The following is one of our favorite letters to the editor of all time.
Bring Buddha back
I live on the Lower Westside. For many years a green, medium size plaster Buddha has been sitting in my front yard facing east and watching the sun rise for me as I am rarely awake that early.
Friday morning, I went outside to find that my Buddha was gone, taken Thursday night I presume. I am concerned about the person who took him. Perhaps they are not aware of the cosmic law that is, whomever shall purloin another person’s Buddha is developing for themselves some seriously bad Karma. Trust me, no one wants that. Therefore, I suggest that you divest yourself of negativity and bring back Buddha immediately. Thank you.
John Morris, Santa Cruz
Online readers, including the Buddha-kidnapper, you may be able restore balance in the universe. Can you bring back this Buddha?
The most popular story on the Sentinel website today is a short police brief that we published last week.
To summarize, guy goes into a Watsonville bank, claiming to have a bomb and interested in robbing the place for enough money to pay a friend’s rent. Staff suggests he’d be way better off filling out loan paperwork, which he does, and then he gets arrested.
But this is a story people are now viewing and talking about across the country, and beyond. We’re getting traffic from Gawker, Boingboing, and we’ve had thousands of views from the Spanish language site meneame.net. It’s been shared on Facebook more than 500 times, it’s starting to climb in popularity on reddit.com, and we may be just getting warmed up. It’s even building some traffic on guyism.com.
Feel free to share the story with your friends before they share it with you. We may have an update to the story.
Update – Keith Olbermann named Smith one of the “Worst People in the World.”
The story has also been receive attention today from Gizmodo and nu.nl.