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Serious drama may appeal to a teen's dark side: No matter how darkly they portray the perpetrators on the proposed miniseries ["The Columbine Effect," Alan Prendergast, feature, 3/21], someone out there is thinking, "I can do a better job shooting up my school. Look at Dylan and Eric; they got famous, so will I."


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April Fools' Day came early this year: The fake editorial had me going for awhile ["Progressives Can Abuse Their Wives: A Guardian Editorial,' SF Weekly Staff, Sucka Free City, 3/21]! An early April Fools' prank, and I love it!


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The Yay at SXSW
Reader didn't hear the same thing as the writer: Is the writer, Ian S. Port, joking? He didn't even dare to post the link to the video where Kreayshawn performs her new song "Breakfast," ["Finding the Yay Area: Local Artists Pull a Few Surprises at South by Southwest," Music, 3/21]. It's so bad it's ridiculous!


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Marijuana laws don't protect children: Oh please! If they really cared about children, they would put this money into education and stop cutting children's programs ["Medical Marijuana Crackdown Explained: Feds Are Saving the Children," Chris Roberts, the Snitch, 3/19]! Using the 1,000-foot rule, children would have to have the ability to walk through walls to be affected by at least two of the dispensaries that I know of. And why is the Planning Department in San Francisco giving permits for daycare and playgrounds to open near an established, permitted, tax-paying, and employing dispensary? It is just an excuse to impose their will on the people of California?

Terrie Frye

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Pot at the federal level: This is the kind of oversimplified journalism that SF Weekly specializes in. Pot is, and has been, illegal under federal law. There are no exceptions, in case law or statute, that legalize marijuana under federal law. It is irrelevant that the state of California made it legal. Haag is a federal prosecutor who is going after what are, in her eyes, drug dealers who violate a federal law. Dress it up however the writer wants, rail about the will of the voters, scream at the hypocrisy — but don't naively expect that a federal law enforcement official is going to give a shit about California's pot law. And, she was appointed by Obama and confirmed unanimously, without debate.


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Feds are not looking at the whole picture: So it's okay for liquor stores, massage parlors, and adult theaters to be near schools, daycares, and the like? Why — because they are legal? Those things pose just as much of a problem and danger to kids as do the marijuana stores. So why let them stay open around schools? I think [some people] are just being biased, and marijuana needs to be legalized! And, one more thing, a child can be raised in all the right ways and still turn out to be bad when they are grown. It is not written in stone that a child will grow up to be good just because they are not around those marijuana-related kinds of things.

DKay Tullis

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  • Nevada City and the South Yuba River: A gold country getaway

    Nestled in the green pine-covered hills of the Northern Sierra Nevada is the Gold Rush town of Nevada City. Beautiful Victorian houses line the streets, keeping the old-time charm alive, and a vibrant downtown is home to world-class art, theater and music. The nearby South Yuba River State Park is known for its emerald swimming holes during the summer and radiant leaf colors during autumn. These days the gold panning is more for tourists than prospectors, but the gold miner spirit is still in the air.

    South Yuba River State Park and Swimming Holes:
    The park runs along and below 20 miles of the South Yuba River, offering hiking, mountain biking, gold panning and swimming. The Highway 49 bridge swimming hole is seven-miles northwest of Nevada City where Highway 49 crosses the South Yuba River. Parking is readily available and it is a short, steep hike to a stunning swimming hole beneath a footbridge. For the more intrepid, trails extend along the river with access to secluded swim spots. The Bridgeport swimming hole has calm waters and a sandy beach -- good for families and cookouts -- and is located 14 miles northwest of Nevada City. Be sure to write down directions before heading out, GPS may not be available. Most swimming holes on the South Yuba River are best from July to September, while winter and spring can bring dangerous rapids. Always know the current before jumping in!

    Downtown Nevada City
    The welcoming, walkable downtown of Nevada City is laid back, yet full of life. Start your day at the cozy South Pine Cafe (110 S Pine St.) with a lobster benedict or a spicy Jamaican tofu scramble. Then stroll the streets and stop into the shop Kitkitdizzi (423 Broad St.) for handcrafted goods unique to the region, vintage wears and local art “all with California gold rush swagger,” as stated by owners Carrie Hawthorne and Kira Westly. Surrounded by Gold Rush history, modern gold jewelry is made from locally found nuggets and is found at Utopian Stone Custom Jewelers (301 Broad St.). For a coffee shop with Victorian charm try The Curly Wolf (217 Broad St.), an espresso house and music venue with German pastries and light fare. A perfect way to cool down during the hot summer months can be found at Treats (110 York St.) , an artisan ice cream shop with flavors like pear ginger sorbet or vegan chai coconut. Nightlife is aplenty with music halls, alehouses or dive bars like the Mine Shaft Saloon (222 Broad St.).

    The Willo Steakhouse (16898 State Hwy 49, Nevada City)
    Along Highway 49, just west of Nevada City, is The Willo, a classic roadhouse and bar where you’re welcomed by the smell of steak and a dining room full of locals. In 1947 a Quonset hut (a semi-cylindrical building) was purchased from the US Army and transported to its current location, and opened as a bar, which became popular with lumberjacks and miners. The bar was passed down through the decades and a covered structure was added to enlarge the bar and create a dining area. The original Quonset beams are still visible in the bar and current owners Mike Byrne and Nancy Wilson keep the roadhouse tradition going with carefully aged New York steaks and house made ingredients. Pair your steak or fish with a local wine, such as the Rough and Ready Red, or bring your own for a small corkage fee. Check the website for specials, such as rib-eye on Fridays.

    Outside Inn (575 E Broad St.)
    A 16-room motel a short walk from downtown, each room features a unique décor, such as the Paddlers’ Suite or the Wildflower Room. A friendly staff and an office full of information about local trails, swimming and biking gets you started on your outdoor exploration. Amenities include an outdoor shower, a summer swimming pool and picnic tables and barbeques. Don’t miss the free vegetable cart just outside the motel in the mornings.

    Written and photographed by Beth LaBerge for the SF Weekly.

  • Arcade Fire at Shoreline
    Arcade Fire opened their US tour at Shoreline Amphitheater to a full house who was there in support of their album "Reflector," which was released last fall. Dan Deacon opened the show to a happily surprised early audience and got the crowd actively dancing and warmed up. DEVO was originally on the bill to support Arcade Fire but a kayak accident last week had sidelined lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh and the duration of the west coast leg of the tour. Win Butler did a homage to DEVO by performing Uncontrollable Urge.

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