SF Weekly Letters October 2-8, 2013

Riding Into the Wind

Feature on America's Cup provides insight into San Francisco: I would like to thank writer Joe Eskenazi — and the SF Weekly — for publishing such an in-depth and interestingly (even amusingly) written piece on the ever changing faces of corruption and mismanagement in San Francisco ["Sea Monster," feature, 9/25]. Eskenazi greatly contributes to the prerequisite of change: awareness. Best regards and thanks again.

James H.

Writer knows more about America's Cup than some experts: Required reading for anyone with an interest in America's Cup. I am an ardent supporter of the races on San Francisco Bay, I believe we are seeing history take shape before our very eyes, but Joe Eskenazi steadfastly shows an objectivity to the event and takes it apart piece by piece.

Surprisingly, his description of the mechanics of the sailboats on the water are better than those who write [as] America's Cup cheerleaders. Without a doubt there is a keen understanding of the achievement, but Eskenazi does not allow it to blind him to the overwhelming problems. Others have questioned the event, no one has nailed it like this. Normally I try to counter when I hear any negative thoughts on the races. Point taken.

Mblaircheney

Living on $4.50 a Day

Reader remembers what living on food stamps was like: I want to applaud Anna Roth for accepting this challenge ["Austerity Measures," Eat, 9/18]. I commend her for taking into consideration that she knew she'd have delicious and satisfying food again as soon as the challenge ended, and even drew comparisons to "the people who take tours of the Mumbai slums and then return to their luxury hotels."

My family and relatives grew up on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and it wasn't until I reached adulthood that I finally was able to stop receiving aid from the government. I have spent all of my young adult and adult years giving back to my community, through volunteerism and my regular job. Clients I serve often are forced to dine at McDonald's and other fast food restaurants because they do not have the kitchen or kitchen tools to cook their own meals — time, of course, is also a huge issue. I find it bewildering that those who are against SNAP are saying people in poverty spoil themselves by dining at fast food restaurants when the vast majority of clients I know would much rather cook their own meals if they had the time, space, and tools.

Thanks to Anna Roth for a very well-written and thoughtful article.

vicvicvic

Blog Comment of the Week:

Young student makes a valid point: Great observation on her part ["Middle Schooler Tells Obama Cabinet Member That 'White People Are Taking Over The Mission'," Chris Roberts, the Snitch, 9/25]. I've always wondered why strong liberal bastions such as S.F., D.C. or NYC lead the way in gentrification. It seems there would be protections for long term residents who are not part of the one percent in these cities, but the numbers don't show it.

thermaljames

Not everyone is a fan of Supervisor Scott Wiener: The post states Scott Wiener is "eliminating onerous public policies." Erin Sherbert has got to be kidding ["Supervisor Scott Wiener Kicks off Leather Week With This Jaw-dropping Photo," the Snitch, 9/23]. Scott Wiener is a Dianne Feinstein wannabe who is going to march across the public's backs on his way up the political ladder. For example, by spearheading the new ban on public nudity without even attempting to talk to the nudists involved — a law that San Francisco got along without since the city's founding. I'm not a nudist, but his whole handling of that affair stunk to high heaven.

janeway

 
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