Letters for the Week of August 27, 2014 

Readers sound off on Kaiser, advertising in the Express and the appeal of Oakland

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Thank You, Express

I met Joe Mazarek, who was featured in the story, when he approached me to wash my windshield at the gas station. Because of the article, I knew Mazarek was a woodworker and understood a bit about his struggle since becoming homeless. He is a friendly and peaceful guy who I was honored to share a sincere human moment with — all thanks to the Express for covering real news; the stories of people here, in our community.

AnnaRae Grabstein, Oakland

"Are Jazz Festivals Excluding Women?" Music, 7/03

Jazz Belongs to Everyone

Gender discrimination has no place in jazz. It doesn't matter if you are a girl or a guy, what matters is whether or not you can play. Can you swing? Jazz belongs to all races, all colors, and all genders. It is 2014. It's so sad we are even talking about this.

Grant Koeller, Englewood, Ohio


Our August 13 feature, "Deadly Delays Part One: A Flawed Model for Care," misspelled the first name of Latika Malkani, a lawyer representing Susan Futterman and other plaintiffs in one of the class-action lawsuits against Kaiser Permanente. And our August 20 music story, "Real Stories," incorrectly stated that Hip-Hop For Change wrote microgrants to Save the Bay and that it collected more than $5,000 in donations. Hip-Hip For Change works closely with Save the Bay, but it has not written grants. And Hip-Hop For Change has collected financial support from more than 5,000 donors.


Our August 20 Seven Days, "Ferguson, Sanford, and Oakland," stated that Michael Brown was trying to get away from Officer Darren Wilson when Wilson shot him. There have been conflicting accounts of the shooting, and the exact circumstances have not yet been determined. 


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