Letters to the Editor

Week of May 28, 2003

"OK, then get out!" I yelled back, and they proceeded to vandalize the store and terrorize the nice customers in the name of bike riding rights. My bike friends tell me those people don't represent everyone else, but that certainly was not how I was feeling while cleaning up the broken glass.

Brian Cox
Haight-Ashbury

Everybody's a Critic (Continued)

We don't need no stinking Starbucks:We are writing to express our dismay over the inclusion of the "Best Starbucks" category in your recent, and otherwise excellent, Best of San Francisco issue [May 14]. Our cafe, Momi Toby's Revolution Cafe & Art Bar, has been a mainstay in the Hayes Valley neighborhood for 10 years. Recently, with the backing of concerned neighbors, a merchants association, and several supervisors, we drove a proposed Starbucks out of our neighborhood.

A small success but one that we are proud of. And to see our local, independent paper espousing the supposed qualities of a megaconglomerate like Starbucks is disheartening. To write up Cafe Cole for "Best Neighborhood Coffee Shop" and then to suggest Starbucks as a possible alternative seems contradictory and confused. Best of San Francisco should be a guide for the unique and quirky, and, yes, the mom-and-pop shops that make our city what it is.

Stephanie Donahue
Hayes Valley

Bag on Bonds? You swine!: Why did SF Weekly feel a need to litter an otherwise useful issue with a gratuitous, baseless dig on Barry Bonds ["Best Reason to Hate Barry Bonds"]?

Sure, Bonds bungled a play in Game 6, but the Giants never would have been in the World Series if Bonds hadn't led them there with a season virtually unparalleled in baseball history. In 2002, Bonds led the National League in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and -- due to the tangible fear generated by his murderous bat -- walks (breaking his own all-time record).

He finished second in home runs, third in runs scored, and won his fifth MVP (another all-time record). Had the Giants relief pitchers not blown Game 6, Bonds, with a .471 batting average and four home runs, would have easily won the World Series MVP.

More importantly, Bonds' contributions have sparked considerable excitement at a time when public interest in our national pastime is at an all-time low. Like the pedantic hacks that spawned an interminable nightmare by focusing on Al Gore's public persona to the exclusion of all else, the media fixation on Bonds' "attitude" is nothing but a reflection on the pathetic state of most contemporary journalism.

Dan Benbow
San Francisco

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