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David B. Cruz, West Hollywood
Ryan Gierach’s otherwise thoughtful piece about West Hollywood’s decision not to fly the rainbow flag above city hall year round is marred by its attempted over-use of “federal law.” According to Gierach, “flying the gay flag in the center of a set of three flags atop city hall is unlawful by federal code.”
This is not true. The federal flag code is hortatory, the national government’s recommendations for how to display the flag. It does not make uses that don’t follow its guidelines “unlawful.” (If it tried, it would raise a grave First Amendment issue.)
The debate over our city’s display practices should continue without pretense that federal law somehow dictates a resolution.
David B. Cruz is a Professor of Law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.
Larry Block, West Hollywood
I respect you. You’re a great guy and long term community man.. I’ve quoted your book, I’ve been inspired by your writing… You are a WeHo champion and your points are well taken.. some don’t see it the same way; some see it as a personal attack. But all in all… I’m good on it.
You earned my respect and I can’t respect anyone more than the guy who wrote that book that I refer to over and over looking up the streets of palm, the bisexuals and swinger… all settled into this place called the Sherman rail yards.
Well, there’s no sign of Sherman and maybe in 50 more years there won’t be a sign of Boystown or a gay flag either.. there are only 3 places they hand on Santa Monica and maybe one day they will come down too.
Editor’s note: I don’t suppose anyone took my meaning on the Christie bit, huh? I referred to his politicking skills. He has been repeatedly called the most talented natural pol to hit the national stage since Bill Clinton. To those of you who though I was calling Mr. Block a bully, or overweight or corrupt, revisit the sentence with this information in mind.
Paul Manchester, West Hollywood
Great piece on the rainbow flag tempest. Well thought out and well expressed.
Thanks for cutting through the myopia.
Marco Colantonio, West Hollywood
We hope that everyone will attempt to understand and analyze all sides of a discussion before taking a position, but often many do not. Perhaps, for lack of maturity, necessity or practical experience; it’s often easier and more convenient to take the stance: “It’s their way or it’s the unfair way!”
Mr. Duke’s opinions seem to be speaking to the later.
James Duke Mason is actor, blogger and activist… [whose] blog also offers his conjecture on a multitude of subjects like his analysis of Edward Snowden… or in his critique of Mathew McConaughey’s Golden Globe win for his heart-wrenching performance in the Dallas Buyer’s Club.
I understand different opinions coming from diverse walks of life and Mason’s commentary is from one raised with a silver spoon. Consequently his is simply glib, a sort of “pseudo activism” that comes with little experience and at no personal cost. A perfect example of Wilde’s “Youth is wasted on the young”!
James Duke Mason does indeed have the luxury of being glib, raised in an environment of privilege and enormous wealth hailing from a dynasty of Entertainment Industry and Hollywood Royalty. Most of his formative years were spent with his mother and father living the south of France, frolicking on the hillsides of Provence. How much GLBT activism or discrimination was he exposed to growing up on the French Riviera?
For most of us there has been enormous pain and loss in our fight for Equality and in understanding this, the symbols of our movement are sacrosanct and hopefully wielded with a more thoughtful reverence and respect, in memory of those who fought and suffered to achieve whatever level of equality we enjoy today.
In my heart the rainbow flag is synonymous with West Hollywood, but it is not the flag of all who live and love in our city. If there was a movement to incorporate the rainbow flag into the flag of West Hollywood, I would support that with every breath, but until then, I air on the side of inclusion not exclusion; not my way or their way, but the fair way!
Todd Rimes, Venice Beach, CA
A couple of times lately I've ventured into West Hollywood and the same parking nightmare occurred around 12AM on two different Saturdays.
1) The entrance to the parking lot behind Tender Greens was blocked with a sign that said "Lot Full" even though I watched 10 cars leave while I waited to turn across the crosswalk teeming with pedestrians (I won't even START on that).
2) The gated entrance to the library's south parking lot was closed even though there were over 100 open spaces according to the red LED signs and cars were streaming through the exit. There _was_ also ample room in the north lot to VALET park for a flat rate of $10.00, though.
I hope a large part of that $10 payola is going into your already well-lined coffers. I won't pay $10.00 (or more!) to valet park my car, handing my keys over to a stranger and affording them the chance to rummage through my car for personal information. ESPECIALLY when there are open metered spaces 20 feet away, infuriatingly blocked from my reach.
The request I have is that if West Hollywood doesn't want me to self-park in metered public parking — and simply doesn't want me to visit or spend any money there — could you just let me know in advance so I can stop wasting time driving there?
Joel Bellman, Los Angeles, CA
Happy holidays and best of luck in your new editorial direction. I'm 100% behind your insistence on publicly identified, verified signatories to letters to the editor.
That's a venerable old print tradition lost in the initial internet craze that never should have been abandoned, and I'm glad to see that you're committed to reinstating it.
Kurt Bledsoe, West Hollywood, CA
I thought this was supposed to be news, not the Editor's place to rant and rave about what he likes and does not like. Horrible, horrible. The man on fire at Halloween, you will see, accidently set his costume on fire. I have thought this the whole time.
The people cheering, I am sure, thought it was some kind of Hollywood magic, part of a show. It was so random and quick, how would anyone think it was a tragedy? To say they should shut down Halloween for a year is just plain silly. It would serve nothing.
The man who died was there to have fun, just as everyone does every year, I doubt he would want to be the cause of it being shut down. I hate reactionary situations, you do not even have all the facts.
My issue is with your lack of being a good journalist. Your opinion is not important, the facts are, and as I said before, your conclusion was inane. It is not your job to suggest what should or should not be done, it is your job to give the story, with as much truth and research as possible. To make assumptions is wrong, and as it turned out, you were wrong.
I am sorry you do not like the outcome. I used to love to read your online newspaper, but now it feels more like a place for you to vent.
Oh, and someone who disagrees with you is hardly a bully.
Marc Leger, West Hollywood
This death comes as no surprise to me and my family. Every year has brought increasing chaos and hoards of individuals (reported to be 500,000 this year) from around the greater L. A. area.
In doing so we have seen a rise in people bringing dogs and small children into what has become a mass mauling and definitely not a place for the a fore mentioned dogs and small children to be subjected to a crushing crowd.
It is potentially dangerous situation where a child or even an adult could fall and be trampled underfoot before anyone could come to the rescue.
There is also the issue, mentioned in the article, of the food stands or facsimiles of stands, selling food that is hygienically questionable.
These stands should never have been allowed to proliferate and if nothing else they should be held to the same standards by the Health Department as any restaurant along the boulevard.
Because this "party" has become a total zoo and definitely out of hand, we no longer attend this event and will encourage others to avoid it at all cost. It is time for West Hollywood to put a stop to this mess before a much bigger tragedy takes place.