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Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012

Letters: Obamacare, naked sushi and restaurant grades

Our readers tell us what they think

The U-T’s messed-up thinking

Your editorial about Obamacare in the March 28 issue was one of the best you have written. Within limited space, you managed to describe all the angles, and especially the craziness of some of the angles.

For example, the U-T quote about employers eliminating health plans: Not only, as you said, is there a solution for this that the U-T decided to hide from it’s readers, but your article also demonstrated the U- T’s messed-up thinking, not realizing that a single-payer system makes businesses more competitive, which is the whole point for a conservative newspaper—oh, sorry, a supposedly conservative newspaper.

But most importantly, your article asks the question: Do you want to live in a society of sick people? Brilliant. Thank you.

Demetrios Voreades,

North Park

Sex and the sushi

Chef Jonathan Gage, who’s on the cover of the April 4 Food Issue, must be a fan of the first Sex and the City movie. Samantha’s character covers herself with sushi just like on your cover and waits for her boyfriend to arrive home.

Guess I’ve outed myself as a Sex and the City fan.

Dan Adams,

Bay Park

Women aren’t serving trays

Regarding the photo that accompanies the Chef Gage article and is left unexplained [The Food Issue, April 4], I would like to know why a person is being objectified in the photo.

As a joke, Sasha Cohen (Ali G. or Borat) would gladly point out the irony in an article that’s obviously interested in progressive equality while serving food on the body of a human being. He did just that in the movie Bruno while interviewing Paula

Abdul about her humanitarian efforts. He obviously had the sense to know what he was doing, but reading your article accompanied with a photo of a person being used as a serving tray, without any intentional reason for the presentation, I feel it reflects poorly on all people involved with the display.

I know some of the people involved with Suzie’s Farm, and I will be sure to tell them the negative impact of the image being presented with the objectification of a naked woman as a serving platter. I’m honestly shocked that this image is left unaccounted for. Further, I would be shocked if there was ever a valid reason for the use of this photo, other than to show a person’s misunderstanding of how people are objectified.

This unexplained photo leaves me with a negative view of CityBeat, having it on the front cover no less. It certainly shows what Chef Gage and CityBeat think of women. Why this photo was not questioned prior to publication relates volumes as to how far CityBeat needs to go before they are actually socially conscious. I would think social consciousness would have been a prime reason for Chef Gage to be considered by Vernon Franck to be “understanding of social systems intimately.”

There is seemingly unintended irony with this issue.

Ben VanRoy,


‘A great service’

Thank you so much for alerting us to the unsanitary practices of the eating establishments profiled in your April 4 issue.

You have done a great service to the community. It would be just great if you could make this a weekly feature instead of just once a year.

Julio Çoronado,

South Park