Letters for March 18 

Readers sound off on Measure Y, AK Press, Brita recycling, and our theater reviews.

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"The Blogger and the Bleach Company," Eco Watch, 2/11

We Upcycle

The reference to Preserve as "a company that downcycles No. 5 plastics into toothbrushes and other personal care products" is inaccurate. Downcycling refers to recycling a material into a material of lesser quality. In fact, recycling Brita water pitcher filters, yogurt cups, and other common #5 plastics into Preserve toothbrushes, razors, and other products, is upcycling. Upcycling is taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use. Preserve products are high quality, high performance, and stylish — and made from 100 percent recycled materials. Additionally, all Preserve products are recyclable. To learn more about recycling Brita water pitcher filters and other #5 plastics via the Preserve Gimme 5 program, visit

PreserveProducts.com.C.A. Webb, marketing director, Preserve

The Power of One

Once again you've featured a story that demonstrates "the power of one."

Bravo to Ms. Terry and East Bay Express. I'm very encouraged.

Linda Forde, Oakland

"Rabbit Hole," Theater, 2/18

Save the Arts

I've just finished reading Sam Hurwitt's Feb. 18-24, 2009, review of Rabbit Hole. His final paragraph sounds like the East Bay Express is going to stop including theater in its pages. I certainly hope this is not true. The arts suffer enough in our semi-shallow, media-driven culture. For a quality, community-based and supportive paper like East Bay Express to kill its theater section makes the paper seem, not so much.

Personally, I would be very distressed. The East Bay Express is my primary newspaper.

Jerry Metzker, Oakland

Editor's Note

While we did have to cut our budget for theater reviews, we will continue to run them. The reviews are now being written by staff writer Rachel Swan.

"Nights of Death Rock," Music, 2/11

Dead in the East Bay

I ran "Ain't Dead Yet" in Alameda between 2000 and early 2003, a monthly goth/deathrock/industrial event, first at the Driftwood (now closed, now Hobnob) then the Minnow/Rooster's Roadhouse. I was the goth/deathrock DJ while my husband was the '80s/new wave/synthpop DJ and we used to have a third DJ that was Industrial, but he left so we rotated the third slot out. The old web site is no more and an archive of it is not up yet.

Just pointing out that there was something in the East Bay since Twilight Zone, actually House of Usher was in the East Bay at just the tail end of the Twilight Zone's life, before it moved to San Francisco.

Christine Ledo, Oakland

"Encounters with Dangerous High School Girls," Culture Spy, 2/4

A Gem of Sass

I was lucky enough to do game testing for this. It was a lot of fun, and the article is right about there being a lot of different options, for characters, plot, and dialogue. Every twist and turn reveals another gem of camp, wit, and sass. I didn't need to know all the depth of meaning and symbolism to enjoy the game; but, reading between the lines reveals a whole new level to the mystery in the game itself. I'm looking forward to the next game from Mousechief!

Lincoln Anderson, San Francisco

Corrections

Our March 11 article "Separate and Unequal at Berkeley's Small Schools" included several errors. Student Body President Ronald Pernell was incorrectly identified as Ronald Purnell. Berkeley High Jacket editor Megan Winkelman was incorrectly identified as Megan Coleman. PTA President Mark van Krieken was identified as Mark Van Kriegan and incorrectly referred to as a supporter of small schools. On several references, the small school Communication Arts & Sciences was incorrectly identified as Community Arts & Sciences. An old quote lifted from the Berkeley Parents Network web site incorrectly stated that students at the Community Partnerships Academy small school can't take advanced placement English; in fact, they can. Finally, our article incorrectly stated that a recent article in the Berkeley High Jacket "provided substantive evidence" for a series of accusations recently leveled by three Berkeley High science teachers. While the Jacket story did indeed document some of the letter's assertions, it was not the conclusive proof that our story may have suggested it was.

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