Housing Is Not a Home
No tears on my pillow: Cry me a river. It's public housing ["This Is Your City. Except for Here, Here, and Here," Lauren Smiley, Feature, 7/13]. Public housing tenants need to get their act together and get off the dole. The citizens who pay for the housing (and the food stamps and the welfare checks), the vast majority of whom live paycheck to paycheck without any assistance from the federal government, deserve better from the beneficiaries of their largess than this.
The curse of public housing: The idea of hugely subsidized housing for the poor, concentrated, and racially segregated does not make sense or provide any benefit to the residents or neighbors. In fact, it provides a huge disservice. These folks in public housing should leave S.F. to cheaper areas and then come back when they can afford it — or be happy elsewhere. Many ethnic groups have done that without the injection of the cancerous public housing curse.
Public housing has been a failure, and many children's and adults' lives laid to waste. Visit the public housing in S.F., and it is clear how big of a failure it's been. It is really unimaginable how this exists. Does the San Francisco Housing Authority have research on residents and their statistical success in education, finance, and professional growth? Of course not, and for obvious reasons: It would illustrate a human tragedy unfolding, largely for African-American families destroyed [in] multigenerational destruction.
The Larger Picture
Metal is more than just women in the crowd: I generally do not comment on such things as these, but I have to say that I find these photos a serious waste of awesome resources ["Women of Metal at Mayhem Festival," online photo slideshow, 7/13]. So many amazing, intelligent, and gifted people SF Weekly has available, and this is what it puts out? I appreciate the need for variety, but there really needs to be a point where you have to self-reflect and understand the potential at your fingertips. The power SF Weekly has to express truths and reach a wide audience is a beautiful thing, and really shouldn't be taken for granted. I am disappointed and just a little insulted. I thank you for a space to comment. Have a beautiful and peaceful day.
Blog Comments of the Week
In response to gay porn's straight female fans: Good article ["Why Women Love Watching Gay Male Porn," Ginger Murray, the Exhibitionist, 7/12]! But saying that "heteroporn" is somehow exploitative is hogwash. Most of porn's successful females express a deep enjoyment for the business. I know it's very "'90s feminist" to project feelings of exploitation on those who do not necessarily feel exploited, but from the porn starlets I have befriended over the years, they definitely don't feel exploited. Especially their bank accounts.
In response to a blog post about why Californians have smaller waistlines: This article should probably be titled "Why San Franciscans Aren't as Fat" ["Five Reasons Californians Aren't as Fat as the Rest of America," Peter Jamison, the Snitch, 7/8]. L.A. and Orange County are probably thinner because of the beach and the high concentration of those who want to be celebrities, but Riverside is still fat as hell. No one is having sex, they can still get Happy Meals, and most of them probably don't know who [Rapture predictor] Harold Camping is.