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Wide Spectrum Appreciated
Rethinking the definition of autism: In my opinion this is an excellent article that captures a wide range of perspectives, in a constructive effort, that many people in the full autism community will be able to identify with ["Changing Minds," Brandon R. Reynolds, feature, 10/31.]. It is rare that one finds an article like this, and very refreshing to hear a wide perspective of viewpoints in the space of one article associated with the autism spectrum. Hopefully this article will be shared by many.


No Free Ads for Drug Sellers
Don't draw attention to petty crime: When there are dope addicts and crackheads openly selling and using hard drugs on the block of Turk and Jones, which is a block away from the police substation, why you chose to write a story about and give the front page to a bunch of people selling weed is beyond me ["Black Market Street," Albert Samaha, feature, 10/24]. Don't encourage them by letting them think what they are doing is newsworthy.


Drinking While Undocumented
Legal system will be overworked on a simple DUI case: Diango Iztun-Reyes, 22, came to the U.S. with his mother when he was 2 months old, but did his mother apply for political asylum ["Legal Limits," Albert Samaha, news, 10/24]? And if not, why not? I agree that he cannot be blamed for the circumstances of his arrival in the U.S. I also agree that he's American, regardless of his legal status. However, where was his common sense?

The article points out that he is now disqualified from DACA because of this DUI. Originally, I felt sorry for him: The whole idea of sending someone "back" to a country he knows nothing about is ridiculous. This should be a simple matter of granting him citizenship or permanent residence and expecting him to take the heat like anyone else in his circumstances. What's special about him?

Answer: He's the product of an illegal immigrant. So a grown man, who was raised here with all the privileges the rest of us have, isn't responsible for a poor choice? It is U.S. taxpayer time and resources that will go into prosecuting this young man, while the powers that be decide what to do about him "immigration-wise." And in the meantime, the lawyers get paid to argue this all out.

By the way, pointing out politicians and clergy who got convicted of the same thing is disingenuous. We all know "it's okay when a Republican does it," but the Republicans named in this article are U.S. citizens. Is there any place where we can kick them back?

Gimme a Break

Blog Comment of the Week
Police need to be proactive about gun violence: Why doesn't the SFPD investigate the influx of firearms in the city, instead of just reacting to terrible situations ["SFPD Responds to Increasing Gun Violence in the Mission," Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 10/31]? Why aren't they being proactive? If anyone in the SFPD reads the newspaper or listens to the news, they would listen to families of shooting victims: They state over and over again that there are more guns showing up in their neighborhoods than ever before.


In "Changing Minds" [feature, 10/31], the author stated Andy Voss is a student at the University of California at Davis. Voss attends California State University, Sacramento. SF Weekly regrets the error.


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