The Coastal Post - May, 1996

Letters May 96

Fallacious Argument?

I read that schtick (4/1/96) about corrupt governments killing 56 million of their own unarmed citizens, authored by Kirby Ferris using a novel and quaint make-your-own logic justifying possession of guns.

Listen, Kirby, did you know that pants kill? Are you wearing pants, Kirby? Careful, Kirby. A study dating back to WWII showed every dead German soldier seen by Americans on the battlefield had worn pants. Obviously, it's the pants that killed, Kirby. It's ok to have guns, just get rid of your pants.

JOHN SAIZ

Ross

Can't Help Everyone

Re: Mark Adams "Legal Help Sought"

In your April Fools' issue you published a letter from Marc Adams where he asks "don't nobody care?" Enclosed please find a copy of the letter that I sent to Mr. Adams. You will see that he ignored the fact that we do not handle this kind of case. It was because of my empathy for his situation that I tried, without success, to find an attorney to represent him. I would like to reply to his letter as follows:

We do care. In fact, that is why we formed Lawyers On Duty. Our mission is to assist clients in resolving their legal problems in an efficient manner without court or other adversarial proceedings. In addition to our free seminars on various legal subjects, we empower our clients by giving options. Besides offering legal counseling, we also offer a complete line of Nolo Press self-help law books, paralegal assistance, court coaching, and when all else fails, we will assist our clients in obtaining trial counsel. We are proud of our record in assisting people with a wide variety of legal problems. In less than two years we have helped over two thousand people. Many of them would not have had any legal assistance if it weren't for Lawyers On Duty.

FRED A. RICO HURVICH

Attorney at Law

Lawyers On Duty

San Rafael

What Do Women Want?

As a male who grew up right in the heart of the women's movement (I was born in '65 and raised in the '70s), it seems I have been duped.

You see, I always went along with the credos of the women's movement, i.e., "don't treat us like objects, treat us like equals."

Ok, so I have treated women with respect, but as I said, I think I've been duped. It seems to me most women are interested in assholes or wimps. I'm neither, so I'm up the creek. It seems like my approach of respecting women basically makes me unattractive to them. But I'm too ashamed to treat them as objects, and not interested in being one of the p---- whipped wimps.

This is not an issue of my looks: I am nice-looking. As I said, it's an issue of my being duped by the women's movement. Maybe they didn't mean "don't look at us as objects." Maybe most women would rather be treated to some extent as an object and be treated as an equal.

Who knows? I don't. All I can say to other men is if you want to sleep with las chicas don't treat 'em with too much respect, or you'll wind up like me, celibate.

PATRICK FRIEDMAN

San Rafael

Plan For Homeless

The shifting demographics in Marin County are something we need to deal with in a resolute manner. Treating symptoms and tokenistic gestures and eloquent rhetoric will continue to delay any possible resolve on the homeless, transients that frequent the St. Vincent de Paul dining room on B Street, San Rafael. As Suleyman Ozkan is quoted in Sunday 3-31 IJ, the people, "are not dying of hunger, they are dying of loneliness and not having responsibility." Amen to that!

On the front page is old "Blackman Nate" (keyboard player of N.C.R.). Andres is also pictured. The free meal has served as headquartered common ground for N.C.R. since October 1991. So let it be known N.C.R. friends will wholeheartedly work with any and all involved to set precedent and goals to merge the diversity of Samaritan services together in a locale that would furnish clothing, camping, showers and chow to those who would care to have the opportunity to also contribute back by performing some small measure of volunteer time to reciprocate the sustaining of this diversified enterprise and the opportunity to make their own transitions into the workforce and economy. This is basically a simple concept. It only becomes convoluted through "sweating the small stuff." We have a vast reserve of disenchanted, disillusioned, and disaffected dropouts from today's social and economic stratospheres. We N.C.R. say "homeless not boneless." Now, if anything, any appropriate parties that have righteously suffered unwarranted material loss or emotional strain in any direct or indirect contact with any or all members of N.C.R., please be advised I speak to apologize and given opportunity will seek to restore at measure that any contact loss incurred. But it takes working together as in singleness of mind and vision.

