand it and change channels form the Council session. Personally, I find it a waste of time and do not see why anyone but the person speaking should be there just like the U.S. Congress. / LEE G.

DeLong’s Belmont Shore Parking Commission answer is a load of crap. The Mayor and Gary continue to point the finger at each other when questioned about when they will choose an applicant to sit on the commission. I guess now we are supposed to believe that Gary has no pull with the Mayor. Ha! What a joke. As usual, Gary thinks that no decision is a good decision. / RJ

I liked your answers Tom, especially about Huntington Beach. Right on. Of the 3 you know the 3rd district best. You’ve got my vote. / J. LOHMAN

Mr. Marchese uses pretty strong language about council members and their multi-tasking moments during city council meetings. Just wondering if Mr. Marchese would offer an explanation for voters in the 3rd District about his own remarkably similiar behavior (reading email, playing with his phone) observed during board meetings for the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust. / GORDANA

I was there. Very disappointed in Gary [DeLong]’s behavior. His “jokes” were embarrassing for him and the district he represents. With the amount of women in attendance, I was shocked at his joke aimed at Jensen and his activities at the Seaport Marina hotel in his high school days. It was a desperate ploy to get laughs. A tactic he used multiple times. His joking just made him come off as smug and disrespectful. /MARK

Thank you Mr. Marchese. I actually have a follow up question, if you please. In one of your responses above, you mention that you “fully support interlocking directorates, i.e., a member from the opposing board sitting on your board.” The example you provided was having a BSRA board member sit on the BSBA (Belmont Shore Business Association) board. Is it fair to say that you are similarly supportive of having a BSBA board member sit on the BSRA board? / HEATHER ALTMAN

MARCH 27, “{OPEN}: LONG BEACH’S ALTERNA-INSTITUTION PRESENTS NEW ART BY MATTY BYLOOS TONIGHT ON RETRO ROW”

Matty’s book of short stories, “Don’t Smell the Floss,” is very good, although not recommended for those with delicate constitutions. He’s a vibrant, entertaining writer, but there’s a WHOLE lot of fetish in there. I mean really. / VICTOR INFANTE

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  1. Terry
    March 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    You’re fabulous, Dave. I feel exactly as you do about our digital separateness. Great story.
    Please give my best regards to the rest of the staff at the District, especially Theo.
    Mr. Pearl, you made a great decision to hire Dave. Kudos!

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