I really appreciated Glenn Heath Jr.'s beautiful description of the film Short Term 12 in his Sept. 11 film review.
As a person who's faced many demons through a brightly colored lens, I have to say this movie really captured the essence of humanity in a controlled, sometimes volatile environment—that of a psychiatric or foster-care facility.
Demons never go away, but when faced with compassion, we can truly accept love with open arms.
Elizabeth Grace Hammond, Golden Hill
Stupid and naive
Many thanks to David Rolland for writing the important "Three against one: The inside story of how and why Donna Frye, Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs ended Bob Filner's political career ["News," Sept. 18]. Great job.
It's a crystal-clear exposition of the motivations, interactions and actions of three self-styled "progressives" who embarked on a perilous journey to unseat a duly-elected mayor without ever understanding the myriad ramifications of what they were doing. Hubris, ignorance, group-think and a distorted sense of extra-legal personal power to right wrongs set in motion a train of events that have been and will be exploited by other interests.
Politically, it was a huge setback for San Diego—and lots of human wreckage, too. Migraines, tears—not nearly enough to cover the profound stupidity / naïveté on display here.
Frances OíNeill Zimmerman, La Jolla
You asked what I think of your editorial in the Sept. 18 issue, and I take that personally; I think the up-and-down trickle theories are not in the answer.
What is not mentioned is the increasing cost to consumers that must follow wage increases: Increase the payroll and the price of products and services increases, the higher the workers pay for stuff, the more likely the benefit of an increased minimum wage will shortly be a wash.
Additionally, to increase payroll and not decrease employees will result in higher prices—and, of course, increased unemployment rate of the lower class. The practice of increasing the minimum wage is a temporary salve for the masses, and there's no alternative except a controlled economy, which would be as it must be: social suicide! It will also make it more likely that creative people will produce with as few employees as possible, if not none at all.
What do I think? Everyone in this discussion has employees of large firms in mind, and no thought given to the small businesses, whose owners are also hurting.
There is no solution, there is only the argument. Remove the national government from our domestic lives and leave it to the states, and let's see 50 different solutions in action.
Saul Harmon Gritz, Hillcrest
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