Letters for December 15 

Readers sound off on Jean Quan's Twitter activity, overfishing, and vegan Filipino food.

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Michelle Robles, Seattle

It's Good to Have Choices

I understand that Filipino food traditionally consists of meat of some sort. But there are a high number of Filipinos that suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. A lot of them can't or won't change their diet because they are either stubborn, too conservative to change, or don't know what to do without meat. Well, by modifying or actually innovating the cuisine one can enjoy the flavors of Filipino food but definitely eat healthier.

I myself do not eat rice because of the bad carb content. That gets more of a bad stare at most restaurants or from my relatives. But, it's my choice, and I believe that it's good to have choices. What restaurants like No Worries or Bistro Luneta (gluten-free options) do are take the flavors, ingredients, and recipes, and give diners alternatives. Look, I am a carnivore and love my chicken adobo, beef salpicao, ox tails, lengua, etc., but I do want to keep my heart in tip-top shape.

My review of NW on ilovesisig.blogspot.com: http://ilovesisig.blogspot.com/2010/10/no-worries-restaurant-offers-vegan.html

Fred Briones, Santa Clara

"The New Parkway?," News, 12/1

We Love the Parkway!

Honestly, it is so important for the neighborhood. We all hope it happens and will support this business once it does reopen! We went when there was no heat and blankets were passed out! Can you imagine? Now that I have a baby I'm hoping they will do the moms and tots movie during the day too! It really provided a community service on so many levels and will help wonderful cafes like Rooz stay there also long term!

Michelle Lane, Oakland

We Really Love the Parkway!

We hope the process goes smoothly so we can all look forward to the New Parkway Theater opening soon.  There's a lot of community support out there for this venue to start up again. Good luck and thanks to J. Moses Cesar for kick-starting this.

Kit Vaq, Oakland

We Really, Really Love the Parkway!

My fingers are crossed for success. Hey — for programming, how about devoting one night a week to classic documentaries? Could be a big draw for a lot of working-brain, true-heart, real-world folks in the East Bay. Maybe even some heathens from the West Bay.

Denny Smith, Oakland

"Club Mallard Takes Its Fight to the Streets," Culture Spy, 12/1

The Mallard Is a Community Resource

Much as the beloved Albatross Pub is to Berkeley, Club Mallard is a cultural treasure of Albany. In a neighborhood with many densely developed apartment units, the Mallard is an invaluable resource. It's not just a bar, it's a living room which allows you to spare your apartment neighbors the noise of gathering with friends and family. The owners of the Mallard have created a fun, welcoming place.

I'm delighted to see the East Bay Express telling it like it is. This controversy is really the grumblings of one or two irate neighbors about a bar that pre-dates the very homes they live in. Let's continue to affirm the right of the majority — respectful, friendly bar patrons — to enjoy the Mallard while we all continue respecting our neighborhood.

I live immediately behind the recently renovated Hotsy Totsy, two blocks from the Mallard. Yes, the patrons of the Hotsy can be noisy, especially on the weekend. Is it worth the occasional disturbance? Absolutely! As a long-term resident of Albany, I am grateful for both establishments. They enrich our town. Support your local pub!

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