Letters for January 12 

Readers sound off on goats, our movie reviews, and Berkeley libraries.

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Charles Pine, Oakland

"Chronic Christ Mass?" Legalization Nation, 12/22

We Need Balls

This article doesn't go into detail about Reverend Roger Christie, but here's what I do know, he is the founder of the THC-Ministry, inspired by Chris Bennett's writings that cannabis was the main ingredient in the Holy Anointing Oil recipe from Exodus 30:23. Roger continues to be held without bail, now for six months. Could it be that Roger was dispensing suppressed information along with the holy sacraments? Why is he held without bail for two pounds of herb? What was he doing with the cannabis? Was he in fact duplicating the recipe from Exodus? The truth will have a very bright light shining on it when/IF he goes to trial in April 2011. Cannabis in the Holy anointing oil? Yes, of course. It makes perfect sense and resonates as the truth. Many folks who have been to the THC-Ministry and have discovered the truth have burst into tears of joy upon this revelation. I can tell you, that this knowledge transformed and lit me on fire for Cannabis Liberation. The more I know, the more inflamed I become. Yes, Roger Christie is dangerous — to the DEA and the US government, certainly not the thousands he helped and enlightened. There is no justice in this nation unless we the people grow some big ass balls and get our lazy, stoned butts off the sofa and out in the streets fighting for our God and constitutional rights.Once you know the truth about cannabis, then you, too, can be a danger to the government. We need millions of dangerous citizens to take back our great plant. There is a reason the Chinese once called it Tai Ma — it means literally — great plant!

Hokulani Cheneviere, Hilo, Hawaii

"Reassessing Obama," Seven Days, 12/22

Will You Attack Lincoln, Too?

In your Christmas issue, new Co-Editor Robert Gammon flails the tired cudgel of "Bush tax cuts for the rich."

Let's admit, briefly, that 40 percent of our country's tax revenues are already being confiscated from only 1 percent of taxpayers.Let's also recognize the 2009 Harvard study, reviewing 37 years of results from developed nations worldwide, showing that tax cuts increase economic growth.

Now, we can recognize that Mr. Gammon has a First Amendment right to get a wedgie whenever a war-mongering Republican president does something for the nation's good.

I look forward to reading articles about the Lincoln disenslavement laws.

David Altschul, J.D., Berkeley

"Castles in the Sand," Letters, 12/22

Daytime Benefits

I read with great interest Steve Tabor's well thought-out letter. However, may I point out that the strength of sunlight-generated electricity is that it only works in the daytime.

The electricity generated from the San Luis dam also works fine in the daytime. But when the sun goes down, the unneeded electricity generated at night is used to pump the water from the fore bay back up into the main reservoir so that the water can be used again tomorrow to generate electricity in the daytime — when it is needed.

Daytime electricity has great value. Nighttime electricity has only some value.

Thanks for your good works.

King O'Neal, Oakland

"The Year the Buses Almost Died," News, 12/22

How About Horses?

AC Transit diesel buses on blocks as shown on the cover of the December 22 issue are because of California EPA enforcement of the California AB 32 edict to replace or filter diesel engines.

Bus-size engine filters to capture and clean CO2 are at a cost likely to run from $5,000 to $50,000, not to mention the cost of expensive EPA-compliance engine replacement.  Obviously, bus service will suffer.

Not to worry. Environmentally clean mass transit will return. An alternative is the tried-and-true, clean non-petroleum, teamster-operated horse and buggy.

The Bureau of Land Management has an overpopulation of cheap, low-maintenance, and easy-to-fuel horses.

A byproduct will be chemical-free fertilizer. It is all a win-win.

Predicted PG&E brownouts will force electric cars to mount solar panels and windmills and that's okay, because the environment is more important than us carbon-based life forms.

Phil Tribuzio, Alameda

"Trading Up," Food, 12/22

Happy to Have Vics Back

So glad to hear it is back!! My first experience with Trader Vic's was back in Honolulu.  Loved the place but it closed in the late-Sixties and the property became a multi-story condo building. Recently have been going to the Tonga Room for my annual "Tiki Fix" but now I shall try Vic's once again. I wish them good fortune!!

Michael Kirch, Lucerne, CA

"A Comic Death and Resurrection," Culture Spy, 12/15

We're Not Obsessives

As a comic book afficianado, I read Rachel Swan's article about Comic Relief with great interest. She obviously did her homework in recounting the store's history, as well as providing hints about its dicey future.

But just once, I'd like to read an article about comic books that doesn't fall back on tired old stereotypes. In her piece, Swan tells us, "Comics depend on fanaticism," and "They're for the obsessives." As if there's something strange about wanting to read every issue. Look, comics are a form of entertainment, like any other. They come in serialized installments, just like TV shows, or for that matter, weekly newspapers like the Express.  Stories tend to unfold over multi-issue arcs, with each issue comprising a single chapter.  Let's say you picked up a copy of Great Expectations. Wouldn't you be upset if you found that chapter three was missing? Would that make you an obsessive fanatic? (It's probably worth mentioning that most of Dickens' novels were originally serialized in monthly magazines.)

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