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Week of 6-20-2007

Boiling Mad

True to his school: I recently graduated from CCA, and although I'll agree that they do turn out paper chefs — people who can't cook but received a degree — I was never told I would walk out of the program making a specific amount of money or that I would be a celebrity chef. I was told that if I applied myself I could go anywhere with my education, and to expect to work long, grueling hours for minimum wage until I proved myself.

The school may not be perfect, but we don't live in a perfect world. The biggest problem may be the students, since most of them are too young and the first thing they do when they hit the city is party, and they don't stop until the program is over.

I have a great job at a great San Francisco restaurant but I had to volunteer at a lot of events to meet chefs and make myself known. You can't blame a school for trying to sell itself.

I usually don't respond to articles, but I have to stick up for my school. I feel I gained so much knowledge, but I also applied myself and worked very hard to get where I am.

Scot Doolin
Concord, Calif.

Boo to his school: I graduated from the CCA in 2005, and their education is substandard. They have misled me and many of my fellow classmates. It's about time someone has taken notice.

Here's to the $100,000 I'm in debt, and the $1,200 per month of student loan payments! Rock on, CCA!

I do not work in the industry and the job I was offered outside of school was for $7.15 an hour.

Jason Keegan
San Francisco

Union Dos and Don'ts

Stern admonishment: Matt Smith's recent articles titled "Union Disunity" [April 11] and "Stern Reprimand" [June 13] are outrageous, inappropriate, and offensive attacks on all of SEIU, including our president, Andy Stern. We object to the articles' attacks on the integrity of SEIU's president, other local and international union leaders, and SEIU as a whole, and declare publicly that the leadership and staff of UHW did not participate in any way in the development of these articles.

SEIU has a long history of improving the lives of workers in this country — history that includes considerable contribution from United Healthcare Workers — West (UHW) in California. We in UHW are proud to be part of SEIU and categorically reject Matt Smith's character assassination of SEIU leadership and assault on the integrity of SEIU.

We in UHW look forward to playing a prominent leadership role within SEIU as we continue the important work of creating a national union of America's healthcare workers, addressing the crises in the healthcare industry, and improving the quality of care for the communities we serve.

Sal Rosselli
President, SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West

Gregg the Spoiler

Sopranos spoiler alert! Read at your own risk: Thanks a lot, asshole ["Summer Film Preview," Gregg Rickman, June 13]. I have been trying to avoid fucking Sopranos spoilers like the fucking plague because unlike some I can't fucking afford HBO and have to find other ways of watching my favorite shows (real DVDs, Chinese DVDs, torrents).Until making the mistake of reading your article, I had been successful in avoiding these spoilers. But with one tossed offline, one word really, you fucked it all up. By choosing to add the phrase "the late" to Christopher Moltisanti's name, you have effectively ruined the surprise of one of my favorite character's fates. And I fucking even downloaded this season and started watching it yesterday so that assholes like you wouldn't be able to fuck me on this. Well, thanks for nothing, ol' Greggers. Try to be more aware of your audience in the future and avoid needless spoilers. Your article gains nothing by mentioning that Christopher dies. If you had just left his name plain, your reference still would have stood.

I'm afraid I have to end this with a simple fuck you, Gregg. Go have fun in your ivory tower of conclusive Sopranos knowledge, but leave me the fuck out of it, dude.

Matt Kruglinski

Nerdy griping alert! Read at your own risk: Regarding Gregg Rickman's article about potential problems with the soon-to-be-released Harry Potter movie: You really should have a spoiler warning at the top of your article. Yes, a lot of people have read the Harry Potter books and know what's coming, but some people who will see the movie have not read the book, and mentioning a character's death (and it's easy enough to guess who it is from your clues) is probably the biggest spoiler of them all.

R.B. Showman
San Francisco


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