SF Weekly Letters July 3-9, 2013

Telling Unheard Stories

Natural born citizens should take note: These stories are inspirational and touching ["¡Cuéntamelo!: An Oral History of Queer Latin@ Immigrants in San Francisco," Juliana Delgado Lopera, feature, 6/26]. Natural born citizens take so much for granted. The struggle to be more than the sum of one's bits and pieces is something that every person can identify with. I hope to read more articles like this one in SF Weekly!


Crimes Unpunished

It appears the SFPD is looking the other way when it comes to Muni: Interesting, isn't it, how San Francisco police have time to set up undercover sting operations for offenses like prostitution and drug sales, that half the population doesn't even want them arresting people for, while an illegal practice so stupid and wasteful that even the people responsible for it had no excuse, is allowed to continue in plain sight for decades ["All Warmed Up and Nowhere To Go," Joe Eskenazi, Your Humble Narrator, 6/19]? Maybe "looking the other way" on stuff like this is the quid pro quo for the SFPD.


Blog Comments of the Week

Forget the soup, it's about the sharks: Lame. Everything I have read repeats the same thing, shark fin soup is tasteless and bland, gooey noodles that somehow impart status but are decimating the ocean ["Don't Forget to Fill Up on Shark Fin Soup This Weekend," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 6/27]. It's a cultural practice that [many] new generation Chinese want to see end. I support the California shark fin ban and look forward to calling the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to report any abuses.


Another reader says shark fin post didn't present enough information on why shark fins are being outlawed: It is simply poor journalism to write a story about the ban on shark fin soup without mentioning the number of sharks that are killed each year for their fins. It is irresponsible to mourn the loss of a luxury food item when such immense suffering goes into its creation. A story suggesting people fill up on shark fin soup is insensitive and underestimates the extent to which people are attuned to wildlife conservation issues and will be celebrating when this ban goes into effect.


Not all residents are pushing for more bike lanes: Be careful with those superlatives ["Bike Lanes: What Everyone Not-So-Secretly Wants," Leif Haven, the Snitch, 6/21]. Everyone does not want more bike lanes because I am someone who does not, and I have a lot of company. Folks moving into the cities that are wealthy retired baby boomers: Are they going to give up their cars and jump onto bikes? How long does one think the condo owners who just paid $2-million plus will put up with paying monthly transit fees while the transit service is cut and Muni rates go up? The natives are already restless. Muni is a joke. Wait until BART goes on strike. People will wish there was more parking in S.F.


Just don't talk about waterfalls, rain, or the ocean: With my aversion to public facilities well ingrained from grammar school in the 1970s, I can regularly go 10 hours with no discomfort at all; unless, of course, I'm trapped on a plane with a hundred people talking incessantly about going to the bathroom ["United Airlines Forgets to Pack Toilet Paper on 10-Hour Flight, Travelers Find Other Ways to Wipe," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 6/21].


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