John Posado and I are in jail (again). His status is unknown to me as of this writing. Posado has suffered greatly in his quest to do new construction and remodeling on sheer faith, while at the same time providing work experience, shelter, food, clothing and phone for those individuals willing to pitch in. Posado would find properties from the bank that needed to be brought up to building code, before they were lost to foreclosure. We would scrounge the material and I would help provide screened labor, hence N.C.R. (new construction remodel) and New Council Roofing (that I ran by sheer faith alone). My work speaks for itself on Tamalpais Avenue, Fairfax, and Route 12, Santa Rosa. Neon City Ramblers is a loose affiliate of musicians such as "Blackman Nate" (Bolinas, 1977), Mark Keithly, Geoff Schlant, Geoff Craig, Doug Stockham, Dallas "Sometimes" Lucy, Kevin Wiley, Dave McCoy, and we have the pleasure of the edition of two new writer/guitarists major contributors Rye and Jason Richards, brothers up from L.A. Carlos Santana has given us money, has our paperwork and it's possible that N.C.R. might one day get musically involved if the opportunity and the vibes happen. He likes our stuff.

Now, I've had a lot of promises from rich hippies, cowboys, etc., "tellin' me the things they're gonna do for me, I ain't blind and I don't like what I think I see," so I've been, "taking it to the streets." (Doobie Bros., 1977, used without permission). And all my members, associates, affiliates are possessed of a value structure. There has been a lot of disappointments and I know I will have to stop drinking because I am thwarting the potential growth of a positive force and aspiration of lifestyle that will take on a life and momentum of its own if gardened and cultivated.

I'm tired of playin' homeless on purpose. The wild side of life has been parties, brawls, bar-be-ques and beers, but the other shoe has dropped and it's time to pull our outfit up by the sneaker strings.

There are enough brilliant minds, enough resources for us to set a precedent and send a signal to the nation (the world even) on how to deal with displaced persons (homeless) and recycle their energies back into the collective consciousness.

1. We need real estate to establish a base.

2. Transportation to bring people out there, and

3. Folks willing to coordinate administrative functions. Can we do this thing? Can we start this summer? Or do we have to continue allowing these needs to go unaddressed? Somebody wrote the IJ saying the Honor Farm would be good. Can we cut the red tape? Can we please be started? Please write to me as I would like to hear any and all community input with regard to my first draft of a formal proposal on a center to house feed and provide counseling and economic opportunity to homeless persons.

MARC 'TEXAS TAD" ADAMS

President, N.C.R.

Marin Jail

13 Memorial

San Rafael 94903

WeTip Hotline

The WeTip Hotline and the Latino Peace Officers Association (LPOA) have formed an alliance to educate residents in crime-infested communities how they can fight back against crime. The combined efforts of these two established, respected organizations will assist in reducing the growing assault by gang members, drug dealers, and other violent criminals upon innocent families living within the communities that have predominantly Hispanic citizens, both in California and the United States.

Effective this date, bilingual peace officers of LPOA, representing multiple law enforcement agencies of the federal, state, county and cities of California are available for interviews in most cities of California to discuss crime problems within and against citizens and visitors of Hispanic communities.

WeTip are developing a special program called "Owning a Piece of the Puzzle" that allows selective organizations to combat targeted crime problems. LPOA has elected to bring WeTip crime fighting to Latino communities via English or Spanish media, and has committed to provide a speaker for panels of interviews.

To schedule an interview with an LPOA representative, or to find out more about this program, contact Rachel Bolduc, WeTip Media Manager, at (909) 987-5005, ext. 240. Help us to help those in your communities learn how to better protect themselves against crime.

BILL BROWNELL

Rancho Cucamonga

Water Tanks On Mt. Tam

Responding to the discussion of fire safety and its tax ramifications, I have an "old" idea that seems to be to address the issue of a guaranteed emergency water supply and eliminate the need for a $77 million tax hike.

