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PuniPeople; Drawing Different Conclusions About Art School

And other cartoon characters: Can Muni stand to improve? Heck, yes. But I find myself far more frequently irritated by the idiots who don't know how to ride a bus or streetcar, rather than Muni itself. Puni (April 11) took well-deserved aim at a couple types of truly stupid Muni passengers -- the macho jerk with his legs jutting out at a 90-degree angle, and the nincompoop who prevents other passengers from boarding while they fumble for their fare. Allow me to add two more to the pantheon of truly stupid passengers.

First, there's the oblivinoid idiot who stands in the aisle of the bus with his or her backpack jutting two feet behind them. I've watched countless passengers turn sideways to avoid these nylon equivalents of SUVs while the wearer stands unaware, staring vacantly into space.
Second, I'd like to nominate for culling from the herd the brain-dead mouth-breathers who block the rear exit door of a bus at every stop. These buttheads typically only move grudgingly (with a cowlike look on their faces) away from the rear exit door as people push past them, then immediately return to blocking the exit.
Suffice it to say that Muni's passengers offer cartoon fodder aplenty.
Riley B. VanDyke

The academy rules: Matt Smith's article concerning the Academy of Art College is entirely unfair ("The Art of the Deal," April 4). I have been at the academy since 1997, pursing a lifelong dream to be an artist. I researched a lot of art schools before deciding to go there. The quality of work I saw coming out of the academy far surpassed anything from any [other] art school. I have not regretted my decision. Every instructor I've had has been supportive, affirming, and demanding of me. As with any school or job, what you get out of it is exactly what you put into it. Find me a school or job that is completely perfect with no faults. If you don't like the education you get at the academy, then leave. Matt Smith should be better informed about what he writes. The students and staff work way too hard to be subjected to a poorly researched, one-sided slant against the academy.
Kimberly Eaton
Nob Hill

The academy sucks: As a former AAC employee I would like to thank you for running the article. I wish I would have known you were investigating -- I have always had an earful to say about that damned place. Anyway, you made my day, and I hope your article will help that school with an internal facelift.
Bonnie Joy

The academy rules: I noticed you failed to gather opinions from students of my school. Rather, you went to some bitter, washed-out artists who probably could not cut it in their industry. You did not even explore the value of education the Academy of Art College offers. I chose AAC not with hopes of them transforming me into the next Steven Spielberg, but with aspirations of developing a vocational skill. The bottom line is that the school has the most state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Before you go around knocking an institution, maybe you should take a more objective approach.
Sean Slater
Financial District

The academy sucks: Congratulations on the story about the Academy of Art College. As a former employee of the "motion picture video department" who made it out of that disgusting hellhole, it is triumphant for me to see the city's most evil establishment finally exposed. I sympathize with all of the employees of the Academy of Art, and I want to tell them to do what I did -- get out while you can! Each day there drains the mind and soul, and no matter how much financial security the academy provides them with its meager paychecks, they are better off doing anything else for a living.
Name Withheld
Mission District


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