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Swirl and Sip
Article leaves reader thirsty for more: I'm a fellow in my mid-twenties and I have been cooking professionally for the last 10 years. I've always wanted learn about and get the right feel for "fine wine," but never approached the right person to teach me. "The Wine Detective," by Jesse Hirsch, had me speechless, intrigued, and wanting to know more about this person's passion for what she does [Feature, 8/29]. To me, in my heart, Maureen Downey is absolutely doing what she loves and I admire her. I didn't want the article to end, and I caught myself reading the paragraphs over and over again. I love the article and I'm going to share it with my close friends and winemakers. Again, SF Weekly keeps me wanting more and more. Cheers.

Fabian Guerrero

Language in Disguise
When words carry double meaning: Republicans are the masters of "doublespeak," the dubious language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words ["How to Speak Republican: Decoding the GOP," Pete Kotz, News, 8/22]. They have Mitt Romney, whose values are defined by the dollar symbol, and Paul Ryan, who believes only his mother deserves Medicare.


Blog Comments of the Week
Be careful when applying labels: I don't recall anyone at SF Weekly calling comedian Natasha Muse best "tranny" anything — that's Dana Sitar's label [in SF Weekly's "Best Of" 2012 issue], and one that I wish she would think twice about before mindlessly throwing around ["Comedy Showcase Features Caitlin Gill and Free Fried Chicken!" the Exhibitionist, 8/29]. Would Sitar label someone "best hebe comic?" If Natasha views herself that way, then that's her business, but Sitar doesn't have any right to label trans women as "trannies." Many people in the community of trans women consider it to be a slur (while some trans women embrace it), but that's kind of irrelevant. Some women embrace the term "bitch," but I don't see Sitar referring to "bitch comedians." Sorry, but using "tranny" doesn't make Sitar more hip, or queer-friendly, and it sure doesn't make her sound like more of an ally to the trans community or to trans people who do comedy.


Free enterprise and mice equals Hantavirus outbreak at Yosemite cabins: When are people going to learn? This is a classic example of what happens when a concessionaire is privatized without accountability ["Another Yosemite Camper Dies From Hantavirus," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 8/28]. It's a take-the-money-and-run operation.


Hula hooping is A-OK: I would never go to Burning Man, but I don't hate those who do ["Five Ways San Francisco Improves During Burning Man," Rae Alexandra, All Shook Down, 8/23]. Although I can't imagine why anyone would want to suffer in a scorching desert! I'm not against hula hooping, either; it can be good exercise. I think that I should get a hula hoop, in fact. And I don't care what anybody thinks.



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