Your Letters

Immigration Center

Jim Wood, I am writing about your October Looking Back article “Work in Progress.” I always enjoy photos of San Francisco Bay before the bridges and this one is no exception. What I regret is that you chose to flesh out the story with a mention of the “Angel Island Immigration Center,” which you characterized as an immigration center “processing” Asian immigrants. This is incorrect. It was an internment camp used to confine and detain Japanese Americans (some of whom were U.S. citizens) and Chinese immigrants from about 1917 until 1940, when a fire burnt down the Administration Building. I would have preferred a story about the four ships in the center of the photo. You describe them as battleships belonging to the U.S. Pacific Fleet. SUSAN J. DOREY, SONOMA, VIA EMAIL

DUI Feedback

Really? As a reader of Marin Magazine for the past 10 years, I am shocked and more than a little bit angered by the “DUI Timeline” story in your November issue. Instead of telling readers how they can “minimize the damage a DUI wreaks on your life …,” perhaps a better use of content space would be to interview someone who has taken another life while driving under the influence. That might send a slightly less ambiguous message to the readership. Time to be a part of the solution rather than part of the problem, don’t you think? ANNIE SHERMAN, LARKSPUR, VIA EMAIL

While I enjoyed the article on how to deal with a DUI (November 2015), there was some crucial advice that needed to be included: admit to nothing. Any admission, however inconsequential, will be used against you. My friend’s father, a DUI attorney, gave me this advice years ago and it’s saved me from at least three roadside tests from completely unwarranted DUI stops in Marin County (where driving after midnight is apparently all the excuse police need to pull someone over). CRAIG MOORE, MILL VALLEY, VIA EMAIL

More Movie Misses

In your last Mill Valley Film Festival special issue (October) there was an article called “On Location” highlighting movies filmed in and around Marin. One that was not included was Breach of Contract that was in the Mill Valley Festival in 1982 and featured scenes of Marin. It stared Cindy Pickett and included an up-and-coming local star named Peter Coyote. RON KOZMA, VIA EMAIL

Cat Clarification

In the November issue of Marin Magazine you ran an article called “Creature Comforts” that included some adoption resources — the Animal Sanctuary and Care Society was listed there. We wanted to thank you so much for acknowledging our organization in the community and bringing attention to the animals. I wanted to update you that we are only rescuing elderly cats when it’s possible. While we are grateful for the recognition, I would appreciate a retraction in next month’s issue so that your readers are not misled. ELEKTRA PERKINS, ASCS, SAUSALITO, VIA EMAIL

The Future Is Near

Jim Wood, that was a sensational POV (“Who’s Driving,” November). It’s absolutely fabulous to make us think and to introduce us to the thoughts of Bower and Ford. It’s a discussion that should be had around dining tables, during coffee breaks and at conferences. An interesting eye-opener. BARBARA BROOKIN, VIA EMAIL

High Value

I read with interest and amusement your editorial “Marin and the Death Penalty” (August, 2015). Your primary thesis is the death penalty is “barbaric,” yet you make no argument to support that case. When confronted about their positions, most liberals argue for convicted criminals to spend horrid, long lives in prison considering their crimes. Seems to me that is the far more barbaric position. The death penalty is a price that is stated before a heinous crime is committed. It is not vengeance. It is merely an attempt to place a high value on the lives of the law abiding. DAN PISENTI, MILL VALLEY, VIA EMAIL


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