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Week of January 23, 2002

Trains, Boats, and Automobiles

Reviving Aquatic Park: I thought your article about Aquatic Park hit the bull's-eye ("Balkans by the Bay," Matt Smith, Jan. 16). A key benefit of the Fort Mason [trolley] extension is bringing Aquatic Park into the mainstream of San Francisco, to improve its accessibility to and use by residents. We envision kids and parents from Vis Valley and Bayview coming up on the Third Street light rail and transferring to the E line for a day of fishing at the pier. We see school groups using the E line to access the Hyde Street Pier and its ship collection, seniors using it to reach the senior center, and so on.

The attractiveness of the streetcars and the physical presence of the steel rails can really serve to bind the elements of the park -- which is actually quite linear if you look at it. Again, good story. Hope it makes an impact.

Rick Laubscher
Market Street Railway

Complimentary words: 50. Patronizing words we could have done without: 1.: Thanks for an inspiring article about Aquatic Park. It hadn't even occurred to me that that place could be more than it is. I had always just written it off as a part of the tourist complex of Fisherman's Wharf.

I hope the powers that be read your fine little paper.

Michael Zonta
Civic Center

No ifs, ands, oar boats: As a longtime member of the South End Rowing Club and a member of its board of directors, I do not recall ever hearing of, endorsing, or promoting the removal of any part or parcel of Aquatic Park for parking spaces for its members. This is not the policy of the South End. Also, we are not a private club. We are open to the public.

John Steven Calder
Via Internet

Good Kitty

Bad Puni: I am a big fan of Hello Kitty, and I think it was messed up that you had her doing oral sex on the Muni in your Puni cartoon (Jan. 16). Hello Kitty is not like that.

P.S. I like your cartoons anyway.

Charlie Wheeler
Richmond District

What Can We Say? Mercury's in Retrograde.

Astrology apology: I love Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology, as do many of my friends. We look forward to his entertaining and insightful weekly words of wisdom. In fact, Rob's positive and inspirational column is sometimes the only thing worth reading in your frequently pessimistic publication.

So imagine my disappointment when you neglect to run Free Will Astrology (as you have on more than one occasion) or repeat [one] week's column (as you did [last] week) without explanation or apology. To add insult to injury, you recently shrunk the column down to a microscopic typeface even smaller than the personals.

Is this any way to treat the best feature of your paper?

Mark Pasley

Editor's note: Due to a production error, SF Weekly did accidentally repeat last week's Free Will Astrology column from the week before. The correct column for last week can be found on our Web site, We apologize for the mistake.

Stage Notes

Give us a minute. We're still thinking.: Which is more outdated, Lily Tomlin's The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe or your review of Lily Tomlin's The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe ("Rewind," Stage, Jan. 9)? Just curious.

Tim Sullivan
Inner Sunset


In "Can Prayer Heal the Sick" (Jan. 9), Phillip Scott was incorrectly identified as a Native American healer. Scott is a practitioner of "native indigenous medicine," and is not of American Indian descent. SF Weekly regrets the error.


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