Way to go, bro
Good story on Felipe Hueso [“The Front Lines,” July 22]. You did a good job of describing all the challenges my brother had in achieving his educational and career goals. Like many individuals from low-income and immigrant families, the barriers are made more difficult in the absence of clear career paths. He has been a pioneer in our community in creating successful educational and professional opportunities through trial and error, never losing sight of the bigger picture. Thanks to his vision and commitment, many others, including myself, have been able to benefit from his experiences. I'm glad he never quit or succumbed to intimidation or fear of failure.
Since it all seems so long ago, I had almost forgotten his struggles. Thanks for reminding me.
Ben Hueso,President, San Diego City Council
Speaking for the animals
Thank you so much for your article on why animal circuses must be relegated to the history books [“Presently Tense,” July 29]. People live in a bubble, and the exploiters won't reveal their dirty tricks, so you have performed a wonderful public service. I grew up in India and learned how elephant babies are “broken,” their spirits crushed as they learn that they are slaves forever and dependent on their handlers for even a drop of water on a hot day. The animals would thank you for writing that if only they could.
Ingrid Newkirk,President, PETA
About your July 29 editorial: I'm not optimistic that healthcare reform will be passed, or, if it does pass, that it will achieve the intended goal; there are just too many things working against it.
For starters, both parties have been bribed by the healthcare industry to kill reform, water it down or include pork to the industry. Secondly, the Dems are not all on the same page, and instead of shooting the fish in the barrel, they tend to shoot at each other or shoot themselves in the foot. Thirdly, the GOP has publicly pledged to sabotage any proposals presented by the Dems, and instead of proposing a healthcare plan of their own, they are playing the healthscare card—as is evidenced by their ludicrous claim that provisions in the Dems' plan, for end-of-life counseling, means that Grandma will be euthanized.
Worse, in light of the GOP obstructionism, instead of fighting back, the Dems' response is reaching out, bipartisanship and inclusion. Doesn't sound like a recipe for success to me.
Dan Jacobs,Mira Mesa
Not so disgusting
Here we go again. About, your feature on Soda Bar [“Bars & Clubs,” July 29]: I just wanted to place the quote about disgusting clientele in the proper context of the conversation I had with the author.
As I remember, we were discussing the reasoning behind changing our hours of operation from the earlier opening time of Chaser's to opening later at 5 p.m. I may have used poor choice in words describing why we weren't aiming to be a hangout for heavy daytime drinkers (a group that I occasionally count myself among). Instead, we wanted to focus primarily on the music, which happens mostly at night. I don't think the regulars as a whole are disgusting at all; many of them are my friends, who I hope aren't offended by the published quote. If you're still concerned or mad, send all questions or hate mail to email@example.com.
Peter Graves,Soda Bar