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Regarding Judith Lewis 404 Host Not Found [cover story, March 28], what the e-commerce suckers have never understood is that the Internet is far more effective in bringing small groups of people together than it is in reaching a mass market. To give an example, for 20 years before the advent of Internet bookselling I had been trying to track down the work of the obscure British novelist Jack Trevor Story, and had succeeded in finding one book; with the help of the Internet, I was able to obtain most of his oeuvre. On the other hand, if Id wanted to find a Stephen King book, I could have just walked to the drugstore. As far as mass marketing on the Internet goes, its as if the travois had been invented after the wheel, then a lot of idiots gave up the wheel because the travois was the latest technology.
Robert Fiore Los Angeles
In her piece about dot-bomb history and where the Web may turn next, Judith Lewis hit the nail on the head with the novel idea of starting with a brick-and-mortar community, then reaching out over the Web. Internet success comes only with patient nurturing of real-world communities, person by person, brick by brick. The hard way. The old-fashioned way.
John Sweeney Publisher, The Venice Times Venice
Re: Pro and Condoms [March 28]. If it saves one life, its worth it was not remotely like my actual reaction to the controversy surrounding West Hollywoods Proposition A. I do my best to resist such banal and simplistic responses. Amongst what I did, in fact, say in an e-mail response to writer Doug Sadownick was We fought for mandatory availability of condoms in schools, yet our own WeHo community businesses, patronized by young working-age folk, have not been held to the same standard up until now. It has disgusted me for years. I also indicated I was sad that this had not worked on a voluntary basis. Not as sexy as the soundbite cliché incorrectly attributed to me by the Weekly.
Now that AIDS is no longer hip or good business, perhaps it should not surprise us that even in terminally correct West Hollywood, what should have been embraced and supported has been vigorously fought.
Peter Cashman Hollywood
Re: Pacoima Reality Check [March 28]. Marc Haefele is simply wrong when he asserts that industrial pollution is more serious than motor-vehicle-emissions-based generalized air quality in poor communities such as Pacoima. Across the L.A. basin and in every other metropolitan area, motor-vehicle emissions are far and away the greatest cause of air pollution. If one measured right at the smokestack, some manufacturers emissions might overshadow vehicle emissions, but this would probably not be the case even a few blocks away.
Moreover, motor-vehicle emissions are hardly generalized; they are concentrated in poorer communities. Carbon monoxide levels are much higher near major sources of emissions, such as freeways, than they are even a few blocks away. Freeways are more prevalent in low-income neighborhoods notice, for example, how the Westside has relatively few freeway miles (and that the planned Beverly Hills Freeway never got built).
None of this is to say that industrial pollution should be ignored. Fortunately, and unlike car companies, many manufacturers have recognized that reducing emissions is in their own best interest, since emissions represent waste and cost. Reasonable people can also differ on the relative role of zero-emission vehicles, hybrid-engine vehicles, cleaner gasoline and diesel engines, improved mass transit, and lane-use changes in reducing motor-vehicle emissions. But whatever the strategy, we should keep our eye on the automotive/motor-vehicle ball.
Nathan Landau Berkeley
Mr. Haefele is a victim of GMs and the auto/oil industrys divide, divert and conquer tactics if he thinks EV-1 enthusiasts are the enemy of clean air in the inner city. The development and utilization of electric-vehicle technology will ultimately greatly improve air quality. This technology can also be employed in trucks, public transportation and government vehicles. Do not be fooled by the automotive industry, which has demonstrated time after time it has no interest in improving safety, health or air quality.
Constance Chesnut Los Angeles
Much of Marc B. Haefeles well-researched information on electric vehicles is wrong. I would love to give you a ride in my GM EV-1 to prove the point.
Michael 31,000 miles without visiting a gas station Reagan Moorpark
Marc B. Haefeles article is wrong about the demand for electric cars. The waiting lists for these cars are incredibly long. Consider the GM EV-1: One TV commercial about five years ago, some print advertising that you needed a microscope to read, and the resulting demand? People continue to wait years to get the pleasure of driving this automotive marvel.
Driving a GM EV-1 compared to other cars is like flying a Boeing 737 in the days when DC-3s were popular. (By the way, I really enjoy driving my EV-1 almost as much as flying my favorite airplane . . . the Boeing 737.) And I can easily drive from Santa Monica to Carpinteria without charging my EV-1.
Drive to Las Vegas? Thats what the 737 is for!
Captain Jeff Church San Dimas
In her OffBeat article Immaculate Contraception [March 28], Sandra Hernandez rightly ridicules Roman Catholic Church officials thinking about dispensing the birth-control pill to nuns. Nonetheless, she is wrong about Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VIs 1968 encyclical, being the genesis of the notoriously ineffective rhythm method. The useless rhythm method predates Pope Paul VI.
Juan Gutierrez Westchester
Sandra Hernandez ought to be ashamed of herself not for bashing the church because one of its members suggested the pill for nuns who might be raped, but for calling whats happening in Colombia a civil war. Thats like calling Timothy McVeigh a freedom fighter and the Oklahoma City bombing the first battle in a glorious revolution. The FARC are, despite their leftist posturing, terrorists and mercenaries who grew in power by first defending and then becoming wealthy drug dealers.
Dan Griggs Redondo Beach
BEND A LITTLE
Im writing in reference to All-in-One Redux by Gendy Alimurung [Restaurant Guide, February 915]. Ms. Alimurung did a good write-up of a restaurant Id like to check out in Westwood, but included absolutely no information on how to find this place. I cant find it in the Yellow Pages or online either. Can you please send me the address and phone number for Dr. Js Healthy & Tasty? You may want to print it too so others can find this place. Thank you.
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THE EDITOR REPLIES:
Sorry for the inconvenience. We decided, in the context of an article primarily about familiar fast-food chains (Koo Koo Roo, Jack in the Box, etc.), to omit addresses. Unfortunately, the one-of-a-kind restaurant in the article (Dr. J.s, at 1303 Westwood Blvd., Westwood; 310-477-2721) may have been ill-served by our passion for consistency.