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SF Weekly Letters December 4-10, 2013 


The Dark Side of Flour

Good information on flour, keep it coming: So glad to see this trend! But I would like to see more discussion of the issue of mycotoxins in food as well ["There Will Be Bread," Anna Roth, feature, 11/27]. Wheat flour tends to contain high amounts of certain mycotoxins (such as trichothecenes and fumonisins) that are not regulated in the U.S. If I knew that these artisinal wheat flours were low in mycotoxins (as well as from heritage strains that are a pleasure to eat), I would buy them in a heartbeat! Otherwise, I will have to keep purchasing wheat grown in Italy, where their standards, with regard to mycotoxins in food, are much more strict that the (non-existent) ones in the U.S.


City of Franchises

Doesn't matter what the city says about burger joints, this reader says only one matters to him: The City is full of chain stores: Starbucks, Safeway, Arco, Chevron, to name a few ["Chain Overreaction," Pete Kane, Eat, 11/27]. As far as burgers, there is only one that counts, In-N-Out Burger (an animal-style double-double and a chocolate shake). All the other overpriced, overhyped [places] can't compare.


Neon Lights

Reader raises his glass for the new bar column: This is great ["Seen and Not Heard," Benjamin Wachs, Distillations, 11/27]. Cool way to review bars ­­— much more interested in going [to Emperor Norton's Boozeland].


Changing the Channel

Column seemed to miss the point: Very boring ["The Bold and the Beautiful," Katy St. Clair, Kill Your Television, 11/27]. An aspiring filmmaker who you barely told us anything about? This whole piece was garbage.


Blog Comments of the Week

This incident calls attention to the need for monitoring ride share companies: The taxi business is dangerous. Stuff happens. Long ago, cities realized it should be monitored (regulated) ["Uber Passenger Alleges Verbal and Physical Assault by Driver," Joe Eskeanzi, the Snitch, 11/25]. Ride sharing companies seek to fundamentally undo this monitoring. UberX placed this driver with this passenger. But Uber's attitude is: We are not responsible for anything that happens on the ride. So, UberX is a taxi company that simultaneously refuses to adhere to any oversight or to assume responsibility in an arena — specifically, the taxi industry — where long ago, communities realized there was a genuine need for oversight.


Another reader weighs in on the Uber incident: It amazes me in this day and age that we can still have the lack of awareness shown by this particular driver. I'm not gay and I'm not of Mexican decent, but I see no difference in the rights or respects that either of these would present. The old Golden Rule should come into play here. With that said, what does this mean for Uber? Maybe it needs to walk a mile in the shoes of any customer that is spoken to in this way. I would think the punishment should fit the crime. A temporary suspension pending an investigation sounds like a much better way to handle this situation. It would behoove Uber to treat this as a potentially significant event in its business — present and future.



In last week's feature ["There Will Be Bread"] we misidentified the university where the breeding and research center is located; it's at Washington State University. In the 11/20 feature ["The Obsolete Crime Lord!"], we incorrectly identified the school where Ross Ulbricht went for graduate work. He attended Pennsylvania State University. SF Weekly regrets the error.


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