Letters to the Editor

Week of December 3, 2003

Send 'Em a Message!

No business as usual, S.F. Dems:I imagine that the political scene in Munich in the 1920s was not too different from what goes on in San Francisco today – dozens of factions brawling for power and their larger share of the pie. Amidst such savagery the sane vote may be the vote that checks power. Yes, Matt Smith, we want Supervisor Matt Gonzalez to remain in opposition, and we want him to remain true to his beliefs ["Derailing the Jaye Train," Nov. 19].

Just listen to Willie Brown tell us that Supervisor Gavin Newsom will do great as mayor because Brown left such a solid base to build upon. So many places to go with this thought, but Brown's anointed successor may not win the prize. If Newsom fails, it will be on the lost votes that connect him to Willie Brown and that sorry crew.

I am one of those over-55 white guys that Newsom polls so well with. And I voted for the guy the first time around. And I do indeed detest the Green-socialism with entitlement hawked as morality. But worse than the politician with a screwball idea of how the world works is the politician who knows only too well how to get what he wants – for kith and kin. Newsom may be an honest jack, but let's face it: This election offers the rare opportunity to send San Francisco's Democratic Party a very clear message, a message long overdue.

It was the best of all choices, and the worst of all choices.

Paul Burton
Bernal Heights

Crime and Punishment

Kudos on a close look at it: Thank you so much for Bernice Yeung's excellent reporting on the state of Innocence Projects in the Bay Area ["Innocence Arrested," Oct. 29]. Her article was well written and researched and portrayed a rarely seen part of the criminal justice system. The article will continue to educate the public on the importance of providing post- conviction relief.

Jeff Adachi
Public Defender

San Francisco

Neo Derivative

Blade did it first – and better, Keanu: Just wanted to thank your film critic, Gregory Weinkauf, for addressing something that I've been saying for years: Matrix, however groundbreaking, was ultimately second to Blade ["Silly Humans, Matrix Is for Kids!," Film, Nov. 5]. And Blade always seemed to pull off the "all-black, sunglasses, and guns" look better than the Matrix films. Not to mention the first Matrix (1999) is bookended similarly to Blade (1998); Trinity jumps between two buildings – Blade did it first. Trinity and Neo storm an office lobby guns blazing, again, only after Blade did it!

No one wants to give Bladethe credit it deserves for being a straightforward, no-pretense action movie, with little need for CGI or wirefu enhancements (except for those kick-ass vampire incinerations).

Kayode Kendall
Via Internet

Here's Another Word for You to Look Up, Bill

B-O-O-R-I-S-H:I am used to Meredith Brody and her endless, self-important diatribes that precede every restaurant review/literary delusion that SF Weekly indulgently prints. Usually, I get around this by not reading her column. But since she recently reviewed the Pork Store, a Haight Street favorite that's (happily) almost next door to the bar I work at, I bit the bullet and forged ahead ["Country in the City," Eat, Nov. 5].

I suffered through "leitmotif," "alacrity," and an offhand reference to Edith Piaf ("Mlle. Piaf" – yeesh), but when I got to "collops," I lost it. We're talking about DINERS here, for Chrissakes!

Now I'm just a simple bartender who ain't got but a little book learnin', so I had to look it up in the dictionary (a small morsel of meat, from the Middle English), and while I was there I found the perfect word for Ms. Brody: PEDANTIC. Look it up.

Bill Coulter
Haight

Correction

Our Nov. 12 cover story, "Toothless Wonder," incorrectly identified the location of the Oakwood Apartments where 17-year-old Sheila Detoy was shot and killed by police in 1998. The apartments are near Lake Merced.

 
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