Has anyone suggested creating a reservoir on top of Mt. Tamalpais? This would assure a water supply in case of fire without relying on pumps and old water mains' continuous water pressure to each town via lines buried under the fire breaks.

I sell holding tanks in sizes from 3,000-220,000 gallons. Four of these large tanks placed where the old military station was demolished on Mt. Tam would supply the county with nearly a million gallons of gravity-fed water for $64,000.

I hope this relatively inexpensive and common-sense approach appeals to you.

BRAD SEARS

Sausalito

Time Is On Their Side

When are you blokes gonna get over these Beatles guys? I mean, they broke up 26 years ago, and they're all multi-millionaires. Buy some other albums!

Next time you have the urge to buy a Beatles album, STOP, and try another band!

M. JAGGER

London, England

Money Unites And Divides

I think it's time we acknowledged what the primary, dominating force is in the U.S.: economics. Aren't we all obsessed with money in one way or another, whether we're rich, poor or in between?

Forget the word "state." Let's call ourselves the United Economic Sectors of America." It would be more appropriate. And people could be referred to as "economic units."

What do I have in common with an American in, say, Maine? We live in different cultures, totally different climates, we speak different dialects of English, and we have totally different geographical perspectives, being 3,000 miles apart on opposite coasts. The only thing we share in common is we both are in the same economic system.

Money and its symbols dominate our culture. Is there any way around this fact, or does anyone really care?

KEN BERNSTEIN

Berkeley

True Interests Questioned

Both Dotty Le Mieux and Steve Kinsey have stated that they are environmentalists.

Dotty Le Mieux is supported by the Sierra Club and Elizabeth Terwilliger.

Steve Kinsey is supported by California Real Estate Board of Realtors.

Any questions?

RITCHIE F. COOK

San Quentin

Read Jefferson

April 13 is the birthday of a man who brought a revolutionary change in our lives. Never again would we be forced to do the will of a monarch. We would be the only country in the world where the people would choose their leader. We would be the freest in the world, and the world would follow our revolution.

Thomas Jefferson, one of our greatest Presidents, helped grant us the freedom and protection of our Bill of Rights, and was the main brilliant author of our Declaration of Independence, setting the tone for our revolution: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."

He achieved enough knowledge to be a lawyer, architect, inventor, farmer, and author of the most interesting books, such as "Notes on Virginia." This, and books of his compiled writings, which include his letters can be procured at any bookstore or library. His great thoughts are sure to raise your intelligence.

JOHN N. MARGUIRE III

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Applauds Simac

I must applaud your continued commitment to quality journalism, demonstrated by Stephen Simac's article in the March 1 edition entitled "Conservatives And Liberals Agree: War On Drugs A Bloated Loser." Mr. Simac expresses so eloquently the grim truth of this ugly subject while many others are afraid to admit it, let alone take a stand against it. All we get from the media at large is propaganda and one-sided doubletalk. There is so much to be said on the subject, yet rarely do we explore more than a small portion at best. This article gives voice to nearly all of the major aspects that I could think of, and many things I had not even been considering. He points out specific facts and numbers which illustrate the truth and gravity of situations that many people are vaguely aware of but not well enough informed about to make a difference. I believe that if more people were fully informed and understood what is really happening, more of them would be moved to change the way our country is operating. I believe Mr. Simac's article takes a serious step towards enlightening minds in this way, and I strongly encourage any readers who may not have read this story to read it now, even if you must go out of your way to obtain a copy. I hope others will be stirred and awakened (or reawakened) to their surroundings by this article as I am. Mr. Simac, I thank you for your powerful message and your commitment to change and truth. You deserve to be soundly congratulated and richly encouraged. I hope you will continue to be endowed with whatever it is that makes you fluent, and to write hard-hitting articles like this one. I am 100% in support and agreement with you on this and look forward to hearing more. Three cheers for Stephen Simac and the Coastal Post!

