Point: The Gonzalez run proves that there is another generation of progressives ready to lead us away from the backbiting self-hatred and rationalizations of the left — sold out by the Democratic Party again and again and again ["Gonzo Candidacy," Matt Smith, March 5]. Nader's guts and his refusal to water down public policy positions long abandoned by yesterday's liberals make him a target for abuse. Who will be the next Ralph Nader? Perhaps Mr. Gonzalez will.
And counterpoint: Ralph Nader delivered the presidency to George Bush in 2000, then sneered at anyone who dared to point that out. Now this little tin Jesus wants to help out McCain. Well, McCain may win, but it won't be through Ralph's efforts. Nader got 0.3 percent of the vote in 2004, and he will get less this time. His Royal Smugness is going nowhere.
Gonzalez is more: Regarding "The 24 Real Reasons Matt Gonzalez Chose to Run with Ralph Nader" [Sucka Free City, March 12]: I was wondering about Matt Gonzalez' reasons for running with Nader myself. After the 2000 election, when the Nader-basher hysteria was at its peak, Gonzalez was critical of Nader, as I recall. Anyway, kudos to him for sticking his neck out; it takes a lot of courage.
Benjamin Wachs and Joe Eskenazi: Have either of you ever had enough balls to run for any public office? If you did, keep on bitching. If not, then STFU.
Nader hater: This is fucking hilarious, and the responses to it by the Nader fan club [on www.sfweekly.com] demonstrate the utter humorlessness of the far left and their delusions of relevance. One Green key value is "personal and global responsibility." Matt and Ralph need to take some responsibility for their conduct, instead of assuming that others will clean up the mess after their dog-and-pony show.
Matt Smith wrote in "Working-Class Struggle" [March 19] that Julio Loyola's job is to publicize "city programs to prevent the spread of illnesses among recent immigrants." Loyola's job is to spread the word about preventing injuries, not illness. Also, Smith referred to this as work Loyola had obtained "with the city's health department." Loyola's work is indeed funded by the city's Department of Public Health, but it's done through a local nonprofit.