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Uncivil War
ACT UP Golden Gate would like to clarify our position on AIDS funding as presented in George Cothran's story "The AIDS Civil War" (Feb. 19).

ACT UP Golden Gate unequivocally supports AIDS housing, medical care, access to treatments, food programs, mental health services, substance abuse programs, dental care, and case management. We also believe that there are accountability problems, including excessive salaries within certain San Francisco AIDS service organizations.

It is disingenuous of Cothran and SF Weekly to assert that there is an "AIDS Civil War." Such deliberate attempts to divide our community for the sake of sensationalist stories are sleazy, tabloid-style journalism. We will not tolerate such muckraking.

We are surprised to see that Cothran and SF Weekly are interested in our struggles for AIDS services. Perhaps this concern will lead to stories about AIDS, an area in which SF Weekly's reporting has been abysmal. Your Phoenix-based, corporate bosses may not know it, but this epidemic is still a crisis in San Francisco. Shame on you and your corporate parent for attempting to divide a fragile community of sick people.

The General Membership of
ACT Up Golden Gate

De Jong's Weigh-In
While I was gratified to discover that "[Jerry Joshua] De Jong's opinions carry weight" ("The AIDS Civil War"), I would have been even more grateful if George Cothran had reported the full thrust of my Jan. 9 editorial that ran in the Bay Area Reporter, or if he had even used the complete sentence of my text.

To restate my position: It is time for AIDS service agencies to stop duplicating social services and to turn their resources toward providing prescription drugs to the people who most need and want them. And the only way to do that nationwide is to dismantle the AIDS service industry and refocus its priorities.

I have never suggested that social services for people with AIDS should not exist.

Jerry Joshua de Jong

Why do you guys have to keep slamming the Guardian? As a reader of both publications, I am really tired of this. In "The Crack-Up," (Unspun, Feb. 19), you took a very interesting, explosive story -- crack distribution by the CIA -- and focused on the Guardian's endorsement or lack thereof of a media protest in the city. Boy, better go snap up an SF Weekly! I yawn in your general direction.

Along the way, you take swipes at Media Alliance and the very concept of protest itself. To my untrained eyes, it seems that if someone uses their time to point out a social problem (such as media bias), that's a good thing. So why the dissing from y'all? (Unless, of course, you believe in the perfect objectivity of the mass media, which just coincidentally happen to be owned by major corporations.) And so what if only 30 people showed up?

There are far, far worse things in the world than the Media Alliance and your dreaded archnemesis Bruce Brugmann.

Andrew Clay

The review of PlumpJack Cafe ("Wine Country," Eat, Feb. 19) misspelled owner Gavin Newsom's last name.

Last week's House of Tudor item on the Ninja Tunes Stealth Tour should have identified the Black Diamond DJ as Felix the Dog. Also, in Night Crawler, Dustin Donaldson's project should have been identified as I Am Spoonbender.


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