By the way, I would love to do anything I can to make a difference. Can you suggest any key power players on the federal, state or local levels who I ought to write to about this, either in support of their position/actions or calling for a change? Please e-mail care of my school, Empire college, or write me and I will do whatever I can to help. Thank you for your time.

SARAH M. DeBERRY

120 Ninth Street

Santa Rosa 95401

http://www.empcol.com

Car Buyer Beware

Re: Responsible Consumership

Grounding, flipping and turning, double dipping, lemon laundering, undisclosed defects and hidden damage repairs, system selling tactics, lowballing (kinky), highballing (very kinky), artificially shorting supply, siphoning fuel or removal of bumpers or trim items between test drive and drive off, etc. In the age of hyper-capitalism and "everyone for themselves" governmental tendencies, it's more important than ever that consumers inform themselves about major purchasing decisions and make such purchases very carefully. Nowhere is this perhaps more important than in automobile dealing, where aside from inflated prices and unchecked profit creep, Tricks of the Great American Car Dealunfair, manipulative and fradulent sales and service practices cost our friends and families hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

The proper role for consumers in a free marketplace is to negotiate quality and price and exert a controlling force on escalating prices. "CARveat EmptorTricks of the Great American Car Deal," is a free website on the Internet for consumers interested in repairing the Great American Car Deal, checking profit creep one deal at a time and obtaining "Fair Care Sales and Service Practices" consumer protection legislation to protect consumers from sham in the auto sales and repair industry. Pull in at CARveat Emptor on the Internet (http://www.well.com/user/kr2) (clip, share and save this letter for future reference) and share this information with friends and family and give them a fighting chance in getting the best possible deal on their next new or used car purchase or lease, and to avoid the many tricks of the auto trade.

Happy wheeling and dealing. Practice safe car deal sex! CARveat Emptor!

RAND KNOX

San Rafael

Criminals' Rights Thwart Justice

"Roll the cameras," Sunday, March 24, San Francisco Chronicle sent a message to the voting public.

President Clinton, true to form, grabbed a photo op that tells people what they want to hear, promising more money, more schools, more teachers, less work for students, and no new taxes.

Candidate Dole, the old pro, takes on a bureaucratic monster, an on-going spending machine known as the "Criminal Justice System."

Only in America do criminals get more protection than victims. In my older generation, if a man raped a minor (under 18) boy or girl, and his semen was found, he was a criminal under the law and forfeited his civil rights. Hardened prisoners serving life had their own code of justice forcing child molesters to be put under protective custody while serving their sentences.

Judges, do your duty.

ALEX T. COUTTS

Corte Madera

Deaf Ear Turned To Bicyclists

Fran Brigman, of the Marin Open Space District, tells bicyclists, "If you want to build a trail, meet with us." What a sick joke! Bicyclists have conscientiously tried to talk to her for over five years. We have offered to work with her to help plan, build and improve trails. In response, we have been ignored, berated, lied to and belittled.

We have been subject to incredible double-speak designed to mislead the public. The District has designated anything other than vehicular fireroads as "single track trails." Trails less than 8 feet wide are designated as "narrow trails," and anywhere that bicyclists propose access is automatically designated "an environmentally sensitive area."

We have recommended responsible and respected members of the community as our representatives for the "bicyclist seat" on the District's Trail Committee. The District gave the seat to a person unknown to the bicycling community who won't even make the time to meet with us.

Bicyclists are the largest user group, but we have absolutely no voice or representation with the Open Space District. Fran Brigman's actions have so alienated bicyclists that she has lost all support for the District. The District's acquisition fund is now empty, and the last three attempts to raise public funds for Open Space failed because of lack of support. I guarantee that future attempts will also fail until all responsible users are treated with respect and included in the process. This will probably require replacing Brigman with a fair-minded and trustworthy person.

EDWARD BOWLES

Mill Valley

English First

The education of our children, or all our children, is too important a responsibility to let it fall prey to hate politics and racialism.

