Letters for August 27 

Readers sound off on skate parks, big words, and how the NFL and network media hate the Raiders.

"Hood Games and Pipe Dreams," Culture Spy, 7/16

Good Things Take Time

Any concerns regarding the opening of "The Town" skate park should be voiced to Oakland Parks and Recreation (Downtown Main Office). They are solely responsible for getting the skate park "OK'ed" for public use. Let them know how important the opening of this skate park is to the community, and encourage them to apply more resources and money toward it to speed up the process!

Be patient, good things take time :)

Alexandra Carelli, Oakland

"Not Your Dad's Lobster Shack," Food & Drink, 8/13

I Can't Understand You

Would be nice if the writer would take the time to use words one could understand rather than amusing self with overimpressive descriptions many of us have no idea what is being spoken of.

Perhaps one should just go and check this restaurant out rather than try and figure what this writer is failing to say.

Ralph Unroe, Milton, PA

Miscellaneous Letters

It seems sports media loves to bash the Oakland Raiders. Sure the team is in a slump and has some dysfunctional moments. But looking closer at the lambasting the NFL and network media does on this famous franchise, there is reason to question their motives. There is a handful of mediocre, bickering clubs in the NFL that haven't been near a Super Bowl site in years. Oakland gets far more ridicule than any of those clubs.

NFL fans know the Raiders have feuded with the NFL for decades. Both sides have good points and deserve criticism. The NFL has done great in remaking the league to make huge profits but the NFL needs to address its blatant media and personal attacks against the Raiders going back to the '70s.

They seem to want the Raiders not to be so successful. Conspiracy? No, dislike and intimidation? Oh, yes. There are new friends of the NFL, which mean trouble for the Raiders; ESPN and Fox Sports have decided to ridicule and lambaste this famous club more than any franchise in any sport. Sure, any losing team gets criticism and negative comments when they bicker. But these two stations seem to be focused on Oakland with smear jobs, jokes, and very unfriendly articles. Why? These networks and news groups want profits, not feuds, but take a look at the Raiders image — radical, liberal, controversial, and rebellious. The networks don't buy into those images.

These conservative groups have major influence with the NFL front office and they prefer teams with a more "clean-cut" or "team player" image like the Patriots, Steelers, or Panthers. They also don't like trouble. Al Davis isn't like most club owners; he does what he wants, complains, sues the league — not a team player. So, being media, they attack Raiders philosophy, make their losing seem worse than teams far less successful, and ignore more positive stories coming from Raiderland. Is Al an innocent victim of NFL and conservative media? No, he has his bad points, too, but the NFL wants to control owners and keep certain teams (Patriots) dominant. Al won't be controlled and feels teams should win and make profits, not just the profits. Former players and staff are dug up and their most negative comments are put in the news, but talk about Al's accomplishments and the room goes silent. It's not Al's past that can be used to prove the NFL just as dysfunctional; it's the NFL's own actions.

Address the NFL's bias and favoritism that helped New England reach the Super Bowl because the networks wanted their image there. Complaints by other clubs were shrugged off while other clubs' coaches were fined for criticizing referees for ruining their chances to win games, creating a so-called parity system where teams are meant to be mediocre to "level the playing field." Al Davis has his bad points but he had nothing to do with these NFL specials and maybe the media should focus on that.

Howard Allen, Oakland


In our August 13 feature, we incorrectly stated the year of Gregg Perloff's birth. It's 1952.

In our August 13 Ideopolis column, we misspelled the name of World Wall for Peace staff member Aditya Dhawan.

In our August 20 review of Ubu for President at John Hinkel Park, we incorrectly credited the set designer. It was Alf Pollard.

In our August 20 news story "Crimes Against Immigrants Provoke Call for More Police," we used Pedro Reyes' paternal last name, not his maternal last name.


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