Crack in the Foundation
Reader wants comfort for Ponzi scheme victims: Miserable schemes created by Samuel "Mouli" Cohen and Hari Dillon are disgusting on so many levels ["Collapse of the Vanguard," Laura Rena Murray, feature, 7/18]. Solace for those trusting individuals taken advantage of in the scam can by found in King David's Psalm 37:1-2: "Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away."
Democratic process serves important purpose: Poverty pimps — whether at Vanguard, or the former New College of California — only succeed when democratic governance is replaced by cliques. The fact that both of these flagship Bay Area organizations became cults that led to their downfall should serve as a warning that sacrificing democratic process for some imagined higher calling is the beginning of the end.
Dropping the Ball
Something doesn't smell right: Definitely something, or someone, is really starting to stink; it kind of smells like desperation ["Lee's Fumble," Albert Samaha, Sucka Free City, 7/18]. In the beginning, the Ross Mirkarimi situation seemed to be blown out of proportion, but I wanted to believe the mayor's office had all women's best interests at heart. Now, if asked, "Who do I trust?" the answer would be neither.
Spice Life in S.F.
Foodie feels at home: This review made me long for my Southwestern roots ["North of Tasty," Alexander Hochman, Eat, 7/11]! Growing up in Texas and living in Albuquerque and Santa Fe for three years definitely made me appreciate my home culture even more. Nice to know there is a place in the city to make me feel at home.
Blog Comments of the Week
PETA bothers people more than it helps animals: Although PETA has made some legitimate complaints concerning treatment of animals, most of its recent causes (including this one against S.F.) are just ways to keep its name in the news, and they are becoming a nuisance ["PETA Bribes San Francisco to End Puppy Panhandling Program," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 7/16].
Another reader applauds PETA's efforts: Giving away free, helpless puppies is not going to solve the city's panhandling problem. In fact, it will invite others to join the ranks: "Hey panhandlers, come to San Francisco and get a free puppy!" These poor animals will be used as pawns, living with drug-addicted losers who are living off my tax dollars; it's not a good place for puppies. How is giving a puppy to someone who can't even take care of themselves a good idea? Go PETA!
Bevan Hates Dogs
In Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music, [7/11] the writer stated that the Liars played at The Fillmore. The concert was at Great American Music Hall. SF Weekly regrets the error.