Letters to the Editor

Letters from November 29, 2000

Green With Anger

Never been to Europe. Been to Ohio once.: You have to wonder what political planet Matt Smith is living on. The pros and cons of voting for Nader in the presidential election are a legitimate area of debate ("What's Green and Black and Blue All Over?," Nov. 15), but to describe the Greens as "doctrinaire leftists" is wide of the mark. It is only in the United States -- whose Democratic Party would barely pass as a centrist-liberal party in Europe -- that a commentator could call the Greens "leftist-doctrinaire."

If the Democrats are the pragmatic leftists, then the progressive movement is in really big trouble. But there again, most of us knew that already.

Michael Levy
Oakland

As Naderites know, it's not about winning:I expected that the Democratic Party, with an eye to future elections, would try to build bridges to us Nader voters. Instead, after running a candidate so weak he couldn't even carry his home state, the Democrats have tried to blame the Green Party for their debacle.

Rather than reaching out, Democrats have merely piled vilification and abuse upon us Nader supporters. I've gotten their message. They don't want my vote, and I'll be sure they never get it. They can call off their attack dogs now. They've "won."

Terry D. Oehler
Oakland

Oh, yeah? You, you stupidhead.:Ah, Nader-bashing after the election. Despicable cowards. Liberal bullies -- all pumped up to beat up on the weak while you crawl on your bellies before the powers that be. You all didn't even bother to run a liberal against the neo-conservative Gore in the primaries. You Steinem fake-left types have gone too far. Loser wimps.

Brad Mayer
Oakland

Finally, a voice of reason:Thank you somuch for your wonderful Nader article. It's frustrating to this day that these clowns do not take responsibility for the probable "election" of Bush. Their response -- that Gore was a failed candidate -- masks the fact that their candidate totally and unequivocally failed. They couldn't even get their 5 percent but now say they are only beginning to build their "movement" -- with some fictional, unreality-based constituency. Dream on.

Marc Huestis
Mission District

As soon as I learn how to work a can opener:Wow! Way to go for hate speech! I won't sit and argue whether Gore is a whore or not (he is), but I will mention that in a democracy, candidates earn their votes. So in this election, those votes weren't Gore's -- he didn't earn them.

My beef is with you wannabe progressives, who are progressive only to the extent that pays your mortgages. You bastards split the Green vote with your fear tactics and prevented the 5 percent Nader needed (and deserved). I'd love to open a can of whup-ass on you limousine liberals!

Mark Kregel
Cupertino

Devil's child, no. But cranky on deadline.:I read the Weaklywhen I can. Rarely do I enjoy it in any sense, but Matt Smith's articles bring me genuine frustration. I find myself wondering, after reading another of his free-market-praising, knee-jerk, anti-left-wing columns, who is this man? Is he the love child of Milton Friedman and Satan? Or just some idiot who thinks that by rejecting "progressive" ideals, he is being a critical thinker? His latest article that really incensed me was about Nader voters. Although I could not vote, being under 18, I worked on Nader's campaign and support his candidacy wholeheartedly.

Why not blame a Bush presidency on those who voted for Bush? Those who worked on the Nader campaign were not "egotistical longhairs," as Smith insists. They were a wide variety of normal folks who actually give a damn about the future of our planet.

Sure, I'll admit Gore is better than Bush. But he's still the lesser of two evils. And I will not vote for evil when I can vote for what I believe in. Call me an optimist. Call me a knee-jerk liberal. Call me a leftist puritan. But don't call me a spoiler.

Antonio Roman Alcala
Bernal Heights


A Bonehead

And proud of it!:Bravo! I just gotta tell you how happy I was to see an article on The Bone in the Weekly("Bad to The Bone," Music, Nov. 15). As a member of the Bonehead work force, I have to say hats off to you. There is really nothing like it in the Bay Area. It's addictive. Give it a week and you will be hooked.

Amber Clisura

Haight-Ashbury


Speed Reading

Man on a mission:Your article on Craig Breedlove was so good it almost hurt to read it ("Magnificent Obsession," Nov. 15). I'm happy with the way you got the main point across -- Craig needs money, it's not that much, really, and we ought to support the effort and bring back the world land speed record for the good old U.S. of A. and the Bay Area.

I was at Black Rock in 1997 when Craig was up against Richard Noble and Andy Green. Next to a space shuttle launch and my first sky dive, watching [the British] Thrust SSCbreak the sound barrier that first time was the most spectacular thing I've experienced. It's great to see Craig getting more exposure.

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