As someone that volunteers my already-limited time to suicide prevention, I’m offended. It’s a tough reminder that there isn’t enough time (or effort) in the day for all the work that needs to be done in this area.
What The H...?
Spelling correction: Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park is spelled Mingei, not Minghei (“Home Is Where the Art Is,” Art, August 18).
The collection from Corrine Riley of African American quilts has nothing to do with the quilts from Gee’s Bend. The Gee’s Bend quilts have their own look and are not a part of the Corrine Riley collection. The author is uninformed.
W.S. Di Piero replies: The author confesses to being an iffy speller. “Mingei” is, of course, correct. The author is not uninformed, since he wrote: “Hers [Corrine Riley’s] is a ‘beyond Gee’s Bend’ collection.”
Road To Nowhere
I just came across something that you guys posted in your August 18 Reader about Hot Springs Mountain (“Roam-O-Rama”), and I was just kind of curious as to whether or not you had even called the number that you posted at the end of the article. Three years ago I found out the hard way driving out that way that that reservation is closed off to nontribal members, so I don’t know if you’re sending people on a wild goose chase with these things or not. It might be a good idea if you guys checked into these things before you posted them. As far as I know, you can’t get on that reservation anymore.
via voice mail
According to Los Coyotes Band of Mission Indians, whose phone number was listed in the article, the road up Hot Springs Mountain, called Lookout Road, is open to nontribal members. — Editor
Red-Faced On Facebook
I saw a link on a friend’s page to a photo illustration of a set of freeway signs, and in accordance with good internet etiquette, I attempted to find a credit for its creator. Several steps led me back to the Reader.
I so enjoyed the Reader’s Facebook content — both because I’m an ex–San Diegan and because it’s filled with fun — that I browsed through a good whack of the Reader’s Facebook content. I was disturbed to find a lack of creator credit for the majority of entries and a tendency to present “historic” quotes without researching their provenance or credibility. Neither is difficult to research.
If this occurs in print, it’s considered shamefully horrible journalism; why is it anything better if it’s perpetrated on Facebook — particularly when the account represents the public internet face of a print media institution? Why does the Reader allow its reputation to be so publicly besmirched and presumably by its own employees?
I suggest applying the same standards to all of your online content as you would to your print edition — that is, if you care about your future identity as journalists.
Talk With Us — We Know
I always like to read “Sheep and Goats.” I’m a Jehovah’s Witness, and anytime when I read the column it’s always the same question that you ask the church leaders: “Where do you go when you die?” And everybody has a different story. Some say you’re going to hell or you’re going to heaven. Some say, “I’m don’t know, I’m not quite sure” or there is a life after death. And it’s kind of very funny, because we as Jehovah’s Witnesses go door-to-door preaching about God’s kingdom, which is a real government, a heavenly government, that will take over the earth and make the earth a paradise, because we are meant to live on earth.
Sheol is a human common grave, and our loved ones are still there awaiting resurrection. About hellfire, I think it is an absurdity because it is unthinkable to see a loving God burning humans for eternity, whatever can be their sin.
And I just want to say thank you very much for the fact that you guys ask the question to all these pastors and church leaders.
via voice mail
Diva Takes A Dive
As a longtime reader of “Diary of a Diva,” Barbarella might consider taking a sabbatical from her column for a while, as the material this past year has gotten pretty thin.
I really don’t need reminders that she is medicated, her “beh-beh” David is an established photographer, and regular destinations include Martha’s Vineyard and France. This would open up pages for more plastic-surgery and pot-dispensary ads for a while, and she could return with some fresh subject matter.