Letters for the week of June 29 - July 5, 2005 

BART should set aside one car in every train for loud people. Randy Ward should realize that adult ed teaches more than language.

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Hooters, "I Like Eating," 6/8

Say no to Hooters
What's up with Thien Pham writing a review about Hooters Restaurant? I didn't know your corporation-owned paper was still thinking it is 1980. We don't want to read about Hooters. Hooters is a passé, old-boy, and still-insulting-to-women place.
Carey Kozuszek, Berkeley

"Carnivorism Made Easy," On Food, 6/8

It's in the wrist action
As one of the owners and production head of the Fatted Calf Charcuterie, I wanted to offer a few corrections with regards to the article "Carnivorism Made Easy." Our Toulouse sausages contain no wine and retail for $7.25 per pound. In the future, we'd be happy to offer some cooking tips to avoid the flaming and bursting that your editor experienced, such as cooking on a cooler grill. We sell a handmade, delicate product that does require a little expertise and practice. All of our customers have gotten this down with no problem.
Taylor Boetticher, Fatted Calf Charcuterie, Oakland

I was told by the salesperson at the Berkeley Farmers' Market that the sausages contained wine.

"The Dump Next Door," Summer Guide, 6/8

Before violence ...
Although Mike Rosen-Molina's article regarding horrible neighbors was well written and amusing, there was a glaring omission concerning the best option for addressing problems with one's neighbors. This option is mediation. As I read the article, I recognized many of the scenarios as being typical cases that our agency has assisted parties to resolve in creative and amicable ways. Community Mediation centers are available throughout the Bay Area to assist with the voluntary, mutual resolution of conflicts of all types. Most offer services at incredibly affordable rates.

I invite Mr. Rosen-Molina to contact me so that I can expound on the virtues of the East Bay's Community Mediation Centers at great length.

Before involving the police, before a lawsuit, before violence, there is the promise of mediation.
Christine Byers, director of conflict resolution programs, The Center for Human Development, Pleasant Hill

Express wins twelve Press Club awards
The East Bay Express won twelve awards in the San Francisco/East Bay Press Club's 2004 Excellence in Print Journalism Contest, the only local competition in which weekly and daily print journalists compete head to head. The Express dominated the business and investigative journalism categories, and pulled down a combined total of seven first-place victories.

Columnist Will Harper won best columnist honors for his weekly news column, Bottom Feeder. He also won first place in the business feature category for his article "Publisher for the People" (9/29/04), about a Berkeley-based revolution in academic publishing. Kara Platoni won first place for technology coverage for "I, Robot" (4/14/04), her story about the effort to perfect a functional human exoskeleton. She also won second place in the business news competition for her consumer story "Latinos Warn of 'False' Credit Card" (9/1/04).

In the features competition, Platoni won first place in the lifestyle feature category for "What a Steal" (11/3/04), her story about illegal purse parties. Contributor Lauren Gard won first place in the long feature category for "Good Kids, Bad Blood" (8/11/04), a look at how a ten-year old girl coped with adult-onset diabetes. In sports features, contributor Chris Togneri took first place for his article "Eve of Destruction" (8/18/04), about a demolition derby dynasty. Former staff writer Susan Goldsmith took third place for her story "Mortal Combat" (1/14/04), about a death at a Hayward wrestling school. Justin Berton won first place in the profile category for "Lizard Is a Rat" (10/20/04), his story about a prison gang member who spilled the secrets of Nuestra Familia to federal officials. Music editor Rob Harvilla won second place in the criticism or reviewing category.

In the in-depth or investigative reporting category, Robert Gammon took second place for "Fire and Ice Cream" (9/22/04), his inside look into the 2001 fire at Fentons Creamery and Restaurant. Chris Thompson took third place for "The AXT Way" (3/24/04), the story of how a Fremont semiconductor manufacturer exposed hundreds of immigrant workers to dangerous toxins and then fled the country.

Overall, it was a record-breaking year for the contest. More publications participated (18) than ever before, and more entries were received (350) than in any prior year. Thirteen separate news organizations won awards, including 22 for the Contra Costa Times, 21 for the San Francisco Chronicle, and lesser numbers for the Oakland Tribune/ANG Newspapers, the San Francisco Business Times, Oakland Magazine, The Recorder, the Alameda Journal, the East Bay Business Times, the East Bay Monthly, Nirvana Magazine, San Francisco Insight Magazine, and the San Jose Mercury News. Judges were members of the Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New Orleans, and Omaha press clubs, and Farthest North SPJ.


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