The good, the bad, and the ugly; readers sound off

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BY TONY CHEONG: It's weird.

There are droughts.

There is rain. 

There are hard seasons and harvest seasons.

BY TONY CHEONG: It's weird.

There are droughts.

There is rain. 

There are hard seasons and harvest seasons.

My poor metaphor is about — if you haven't guessed — letters that I receive about my columns.

Over the past couple of weeks, reams of residents have sent missives, opining about two of my most recent columns.

The first column that elicited responses dealt with Historic Main Street in downtown Garden Grove and Little Saigon in Westminster.

I noted that the recent Elvis Festival on Main Street was a hit, and encouraged more events on Main Street like it. I also recommended, for Westminster, a Pho festival in Little Saigon. I figured an annual taste-fest would lure hundreds  if not thousands from around the county and beyond and prove great for local businesses.

Regarding Main Street, readers seem split about my idea. Some felt events such as the Elvis Festival are a great idea; others said numerous events would prove a noisy nuisance for local residents. The annual Strawberry Festival, one of the biggest events in Orange County, is enough, the naysayers wrote.

"We have to be realistic. Garden Grove is not Anaheim, does not have a Disneyland, does not have an Angel Stadium, and is not Huntington Beach either," wrote Georgia C.  "We should be OK with who we are. And, by the way, I love the Strawberry Festival and enjoy your weekly column. Most of the time."

That “Most of the time” was a punch to the gut…

As for the Pho festival, most readers thought it was a fine idea.  By most, I mean about 80 percent.  

"We are the Pho capital of America," wrote Mai T.  "The Tet Festival is a great event. A Pho festival, maybe in the fall, would be another way to bring attention to the great people and culture we have here in Westminster."

The second column dealt with measure QQ in Stanton. Residents will vote on Nov. 8.  The measure would repeal measure GG, which Stanton residents voted for two years ago. GG is a 1 percent sales tax hike, with money going toward public safety.

I received 11 correspondences on this matter. All 11 opposed QQ.  That's no poll. It's certainly not scientific. But does it reflect the way Stanton residents feel about this measure?

Tune in on Election Day.

Do you have a question, comment or news tip for Tony? Send to tonyontown@yahoo.com.