May 22 2013 09:47 AM

Our readers tell us what they think


In last week's "Art & Culture" feature about the Warehouse 1425 art show, we misidentified an artist in a photo. The middle photo at the bottom of Page 28 depicts artist Matty Davis, not Diekuts. We're sorry for the error.

The T-word

In your April 24 "Art & Culture" story about the Visible Bodies exhibition, I noticed that you said, "the word ‘tranny'... elicits the same reaction from a transgender person that the n-word or ‘faggot' elicits from an African-American or homosexual."

If this is the case—if the reaction is the same and the intention is the same, why is it OK to print "tranny" and "faggot" but not OK to print "the n-word"? I'm not at all trying to point a finger at you, but I think it's an interesting question: Why is it still OK to say "tranny" instead of "t-word" or "fag" instead of "f-word"?

Surely, making this kind of distinction between these three equally offensive labels lessens the implied badness of two of them. Isn't this perhaps part of the reason that LGBTQ rights are still so undervalued in this country?

Lizzie Shipton, Hillcrest

Risky Business

A lot of folks aren't paying attention to one fundamental of the marijuana conversation we're having—federal law. Even your articles, and especially the April 24 editorial, either talk past or run past the fact that the federal government has placed marijuana into such a position that possession, use and sale constitutes a crime.

The City Council may write ordinances to allow marijuana stores and separate them from the places that children live and play, but it can't make drug possession, use and sale a lawful activity. Cannot be done.

I've told the mayor and council that they risk federal prosecution if they cooperate in marijuana sales. Hopefully, someone at City Hall understands the risk. It's real. It's in the U.S. Attorney's scope of authority, and I'm willing to bet she won't blanch from indicting elected officials if that's what it takes to penetrate the fog at City Hall.

Jim Varnadore, City Heights

More bike clubs

Thanks for putting your Summer Guide together, emphasizing San Diego bicycling [May 8]. It's nice to showcase how great San Diego is for bicycling and also some of the safety issues in "San Diego bike advocates push for safety" ["News"].

There are many bike clubs in the area. I represent the San Diego Wheelmen Bicycle Club, established in 1967 and San Diego's oldest recreational bicycle club. We offer bicycle rides each Saturday and Sunday year-round for both men and women, as well as out-of-town bicycle tours.

There's also a website that lists most of the bicycling clubs in the area with links to many of the clubs' websites.

I hope some of this info may be useful to your readers.

Phil Young, Pacific Beach

Good press

Ryan Bradford interviewed me recently for our May 10 premiere of La Femme Tragique: Mystery of Elle. I checked him out first online, and as stiff as I was from the long rehearsals for our avant-garde show at Les Girls, I couldn't stop laughing at his visually detailed, well-crafted ROFL style. Do an online search of this guy!

I was amazed how many people from all walks of work, income and perspective had read his May 8 "The Short List" event pick of our show. I straddle different dance cultures from more than a decade with San Diego Dance Theater (SDDT) at Liberty Station to four decades at landmark Les Girls as an activist / artist to a many-hats role with Logan Heights pastors who daily change lives of at-risk inner-city kids at a family-owned property. Thursday night, May 9, at our board meeting, I met with other SDDT board members, ranging from UCSD academics to yuppie engineers to Qualcomm staff to dance experts who had already read Bradford's preview and praised it. I felt loved.

It was so cool. The CityBeat press booted me up the ladder of credibility as an edgy artist with tons of stories to tell about our San Diego community. CityBeat brought a kudos call from Hollywood screenwriter Miguel Tejada-Flores (Revenge of the Nerds), alerted Allied Gardens housewives (who just showed up by curtain call), attracted seniors from Kensington, as well as talented artists representing ballet, theater and voice. I also heard from Steve Kowit, NEA poet, and he loved it. He's someone who has mentored me as a poet since the '70s. He's a colleague of Allan Ginsberg and teaches in the SDSU master's program, and in his classes, I learned how to be funny and well-crafted. I think Bradford and Kowit came in on the same simile.

Thank you, Ryan Bradford, and the CityBeat horse you rode in on. You gave us press! We had terrific, intelligent audiences, and I can't imagine how it could have been any better.

Kata Pierce-Morgan, National City

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