Letters for January 8, 2015

Appalling film criticism

Re “Into the Woods” by Daniel Barnes (SN&R Short Review, December 25):

Barnes used the terms “utterly appalling” and “monotonous series of tuneless and barely differentiated refrains masquerading as musical numbers” to describe Stephen Sondheim's score. Without the score, there is no show. And there would not be some 150 annual live stage productions of that show throughout North America, nor would that score have won a Tony Award. It is “appalling” to send a person who is ignorant of the art form to review Into the Woods.

Michael Jackson


Stop pretending to be a journalist

Re “Sacramento Grinches of the Year” by Cosmo Garvin, Raheem F. Hosseini and Nick Miller (SN&R Feature Story, December 25):

Before generalizing and chastising an entire demographic, Raheem Hosseini should at least pretend to be a journalist and conduct more than five minutes worth of research. GamerGate was erroneously painted as a misogynistic movement by the mainstream media due to a combination of unrelated trolls sending threatening messages, journalists protecting their own and opposition to radical feminist influence in gaming culture. This is to say nothing of the numerous female #GamerGate supporters that have been ignored by major media outlets. Suggesting that Rolling Stone’s rape-hoax article was merely “flawed” is not only inaccurate, but it also dismisses the severe impacts false rape allegations have on the accused as well.

You also failed to mention that, while the abhorrent Boko Haram has kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls, they have also abducted and murdered numerous men and boys, some of which were burned alive. Unfortunately, these atrocities received only a fraction of the attention given to the abducted girls.

Brian Donald


A true knucklehead

Re “Thank you, Sacramento park rangers and workers!” by Nick Miller (SN&R Editor’s Note, December 25):

You are a true knucklehead to ride that fast on the bike trail. Road bikes are called road bikes because they should be ridden on the road, not on a trail used by families and recreational users. That’s why there is a 15 mph speed limit on the trail, you idiot!

Charlie L.

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