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Gather No Moss last week included a misidentified photo; the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral are in Macau. — Editor

G-Rated Humor

I was amused and delighted to read Barbarella’s “Laugh Lines” (July 18 cover story). It brings a little light to the vibrant improv hilarity which has been flourishing in San Diego for over three decades.

In such a well-researched article, I was a surprised there was no mention of Jacquie Lowell, the preeminent local improv comedy trainer. For over 30 years, she’s been cajoling, leading, directing, and inspiring people to be funnier than they can imagine. I know from personal experience, as I’ve seen her grow withdrawn mathematicians and engineers into hilarious comedic rock stars.

Only last week one of her comedy troupes — Outside The Lines — thrilled nearly 100 fun fans when we stuffed into the Clairemont Friendship Center. There were lots of guffaws and groans, all in G-rated humor made up on the spot from audience suggestions.

Keep up the great coverage of fun and uplifting things to do in San Diego, and of amazing people we can be proud of.

Dan Ness
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One Ed Harris

Dorian Hargrove wrote in the July 18 issue (News Ticker: "Lifeguard Enters Council Race”) that lifeguard union leader, Ed Harris, will run for District 2 council seat.

Harris argued for pay raises for lifeguards because they, collectively, save thousands of lives, and many cliff rescues each year. I applaud them for their contributions, but not the argument. The collective number of lives saved is not to the credit of each lifesaver, and should have nothing to do with a pay raise argument. What is the average per guard?

My vote for a raise, were I to have one, would be based on the worth of each guard, and the city’s ability to pay for that worth.

Anyway, I’m not in District 2, so I won’t vote for Harris, though I know there’s only one Ed Harris in the world, and I worked with him when he was a groundskeeper at a golf course. He was such a quiet guy.

Saul Harmon Gritz
via email

Love Those Romans

Last week’s take on the Filner travails in SD on the QT (July 18) will forever be its finest hour. Never has wit been more revealing of the transcendent truth of this sordid tale, even in the use of the Latin, “Qui licit Jovi non licit bovi!” It expressed the narrative of lecherous emperors before there were rehab clinics for sexual addiction staffed by professionals.

The phrase is described by Wikipedia as meaning “What is legitimate for Jove (Jupiter), is not legitimate for oxen,” in reference to the myth where Jupiter took the form of a bull to seduce Europa, or “Gods may do what cattle may not.”

Love those Romans. Rather than getting all indignant at such liberties, they simply found a story that explained it away. Knowing they might do the same thing if they were gods and had the power, they didn’t get all indignant and upset at those who did.

Now back to Emperor Bob, who is getting so beat up he has managed to push my underdog button. The guy does have a point, that, so far, as I write this letter, none of his victims has come forward to state under oath what has been described. Each day that goes by with them lurking in the background gives Filner more credence in his resistance to demands that he resign.

You don’t take the heat of running for election just for the salary — it’s the power in all its forms that is the lure. In the cities of North County, most mayors are only members of the city council with the honorary title. The unelected invisible bureaucracy runs the show with no accountability to the citizens.

I’m from New York City, where obnoxious, power-crazed mayors are the norm, maybe even a requirement. Filner is nothing new to me.

If the committed a crime, we have a legal process, one that is designed to be uncomfortable for the accusers, because the consequences are serious. So, aggrieved women, step up to the plate! If they don’t, let’s hope a chastened Filner will realize this is the 21st Century, and no longer the JFK era of political benefits that he learned as a novice pol.

Nothing wrong with having a tough son-of-a-bitch mayor — that is, if he picks his enemies for the city’s benefit. Quod erat demonstrandum.

Al Rodbell
via email

Burrito Donations

I picked up a copy of the Reader this week and the cover (July 11) is titled “Burrito Boys.” I would like to know how to get in touch with this group of kids so that I can help them with donations.

via email

I am wondering if there is a number of someone I can talk to about the article on the Burrito Boys (July 11). I want to look into giving them a donation.

via voicemail

Please contact Mike Johnson at 858-254-6230. — Ed.


There are numerous mentions in the current Reader about City Attorney Jan Goldsmith’s foolhardy prosecution of the man who scrawled messages in water-soluble chalk on the pavement in front of a bank (“Mad Chalker," July 4 cover story).

Coincidentally, according to England’s Daily Telegraph, 10-year-old Lilly Allen was accused of criminal damage by a cop for scrawling a hopscotch pattern in water-soluble chalk on the pavement in front of her house in Ramsgate, Kent. When her father complained, the Kent police department found the officer “overzealous” and ordered him to apologize to the girl and her father in person.

Seems like a reasonable way for overzealous Goldsmith to handle his situation, as well.

John Mann
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Glove Up!

I have a comment about the recent cover article, “Burrito Boys” (July 11). It was an outstanding, inspiring, and positive cover story. However, in the cover photo, why isn’t the one on the left wearing food-handling gloves? Bad move.

Name Withheld
South Bay

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