Letters for the Week of April 18, 2012 

Readers sound off on the shrinking stage, OPD and Occupy, Mary Hayashi, and AC Transit finally buying American.

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As for the race issue, Otis McDonald — the plaintiff who sued the City of Chicago over its handgun ban in a lawsuit that ended in front of the United States Supreme Court in 2010 and led to the ruling that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms not only applied to the federal government as was ruled by the Heller decision in 2008 but also applied to the states and cities — is an elderly African American who wanted the right to legally own the best means of defense against a murderous attacker, and that best means is a handgun.

If Otis McDonald or some other elderly African American had been forced to shoot a member of the Aryan Brotherhood who had attacked him, Tom Tomorrow would not have based a comic strip on that event, and we all would be talking about what a great ruling it was by the Supreme Court that had enabled Otis McDonald to defend himself.

Eric King, Berkeley


Our April 11 news story "Cop Identified in Kayvan Sabeghi Beating?" erroneously stated that Sabeghi is a co-owner of Elevation 66 Brewing Company in El Cerrito. He left the business a few months ago, according to co-owner Brian Kelly.

In our April 11 Culture Spy, "Books as Artifacts," we incorrectly stated that Ramsay Bell Breslin is a founder of Kelsey Street Press. She is an editor and a member of the collective.

In the same issue, we failed to credit the photographer whose work appeared alongside our event preview, "A Seriously Silly Parade." It's Fletcher Oakes.


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