Media have decided verdict on Mirkarimi
Im no fan of Ross Mirkarimi, but at this point, I hope he perseveres and triumphs over the local medias attempts to convict him outside of court and ethics hearings.
What has been most interesting to observe is that while providing detailed daily coverage of the bruises on Mirkarimis wifes arm, San Franciscos mainstream media have at the same time given Smilin Ed Lee and his power-brokering, back-room-dealing cronies (including those paragons of influence peddling and duplicity, Willie Brown and Rose Pak) a free pass to quietly sell the heart and soul of San Francisco out to nonresident entertainment (Live Nation, Outside Lands) promoters and multinational real estate development interests, among others.
Neighbor says! is never front-page news, especially when whats not being reported about those behind the well-orchestrated anti-Mirkarimi campaign and their use of San Franciscos mainstream media is so much more important to The City and its future. One can only wonder if the emphasis on one sort of news to the exclusion of San Franciscos bigger story is accidental.
Try out quiet and modest
A banner at Sundays Pride parade proclaims Loud and Proud.
To me, loud and proud means pompous and pushy. I can think of no event that more perfectly reflects Americas sea of appetites than the gay Pride parade and the unintelligible multitude of its spectators.
Food stamps still needed
Too many Americans are still out of work to justify cuts to the food stamp program. Democrats and Republicans banded together in the Senate to defeat an amendment by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to slash spending on the program nearly in half.
Still, a version of the 2012 Farm Bill passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee and being debated by the Senate floor contains a $4.5 billion reduction over the next decade to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program budget.
The cuts arent as steep as Pauls proposal, and they represent a fraction of the federal programs$80 billion-a-year spending.
But it would nonetheless be a devastating blow to poor families. An amendment restoring cuts, offered by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is the best solution. Her amendment would not add to the deficit. Restoring cuts to the food stamp program would be paid for by capping subsidies to the highly profitable crop insurance companies.
They made the poor people fight these wars for them, when all the poor really wanted was peace, enough to eat and wear, and a place to sleep. They refuse to fight these wars and rebel against letting the rich rob them.
Ted Rudow III
Penn State ignored abuse
The Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse trial shows that even the famous and powerful are held accountable in America.
But the guilty verdict is not a time to cheer. Adults were aware for too many years of what monstrous things he was doing, but failed to come forward to authorities, either because of cowardice or for fear that they might ruin the reputation of Penn State and its esteemed football program.
And because of their shameful inaction, countless boys continued to be sexually abused by Sandusky.
Kenneth L. Zimmerman