Letters to the Editor

Week of Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Thanks for the Very Special Story

From the north:Thank you [Katy St. Clair] for writing such a delightful, uplifting article on Huey Lewis ["A Very Special Concert," Aug. 3]! I'm not especially a big fan of Lewis, but I was aware of his background and status as a local hero. It's great to see such a warmhearted, generous performer reach out to so many of those less fortunate than ourselves. I think Huey Lewis himself said that he felt like he was the luckiest guy on Earth, and it's so great to see him giving back and spreading his own happiness and joy.

David K. Nakamura
Lower Pacific Heights

The west: Something about both the subject(s) and your style (straightforward -- no ironic distancing) was really refreshing. I read your column, Bouncer, whenever I come across an SF Weekly. I imagine that writing can be a tough way to make a living -- please keep up the good work, and know that even when people do not reply as I have here, you do have readers and reach people with your prose.

Gregori Somoff
Inner Sunset

The south:I just wanted to say thank you for writing such a funny, sweet, and respectful article.

Gina Leiss
Austin, Texas

And the east:Thank God for people like [Katy St. Clair], and, well, thank God for Huey Lewis ....

Conor McNamara
Washington, D.C.

Debbie, Meet Satire. Satire, Debbie.

The great disappointment of a very, very serious Billy Ray Cyrus fan:I am really disappointed that you have chosen to attribute remarks about William Hung as being said by Billy Ray Cyrus ["Hung's Jury," Music, Aug. 3]. Anyone who knows Billy Ray knows that he would never make statements where he would be perceived as putting anyone down. He is a kind and generous man who happens to be quite intelligent. He is not the "country bumpkin" that you portray him to be. I hope anyone else who has read this article realizes that Billy Ray did not and would not say anything derogatory about anyone. You have done Billy Ray a great disservice by attributing those comments to him. I know Billy Ray's fans will see through this, and I can only hope that everyone else will, too.

Debbie Lanigan
Bronx, N.Y.

Investigative Kudos

Q: What do you call the pope's decision to name Archbishop Levada a top church watchdog? A: Papal bull.:Congratulations on a great exposé on Levada, etc. ["Blind Eye Unto the Holy See," July 13]. Some things never change, and we are continually uncovering more info. Thanks for all your investigative work. This is a great article.

Sue Griffith
Long Beach

The Great Red Meat-MildAbandon Debate, Cont'd

Now we, uh, get it:Regarding the letters calling for the return of Red Meat and the "pointlessness" of Mild Abandon: I miss Red Meat, too, but Mild Abandon is not without a point. Red Meat is about personality whereas Mild Abandon is about person(s) -- you and me in our institutionalized world today, the one of our own making. Not very pretty, is it? Not very ugly, either. Which is, uh, the point.

Steve McKinney
Inner Sunset

Would We Really Publish a Letter, Just Because It Misspelled a Columnist's Name in a Hilarious Way?

No, it'd have to mangle a supervisorial moniker, too:What was Matt Smith thinking when he called Supervisor Michela Aliots pier [sic] a "centrist" supervisor in his column ["Up Theirs, Please," June 29]. If anything, she is a right-wing Republican who calls herself a Democrat only because there are more Democrats than Republicans in San Francisco and, therefore, she has a better chance of being elected.

Even P.J. Cookery [sic] of the Examiner called her a "Bushie in disguise" when she excluded the golfers from her legislation that prohibited smoking in public parks. After all, her wealthy friends -- who included the golfers -- contributed more than $250,000 to her re-election campaign although she was practically unopposed.

Juana Carcelen
Lower Pacific Heights

Clarification

A photograph of bicyclists appeared on the table of contents and on Page 25 of our July 27 issue as part of a preview of the Tour de Fat festival in Golden Gate Park. These bicyclists took part in last year's event but were not part of the 2005 Tour de Fat.

 
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