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Stop Blaming Men

Is Maggie Young (“Peter Pan in San Diego”) vying for the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind reward of the post-sexual revolution when she passes herself off as an eternal virgin yet perpetual whore?

Since men, God bless ’em, think and act differently than women, does she expect them not to respond to sexual stimuli? Have her “Southern roots” not provided her with any concept of self-control — physical, emotional, intellectual, and/or sexual?

A brief scan of the book of Proverbs (she’s from the Bible Belt, after all), especially the first few chapters, should be a mind-opener.

Enough already, with blaming men for your own behavior! Take some responsibility, lady from the South!

  • Name Withheld
  • East Village

Minimum Wage for the Minimally Skilled

Dave Rice’s article, “Food Service Workers Rally for Higher Minimum Wage,” is an interesting piece of journalism. He quotes a fast food worker, the director of a socialist action group, and a labor leader, but includes no counterargument from a recognized economist, or a fast-food industry spokesperson.

The report also contains some large holes. For example, to what size dwelling does the average rent of $1300, cited by Ms. Crawford, apply? A studio? One bedroom, one bath? Two bedroom single family home? And from what orifice did Mr. Barrera pull that figure of 40,000 jobs that would be created by paying such workers a living wage?

Fast food jobs are minimum wage for the minimally skilled or untrained, with which no reasonable person should expect to be able to support a family. High school students in need of gas and movie money have, until recently, been the majority holders of such jobs.

An increase in wages to $15-$20/hour will initially result in $7 Big Macs and $3 rolled tacos, followed by mass closures of fast food outlets, and even more hardship for these workers. Raising the minimum wage does nothing but raise the prices of everything else, and makes politicians look like noble humanitarians for a few weeks.

Contrary to Mr. Barrera’s belief, living-wage jobs are created when banks lend money to brilliant, hard-working folks (Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Bill Gates leap to mind) who have great ideas and the energy to start and grow businesses that employ thousands; not by folks who print tons of money and raise taxes.

  • Salvatore Scafidi
  • Mission Hills

More Ink for Bush

Excellent article by Robert Bush on Anthony Davis, one of the most undersung masters of American music (Blurt: “Our Pulitzer Pianist”). It’s great to see regular blog postings by Bush, notable for the insight and passion about what is going on in jazz improvisation. How about giving him more print exposure?

It is no secret that he has championed my music, which I’m grateful for, yet this isn’t the point. His contributions have boosted a vibrant and artistically diverse spectrum of the jazz scene here in San Diego, not as a museum but as a living art form. The print readership needs to profit from his point of view as well.

  • Mark Dresser
  • via email

Hip-Hop Is for Grown-Ups

Re Art Subject/Object: “Carly Newman Tries Art, Succeeds!

Carly. Sweetheart. Leave the hip-hop lyrics to the grown-ups. The n-word is just a little too much for you to handle right now.

Oh, one more thing. I think you messed up on the keyboard when choosing your college major. It should have been “ethics” not “ethnic studies.” I guess your parents forgot to mention that just because someone pays you for something doesn’t mean you’ve done the right thing.

  • Beverly Griffin
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Page Rundown

The August 29 edition of the Reader offered several fresh insights into the alternate reality you seem to be creating — and I’m not speaking of SD on the QT.

On page 40, in the second paragraph of “You shot me!” you have “the bullet did not touch the 16-month-old male fetus.” Bit long in the gums for a fetus, isn’t it?

Then, in Blurt comes the fascinating story of Anthony Davis. On page 66 he implies he stayed in school to avoid the draft. Well, I was 18 in 1971 as well, and also had a very low lottery number. The fact is that student deferments were no longer in effect at the time. He’s being very disingenuous here, which makes me wonder about the reality of all the other alleged facts in the piece.

Onto the movie scene, on page 84. In the last paragraph of Scott Marks’s Midnight Cowboy memoir, he perpetuates the near-legendary falsehood that in the film Goldfinger, Oddjob has a razor-thin hat. Metal? Yes. Razor? Never. Did Marks ever even see Goldfinger?

I was beginning to become nauseous when I bounced to the conclusion of Barbarella’s latest episode of narcissism, where she once-again called her husband “beh-beh.” I had encountered the perfect instant purgative.

  • Jeorges Alvina
  • North Park

Blowin’ in the Wind

I was really disappointed to read your recent article “They’re Everywhere Out Here.” It repeats a lot of false claims with regards to wind energy and public health.

There are many peer-reviewed scientific reports from government agencies across the globe that dispel the myth that wind turbines are responsible for negative health impacts. Surprisingly, none of these of these scientific facts made it into your story. The facts about wind power are much simpler than your sensational journalism. Wind power is a safe energy source that benefits public health by reducing air pollution from fossil fuels.

A comprehensive study released in January 2012 by the Massachusetts Departments of Environmental Protection and Public Health refutes several of the myths about sound perpetuated by your article. There is no evidence that links any of the symptoms people are describing to wind turbines. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people around the globe live and near wind farms without reporting any ill effects.

However, there is evidence that the use of wind power offsets a lot of air pollution from fossil fuel that is harmful to human beings. In 2012, wind offset 87,000 metric tons of sulfur dioxide and 61,000 tons of nitrogen oxides (attributed to lung and other respiratory diseases). Wind power also doesn’t emit mercury or other heavy metals, which collect in the food chain and are extremely harmful to humans. Lastly, generating electricity from wind does not use water or create water pollution, require mining or drilling for fuel, or generate hazardous waste requiring permanent storage.

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bonniewright Sept. 14, 2013 @ 4:55 p.m.

I completely agree with Mark Dresser's letter: Robert Bush has boosted the vibrant music scene in San Diego. Bush's articles need to be in print as well as online. All of us involved in San Diego music appreciate his very knowledgeable reviews and previews. It's making a big difference for the better. Thank you, Robert.


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