Into the WayBack Machine
Remembering stories (almost) lost to history: Great (if horrifying) story ["Sudden Death," Joe Eskenazi, feature, 8/15]! Often the phrases "of the century" or "of all time" were, and are, bandied about by the news media, and yet time and again current events push them into the shadows.
A Safe Mosh Pit
Gilman volunteer wants it that way: I'm involved at Gilman, and I felt the article didn't give enough voice to the people currently working very hard there to make it a great community resource ["Just Another Punk Club," Matt Saincome, Music, 8/15]. It was mostly talking to people who aren't involved anymore or aware of the current culture, especially the implication at the end that Gilman isn't a safe space anymore. I've talked to many people about this idea to see how we can improve, and almost everyone says Gilman is safer than it's ever been. That's saying a lot, and some people are still striving to improve and update it. Talking and writing are great, but nothing happens until people get involved! Volunteer meetings are the first and third Saturdays at 5 p.m. at the club!
Blog Comments of the Week
Counting the marijuana dispensaries: How many freaking dispensaries does this city need ["Mission Property Owners Ask Feds to Close Medical Marijuana Club That's Not Yet Opened," Chris Roberts, the Snitch, 8/16]? I'm all for legalization of marijuana, but my neighborhood has got at least a dozen clubs/dispensaries, and the surrounding areas are not made safer by their presence.
Treatment of new business is typical S.F.: Pot club owners should expect the same treatment as anyone who proposes to open a new business or build a new development in San Francisco: a furious response from an angry mob. That is how it works in S.F. Apparently David Goldman of Americans for Safe Access must not be a longtime resident of the city if he thinks it is "outrageous" that neighbors would go to any length to stop a proposed new business or development from opening. If someone plans to build anything, or open anything in this city, then someone will raise hell about it. And if the person is not prepared for it, then he should do business elsewhere.
Reader wonders who the real problem is: Has anyone fixed the BART cop problem? Has anyone addressed it? No? Then how about the commuters join the protesters and demand that BART get itself under control and stop shooting people ["Occupy, Anonymous Plan to Screw Your Afternoon Commute," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 8/13]. Once that happens, everybody could commute without having every afternoon screwed with, and they won't have to worry about a cop shooting someone on the platform.
Another reader feels these protestors aren't true Occupiers: These people are not Occupiers; they are malcontent anarchists. They are not hardworking moms and dads. They are not grandparents spending their meager savings to help children and grandchildren. They are not trying to find work, or pay tuition, rent, insurance, and hopefully have money for food. Maybe they're leftover Outside Lands attendees; no one I know could afford it.