SF Weekly Letters May 14-20, 2014
Blog Comments of the Week
Working parents often get the short end of the stick at work: For years, California employers — big, small, private, and public — have withheld hard-earned raises and promotions from individuals with young children ["Moms Want Equal Pay: California Ranks Eighth Best State for Working Moms," Jonathan Ramos, the Exhibitionist, 5/7]. They can get away with these unfair practices because committed parents won't walk away from their jobs and jeopardize their children's well-being. Over the years, some parents have seen employers keep bonuses and awards meant for their employees, with little recourse. Some people wonder how those with authority and power can sleep at night knowing they are depriving hardworking people from what's rightfully theirs.
Frozen is just part of a growing list of movies that annoys parents: I've never seen it but my 3-year old niece who is still forming sentences knows all the words to "Let it Go" ["I Went to the Frozen Sing-Along at the Castro Theatre and (Barely) Lived to Tell The Tale," Gabe Meline, All Shook Down, 5/7]. But hey, in the second grade my mom bought me The Lion King sing-a-long cassette with lyric book. I bet she really regretted that one. Oh I just can't wait to be king!
Poop, robbery, and high rents keep one reader stressed out: The fear of crackheads and thugs robbing me for my phone at any moment definitely stresses me out ["Take a Vacation: San Francisco is the Fourth Most Stressed-Out City in America," Erin Sherbert, 5/7]. Also constant vigilance to avoid stepping in human feces and urine. Oh and how I'm going to spend 80 percent of my paycheck on rent.
Another reader is more into the staycation idea: I'm not stressed at all. If I feel any kind of stress I go take a walk at Crissy Field or Embarcadero or Baker Beach or walk around Union Square or catch a baseball game. Point is — the city has lots of things to get your mind right and there are places to take in the beauty that is San Francisco.