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Warring factions: Thank you for the nuanced piece on the possible participation of Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn in the bombing of a San Francisco police station ["Time Bomb," Peter Jamison, Feature, 9/16]. I am not a right-wing ideologue who castigated Barack Obama for past interactions with this couple. While I was appalled that Obama associated with Ayers and Dohrn, I nonetheless voted for him, as I am too politically liberal to have accepted the unsavory Republican alternative.

SDS [Students for a Democratic Society], which became the nation's primary organization in opposition to the Vietnam War, had its charter chapter at the University of Michigan, where I was a member. I and others watched in horror as Ayers and his fellow foolish ideologues, who believed the U.S. to be on verge of revolution, destroyed the Michigan chapter with their infantile macho ranting. Ayers, Dohrn, Jeff Jones, and other Weathermen went on to tear apart SDS' national organization, gravely harming the antiwar movement. It would hardly surprise me if Ayers and Dohrn were involved in the bombing at the S.F. police station. 

Dan Spitzer


Reward: Thanks to SF Weekly for an excellent cover story on the unsolved Brian McDonnell murder case.

It is now clear that the city and county of San Francisco should offer a tax-free $1 million reward for any credible information that leads to the arrest, indictment, and conviction of the individual or individuals who killed McDonnell. He was a dedicated public employee who should be remembered and honored. He died in the line of duty working to make us all safe. He and his family deserve justice and closure.

Joel Ventresca

Chairman, Sergeant Brian McDonnell Justice Committee

Convenient Socialists
Take the high road: Our highway system is a completely "socialist" government program that anti–health-care activists seem to have no problem driving on to get to their "antisocialist" demonstrations ["Shovel-Ready Sham," Matt Smith, Column, 9/16].

Educating Americans as to which parts of the "free market" they are unconsciously subsidizing (and why) is an important step. If public transit, including bike lanes, got even half of the per-person subsidy that roads and/or cars get in our country, we could have the most efficient and elegant transit system in the world.

Jess Curtis

San Francisco

Whither Newsom Girl?
Oh, snap!: Referring to Bob Brigham and Jim Ross as former "Newsom strategists" is like referring to Obama Girl as Barack Obama's former director of communications ["The Wrong Stuff," Ashley Harrell, Feature, 9/9].

PJ Johnston

Former Press Secretary to Mayor Willie Brown

San Francisco

Snitch Blog Commentof the Week
In response to a post about whether Birthers or Truthers are crazier: This utter contempt that you, [SF Weekly writer Peter] Jamison, and the rest of your ilk have for the public is EXACTLY why we're leaving the general mass media. Go ahead and encourage those who care not to question. Those people who are quite happy with the way the U.S. is going. I suppose you ALL will be the Guy Gisbournes for your masters in your boxed-in minds, happy to receive the little rewards they give you.

As for me, I like to think and question. I may have to pay taxes, but in my soul and spirit, I am FREE!


In an article in last week's paper ["O Brother, Where Art Thou?," Sucka Free City], reporter Ashley Harrell mistakenly wrote that there was no record of Mayor Gavin Newsom's foster brother in the California prison system.

While this was the information we received from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation prior to the story's publication, subsequent phone calls to prison officials confirmed that Stephen Ashby had indeed been previously incarcerated. SF Weekly regrets the error.


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