Is that fascism with a capital or lowercase "f"?: Every day I am shocked by the blind eyes of the people who keep this country going in the direction it is, and your feature story ["The Counter-Counterculture," May 12] was no exception. "It's Berkeley," [Carrie Holt] goes on, "and it's amazing how people who are supposedly open-minded are so closed-minded. ... [W]hen it comes to opposition, they don't want to hear it."
When you strip me of the right to a safe abortion with one hand, when you enjoy your tax breaks and use my tax dollars to murder children in Iraq and Afghanistan with the other, this is not freedom of speech. When you revel in your marriage rights while denying people the right to marry, this is not "opposition." This is fascism. This is not two sides to a coin, but one side denying rights, and the other fighting for their own. When I fight to retain and gain rights that others have, that is not closed-minded. Freedom of belief should not be extended to freedom to control the lives of others.
As long as the Republicans are in power, I will consider this country an occupied one, and my rights as a human being threatened greatly.
Blunt talk about the damn crossword: Just to let you know, I do not have an office job, and so I do not while away my hours writing to my soap companies or to you. I, in fact, have to do all my e-mail at my local video store, not an inspiring place for diatribes about your paper. I never thought I would have to justify a crossword puzzle's existence. But I will tell you this, years ago (I have been a long fan), I switched from reading the Village Voice to the NY Press because they were smart enough to offer Jonesin' more money.
And as for you Mr. Editor Man, not all attention is good attention ["Letters and the Editor," April 28]. Crosswords are like murals on the side of Mexican restaurants. We love them; having them there makes us happy, but the restaurant owner doesn't need us constantly affirming his choices by writing him letters. So you edit a paper, good for you. You try to recognize the areas of growth in your paper, oh you are so progressive. But stop being so insecure and accept the very powerful truth of the idiom, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." I do apologize for giving you personally the brunt of my annoyance because it's not all your fault. I have never seen such an insecure city in my life, so insecure that the papers have to constantly write articles proving how special the city is. S.F. is beautiful, it is important, it is a wonderful city, so let's all just sit back and enjoy it. Stop shouting, stop trying to get so much approval, and put the damn crossword back already.
Christina, aka Ginger Murray
Pathetic or sad, pick 'em: My roommates and I, along with some of our neighbors, had a weekly contest to see who could get it done the quickest. Competition was fierce! We would even speak to each other in Jonesin' sometimes. (Example: "I saw a 52 down on the bus today.") Pathetic? Maybe. But pretty fun.
In addition, most of us are unemployed or working service jobs. This was probably the most intellectual challenge any of us faced the entire week. Sad? Definitely. But come on, throw us a bone.
Bring back Jonesin' ... please?
Editor's note: To avoid having to print any more letters whining about the disappearance of Jonesin', the editor is willing to state that he is open to the possibility of bringing back the damn crossword puzzle. Someday.
... until we quit the band: Hello. I enjoy SF Weekly. I noticed something rather misleading in Dog Bites from your April 21 issue. Paul Kantner is referred to as "founding member of Jefferson Airplane, frontman for Starship." Kantner was not a frontman for Starship. He was a frontman for Jefferson Starship. He took the "Jefferson" name with him when he left the group in 1984, before they became simply "Starship." I think Paul might appreciate your clarifying this. Starship's first hit, "We Built This City," has been referred to in various media recently as having been voted worst song by a magazine's readers. Paul left because of creative differences. I think he might not want his name to be associated with their more commercial direction in the mid-to-late-1980s.