Intriguing' ED Decker
I really loved Edwin Decker's Dec. 24 "Sordid Tales" column, "Oh Satanism, how you disappoint me." He's a very intriguing, talented, entertaining and humorous writer. I look forward to reading more of his work and will check out his website, edwindecker.com. Wishing you fun and continued success in 2014!
Judy Calem, Downtown
Turds & Blossoms
I almost totally disagree with your Dec. 31 "Turds & Blossoms" editorial! Here are mine:
Bob Filner: blossoms for fixing parks, beaches, streets and shelter in six months. Donna Frye: turds for destroying Filner. Nathan Fletcher: blossoms for changing parties. David Alvarez: turds for destroying Filner. Kevin Faulconer: turds for lying, cheating and stealing. Carl DeMaio: turds to you for not mentioning destroying pensions. Jerry Sanders: turds for taking the turnstile. Todd Gloria: turds for reversing Filner's policies on tax-grabbing. Myrtle Cole (and Marti Emer ald): blossoms for not destroying Filner for a misdemeanor. Mark Kersey: turds for voting Republican. Toni Atkins: turds for destroying Filner.
Add GOP/ law enforcement / media: turds for destroying Filner in an illegal coup.
Valerie Sanfilippo, Linda Vista
Lay off Robin Thicke
As an African woman, I truly appreciate Ms. Belfer's concern and outrage with the racial-discrimination cases of Tiana Parker and Vanessa VanDyke and especially with the racial murders of Renisha McBride and Jonathon Ferrell ["Backwards & in High Heels, Dec. 31]. But I disagree with her dressing down of Robin Thicke. He is nepotistic simply because his father is famous?
Mr. Thicke is an extremely talented singer, composer and dancer. He's not misogynistic— his African-American wife, actress Paula Patton, is a no-nonsense, smart woman who would not put up with sexist crap; nor would his legion of black female fans, including me. Neither he nor Pharell, his writing partner, stole music from the late, great Marvin Gaye, as rumored.
I've been a pianist since age 7, and my father was a great jazz musician. I do have an ear for music, and "Blurred Lines" is a bright, original and soulful piece of music. The man does not treat women like property. Where did Ms. Belfer get this venom against Mr. Thicke and his compositions? If Miley Cyrus, who cannot sing, wants to make a fool of herself, that's her business—no one forced her into that silly performance at the VMA Awards last fall.
Peggy M. Spates-Johnson, Southcrest
In his Dec. 31 "No Life Offline" column, Dave Maass mocked Toronto Mayor Rob Ford for smoking crack (which he admitted) and for trying to hire a hacker to destroy video evidence of his substance abuse. Vice magazine initially reported the hacking story, but since publication, the Toronto Mayor's office has denied the charges. We regret including the joke without that qualification.
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