Letters to the Editor
South County, Represent
Re "Making Morgan Hill," (Cover Story, Aug. 20): Guys, I enjoyed reading your article on Morgan Hill. It was well-researched, well-written, and it was nice to see that South County is being recognized. As you pointed out, there are a lot of people who live down here. I only take exception with the lead in ... "After decades as a sleepy backwater." Those of us who live down here don't think of it as a sleepy backwater, we think of it as a nice place to live that is better than points north. So please do come and visit, just don't stay too long.
With regard to your issue of Aug. 13 ("Postcards From the Edge of San Jose, Cover Story): Your format and approach—selecting one significant issue per district that needs to be addressed—is really terrific.
I'd encourage you to continue this approach. Develop a matrix that follows further progress on each of these issues on a month-to-month basis. Add additional issues each month, again on a district basis. But don't ignore surrounding cities (Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga, etc.).
If you develop a simple, graphic matrix of issues raised vs. responses delivered, I believe you'll have a very powerful tool that is unique to Metro.
The Mania Years
Just saw your article dedicated to "Video Mania" (Silicon Alleys, Sept. 26, 2007). Thank God I'm not the only person who remembers this amazing store. The movie selection was second to none, but what floored me was that they rented video games. Absolutely no one was doing that at the time. Atari, Intellivision, Vectrex, and ColecoVision were all there. Amazing and saved my parents a lot of dough. And when I turned 18? Of course I had to see what had been behind that black curtain for all those years.
If I recall correctly, the owners names were George and Nikki. No idea whatever happened to them. Anyway, thanks for the stroll down memory lane.
Grasping at Plot Threads
Re Tell No One ("Le Fugitif," Film, July 9): This was a mesmerizing escape film. I enjoyed it despite its being so convoluted that I am still trying to figure out the tangled plot lines. One reviewer said that the film proves that people will go to any lengths to protect children. Did I miss something? There was a baffling scene in which an old man describes his sense of foreboding when he put the child in his care on a school bus. If there was further mention of this child, I missed it. The only other child was the baby in the first scene. Was that the child who later climbed on the bus?
I had this same sense of partial comprehension when I saw Syriana. I rented the DVD soon after. My second viewing of the film gave me the plot clarification I needed. I'll be renting the DVD of Tell No One when it is released in October.
I am cursed with the need to fully understand—not just let the film wash over me, as you suggest. Shouldn't a film be comprehensible in one viewing?
Santa Fe, N.M.
Re "The Fisher Princess" (Stage, July 16): I am a 58-year-old bipolar person (diagnosed at 50). Carrie Fisher has proven that anyone who has this sometimes-unbearable disorder can overcome her disability and still shine as an artist, actress and writer. She has been my inspiration for many years and I admire all her accomplishments and fearlessness in "coming out" and still not giving a damn what anyone thinks. She has done more to bring this sometimes-awful "thing" into the light, not only with humor, but with incredible honesty. I thank you, Carrie, from the bottom of my heart. You keep on going, girl.
Westlake Village, Calif.