DROP THE DUMB
In describing Helen Keller as “deaf, dumb and blind,” [“Getting physical at Lamb’s Players,” March 23] may I share that the deaf community is no longer saddled with the epithet “dumb.” The terminology, if needed, is mute. Deaf people are an amazing lot, worthy of many adjectives, but dumb never should have been one of them. Actually, to accommodate the hearing world, many deaf learn to voice, so they are not truly mute. Spread the word. And the next time you meet someone deaf, greet them and say hello. It will be appreciated. I read CityBeat weekly. Thank you for your sensitivity.
Nancy Drew, Normal Heights
A SWEEP FAN
I hadn’t read your article from March 9 [“Homeless left out in the rain,”] until today.
You didn’t quote a single resident of the area— you know, those who pay taxes, don’t steal bikes, remain sober most of the time and don’t poop on the street. I get the impression you didn’t ask any. As far as I can tell, your story was a single interview with a self-described “homeless advocate” and a couple emails from the police and [City Councilmember Todd] Gloria’s office.
If you had, you’d have found out how welcome the cleanup sweeps are for us, and how much we appreciate it when the police bag up their stuff.
But you didn’t. Why not?
Did you bother getting up from your desk to write that?
Pete Zanko, San Diego
I have to tell you that I was surprised to read Amy Alkon’s Advice Goddess column in CityBeat. She may have a weekly blog talk radio show and be an “author” (Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say the F-Word)...but I found her subject matter puerile, in addition to neither being genuinely helpful nor funny. I think she was shooting for clever. It felt like she had no idea what she was going for. I hope she gets a grip. Horrible read. Embarrassing, actually.
Stephen Keyes, Encinitas
Thanks for the nice write up about Jonathan Allen and the new art boat installation he’s created for the Arts District at Liberty Station [“Ship out of water,” March 23]. In addition to other contemporary art, by respecting our Navy history, we have artistic opportunities to contract with San Diego artists to create installations that harken to the heritage of the former Naval Training Center and the legacy of the two million men and women who trained here. This is a nice start and I appreciate your sharing this story with CityBeat readers.
Alan Ziter, Liberty Station