Letters for the week of November 29-December 5, 2006 

Readers comment on Craig Bueno, air traffic controllers, and sexual addiction.


"Playing Hardball," Bottom Feeder, 11/8

Heckling a heckler
I'm a heckler. My name at AT&T Park is Tigger, and I'm usually in LF. I'm a good heckler, one of the best. I go for laughs, not personal abuse, and never attack noncombatants (like wives, mothers, etc., since they aren't allowed to play). Craig Bueno is a trash-mouthed, woman-hating freak, and I would be the first person to demand his removal if he ever talked smack like that in my park — but the staff there would have kicked him out first.

There are limits to free speech, and hate speech. "Fighting words" and the like are not covered. Disrespecting someone's mother is hate speech, sexist hate speech at that. Attacking the female relatives of a player is the same sort of misogyny that leads to rape in war; that is, raping "their" women to get at the men. I daresay that Bueno wouldn't say stuff like that in a Latino 'hood to a Latino, and that makes him a pussy. He's a double pussy since, as a big, brave firefighter, he DUCKED the chair and thus helped get his wife smacked in the face. A real man, and a real firefighter, would have caught the chair, or blocked for his wife. It's pretty obvious he has no respect for any women, nor does his wife for herself.

Women who allow men to attack other women are far too common, and that's why violence against women is so prevalent. Women "play down" the violence of the men who "protect" them, since they've bought into the Male Protection Racket, which amounts to letting one man abuse you so the others won't.

I hope the Rangers tear him a new anal orifice, I hope his essential pussiness is exposed, and I hope someone sane in the FD fires his ass, since any "man" like that is a danger to all women, and any "man" who won't even protect his own wife is a brother of Ted Bundy. And I hope that pathetic doormat of a wife gets a good lawyer and takes everything he has when she dumps his pathetic ass.

Having a pussy is better than being one, and if that pottymouthed scumlicker ever shows up in my town, I'll take the time to enlighten him on respecting women. With extreme prejudice.

And I hope all the Rangers get the porn loops of his mother put on the big screen, since any "man" who hates women that badly has a mother who should have been spayed. Just because his mother doesn't deserve respect doesn't mean that all women are like that. The fact that the women in his life have allowed him to live this long is why he's such an unmitigated asshole, or, should I say, A'shole?
Elizabeth Frantes, San Francisco


"Trouble in the Air," Feature, 10/18

A "scab's" perspective
Your article on the FAA and safety of the American skies was biased to the extreme. From your perspective on the subject, I would think that you were one of those militant, disgruntled, ego-driven, power hungry, ex-PATCO air traffic controllers who went out on the illegal controller strike in August of 1981 and weren't eligible to get rehired like your jerk friends Tilley and Moberg.

For what it's worth, I was one of those "newly trained rookies in 1981" who, after being honorably discharged from the US Air Force in 1976 after five years as an air traffic controller, had to wait five years to get a job with the FAA because Jimmy Carter was president and a federal hiring freeze was in effect. Like most of the other active duty and former Navy, Army, and Air Force controllers who replaced 11,000 of the 12,500 that were in the FAA, I was trained by the ones who stayed/came back before the firing deadline. I was also, as most new hires, subjected to the daily gauntlet of spitting, vulgarity, treats, and insults from the former PATCO members that so graciously left their posts so I could get a good-paying job after the military and five years of doing college, making pizzas, flipping burgers, fronting rock bands, and generally just waiting for the FAA to call.

Controllers are afforded, by law, at least eight hours between shifts. If the controller in Lexington was working on only two hours' sleep, it was his/her own damned fault. And guess what, one of the top priorities for controllers is to look out the flippin' window and insure, i.e., know the position of an aircraft prior to any clearance to taxi and/or takeoff.

I'm not going to take the time to contend with your article line for line, but I will say that the ex-PATCO rehires have been more of a hindrance than a help. Most are working at the lower-level facilities so they can put in enough time to be eligible to retire. Most of us "scabs" who are still in the FAA don't want to be working side by side with spitting, name-calling, ego-driven "I'm better thanyou'll ever be" attitudes of the rehires. The only unsafe thing we have to deal with now is working with those malcontents and the crappy traditions of contention they have passed down to NATCA.
A Bay Area air traffic controller (name withheld by request)


"Addicted to Sex," Feature (Letters to the Editor), 10/25 (11/15)

The healing begins
My name is "Nicole"; I am the one who the story is about. First let me start off by saying what a fantastic journalist I believe Ms. Gard to be. She is the kind of journalist that we as Americans are blessed to have. Thank you for taking my story and retelling it in a very respectful and heartwarming way. It was indeed the most horrific experience of my and my young child's life. Yet through your eyes and your words it has helped me heal somewhat.

I would like to express to Ms. Leslie Lemon of Alameda that I applaud your courage and your strength to come forward and admit that you have suffered from this addiction. Your honesty will hopefully make it possible for other women to come forward and get the help they so readily deserve. I know that Ms. Gard was trying her best to find female addicts just as she was men to come forward. They are out there, but no one came forward on her numerous attempts.

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