Letters to the Editor

Week of Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Murder, Probed

Uppercase anger:The front page and the four-page article written by Lessley Anderson in the July 14 issue of SF Weekly ["Sunset on a Murder"] was the most disturbing article I have ever read! I, myself, do not know of this boy, Robert Ramirez, but it's very obvious that the writer displays a huge amount of discrimination and slander against this individual. The most obvious question one is to ask is, why, one full year after the MURDER of this young man, is such a defaming article being written against him? Is this writer somehow working for the defense attorney of the person who SHOT and KILLED this boy? My heart goes out to the mother of Robert Ramirez. It's tragic enough that her son was MURDERED; now the nightmare does not end. This article, in essence, digs him up from the grave, and he is being MURDERED all over again. I respect good journalism when it represents both sides of the TRUTH of a story, which this article clearly does not. Shame on the writer and SF Weekly for printing such trash. This is another example of how the press can, for whatever their motive is, influence the public and make an effect on jury selection, etc. I can only hope that those who have read that article will keep an open mind and, before coming to any conclusions, do your own research -- for the TRUTH!

Angela Testani
Glen Park

To the Parking Barricades!

We tend to avoid fighting meter maids, though:OK article on DPT ["Don't Park There," July 7], but why no info on how to fight DPT?

Why didn't you say anything about the selective connectivity between DPT computers and DMV computers?

A few months ago while renewing my driver's license at DMV I paid about $300 in parking tickets. A week later, when I went to DPT to get my parking zone sticker, the DPT clerk claimed that she didn't see any record of my payment of my tickets on her computer. In the seven days that followed I got five new parking tickets for parking in my resident zone, and now I can't register my car because the DMV computers show the new tickets. I also can't get my parking sticker because of the new tickets.

Why didn't you say anything about DPT officers who target specific cars ... just because?

When I was getting those five new parking tickets, my neighbors told the DPT officer that I was a resident, a student with limited income, that I had been paying off my tickets, and that he shouldn't give me new tickets since I lived in that parking zone. I was told that the officer just smiled, said nothing, and put another ticket on my car.

Why didn't you say anything about DPT officers patrolling poor neighborhoods more than they patrol wealthy neighborhoods?

I've witnessed DPT officers patrolling and ticketing the poorest parts of the Mission at 4 in the morning, yet I've never seen a DPT officer in Sea Cliff or Forest Hills.

I'm sure you made DPT officers feel justified about their work as a result of your article, but you told me nothing I didn't already know, and you said nothing that helps the residents of San Francisco take back control of their streets.

Ken Tucker
Western Addition

Smith of the People

Aw, gawrsh:Thank you for your most enlightening recent columns about the collusion between the SEIU and the nursing home industry and about IBM's effort to suppress the cancer epidemiology study [the Matt Smith columns "Partners in Slime," June 30, and "Free the Science!," July 7]. That information desperately needs to be public knowledge. I appreciate your effort.

Carl Stein
Mission

It's a Ball

We feel humiliated and inadequate just reading your letter:Reading your article on the dodgeball demi-renaissance ["Ball of Shame," Night Crawler, June 30], I was disappointed to see that the story's hook was to stir up childhood feelings of humiliation and inadequacy. This is invariably the portrayal of the game chosen by print and television media. Why?

I'm growing tired of attempts to pull me into stories with such strained attempts at sensationalism. "Tonight at 11! A harrowing report on the chilling side effects of gravity. What you can do to keep your children away from this invisible terror!"

Despite your best efforts to disguise the fact, there were people who have fond memories of dodgeball. Some of us even used the opportunity to conquer fear and self-doubt, rather than take the easy route of cowering in bitter resignation. So please consider that there may even be people interested in reading about it for reasons other than picking at emotional scabs.

Check out the games played among SF Dodgeball members. The games are friendly, malice takes a back seat to sportsmanship and empowerment, and everybody walks away smiling.

Derek Pai
Marina

 
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