For human beings language is not only an expression of culture, but an essential survival skill. Language is so important that highly specialized areas of the brain evolved to process it, and children will imprint on the phonemes of the language their parents and siblings speak while they are still infants. However, children also have the capacity to learn other languages very easily as they grow up, as linguists and neurophysiologists who specialize in the study of how languages are learned know.

The predominant language of North America is English, except for Quebec, where they speak French, and the predominant language of South America is Spanish, except for Brazil, where they speak Portuguese. It therefore makes sense to learn how to speak English well if one is going to live in the U.S. or Canada, and Spanish, if one is going to live in South America. As a bilingual person myself, I enjoy the many advantages of being fluent in both languages and have always felt that many Americans are culturally handicapped if they are not able to speak anything but English.

It is also important to realize, however, that English is the international language of business and technology, and that most educated Europeans, South Americans, Asians, Africans, and the many peoples of the Middle East, speak it as a second language. Therefore, not to be fluent in English is a serious global handicap, and it is the responsibility of both schools and parents to teach English as a first language to American children, and then Spanish, French, Portuguese, or whatever, as a second language, at the parents' discretion.

"Immersion," as it is being used in the proposed San Rafael program is a misnomer. True immersion programs, such as those of the Berlitz School of Languages, the U.S. Foreign Service, and the military, work precisely because the student is totally immersed in the new language, and is not allowed to speak English at all. I don't understand how immersing children in Spanish in school is going to help them learn the English they will need to function in today's world. If these children hear Spanish at home from their parents and siblings, and Spanish in school from their teachers and classmates, when are they going to learn English? These immersed Hispanic kids will continue to drown in Spanish, and never learn English!

Besides, it has been my experience that those of us who take up English as a first language are much more skillful in its use than those who do not. Whether it is in L.A. or in Miami, those who still consider Spanish their first language instead of English, wind up speaking Spanglish, which is neither of the two.

This Spanish-first plan proposed for San Rafael schools is similar to those already implemented by the Los Angeles school district, where Black American children are being taught in Spanish because they are a minority there, to their educational detriment, and to the despair of their parents who don't see how it can possibly benefit them. "Immersion," as it is being prescribed for San Rafael, may be politically correct in Marin, but it is pedagogically incorrect, and most importantly, it will hurt the kids, all the kids. It is just another hairbrain "don't raise the bridge, lower the water" scheme, and those who support it speak with forked tongues, whether they do it in Spanish, or in English!

ART LLEBREZ

San Rafael

World Order

Few people realize that what these days gets termed the "new world order" is actually the old world order. Business as usual, but with money interests gaining control of more and more around the world.

Hence I respect your April editorial column which sees the implications of this situation of global oligarchy: namely, that multi-national corporations cannot be controlled by national governments and that this "startling contradiction" invites "the creation of global government."

And there are other pressing reasons why global government is not only desirable, but an unquestioned necessity (if one analyzes the Big Picture). Let me offer a few examples, and add that I whole-heartedly agree with you that the (implicit) rules of "Capital" are destructive to human needs (at least for the majority of the world public).

But I digress. Some other reasons for global government now: How else will the nations give up the weapons of mass destruction unless all disarm under universal inspection everywhere? And only a (democratic) world federation/government could supply the confidence needed to accomplish this goal. Was Einstein talking about world government when he used the phrase that we needed a "new way of thinking"?

The potentially lethal ozone news by the Coastal Post's Jim Scanlon deserves world public interest journalism award, and the possible ozone problem needs each nation's attention without exception. A world federation could insist upon compliance. In a similar vein, global warming (or cooling)_ due to CO2 buildup (pollution) may be a crisis if the signs of climate change are an indication.

Finally, note that the World Constitution and Parliament Association convenes a "Provisional World Parliament" (Innsbruck, Austria, June 26-July 5, 1996) under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth and will discuss the "Earth Dollar: with a "new global finance and credit system."

