White men can jump
Re: Edwin Decker's June 4 "Sordid Tales" column.
Your article on white people's inability to play jazz is the worst article I've read in years. Your view of jazz seems to be tainted by God knows what kind of shit and instead of looking at music for what it is, you try to draw boundaries around who can play what type of music. Can black people play punk rock, an overwhelmingly white-dominated music style (Bad Brains ring a bell-the answer is YES), but apparently, to you, certain styles only belong to certain races.
You're an idiot. Saying that white people suck the black out of Negroes is a moronic comment and just demonstrates your narrow-mindedness and inability to focus on the musical ideals of jazz-creating the music itself.
Look up Greboy or the Greyboy Allstars, John Scofield, or how about Buddy Rich, Krupa, Goodman.... Simply because a person is white doesn't mean they can't play jazz.
"Real jazz is oppression jazz"? How the fuck would you know? Open your mind and your eyes, take your head out of your ass and just listen for the sake of listening.
Art Blakely would probably be proud to see white people caught up doing what he loved, but you wouldn't know about him, would you? You're just a poor sucker with an opinion who needs to bad-mouth shit to get your jollies cause your arm is getting tired.
By the way, Reggie Smith and Pressed for Time do suck, but that or any other poor Oreo jazz act doesn't mean white people can't play. I like music and like to see music made (and I can play music). You just don't get that and maybe that is where the problem lies, dumbass.
Service from hell
I have never written in response to an article I have read before, but your article ["Sordid Tales," June 11] has struck a cord with me that I have been discussing since I landed in San Diego three years ago.
Kudos to you and your friend "W" for your article and the anguish you endured due to the level of service in restaurants in San Diego. I, like most people here in San Diego, am a transplant and I found my way to this fair city via many cities from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles. I dine out quite frequently and I can tell you that this city, for all its "culinary choices," might possibly have the worst service in the country. Of course, everyone has their bad days, but this town is getting ridiculous.
More often than not, if I am paying less than a $50 bill for my food, the service is way below what one should receive relative to the prices we pay. Even at times I have had terrible service with the bill for two people surpassing the $100 mark. We, as San Diegans, pay about 33 percent more for dining out than our counterparts across the nation. Do we get 33 percent better service? I think not.
I bet you will receive a lot of responses to your article, and may I be so bold to suggest a possible feature about the sad state of affairs for the customers of restaurants in San Diego? Well just a thought.
Finally, you and "W" should not feel ashamed for not leaving a tip. As a matter of fact, just so you are not thought of as being cheap by not leaving anything, I have in the past, left a 25-cent tip with a small note, "Tip amount reflects level of service," on the credit slip for the manager of the night. This, of course, is for extreme cases, not those of an occasional "off" night or a server being in "the weeds."
I, like you, have worked in the hospitality industry, but my understanding only goes so far. I will look forward to reading any other letters from the brave souls who have survived the "service from hell" in San Diego.
I loved San Diego Union-Tribune editorial page editor Bob Kittle's attempt to stifle unconventional dissenting opinion on the KPBS show "Editors Roundtable" [Letters to the editor, June 18]. Kittle's intolerance is hardly surprising, yet disappointing nevertheless.
But I have a different beef with this show. Sadly, when it comes to local issues, all three regular editors-and the guest editors as well-are Big Government advocates. The only dissenting opinion seems to be which new spending projects and regulatory policies are best.
For instance, all editors on the show favor new local taxes, or higher tax rates. Ask 'em. You'll find I'm correct.
The only dissent is who should pay. Some want to raise the Transit Occupancy Tax (TOT). Some want to raise sales taxes. Some want to repeal Prop. 13 (actually, all of them want to at least "modify" Prop. 13!). Some would like utility taxes. Some support more "fees," and on and on. Not one editor opposes raising taxes, and it is beyond their limited scope to envision an actual cut in local taxes.
But give the "conservative" San Diego Union-Tribune and Bob Kittle their due. When it comes to local taxes and spending, the U-T and Kittle are the biggest of the Big Government supporters. Even the more liberal-leaning editors are sometimes squeamish about so many government boondoggles funded by taxpayers.
As best I can recall, the U-T and Kittle have supported virtually all of the local (and most statewide) tax increases, bond measures and government-provided big business subsidies to come before the voters in the last 15 years. (Most people aren't aware that the U-T has always strongly opposed Prop. 13.)
This U-T/Kittle-approved list includes (but is not limited to) higher property taxes, sales taxes, TOT and user "fees"-for pro sports subsidies, the tourist industry's free convention center, the downtown library Taj Mahal, largely useless trolleys and "big box" retailers. The U-T and Kittle support damn near anything that provides some contractor with a juicy, inflated government building contract, or provides some favored industry with government handouts. Cost is no object.
Yet at least 40 percent of San Diegans don't want any new or higher taxes, and many would love to see taxes cut. That viewpoint is simply not championed by any editor on the show. Agree or disagree with the libertarian small-government position-it is simply not presented by any member of the roundtable, except in passing to disparage such a viewpoint.
For all the crowing about "diversity," liberal, taxpayer-supported KPBS seems incapable of finding a single limited-government advocate to include in its clubby roundtable show.
San Diego Libertarian Party,