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Week of February 23, 2005

Doggone It

Cute cover, mean story: I picked up SF Weekly when, as a dog lover, the cute dog picture caught my eye. I did not hesitate to start to read the article ["San Francisco Dog Court," Feb. 16] because the lead-in seemed [like] it would be a lighthearted dog story. Well, by the end of Case 1, I realized it was not at all lighthearted or fun. Can you tell me why you would open the story in such a way when the ending is a dog being destroyed? Is that funny to you??

My praise to officers Herndon and Denny and behaviorist Donna Duford. Thanks for doing a job that brings reality to a new level.

Lauren Mesaros
Via the Internet

Getting tough on dog crime: Sgt. Bill Herndon is much too concerned about putting dangerous dogs down and not nearly concerned enough about the victims and animals being injured and killed. And putting dangerous dogs down is only half the solution. We also need to start fining owners, prohibiting problem owners from obtaining new dogs, and/or forcing them to spend some time in jail. When your dog attacks someone, you shouldn't have the option to run out and get another dog for a significant period of time. When you lose a dog after it has seriously attacked someone or killed another dog while off leash, then there should be an additional penalty for that subterfuge. And the dangerous dogs and dangerous owners list should be made public just as they do in Florida.

Bill Zardus
Camden County, N.J.

Editor's note: As "San Francisco Dog Court" noted, the court hearing officer can prohibit owners of vicious and dangerous dogs from purchasing new dogs for a period of time.

What's the Harmon a Little Porn Comedy?

Aside from the sacrilegious part: Do yourself a favor and drop Harmon Leon from your paper. I understand that his objective is to expose stuff in the places he is going. But he has crossed a line in his "PG- 13 conversion" of the "male climax" ["Welcome to the Valley," Infiltrator, Feb. 16].

OK, so he's there to rip and shred. But to use the name of Jesus in such an abhorrent context amounts to an attack. He could have put any number of other things there: volcanoes. Fireworks. Popguns. But he chose Jesus. The only conclusion to be made is that he holds Jesus in the same contempt as the subject he is ridiculing and has decided to kill two birds with one stone.

But by any measure in the world, Jesus does not deserve this. Even a dispassionate reading of his words and life work shows an extraordinary consciousness, one that we do well to cherish and learn from. I'm astonished that Leon hates him so much he has to publicly degrade him.

You've lost a reader and her wallet, and you know as well as I do that I am not the only one who feels this way. If your sense of what's good in the world is so twisted you can't see why, then maybe your sense of what you are losing monetarily will help you.

Katherine Williams

Journey's Great

Even with unequal Steves: Were there really negative reviews about Journey and Steve Perry's voice ["Still They Ride," Feb. 9]? I hadn't heard any, but then again, maybe I wasn't listening, either. There is one thing that should go without saying ... I don't see how a band like this could sell the number of albums/CDs they did and have the following of fans unless they were great. Their concerts sold out quickly as well. How could anybody argue these facts? I do agree that they will have to have a huge hit to get past the fact that the two Steves aren't created equal.

Beth Conley
Anchorage, Alaska


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