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Week of Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Building Readership

On a mud foundation: Although I live 3,000 miles from S.F., I read with interest your article ["Tower Inferno," Matt Smith, June 16], as I am a proponent of rail transit. As one involved in heavy construction, I am moved to ask if anyone has considered derailing Mr. Myers' building with a challenge to the design of its foundation. Mud liquefies during earthquakes.

Charles Rapport
Holliston, Mass.

Our Absolute Ignorance, Revisited

Your comic play on Dylan lyric goes here: Honestly, can't you be more inventive than comparing Jakob and Bob Dylan [Hear This, June 16, by Abigail Clouseau, on an appearance by Jakob Dylan and his band, the Wallflowers]? It's been done a million times -- at least -- and writing it as a "dialogue" isn't particularly creative, if you can't at least get some of the language and facts right. CLEARLY you haven't listened to anything the Wallflowers have put out since "One Headlight" and "6th Avenue." But that is just a statement about YOUR musical ineptitude, Abigail, not evidence of Jakob being "irrelevant" in the musical world. Quite the contrary.

Before you can become a credible critic, you've got to listen to the records -- more than once, and more than you heard on the radio seven years ago. Do yourself a favor, and buy the records, and then go to the two concerts in S.F. You'll be a changed person. Hell, maybe you'll even be positively inspired by the creative genius of Jakob Dylan. It sure can't hurt you.

I've got my fingers crossed on a shooting star for you -- 'cos that column was lame, mean, unnecessary, and, well, based on ignorance.

Nancy [last name withheld]
Pocatello, Idaho

Guns and Reagan

A Republican musician speaks out: I am a weekly reader of your newspaper and just saw the anti-Reagan front cover of the new issue. [Editor's note: As a comment on the media overkill attending President Reagan's death, the June 9 cover sported a banner that proclaimed the issue to be "Reagan-free."] What the hell are you thinking? We laid to rest one of the best presidents that America ever had! Note: If Reagan didn't stop the Cold War threat, Russia and the U.S. would all be toast right now!

I also sense a little Bush-bashing. Well, I am a musician and a Republican, and as far as I can see this newspaper/magazine is only half-right in my point of view, and that's not good enough for me.

So I believe I will stop reading this crap and keep reading my NRA magazines instead! At least the information in that magazine is truthful, patriotic, and American.

Have a nice day!

Peter Roikola
Via the Internet

The withering sarcasm of the right: That's fine to not like Ronald Reagan.

How about this though. Let's get a LEFT-wing extremist into the White House so we can talk about that. Let's get taxed to death in the name of social programs. Why stop there though? Let's disband the military and intelligence community. After all, we don't really need them. The only purpose they serve is to conquer other nations, right? Aren't we (the USA) the only reason that there is any suffering in the world? And whatever else the politically correct thing to do would be ....

I was serious about the first line, but I just had to add in some sarcasm anyway ....

Joe Horner
Los Altos

Jenna. Hmmm. We knew a really wild Republican Jenna once ...: I am totally appauled [sic] by your June 9 issue. The front cover of your publication guarantees that there will be no mention of President Ronald Reagan. Who the hell do you guys think you are? You liberal San Franciscans think that you're so much better than everyone else. Ronald Reagan was a great pesident [sic] and how dare you disrespect the deceased in such a manner? Get over yourself, and pay your respects to a good man.

Jenna Chiodo


Matt Smith's column last week ["Tower Inferno"] misspelled the name of transit activist David Schonbrunn. SF Weekly regrets the error.


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