Bouncers, Side Two

I take great exception to the article “Bouncers” by Michael Hemmingson (Cover Story, January 8). He portrays club bouncers in almost romantic, heroic terms. I have lived in San Diego since 1975. I have had and been witness to numerous incidents with bouncers here. For the most part, they are uneducated losers who have no employment skills, and many of them cause more incidents than they “solve.”

Recently, I was cutting up boxes at my house in OB and saw my neighbor in front of a nearby bar. I went over to tell him to stop by and pick up some mail that had been misdelivered when I was confronted by one “doorman” who had been trying to start a fight with me for several weeks. I have no idea why, except that he’s an idiot. He had tried to throw me out a week before when the bartender, a friend of mine, told him to chill out. I wasn’t a problem.

On this night he ran to the door, confronted me, and stated, “Let’s deal with it now” and grabbed me. He and two of his cowardly co-losers jumped on me, threw me to the ground, kneed me in the ribs several times, and put their knee on my neck and back. They told police I had “pulled a knife” on them. After talking with witnesses, cops could see they were lying and let me go. I haven’t decided yet whether to sue.

This is typical of the type of incident I have witnessed over the years. There may be a few professionals, but they are the exception, not the rule. Most of the article was one-sided garbage.

Terry H.
Ocean Beach

A Fool And His Trademark

Jay Allen Sanford notes that there’s no provision in U.S. copyright law for a “poor man’s copyright” of the name “Kayo” (“Blurt,” January 8). Well, more to the immediate point, there’s no provision in law for any sort of copyright of short names. Names, instead, may be trademarked. The underlying reason to allow names to be trademarked is to protect second parties from deception; otherwise, allowing people to make any sort of claim on brief strings (which any fool or computer could quickly generate) would make no sense.

Backing up to the general idea of a “poor man’s copyright,” where one uses a notary or some such to time-stamp a claim, it’s not a wholly useless notion. Copyrights may be claimed on work that was never registered with the U.S. Copyright Office; in a dispute over authorship, a court would look at the evidence provided by a “poor man’s copyright.” (However, the victim can only claim actual damages if the work was registered with the Copyright Office.)

Daniel Kian McKiernan
via email

Next, A Republican Party

Kudos to Josh Board and his partying until drunk (“Crasher,” January 8)! How about topping this off by going to a gay party and participating like a “gay”?

Fernanda Ramirez Velasco
via email

Feel Refreshed

Terrific story, SDReader! “Gangbangers to College Students” (Cover Story, December 24) is the most refreshing thing I’ve read about San Diego — and a San Diegan — in a long, long time. Christopher Yanov is the real deal. His imagination and willingness to act are proof that social problems are better solved by well-educated young men and women than by old, broken, corrupt systems like mayor’s offices and lumbering school districts. Thank you, Mr. Yanov, for your vision. Thank you, Jorge and Edgar, for your courage. And thank you, Ms. Davenport, for some good news and a fine, clean piece of writing.

Alex Finlayson
via email

Word Out!

I’m the music director at KKSM-AM (1320) Palomar College Radio. I just read your article about local radio in San Diego, and I thought it was fantastic (“Why Local Radio Is No Longer Local,” Cover Story, December 31). Just wanted to let you guys know, hopefully for future consideration in an article, that we are a totally local, college-funded station that plays alternative music mostly, but really we have no boundaries. We play what we think is good, and we are far from a cookie-cutter radio station. Our signal is sort of weak (working on that), but it comes in great in North County and is available online at palomarcollegeradio. com.

If your readers are looking for a local, fun station, then look no further than to good ol’ AM radio! Thanks for reading this far if you did! We need all the help we can getting the word out that we are here!

John Deskovitz
via email

Locals Only

Your writer Thomas Larson overlooked one radio station that is both legal and 100 percent local: KSDS-FM (“Why Local Radio Is No Longer Local,” Cover Story, December 31). We program mainstream jazz and blues 24/7. While our license is held by the San Diego Community College District, we are professionally operated. We serve as an adjunct to the Radio/ Television Department at San Diego City College.

We are locally programmed by Claudia Russell. Our deejays are each responsible for “pulling” their own show from our music library of over 200,000 songs (not including the vinyl). We even have an all-request show that is truly programmed by our listeners’ phone calls.

People across San Diego County listen to us at 88.3 on the FM dial. People around the world listen to us at All our programming, events, and education information is available online at the same Web address.

Local programming is alive and well in the form of public music radio.

Ann G. Bauer
Jazz 88.3

Sociopaths In Charge

Being a native-born third-generation San Diegan, local radio has played a major role in my cultural evolution (“Why Local Radio Is No Longer Local,” Cover Story, December 31). My father had a radio and TV repair shop back in the ’50s, which exposed me to the media from birth, literally. I can still remember the first color TV broadcast out of L.A. Radio was always on, everywhere I went, every house, in the car, and on those portable transistor radios. I heard every major artist, from teenybop pop to high classical, jazz to country, R&B to psych-o-delic, comedy, and spoken word. It was a marvelous exposure and nourished my soul for decades.


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