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Week of March 20, 2002

Celebrity Boxing II: SF Weekly vs. Guardian

Because we're taking the high road, we'll refrain from whining, "He started it!": Would someone please take the high road here ("It's the Journalism, Bruce," Mecklin, March 13, a response to charges in the Bay Guardian of unfair business practices by SF Weekly)? I read both SF Weekly and the Bay Guardian; I wonder how much of your audience does the same, throwing brand loyalty to the wind just because we want to know all that's happening in this fair city from different and credible sources? I wonder how much of said audience you continue to alienate with this inane drivel? I just want the full scoop on what's going on in this city. I do not want self-serving screeds and petty barbs tossed back and forth. For the love of God, cut the crap and get back to writing about topics that we, your audience, actually care about and stop wasting our time.

Heather Reid

He started it: Criminy! You two are as bad as the perennial ethnic squabble du jour! Let me spell it out for you:

- The Bay Guardian and SF Weekly are different newspapers. You have different views, different foci. People look at both, depending on what they are looking for.

- That said, the city would be poorer with either of you gone. As I'm sure, as journalists, you would both agree, a multiplicity of views is always beneficial to the public.

- One weekly would assuredly become lazy, bloated, and inferior without the other. Try looking at any monopoly in history if you want evidence.

- There is easily room for two weeklies in this city. If you think otherwise, you're probably bowing to forces that lie outside journalistic ethics and should reconsider your actions.

So would you quit wasting the time of your readers and yourselves and quit taking potshots at each other? It's not news; it's tiresome, and it reflects poorly on both of you. This is unquestionably a case where everyone benefits in the long run from the existence of both, so stop the squabbling, get out there, and bring us news, for Pete's sake!

Colin Stuart

Philippine Dreams

A voice for choice: The great article on Rene Pascual and "Divided Loyalties" (Feb. 20), regarding the dual citizenship quest by the many Filipino-Americans in the U.S., is relevant and important.

The need for American citizenship is critical to many Fil-Americans who aspire to live here and pay taxes and perhaps retire. However, for those Fil-Americans who want to have a choice, I believe it is important that their native country, a former American colony, be given a chance to offer dual citizenship.

The choice is up to those dedicated Fil-Americans who will continue to live here and [may want] to retire in their homeland. However, to deny them a choice that has eluded them will steer future taxpayers away from our nation and drain our human resources of a potential work force with huge earning and tax-paying capacity.

Let us cooperate and give Fil-Americans their chance and choice.

Fel Anthony Amistad
San Mateo

Filipino fans: Bernice Yeung's article "Divided Loyalties" was well received by the Filipino-American community.

Mr. Rene Pascual is a well-respected and active leader of the Philippine-American community and also the president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, California Chapter. He has been in the forefront of the campaign for dual citizenship and is actively pursuing the approval of this issue by the Philippine Legislature.

This article has touched on an issue close to the heart of every Filipino-American. Although they have been in the United States for many years, they still have a strong attachment to their motherland. More than 300,000 Filipinos here are interested in matters affecting them. Certainly, the Philippine-American community in the Bay Area appreciates SF Weekly as an excellent conduit of information.

Delia Menez-Rosal
Philippine Consul General
Union Square

We're Honored

SF Weekly staff writer Lisa Davis and Weekly Editor John Mecklin are among the winners in the 2001 IRE Awards, a national competition sponsored by Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc., a nonprofit professional organization based at the Missouri School of Journalism. Davis and Mecklin won the IRE certificate in the weekly division for "Fallout," Davis' groundbreaking two-part investigation into the mishandling of nuclear waste at the Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco. Among other things, contest judges praised Davis for her "exhaustive reporting effort," which included the review of thousands of pages of government documents, some of them declassified at her request.

Three Washington Post writers took the contest's top prize, the IRE medal, for an investigation of the deaths of children who had come to the attention of District of Columbia child-welfare authorities. Other print IRE winners were the Chicago Tribune, the Dayton Daily News, the Pocono Record, and the Yakima Herald-Republic. The CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes and WFAA-Dallas/Fort Worth won IRE television certificates.

The IRE Awards, widely considered to be among the nation's top investigative reporting prizes, will be presented June 1 at the group's annual convention, held this year in San Francisco.

Davis is on something of an award-winning roll. Last month, she joined writers from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker as a winner in this year's George Polk Awards, one of the nation's elite journalism contests. Davis, "Fallout," and SF Weekly were also honored over the weekend with two James Madison Freedom of Information Awards from the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.


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