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BART's Not in a Rat Race
Exterminators need to think of a better solution: Good God ["Infested BART," Beth Winegarner, Sucka Free City, 9/12]! What is wrong with those numbskulls at BART? They need to exterminate rats on sight, and forget the memos. Get a final solution to the rat problem!


Same Place, New Name
Neighbors should have final say in renaming the district: The problem is not reluctance to change; the problem is a sort of exclusivity and lack of clarity ["Sunrise, Sunset," Suzanne Stathatos, Sucka Free City, 9/5]. The area "mostly" along Irving Street between Fifth and 19th avenues? What, then is the Inner Sunset? Golden Gate Park is two blocks away — is it in or out? Is this just about the merchants? Then say something about Commercial District. In any event, think it through and for crying out loud, ask the neighbors. I don't care what people in Danville or Peoria think.


Blog Comments of the Week
Hippie says the group is made up of diverse personalities: Just in case the writer [Erin Sherbert] wasn't at the first Be-In: There's more than one kind of hippie, just like there is more than one kind of Christian, Democrat, Republican, man, woman, etc. ["Hippies to Descend on Golden Gate Park This Weekend for Human Be-In," the Snitch, 9/12]. Some hippies were called "flower children" and were nice but naïve; "dirty hippies" took advantage of the flower children; and "back to the land" hippies were environmentalists. There were also right-wing conservative hippies and liberal progressive hippies. Although hippies don't wear the same costumes [as they use to], they are still all here, but now people call them mayor, doctor, professor, pastor, mother, father, etc.


Money is in the way of progress: Honestly, these days I'd just like to hear from someone who isn't making a living being brutally liberal or conservative, but has an even eye on everything without the thought of money in the way ["There Are No Conservatives Worth Following on Social Media," Dan Mitchell, the Snitch, 9/11]. Money is a source of evil and, sadly, today it has too much power.


New fan enjoyed the show, but needed earplugs: I was glad to see the review ["Live Review, 9/10/12: Swans Reclaim No Wave from Hipsters at Regency Ballroom," John Graham, All Shook Down, 9/10]. The Swans are pretty new to me, and I was very happy for the chance to see them. It was indeed a stellar show. (And incidentally, it was the first time I ever wore earplugs to a show, although I should have started some shows back.)


Voters: get engaged!: Voting for Obama does not mean a person should close his eyes and hope for the best ["Obama to Make One Final Stop in Bay Area Before Election Day," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 9/10]. Voting for Obama, or any elected official, means keeping your eyes wide open and staying current on the issues and promises made. Americans are not victims. Everyone needs to participate on some level — remember, the government is by the people, for the people.



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