›› LETTERS Color me unimpressed Have you noticed the absolutely putrid color they are painting the Bon Air Shopping Center? It’s a hideous greenish-yellow. We often go there for coffee or for lunch, but that bilious color is enough to turn one off one’s food. STOP, Bon Air, and ﬁnd a decent color. I can understand your wanting to lighten up the colors, but this one is an awful mistake. Get someone who knows what they are doing to help you choose some great new colors!
closed down for remodeling. While we are not surprised to be overlooked for the work we did to build the reputation of the Masonic Hall as a good viable venue, we are surprised to have our hard work credited to another production company. We are pleased that the space is now in the hands of those with the money and the vision to manifest its true potential. Since the Paciﬁc Sun is the premier entertainment source in the North Bay, we want to make sure our contribution to the music scene is recognized. Daniel Patrick, Murphy Productions, Mill Valley
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Reid Neubert, San Rafael
There oughta be a Murphy’s Law about overlooking producers In regards to the article “The Sweet Sound of Success” [July 15] about the new Sweetwater at the Masonic Hall, I wanted to correct a statement that Greg Cahill wrote concerning the length of time that the Woods operated at the Masonic Hall in Mill Valley. In December of 2007, Murphy Productions and Famous4Productions started putting on regular music shows at the Masonic Hall. We did this until May of 2010, when the lease was given to Ged Robertson and the venue changed to the Woods. We produced many wonderful shows there including David Lindley, The Itals, David Nelson Band, Tommy Castro, the Christmas Jug Band and many others. Over a two-and-a-half-year span we had a very successful run of shows, bringing the space to the attention of other music promoters and investors in the area. The article mentioned that the Woods hosted shows there for the “past couple of years.” But, in fact, the Woods put on music for around six months before it was
We’re betting final tweet will be about our cousin Phil’s gout...
But if Sen. Inhofe’s apocalypse DOES happen, climate scientists will no doubt blame global warming...
The article “Weather Report,” from your July 15 Going Green issue, is a thoughtful, well-written, concise and informative look at climate change. It explains the difference between “weather” and “climate,” which is confusing to many people. A critical point Stan Cox makes is that climate change is incremental. (The story of the frog in the pot of water slowly coming to a boil comes to mind.)
What Cox doesn’t talk about is how “introducing more people to the complex forces that are taking our climate on this wild ride” moves us to how to “remedy the situation.” It’s doubtful that “climate change deniers” will ever be convinced. Even as the earth becomes uninhabitable for humans, a Jim Inhofe will be telling everyone it’s the inevitable apocalypse predicted in the Book of Revelation, or some other mythological curse. In a letter to the editor I submitted recently, I said that we’re all in this together and because we are, and because we’re doing nothing to address the issue of overpopulation—what Paul Chefurka calls “the root of all the converging crises in today’s world”— we’ve passed the point of remedy. The best we can hope for, in my opinion, is mitigating the effects of the coming ecological disaster on as many people as possible by worldwide implementation of a negative-populationgrowth policy. Fewer people, less suffering. I know it’s easy to want to believe the “intellectual entrepreneur” Thomas Friedman. Just adopt his “15 wedges” to reduce carbon emissions and his “single solution” to climate change: “abundant, cheap, clean, reliable electrons.” And, he says, to do those things, all we have to do is leverage “the greatest innovation engine God ever created, which is the combination of American research universities, venture capital and the marketplace.” It’s no wonder that Nassim Taleb has called Friedman “dangerous to society.” Zero Population Growth (ZPG) is a long-forgotten fantasy of the 1970s. We are (and want to be, it seems) being continually distracted by political theater, sensational jury trials, Anthony Weiner’s private obsessions, the crumbling of Rupert Murdoch’s empire, Sarah Palin’s latest publicity stunt—everything and anything but the survival of the human race. If that’s not enough, there are the endless blogs, bleeps, tweets and twitters that ﬁll the days of more and more people. I wonder: What will be the last tweet to go out into the ether? Jim O’Callahan, Larkspur
Overpriced? Gag me with a spumoni! I love Noci’s gelato! Gary Goldenﬁeld [“In Ice-Cream Industry This Is Called a Cornet Proﬁt Margin,” July 8] and I do agree that the gelato at Noci is “pretty good.” However,
when he compares it to ice cream it’s like comparing apples and oranges. While ice cream is usually made in large batches and frozen for short or long periods of time, artisan gelato is made in small batches and churned at a slower speed than ice cream so it has less air in it. Therefore it is fresher, creamier and denser. Also, it has less fat and sugar. Compared to the same volume of ice cream, you get more product. Lianna and Michael, the owners of Noci, make sure their organic, local and seasonal ingredients are of superior quality. You get a rich, packed gelato in every cup. They make their own wafﬂe cone and would not even consider selling or giving you an inferior product. Young community-based businesses such as theirs should be supported! I for one, will pay an extra buck for a homemade cone. I also love Fairfax Scoop’s ice cream because like Noci, the owners of both establishments value quality ingredients. And if you buy a packed (less air) quart of ice cream, wafﬂe cones are not included but available at $1 each cone. In fact, most gelato and ice cream establishments in Marin that offer homemade cones charge extra for them. So when I crave ice cream I wait in long lines at Scoop and when I need my gelato ﬁx, I drive to Mill Valley for that complex taste that only artisan gelato can deliver. And most likely “the counter woman” was Lianna who works long hours to make her growing business special. Milla Ruane, Ross Valley
But would you eat a cough drop made by Brian Wilson?
Which of these guys do you want on the mound with a onerun lead, bottom of the ninth, runners on ﬁrst and third?
Giants’ pitcher Brian Wilson has a truly magniﬁcent beard—for the 19th century. I actually thought he was one of the Smith Bros. Craig Whatley, San Rafael
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Section 1 of the July 22, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly