Giving thought to the disgruntled postal workers: I've never really thought much about how the word "going postal" came about ["Hate Mail," Peter Jamison, feature, 3/7]. I didn't know it stemmed from disgruntled postal workers. There really is a need for regular checks, not just for the starting employees, but for upper management as well.
Problems at mail facilities are widespread: I worked for a postal service contractor for 28 years, going into postal facilities all over the 11 western states. Indeed, I saw a culture of rampant psychological abuse. But, the worse thing of all, which is only hinted at in the article, was the overt and widespread racial hatred from all sides. Now retired, I am so glad that I no longer have to come in contact with this lower rung of hell.
Clubs: Dancing vs. Pickups
Dance clubs of the past paved the way for present-day SOMA: Great article, but the writer can't talk about legendary SOMA clubs and leave out the EndUp ["Drink: Beat Happening: A Guide to the S.F. Nightlife Renaissance," Derek Opperman, Drink insert, 3/7]. Also, most of the newer clubs mentioned in this article probably would have never happened, had it not been for Mighty setting the trend many years before, showing that if someone builds a club where the focus is on the music and dancing, then people will come, and that clubs don't have to be about pickups.
Blog Comments of the Week
U.S. needs to learn leadership skills: Instead of fearing what might or could happen if drugs were legalized, and bringing political pressure on countries that disagree with the U.S.'s premise, it might be advantageous to seize this moment as an opportunity to demonstrate true leadership ["Biden: Drug Legalization 'Worth Discussing,' but There's 'No Possibility' of U.S. Support," Chris Roberts, the Snitch, 3/6], such as calling a meeting of American countries to openly discuss options to the current failed policy. Leadership means leading and not "staying the course" especially when that course has proven to be so deadly. Bold leaders take bold steps and are always looking for ways to bring about positive change that benefit those they lead. Don't be afraid to lead. Stay safe.
Rock music will always have naysayers: Sixty years ago rock 'n' roll was "sinful." Today it's "racist" ["Does Rock Music Make People Racist? These Researchers Think So." Ian S. Port, All Shook Down, 3/6]. Funny how the enforcers of egalitarian dogma increasingly resemble Christians from the '50s. White people repent, for they were born in sin!
Arizona sheriff concludes Obama's not a citizen: So if Maricopa County "Sheriff Joe Arpaio can't accept that the President's documents are real, because he doesn't want to have to respect the President, is he also doing that to other people in Arizona ["Joe Arpaio's 'Cold Case Posse' Concludes Obama's Birth Certificate Is Fake," Peter Jamison, the Snitch, 3/2]? Especially if they look Mexican.
Bill in SF