By Chris Roberts
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By Albert Samaha
By Mike Billings
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By Albert Samaha
Thanks for spotlighting this important issue: I am writing to commend Bernice Yeung and SF Weekly for their excellent coverage of people falsely convicted and imprisoned ["Innocence Arrested," Oct. 29]. While working with Yeung for the last few months, I was continually impressed by her knowledge of and commitment to these issues, as well as by the paper's extensive investment of time and resources in her article. I think the final product really reflects all of her hard work, and I know everyone at my office feels she did a wonderful job.
In addition to the compelling personal stories, I think her coverage of potential reforms is very well done and will be useful for us in promoting those changes in the future.
Nicole C. Herron
Northern California Innocence Project
This dickhead smeared our hero!:Garrett Kamps' essay about Elliott Smith's surprising and tragic suicide was disturbing, embarrassing, and exploitative [OK Then, Oct. 29]. The message was contradictory: Nobody helped Smith while he was alive, but now that he is gone it is OK to unveil him as a drug-addicted fool.
Not only did Kamps pat himself on the back for "noticing" Smith's rough life, he also used it as an opportunity to plug his friend's band, the Caseworker, who coincidentally released an album recently. Why would fans of Smith, who enjoy his talent because it is private and intimate, want to hear unchecked gossip about him? It is sad that instead of a thoughtful tribute to this well-loved musician, we had to read this.
If you've never been piss drunk at a bar, don't criticize those of us who have: I found Kamps' article on Elliott Smith to be utterly disgusting and a poor example of journalism, if you can call writing for a rag magazine journalism. I don't typically read this piece of shit, but got into work early and needed to kill time.
Back to my point -- how dare Kamps make assumptions about a man's mental stability and addictions and then profess to his fans his death was imminent, which Kamps based on what? Some wannabe S.F. musician who witnessed Elliott's true friends, who actually knew him, make fun of him while he was piss drunk and high at a bar? Like we've not all been in that position? Like Kamps has never been piss drunk or high? Maybe he hasn't, in which case he should keep his opinions about the subject to himself, seeing he has no real opinion having never had the experience.
People have their vices and depressions and deal with them in sometimes destructive ways. But for Kamps to criticize him and his friends is extremely arrogant. Kamps didn't know him and neither did his fans; their opinions Kamps writes about in his article are simple assumptions. Elliott admitted to having problems with drugs; who at some point in life hasn't? Kamps' article made me sick. It would have been more poignant to remember the amazing musician he was instead of speculating about his personal demons. It was his life; he chose to end it and we should respect that.
Lefties sometimes have a real problem with free speech, don't they?: Jason Jungreis' letter to the editor barely scratched the surface of the problem between Jews and Arabs, and what causes it to continue [Oct. 29].
I recently attended the anti-war rally at S.F. City Hall. I was repeatedly told that I was a racist because I don't recognize the "right" of Palestinians to murder women and children, and because I don't think that Muslims should be allowed to slam airplanes into buildings!
No, I'm not making this up, and this BS was being stated by people who claimed to be marching for peace!
I was unable at any time to say that I'm actually against the occupation of Iraq because everyone I spoke to cut me off, talked over me, put words in my mouth, then accused me of racism and sexism when I asked if I could finish at least one sentence.
I did manage to tell one woman that I thought ALL killing was wrong, regardless of whether the killers were American, Israeli, or Arab. She responded by doing an impersonation of Fran Drescher's "talk to the hand" routine from The Nanny!
Can someone please explain to me how this kind of childish, ignorant behavior is going to bring about peace?
He's a lot like Gray Davis, with personality:To some extent, Carole Migden could be onto something ["The Migden Chronicles," Matt Smith, Oct. 29]. Examine their policy positions carefully and you won't find that much difference between Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-environment, lots of business connections, etc. On paper, you'd wonder why Democrats were so opposed to the recall and Republicans were so supportive.
It comes down to personalities and principles. Politics isn't done on paper. Davis was the most unlikable resident in Sacramento in living memory. He was also the most arrogant and indecisive. You could count on Davis playing kick the can with any tough decision or problem like the budget or the energy crisis. His MO seemed to be ignore the problem, deny the problem, get run over, and then blame the problem on others. No wonder his nickname, according to the Chronicle's Debra Saunders, was Gumby.
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