ROGER KOTILA

The Publius Group

San Rafael

The Ruinous History Of Forfeiture

There has been a groundswell of interest in the practice of "forfeiture" as employed by police at various levels or government as well as by federal officers working under more than one department. Many Americans sense that the whole process of forfeiture is rapidly getting out of control. Stephen Simac wrote an excellent piece in the Coastal Post (April 1). There is presently a magazine called F.E.A.R. Chronicles (20 Sunnyside, Suite A-204, Mill Valley 94941) (forfeiture endangers American rights) which reports on the on-going legal and individual-rights problems relating to this activity.

In the January issue of "Z" magazine, Susan Meeker-Lowry, writing on the same subject (Asset Forfeiture) traces forfeiture practices back to the Anglo-Saxon period in England, noting modern seizure activities in England were related to the mid-17th century Navigation Acts, and in America to the government's Civil War legislation. Much of Ms. Meeker-Lowry's piece deals in depth with of the pseudo-legal police manipulations of our own seizure acts.

An interesting description of the political, economic and social devastation which took place in Europe with the confiscation of private property during the Inquisition is found in the Encyclopedia Britannica (1960 edition, pgs. 377-383) and may serve to alert Americans to the dangers of similar acts by our own various government agencies.

The Inquisition, which found its origins in Europe as a vehicle to suppress breaches of orthodoxy, resulted in civil penalties of banishment, torture, death and the confiscation of property, and eventually expanded to such a degree that in Spain particularly, wide areas of commerce and industry were held ransom to its activities.

As Inquisitory Commissions toured the countries to "stamp out heresy" the Inquisitor, arriving in a town, would gather the inhabitants and addressing them, call upon the heretics to confess. If no heretics came forth, money and indulgences were offered to any who would "assist" in denouncing their fellow villagers. The Chief Inquisitor was an absolute dictator, ordering imprisonment, burning at the take, levying fines and confiscation of property at will. Since he paid no taxes and was not required to give an accounting of his property seizures, the whole process mushroomed out of control.

Observing the monies to be had in such property confiscations, European rulers joined with the popes against the "heretics of the empire" as early as 1220. The French kings, to make sure they received their share of the booty, even assigned a special officer (the procureur des encores) to incorporate confiscated personal property and landed estates into the Royal Domaine.

With the rapid expansion of the Inquisition, the effects of property confiscation began to undermine the economic underpinnings throughout Europe, since in any transaction the chance of entering into that deal with one who might later be designated a "heretic" was a risk. A wealthy family with landed estates could be reduced to poverty overnight, and even the expectations of inheritance, so important on the continent, might evaporate in an instant since posthumous trials for "heresy" appeared on the scene in the early 14th century.

The Inquisition, exported into the New World by both Spain and Portugal, lasted well into the 19th century and though Napoleon ordered it suppressed in 1808, it reappeared only to be finally abolished in France in 1834.

This long and painful European experience with physical intimidation and property confiscation exhibits the extent to which the unbridled passions of human greed, function in an atmosphere of suspicion and fear and with the impetus afforded by the bribery of witnesses, can undermine the whole of society. Both Stephen Simac's and Ms. Meeker-Lowry's pieces suggest that U.S. is well on its way into a similar morass, and that forfeiture should be outlawed in our country now, before more damage is done to the fabric of society as well as to our law-enforcement agencies.

EDWARD W. MILLER, MD

San Rafael

Screen Immigrants

After losing my spouse of several years, I moved into a quiet neighborhood in Santa Barbara. My plan was to make a new life. I had a small inheritance that was to go towards opening my own clothing design business.

My formerly quiet neighborhood was taken over by criminals from Mexico smuggled in by my new slum lady. The new neighbors were dealing hard drugs. The men stood around in front of my house drunk most of the time saying abusive words to me in Spanish when I left my house. One Thanksgiving on my way home I was almost attacked by five Mexican men, saved only by a stranger walking down the street towards us; I lied and said he was my husband.

The situation only got worse. A Mexican man with one blue eye and one brown eye tried to break into my house twice. I called the police, and complained to my slum lady, whose only comment was, "They pay me $50 cash each week to live on my property why don't you move?" I gladly would have moved, but my own economic situation had worsened after a toxic waste spill affected my health.

