Letters to the Editor

Letters from February 7, 2001

XFL: It Stands for Xpected Financial Losses

Another satisfied ignorant geek:What a superb article ("Inner Demons," Jan. 24)! I'm a football geek but was thoroughly ignorant about the XFL until recently. I've perused the Internet since and haven't seen anything as thought-provoking and entertaining. Thanks.

Paul Teamerson
Rochester, NY
News Hound

Your journalistic priorities are just fine:You've totally screwed up my journalistic priorities. Today I pick up the Chron, Guardian,and SF Weekly. I put down the first two papers, unread, and start on Dog Bites. The bus comes. I get on, and I'm still reading your column. Discover I left the Chronand Bay Guardianat the bus stop. It's kind of sad to think that now my total Wednesday news input consists of your column. Big responsibility for you. Saves time for me.

John Raymond
North Beach

Cats never come when they're called: Ouch! District 6 Democrats don't want Supervisor Daly to feel awkward, we demand that he feel sinful ("The Great Uninvited," Dog Bites, Jan. 31). That's what our Mardi Gras celebration honoring the supervisor is about, and an acknowledgment of the good work he is doing on behalf of the people of District 6. Yes, we endorsed his opponent, Chris Dittenhafer; however, Chris Daly was our second choice. He is now our first choice whether we like it or not. He is our supervisor, and we intend to work with him to better District 6. It is having your crow and eating it too.

And as far as Laurel "Dog Bites" Wellman's invitation, here it is: Do come ... be bad ... be very bad ... just do not come as a dog ... you can wear your catwoman ensemble. Meoww.

Frederick Hobson
President, District 6 Democrats
San Francisco

Move It or Lose It

Highway robbery: I enjoyed your story about the Great Highway ("Delete the Sea Walls," Matt Smith, Jan. 24, which proposed moving the Great Highway to help preserve Ocean Beach). I seem to recall that about 15 to 20 years ago, the city planned to revamp the GH in connection with the Super Sewer project. It was originally planned to eliminate the median and change the GH from a ramrod-straight parkway to a gently winding road among the dunes, with plantings of native grasses, etc. It sounded quite promising. Unfortunately, the NIMBYs along la playawere able to scotch the project. The reason was supposedly that they were afraid car lights would shine in their bedroom windows at night because of the roadway's shifting direction, and they were afraid of cars going out of control and careening into their neighborhood. So we will continue spending $400,000 per year because any attempt to change anythingin this town will be met with outraged NIMBYs.

Patrick Carroll
Diamond Heightss

Attack of the Marina People

We haven't felt we-love-peopley in years: Although I found your article on "the Marina People" somewhat interesting ("Forgive Me, for I Live in the Marina," Postscript, Jan. 24), I question your purpose in writing this story at all. In a city where the marketplace is in a shambles and housing is so difficult to find, I find it embarrassing that San Franciscans, in all of their cosmopolitan/open-minded/we-love-peopleness, give two hoots about where people live.

S. Lang
Via Internet

An outstanding Marina resident:I think I am the only black man who lives in the Marina. I'm certainly the only one I see. And when I tell people where I live, you can almost hear the wheels whir as they try to figure out how to ask the question. How did you (black, presumably not as rich as I am) get to live there? By the way, the answer is that I was honorarily white for a few years due to the woman I lived with, so normal obstacles concerning chromatically concerned landlords or overly aggressive credit checks mattered little. When she left, I inherited the apartment. Now I like to call myself Double-Take Dan, as I stride through the streets of my neighborhood, people look twice trying to figure why I might be there. I don't know, do you think San Francisco has a fund for diversity enhancement coordination? Maybe I could get a stipend for ensuring that no part of the city appears segregated.

Michael Wharton
Marina

Warning: High Fat Content

Trash talk:I sat down to write you a letter about your trashing of the size and height ordinance ("As a Matter of Fat," Jan. 17) and looked up the word "trash." Appropriately it is "to injure or destroy something (or someone) maliciously." I cannot think of any better word to describe your article. The height and weight ordinance was supported by hundreds of people throughout the city. Two extensive [public] hearings were held. Not one objection was raised!

Discrimination against people based on weight and height exists throughout our culture. Our stories are identical. As young children, we were healthy and active. Then parents, doctors, and others decided we were "too fat" and put us on diet after diet. Yet each time we lose weight, we gain back more. We feel hopeless and suicidal. When we stop dieting, we finally stop gaining weight and gain back our self-esteem.

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