I am proud to be Mexican myself, with both of my parents from Mexico. It's not who you are, it's who you represent as an individual. You mold your life with no regrets, and you have to be willing to accept all prejudices.

Miguel, don't worry. You're seeing yourself too much as a piece of meat. And so what if white boys find you attractive? Maybe you're hanging around with the wrong people who give you their ideas.

Cristobal Morales
Miraloma Park

Cut the Crap
Regarding Joel P. Engardio's piece "You Can't Be Gay -- You're Latino!," thank you for writing this article. Let us hope this subject sheds light on the useless crap (from both Latino and non-Latino alike) a good number of gay Latinos like myself face. Thanks again!

Carlos Chavarin Jr.
Via Internet

Albany Cleansing -- Pro
Regarding Greg Hugunin's article "Peasantville" (April 7) on the squatter problem at the Albany Landfill, I'd just like to say that I feel like I'm supposed to feel compassion for these people, but I just can't seem to muster much, except maybe for the tricycle guy.

So many of the homeless here, like "The Rabbit," have thrown their lives away by failing to take responsibility for themselves. To them, I say take some initiative and get out before the June 15 deadline, and head to your local homeless shelter where you can start thinking about getting a job and contributing something to society. There is help to be had out there, and it's your responsibility to take it and not be picky. And no, you can't squat somewhere else -- there is nowhere else.

Jeff Jackson
Nob Hill

Albany Cleansing -- Con
Picture this: A group of people are living in a nation they have always thought of themselves as belonging to. Some of them have cultural identities in common; some do not. Some families have been there almost as long as the land itself.

One day, political decisions were made in which they were not consulted and have no voice. In the name of moral or "cultural cleansing," they are told that they must leave their homes forever. To enforce this demand, the men with the guns and the uniforms, representing that "other" culture, arrive.

The people are not sure where they are to go, or what awaits them. If they resist, they could be hurt. They will certainly be made to go by force if they have not already gone when the men with the guns return. The decision-makers say that everyone agrees; that they ought to have a right to lead their lives without ever having to look at these people so fundamentally different from themselves. And in order to do so, they need all the land. "Every last scrap and particle belongs to us, not you," they say. "So get out." Sound like Kosovo? Nope, not this time. It's the Albany Landfill ("Peasantville").

Pamela Deering

We Like Quick, Smart Letters Like This One
Puni is a quick read, clever and smart. I dislike the wordy, angry, cynical strips. Hooray for Puni. I want more.

Win Schachter

Speaking of Angry and Cynical
Am I the only one to notice what seems like a personal agenda that SF Weekly has against District Attorney Terence Hallinan? Every time I open up your newspaper, there is an article stirring up something "scandalous" against him. Just recently there was a bit in George Cothran's column advising us poor uninformed readers that he lives in a 22-room mansion in Ross, and therefore could not possibly qualify as a "man of the people" ("Brat Cursed," April 7).

Give me a break. I've lived in San Francisco for 20 years, and he is the most liberal DA we have had. He has consistently been on the side of renters and battered women, and supported medical marijuana and juvenile programs, to name just a few issues. With Hallinan in office, I feel like I might be able to get at least a fair shake in the courts of this city, whose local government, for the most part, seems not to give a damn anymore about the people who actually live and work here.

Why don't you go after the officials who really make San Franciscans' life hell -- like those who are in charge of city planning, and traffic?

Carole Langston
Cow Hollow

Last Word on the Nuns
I want to present my own analogy to George Cothran, who wrote the article about the controversy between the Catholic Church and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence ("Sisters of Perpetual Conspiracy," April 7): Imagine that an influential leader with the power to sway votes, using his/her religious doctrine as justification, speaks out against the desire of a minority group to obtain a basic human right. For this analogy you can fill in the blanks with any leader, religious doctrine, minority, and basic human right. There are limitless scenarios and they all look basically the same.

Now imagine the analogy isn't some thought exercise, but it's real life. I see no difference between Archbishop William J. Levada speaking out against same-sex marriage and someone preaching that only whites have the right to sit in the front of the bus. Your article suggests that members of the gay community are hostile toward the Catholic Church; go figure.

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