Pier Ricco 
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Re: “A's Fan Ejected for Heckling Lew Wolff

Jorge Leon certainly is courageous -- as an Oakland native (now relocated) who has had Coliseum security in his face at more than one of the 100+ Raiders games I've attended, I can tell you, they can be intimidating. Whether you agree with Jorge or not (and I think almost anybody who won't make money on the potential move does), his willingness to stand up to Coliseum security is what being an American is supposed to be all about: voicing a dissenting opinion, in public, in a non-violent, non-abusive way. I think some would argue that since the A's are owned by a private citizen (Wolff), the stands are not a public place, and Wolff's employees have the right to control or remove someone they see as a negative or disruptive influence. But Garth Kimball, who's quoted in the article, makes a good point: the Coliseum was and is publicly funded, and the A's don't "own" the stands; county taxpayers do. A further argument for the "public forum" idea is how often, and how intimately, government gets involved in MLB issues. Anybody else remember senate hearings on steroids in baseball? I do. Clinton appointing a federal mediator for the '94-'95 strike? Yup. To assume that these things happen because our elected officials just love the game so darn much is disingenuous, if not downright naive. These were issues of PUBLIC interest, because baseball is IMPORTANT TO US. The mere fact that so many stadium projects (like the Coliseum) are publicly funded makes this, to my mind, irrefutable.

I concede security has the right, and the duty, to remove someone who is making the game unpleasant for other fans. But that's not what's happening here -- this is spin control, pure and simple, and it's being funded by taxpayers. I don't think Wolff/Coliseum staff could make it any plainer: they fear Leon's message, because they know he's right, and they're praying he doesn't wake anybody else up to what a raw deal Wolff's trying to give Oakland. So RIGHT ON, Jorge -- in an age where big bucks dictate more and more of what we can say, and how we can say it, you have the guts to stand up for what you believe in, in the face of Wolff's stooges. If you end up running for public office in Oakland/Alameda County, I just may have to move back and vote for you. --Pier Ricco

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Posted by Pier Ricco on 04/29/2010 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Urbane Renewal

Dear Mr. Doe: First, your comment about Mr. Horn's inability to "let go of his bitterness" implies you think people of color (including combat veterans) should just shut up and be happy with whatever charity they may receive, regardless of the oppression and abuse they may have suffered in the past, or still suffer today. I believe I heard the word "uppity" in there somewhere. Second, I think it's unlikely you helped work on Mr. Horn's house, and I'd bet you don't do much at all to help others in need. If I'm right, you don't have a legitimate reason to comment on someone else's gratitude or lack thereof. Finally, your pseudonym displays some cowardice and lack of originality to go along with the borderline bigotry. I'd be happy to hear your response, but doubt you'll have the courage. I hope YOU have a nice day.

Posted by Pier Ricco on 05/07/2009 at 11:51 AM

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