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November 18-25, 2009

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Letters to the Editor

Stupid Loser Idiots!

WHAT'S with you? You give 10 pages (yes, 10!) with six blah photos to the article about gangs creating mayhem on the soccer fields (a worthy endeavor for sure, but ...) and only one page plus one column line to the A&E story about, as you put it, "one of the greatest living landscape painters," Richard Mayhew, who has just been elected to the National Academy of Arts and Letters, "considered the highest artistic recognition in the United States," with no photographs of his art ("Land Beyond," A&E, Nov. 11). According to your article, African/Native American Mayhew has three concurrent retrospective exhibits at prestigious museums in the Bay Area. Don't you think at least a couple of photos of his paintings would be in order to entice and encourage people to attend those exhibitions? What an omission. I hope you will correct it in your next issue.

Jaki Christeve,

Dying For A Drink

DID YOU know that there are no "new" water supplies? The water we have now is the same water that was here with the dinosaurs. Our blue planet, Planet Water, is comprised of 70 percent water, yet only 1 percent of that is accessible freshwater. Yet since the Industrial Revolution we have polluted half of that 1 percent! So now globally, our clean accessible freshwater supplies are down to 0.5 percent. This truly makes water our most precious resource as people are literally dying around the globe for a drink. We need to acknowledge the incredible importance that water plays in our lives, in every organism's life; that water is a lubricant, hydrating the body and planet to maintain functionality. The importance of water needs to be reflected in our built environments. We need to educate ourselves, gain ecological and hydro literacy and take a larger ecosystems view. We need to consider how our actions affect the planet's ability to sustain life, ours and every other living creature. I recently watched an inspiring lecture concerning water by Brock Dolman and I stress to anyone who loves clean water to do some research and learn about this vital resource.

Summer Swallow,

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