Prison Is Not the Answer
The dysfunctional legal system leaves true victim without help: California's answer to the disabled and homeless is to incarcerate them ["Head Case," Peter Jamison, Feature, 9/29]. It's not bad enough that this man is struggling for his life, but the biggest enemy is the very state in which he gave so much.
Prison is not the right place for Chris Brymer. The system is completely counterproductive as it is ignoring the real victim and the facts, denying him any rights or benefits and continually subjecting him to the cycle of madness. California has a shamefully dysfunctional legal system. This case is completely unfair and unjust and has nothing to do with racism! Shame on the DA!
Take the Homeless Home
A poem in response to Lauren Smiley's article, "Terminal People," [Feature, 9/22]: Yes ... they may be smelly, but you've got the soap with foam/So if you want an end to the homeless, take one home./Why send money to Africa or Haiti on the way/If you can't take care of your front yard you step over every day?/Let's not stress the police department or the social workers' zone/If you're fed up with the homeless: Take one home.
If you are big-time payers and players as Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom/Then take whole families home: That's the solution./And condo dwellers, why so quiet? You have plenty of space./The sooner you get the homeless home, they can wash their faces.
Kamala Harris, why so quiet? I know you must give soon./Why put people in jail? They can use your bathroom./Police Chief Gascón, why not be a friend?/Open up your heart and your house: Let the homeless in.
Think of all the money we'd save, the time, the mind, alone/Those complaining the most: Take the homeless home./An answer is right before you, as easy as love and a meal/Take the homeless home — that will seal the deal.
Blog Comment of the Week
In response to a post about the companies behind social networking: As much as I appreciate and respect both writers [Daniel Lyons and Malcolm Gladwell] quoted, I can't possibly disagree more ["Deflating the Social Media Hot Air Balloon," Peter Jamison, the Snitch, 9/29].
Sure, Facebook can become overrun with the likes of FarmVille if you let it (or want it to). However, there is no mistaking that Facebook and Twitter have completely overturned how I interact with the world. For better or worse (and I'd argue better), my "connectedness" keeps me more aware of the goings-on that I find relevant, and I've mastered the art of ignoring that which I don't.
These sites are changing the way we all work and play, permanently. If that's not meaningful, I'm not sure what is.
Our Sept. 22 Film article on Howl directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman ("Getting Dramatic," David Ehrenstein), incorrectly stated that Epstein and Friedman were still life partners. In addition, it was Epstein who worked on Peter Adair's 1977 documentary Word Is Out, not Friedman; and Friedman is not a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' documentary committee. SF Weekly regrets the errors.