Drugs and Tobacco Don't Mix
No more coffin nails: Joe Eskenazi deftly lays out the many issues we [the S.F. Board of Supervisors] considered in crafting San Francisco's tobacco-free pharmacy ordinance ["Will San Francisco Ban Cigarettes at Pharmacies — Again?," the Snitch, 9/21]. While there are other items that are considered unhealthy that are currently sold in pharmacies, none of them compare to the damage done to the public health by tobacco. There are no safe levels of exposure to tobacco.
We'd like to offer one more overarching consideration: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco causes more deaths in the United States than HIV, illegal drugs, alcohol, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. Cigarettes and pharmacies just don't mix.
Supervisor Eric Mar
Mitch Katz, director of S.F. Department of Public Health
Opera Points Out America's Flaws
Jerry Springer opera is anything but a bore: Wow, someone was grumpy! [Jerry Springer, the Opera, Anna Pulley, Stage, 9/22]. It was a pure joy — you have to be pretty jaded not to enjoy it, as is evidenced by Pulley's "they had to ruin it by making it earnest." What the hell? The fact that this show doesn't only stick to the crass and has an actual arc makes it more than a one-note wonder. Seeing as it was written in London, it represents a finger-pointing critique of the travesty of American culture as represented by the likes of Jerry Springer. Really, it's a must-see. It's nonstop laughs.
Cops Catch Heat with Car Traps
Manufactured crime costs city: When 10 to 20 police officers are involved, that's 10 to 20 police officers not looking for real crime while it's happening ["Crime Starters," Chris Roberts, Sucka Free City, 9/8]. I guess actual crime is not enough for them — they have to manufacture it themselves. This is one way to justify the city's need for increasing the budget (and our taxes) to hire more police officers. Pathetic.
Constant need for water overshadows food: I would pay money to not have to eat at this place [Mission Chinese Food] again ["The Matrix of Food," Jonathan Kauffman, Eat, 9/8]. Its level of "spice/heat" should come with a pitcher of water left at each table. It is not just me; they have a waiter walking around with a pitcher, continually pouring water. It's like the painters on the Golden Gate Bridge — they never stop — and the loud, obscene, rap music background is no asset. What a terrible concept.
Fast Food for Ducks
Birds line up for forced feeding of corn: I lived in an area of southwest France that produces the large majority of the duck foie gras consumed in the country and probably the world ["Off Menu," Ashley Harrell, Sucka Free City, 9/1]. I had the opportunity to see how the feeding is done. It's nothing like what PETA implies. The ducks are indeed force-fed in the sense that a funnel is shoved down their mouth and they get a big gulp of corn in a few seconds, but they don't seem to be forced at all! They wait patiently in line and they let the farmer grab them, feed them, and release them — and they go back to their field or pond. No quacks and no pain that I could see. They do seem a bit drunk and slow after the feeding, but so do Americans after a big fast-food dinner.
The other thing that's totally false in what PETA claims, is that the liver is diseased. If the liver is sick, the farmers can't sell it! It's a big, fat, beautifully pink and healthy liver. Support the local farmer: Eat corn-fed duck foie gras, not hormones-stuffed beefburger.
Blog Comment of the Week
In response to a Snitch blog post about San Francisco's dilapidated roads: Thanks for bringing this up ["San Francisco's Roads Among Nation's Crappiest, Study Finds," Joe Eskenazi, the Snitch, 9/22]. Lately I thought nobody was paying attention to the condition of the roads here in California, especially in San Francisco. The roads have been beaten up very badly — Alemany Boulevard, 19th Avenue, all the avenues and streets in between, and Highway 80. Road construction and renovation at Alemany has been going on for months now, but we don't see any results. For God's sake, someone fix these roads.