A Godly Error
Abuse needs to be reported to law enforcement: I wish I could say that I was shocked by the revelations in this article, but I wasn't ["Tainted Saint," Peter Jamison, feature, 1/11]. Kids are safest when predators like Father Donald McGuire are jailed. Predators are jailed when victims and witnesses find the courage and strength to call law enforcement, not church officials. I hope the courage of the brave survivors who persevered in their complaints against McGuire will inspire others to report their abuse to law enforcement.
Melanie Jula Sakoda
Prop. 13's Dark Side Revealed
Thanks for exposing the pitfalls of Prop. 13: Thanks to Joe Eskenazi for that brilliant article ["Prop. 13," feature, 1/4]. In it he detailed the fraudulent issues around the One Market Plaza building ownership. His news story was not only eloquently reported, but it also presented a clear view of how San Francisco city departments fail their citizens. To borrow his words, "In today's fiscal and political landscape, it seems the will is not there to undertake the labor-intensive, proactive steps required to snare the next One Market Plaza — even before crossing swords with ace corporate lawyers." One thing is for certain, he has removed the blinders for many. Thank you.
Hulda E. Garfolo
Blog Comments of the Week
A 106-year-old bar's forced closure: The Gold Dust Lounge has been there since 1906. Sure a lot of tourists go there, but it doesn't suck ["Gold Dust Lounge: Popular S.F. Bar Gets Booted from Union Square," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 1/10]. And it's being replaced by The Limited? The goddamn Limited? We're losing a historic institution for chinos and sweaters. This is absolutely and completely revolting.
Can't digest Bourdain: Nice, fresh article regarding a celeb foodie ["Tonight: Rice Paper Scissors Spars with Anthony Bourdain on the Travel Channel," Laura Beck, SFoodie, 1/9]. But really, haven't people seen too much of Mr. Bourdain? I love to watch all kinds of food shows, but find Bourdain's boorish.
Live healthy you comedians: Good article by W. Kamau Bell, but I think he got the title wrong; it should have been: "Death and The Comedian — It Happens Way Too Soon," ["Death and the Comedian — It Happens Way Too Often," The Exhibitionist, 1/11]. Everyone dies, but the people we love, it seems, die too soon. Endless hours of waiting, writing, smoking, 3 a.m. pancake breakfasts at the Lucky Penny, and long, stoned drives down dark roads listening to weird shit on the radio take their toll. Take care of yourselves, comedians. Eat healthy, get some exercise, and take care of your teeth!
Saluting wild women: As a 70-year-old woman in Iowa who uses a Rollator to get around, I applaud the actions of the "Wild Old Women" ["Occupy Geriatrics: Seniors in Walkers Shut Down Local Bank of America," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 1/6]. My daughter just e-mailed the article to me and I would have loved to have seen a photo of all the "Wild Old Women," but I do understand that the newspapers are not doing well and most probably cannot afford to send a photographer out. But I'm thankful it made the paper, and the Internet, so I was able to see it. Their actions took courage and I salute them.