Transit, signs and dogs
Thank you for the article on MTS and public transportation [“The Front Lines,” April 8]. I do ride the trolley and bus more than I drive my car. I'm originally from Chicago, and while I have broken myself of the habit of constant vigilance, I still would rather have someone else do the driving.
I do understand that the present governor continues to undercut the system, but MTS and the city could save hundreds of thousands of dollars by cutting the more obvious wasteful spending: Every year, and sometimes twice a year, they change the schedules and print new ones. How many times can the schedules be changed without one of them actually working? Also, they had “No Smoking” stickers printed and placed at the bus stops and trolley stations—they placed them where no one could see them, and other than at the trolley, they are unenforceable. It would really help if they could pick one schedule and stick with it and stop wasting money on announcements, stickers, etc., that are unworkable or unenforceable and unseen.
Lastly, when did pets on the bus become OK? I am allergic to dogs, and now I have to share space with them. Plus, I just don't like them, and I do not feel they have a right to ride with me. (Since you asked...).
Phillip E. Banks, Logan Heights,
That joke wasn't funny
First of all, let me say that I am an avid reader of your magazine. This incident, however, disturbs me as a local member of the San Diego theatre community. As you must know, a joke review of Facing East at Diversionary Theatre was posted on April 1 by Martin Jones Westlin.
In this economic climate, a theatre company, especially a small one like Diversionary, needs all the help it can get with ticket sales. Reviews happen to be one of the most widespread ways to help that happen by helping the reader decide which show they should spend their money on over the weekend.
A joke like this can cost the theatre hundreds of dollars in ticket sales. A widespread publication like CityBeat should be ashamed of itself for allowing something this unprofessional to happen. When the average reader picks up a copy of the magazine at a coffee shop and browses the reviews, they will not care that the review is a joke; they will simply dismiss the review and the show.
I believe a new, credible review should have been posted and reprinted in order to give the production a fair consideration.
Tom Zohar,Golden Hill
Kudos to you guys for a very witty April Fool's issue. Front to back, tongue in cheek, tisk tisk! But, the coup de grâce, the crushing blow, was “Hard times” by AnnaMaria Stephens [“Art & Culture,” April 1]. Save a Stiffy—a cause I could get behind! A-hum. Needless to say, I am gobsmacked. The Onion got nothing on you guys.
Michelle Rissling, UTC
Pray for punishment
Regarding the use of torture by the Bush Administration and our human condition [“Editorial,” April 22]: The Rev. Jesse Jackson once said, “An eye for an eye makes us all blind.” Moral absolutes and the incorporeity of law fall by the wayside as vindictive and cowardly men manipulate their road to hell. Speaking of Hell, how would the Catholic Priest respond to a question from The Great Voltaire if Jesus tortures. Liquid seeks it's own level. Let's pray that we are a courageous nation in a moral sense and seek rightful punishment to those involved in this national disgrace.
David Lieberman,La Mesa
Art scene's heart beats
I was recently quoted in your magazine as claiming that San Diego has no art scene [Art & Culture, April 22]. This is, of course, a false claim on my part when taken out of context, and merits qualification.
While the art scene in San Diego is decentralized, under-funded, redundant, often trivialized and virtually incapable of being written about without the distraction of “human interest,” it nevertheless has a heart that beats throughout the county. There is, as you well know, no shortage of talented artists, and with organizations from Sezio to SDVAN and many others, much of the groundwork has been laid for San Diego to flourish as an art hub. It just now needs to flourish; an exceptional potential can turn tragic quickly.
Drew Snyder,Owner, The Andrews Gallery