Because I, a single, middle-aged white woman, had dared to complain, I was constantly harassed and called vulgar names. Eventually, I ended up broke, sick and homeless. I had a nervous breakdown. During this time there were two murders in my neighborhood related to these people.

All immigrants from everywhere should be screened.

LORRINE HALL TROMBITAS

aka

NO TIME the mime

San Anselmo

Feels Privacy Threatened

Bravo for Stephen Simac's "Supreme Court Agrees Cops Are Robbers" and "Privacy? Ha! You've Got None!"

We are living in an electronic surveillance age, in which Big Brother and Big Business harvest "confidential" information about us (financial, medical, educational records and more) with virtually no public rebellion!

Perhaps your articles will awaken a few more people from their television/consumerism induced trances.

ANDRE BACARD

Stanford

Notes In Bondage

Arrival at San Quentin in chains herded into a bull-pen cell. Miserable, angry, wishing this was a dream. Sunk into a crystal blue funk. Can this be the result of my life?

Convoy to West Block, one thousand tiny two-man cells, and the noise is tremendous.

The sign says, "No warning shots first." Why not? The cons won't be shooting back.

This cage is much too small for two humans, too small for one. Like a zoo, like an animal.

Eight shower heads, 50 human beings. How is that possible? It is, I've seen it!

A guy died from appendicitis; a simple medical procedure on the streets. Chances of getting two aspirin for my headache are almost equal to winning the lottery.

Someone got stuck. Tension surrounds this ancient pen like a blanket.

Wheeling and dealing, tobacco is like money, stamped envelopes like gold.

Wish I had something to read, anything. Maybe today I'll get some mail. "Hey, stop, you got something for me?" Shut up inmate!" Damn, I'll count the bars again and listen to the vine.

Saturday night. Gonna be comedy night. Got a funny con down below. Come on man, make them real funny tonight. Laughing feels good sometimes, if you can...

The smoke is killing me and I'm a smoker. Is this hell? Almost! Five tiers of hell, almost.

Turn this shit around, okay, okay, you got me, not my mind though, I'll keep that. Ain't no reform, plenty of misery offered though. But I ain't gonna bite. I'll do what I can to change, to reform myself, to retain my right be a human being. I'm not an animal and I don't plan on becoming a monster if I can. I'll reform myself with faith, hope, God, kindness, whatever it takes. I ain't coming back here once I'm freed, but I'm here now and the sign still reads, "No warning shots fired!" Damn, it's tough losing freedom. Freedom! I miss ya!

But being free with permission of society is not truly being free...

ROBERT PHILLIPS

H-09249

P.O. Box 617

Jamestown, CA 95327

This Bud's For You

I been reading in your paper and a free paper up here in Sonoma County, reading people's letters about depression and breakdowns and anti-depressant medications.

I say, why rely on pills? Drink beer or wine! Beer sure helps relax me. You can find some buddies to drink with, hand at bars, or stay home and drink in front of the t.v. Then you won't be labeled as a freak for taking those anti-depressant pills.

I have had some buddies that felt they were overdoing it with the liquor, but they went to AA and it seemed to help them out! And beers much cheaper than that medication and it's more popular. Give it a shot.

JARVIS BOWMAN

Petaluma

Deny And Conform

Over the last year I have read some accounts of depression and other mental problems in your letters to the editor, and one or two articles.

As a financier in the business world I see that anyone with any tendencies toward a "depressed" personality is not marketable for employment. Sad, but true. Perhaps it's different in other fields of employment, but I rather doubt it.

In addition, I have known a few colleagues who began medication for depression and lost their health insurance and credibility within their fields.

I myself have always enjoyed brandy before dinner and two or three glasses of wine with dinner, and occasionally a cocktail at lunch. I believe this a more acceptable means of "anti-depressant." The cocktails relax me and the worst side effect is drowsiness. And liquor of course is the drug of choice in the business world.

It does not make sense to jeopardize one's career and economic status by admitting to depression.

JAMES BOLLINGER

Kentfield.

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