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Week of September 19-25, 2007 


Bitters and Sours

He was an ambassador: I'd like to publicly congratulate the bartender at the Ambassador for his behavior in his interactions with Ms. St. Clair [Bouncer, Aug. 29]. Apparently she's as much of a humorless attention-seeking hack in person as she comes across in print.

Having been a bartender, I know that bar staff is not usually allowed to insult the patrons, but neither are they required to pretend things are funny or clever when they're not.

"Muddled instead of pummeled?" Not funny, and deservingly greeted with the blank stare of quiet derision.

"Invented any drinks?" No lady, to be honest, we forget about the job as soon as the shift's over and get on with our real lives, which are none of your business. You should try it some time.

And then she had the gall to ask what the Ambassador fries were. "There was a slight 'Duhhh'-ness to his response, as if we were the stupid ones." Guess what, you were.

That bartender deserved a lot better for putting up with this nonsense than to be lambasted in print. I don't know whether Ms. St. Clair can do better, but SF Weekly sure can.

The only positive point to her piece is that she made the Ambassador sound like a place that doesn't suffer fools gladly, which is my kind of place. Nice work, barkeep.

John Brown Jr.


Dead in the Water

Is the lady Iowa out of our league? As a former crew member of USS Iowa, I find it sad and disheartening that no coastal city would want such a famous and storied part of American history ["USS Iowa, Any Takers?" Sucka Free City, Sept. 12]. Not only for her many contributions to American freedom, but as a memorial to 47 of my friends and shipmates who lost their lives aboard her on April 19, 1989. She has earned a place of honor and reverence in the heart of every American and doesn't deserve the cold shoulder that she is receiving. I would go as far as to say that the Bay Area isn't worthy to berth my grand lady. I look forward to reading the comments and responses to this.

Jeffrey Watts

Piasa, Ill.

Daly Undone

The dirt on Daly: Ron Russell's informative article on Chris Daly ["The Daly Show," Aug. 29] paints a picture of a complex politician. One quality omitted in this portrait was Daly's hypocrisy.

As the article points out, Daly has garnered a reputation for supporting the poor and disadvantaged, but Daly has also betrayed these same people. For instance, although Daly initially opposed Mayor Newsom's Care Not Cash program, he became a member of Newsom's 10-Year Homeless Plan Committee, and this committee put the Care Not Cash plan into effect and effectively took the homeless problem off the city's political agenda until the mayor and all the current supervisors are out of office. The result over the past two years has been more homeless people and less shelter space.

In addition, in 2003 Daly sponsored a resolution creating the Homeless Senior Task Force, approved by the Board of Supervisors and then-Mayor Willie Brown. This task force had the mission of making recommendations for a separate senior shelter. Despite the fact that the task force's investigation disclosed homeless seniors living in dangerous and squalid shelter conditions, Daly allowed the task force to go out of business without making any recommendations for a separate shelter or even improvements in the current shelters. As a result, homeless seniors continue to live in oppressive shelter conditions.

As a progressive who once volunteered on Daly's supervisor campaign, I am happy that he will soon be termed out as supervisor. Not only has he been a hypocrite on the homeless issue, he has also been ineffective in improving the crime rate and living conditions in his district, especially in the Tenderloin.

John M. Kelly

San Francisco


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