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Drug Royalty
An insightful look at the suburban drug scene: This is actually a well-written and insightful article. Kudos to the author ["The Oxy King of Marin," Erin Marie Daly, feature, 1/18]. Considering the content, subject matter, and location, one might guess the article is out of place. Instead of the usual promotion of or condoning such behavior this article was written without bias.

It is unfortunate we have so many people in our society who think their problems can be resolved with drugs. This article sheds light on the fact that drug use only causes further problems for the individuals involved, and society in general. The question becomes: How do we, as a society, intervene or prevent youth from even thinking they need to have a drug to help them with life's struggles?


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Saintly Flaws
Not all Catholics see Mother Teresa as a Saint: Mother Teresa did not have a sterling reputation among Bay Area Catholics ["Tainted Saint," Peter Jamison, feature, 1/11]. Her statements on contraception, such as couples who practiced contraception being unfit parents, was gutter Catholicism at its worst. Anyone, no matter how saintly, who truly believes that authority figures do not have any responsibility to the people below them because there is some sort of divinely ordained socio/religious hierarchy is part of the problem of abuse, not part of its solution.


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Blog Comments of the Week
Paula Deen's not so surprising diabetes announcement: "The subtext of all the Deen-bashing messages is that anyone who has type-2 diabetes made themselves sick." I think Jonathan Kauffman can, and should, give the American public more credit than that ["Hating on Diabetic Paula Deen Is Fun But Premature," SFoodie, 1/18]. Jokes and jibes need to be simple, but the understanding behind them does not. I'm sure Deen did bring her type-2 diabetes on, or at the least, contributed to it. She is not active, does not appear to eat well, and is clearly overweight.

What's interesting is that she is touting a drug that is not insulin-related, yet is somehow supposed to do something for people with type-2 diabetes. In other words, she appears not to be changing her diet, exercise regime, or weight to reduce her risk, but popping some unknown pill instead.


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Occupy SF efforts seem misplaced: I wish people would stop wasting time trying to shut down an individual bank branch and instead, go out and hit the campaign trail, working against corporate influences in the 2012 election ["Occupy San Francisco to Shut Down Financial District," Erin Sherbert, The Snitch, 1/17]. You know, do something productive instead of something symbolic. They'll help more people in the long run.


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Craptastic book use to have a spot on a bookshelf at home: Read it in the seventh or eight grade in 1976 or 1977, and the book scared the shit out of me ["Salem Kirban's 1970 Photos of the Apocalypse Include a Giant Christbot," Alan Schertstuhl, the Exhibitionist, 1/16]. I had a relative that would give me those UFO, end of the world, conspiracy paperbacks. I read dozens of those crappy books: 666 stands out to this day in my mind, along with The Late Great Planet Earth and Chariots of the Gods. These books and movies started a cottage industry fooling idiots.


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Bill Murphy
Bill Murphy

Dear Scott -

This is the response I posted to our discussion on Facebook. I see now that you have removed that conversation, so let's have it continue here.

The parcel of land you think I am referring to, "The Corbett Slope", is not the parcel of land I'm referring to, so no - I am not misinformed, as you accuse me of being. I have already detailed my question, exactly what parcel of land I am referring to, all of which is contained in the 4 or so emails I sent to your staff and cc'd to you. (IF your office is being run properly, then all of the emails I have sent to you, Adam and Gary McCoy should be in your inbox archive. I am aware that the City of San Francisco requires that any elected official handle and archive emails from constituents in a certain, prescribed manner.)

To date, you and your staff have never answered my question. Meaning, I haven't heard a peep from you office in over a month - the last email I received was from Gary McCoy on December 21str, 2011. I first met with your staff almost 2 months ago, and I have still not received an answer to my question. I have given you all the information you would need to follow up, but you and your staff have assiduously not followed up. So, who is misinformed, Scott?

You also have never given me an answer regarding the announcement I forwarded regarding the Corwin Street Community Garden, which I asked to be posted in your newsletter. I am in conversation with Marvin Yee, Kristin Bowman and Marianne Kjbomand with RPD; General Manager Phil Ginsburg is also in the loop on this one. You or your staff made no effort to learn anything more about this public resource located in your district. Rebecca Prozan, the candidate who ran alongside you in 2010, actually reached out to our organization, came to a garden work party, advised us on a grant application we were preparing and otherwise involved herself in this civic project. What did your office do? Nothing. No curiosity, no follow up, nothing because, Scott - what I get coming from you is that you really don't care and you're really not interested. You've offended me by asking for some proof of this as an RPD property and did I have authority to be advertising for a VOLUNTEER POSITION, and still did not follow up. Just ask the RPD personnel I mentioned above, if you don't already know them then I guess this would be a good time to get to know them.

Also, I could tell you a story about how one of your volunteers handled a phone call from me to your office. Talk about rude. I would be embarrassed if I were you, having someone like that be the public voice for your office in your absence. AND, my message, which was to please have Adam call me back, was never heeded. Adam never called me back. That was over a month ago, and guess what Scott? I really don't want to hear excuses like he was busy or didn't get the message.

Really Scott - you've got a lot of nerve getting on your high horse when your staff and you have basically ignored me, treated me rudely and never answered my questions. Nor have shown any interest in this unique garden which has received awards from two previous GAY Supervisors, amongst others - this garden which is an absolute gem, and which I have donated 5,000 hours of volunteer time in maintaining and developing. No, Scott - you instead wander the streets of your district, your eyes glued to your Blackberry. I find you offensive young man. That's right, you and your staff have offended me, several times now.

I eagerly await your response to this email.

Sincerely, Bill

Bill Murphybillmurphy1959@comcast.net

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