Life Without Parole
And that's the way it should be: It is all well and good to extol Lonnie Morris' supposed virtues and apparent transformation while incarcerated ["No Way Out," Ashley Harrell, Feature, 1/27]. However, there are really only two facts to be considered. The first is that he murdered another human being. Secondly, he refuses to name his accomplice. The latter proves that for all the accolades he receives from his supporters, he still doesn't have a clue about what he owes the community for the horrible crime he committed.
I hope he never gets out.
Sit. Stay. Obey the Law.
It's the leash you can do: Compliments on a well-written article about the off-leash dog situation in San Francisco ["Unleashed," Peter Jamison, Feature, 1/20]. I have been living in S.F. for 15 years and don't own a dog. I am continually amazed at how most of our parks and open spaces have essentially been taken over by off-leash dogs. I have given up asking folks to obey the law and put their dogs on a leash. No matter how politely I ask, I can usually expect a vitriolic and obnoxious response.
If there are 150,000 dogs in S.F., then, yes, we should share our parks and have designated places for off-leash dog-walking. However, at both Duboce Park and Alamo Square, even given these designated areas, people will deliberately run their dogs in the areas adjacent to and around those zones. If a law requires dogs on leash, then your dog is on a leash — end of discussion. Based on the math, the majority of this city doesn't own a dog, and has a right to enjoy these public spaces as well.
It was interesting that the next article in the same issue of SF Weekly talked about the effects that Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging are having on the public environment. Add in all the angry blogs and reality TV, and it is no wonder that when we are confronted by an issue that is easily solvable, all we get is angry rhetoric from individuals and scared government officials incapable of doing their jobs.
Not Buying What You're Celling
Where's the issue?: Peter Jamison claims Bay Guardian publisher Bruce Brugmann is a corporate sellout who's willing to put an ugly cellphone tower on his property in exchange for money ["Celling Out," Sucka Free City, 1/20]. We can discuss that notion on its merits. But Jamison also attacks Brugmann over the tower's supposed health risks even though many "San Francisco residents ... subscribe to dubious scientific theories about health hazards from their radiation." So Brugmann is bad because he agrees with Jamison on this issue?
By Jamison's own account, the Bay Guardian hasn't had an article attacking telecommunications equipment for its health impact since 2002. It's not hypocrisy to change your mind over the course of eight years — Jamison should focus on the real issues at hand here.
Don't phone it in: Maya Kroth's "suggested rules of etiquette to gracefully integrate online social networking into real life" is a great start ["Be Social IRL," Resolution Guide, 1/20]. But one additional tip just cannot go without mention: If you need to make a purchase or interact with someone behind a counter, come on, dude, put the phone down until your transaction is complete. And if you can't, step away and excuse yourself until you're ready to give your attention to the one serving you.
Part of the appeal for your barista, bookseller, or local grocer is "IRL" human interaction with each customer. They offer free Wi-Fi after your purchase, so wait until then to indulge. One clever cafe I stopped in recently had a sign posted on the cash register: "You are welcome to talk on your cellphone, surf the Net, and update your Facebook status after you have completed your purchase." This makes IRL much more pleasant for the guy behind the counter and the gal waiting in line behind you.