USE OF FORCE
DEAR MR. [MATT] DAVIS—Thank you for your story on the shooting of Raymond Gwerder by the Portland Police ["Left to Die?" News, July 12]. I realize there are good reasons for police to use force, and most of the time they are justified. However, I would like the district attorney to look at incidents like this one with a more critical eye.
DEAREST PORTLAND MERCURY—I just got slapped... I was slapped while reading your article entitled "Local 'Goths' Protest Sun" [New Column!, July 12]. Do people actually believe that to be a goth there must be idiotic events held at Hot Topic? (That was the first SLAP.) You also forgot to mention that besides working at Dairy Queen and GameStop (second and third SLAPS), we also love working at Cinnabon. FUCK YOU, YOU PUSSIES. Listen up—clove cigarettes and trench coats have nothing to do with goth. Stupid-ass fucking names like "Darkclaw" or "Nightshade" don't register with goth either. These fucking retards mentioned in your article should go back to high school... oh wait, they are. SLAP.
WHERE CREDIT'S DUE
STEVE/ERIK—Regarding the blurb on The Faithful in the Film Shorts section [Film Shorts, July 12]. First and foremost, thanks for mentioning The Faithful in Film Shorts—that was very cool. We've been working on this feature-length project for quite some time and we're totally excited about our screening at the Hollywood Theatre, July 19 at 7:30 pm. But as director, producer, co-editor, and general financier of the video-film (and, it's worth mentioning, dear, dear friend of Justin Wescoat Sanders), did you have to give Wescoat all of the fucking credit? (Apologies, Justin.) I mean, holy fuck, "This dark comedy was made by Justin Wescoat Sanders..."? I'm floored. I just have one question, Hump. Should I be kicking Justin's ass or Erik's for this one?
HAPPY IN POLYAMORY
DEAR MERCURY—I know this response is a little late but the more I thought about it, the more irritated I became. I read the I, Anonymous on polyamory and thought, "what an idiot" ["Too Much of a Good Thing," I, Anonymous, June 14]. I have been in a polyamorous relationship for almost 10 years. My husband and I have been married for 19 years, and my boyfriend has lived with us for eight of those. We are not weird. We are not swingers. We are a family. We all three have good, stable jobs, we own our house (all three of us), and we are more respectful and honest with each other than most "traditional" married couples. Polyamory does exist and does work, for the right people. We are not the only ones. I have met polyamorous families that are raising children. The children are happy and well adjusted. There is always an adult around to take care of, play with, or just hang out and have a conversation with the child. It would really be nice if all types of families could be accepted in this world.
TO THE MERCURY VIA VOICEMAIL—"Fer bein' a Portland newspaper that doesn't support hypocritism, you guys are total hypocrites."
WHATEVER DO YOU MEAN, oh anonymous voicemail leaver of the night? We may never know, but we're still giving you the letter of the week. Give us another call at 294-0840 to verify your voice and tell us where to send your two tickets to the Laurelhurst Theater and lunch for two at No Fish! Go Fish!, where even hypocrites are welcome, as long as they tip.
In last week's story, "Left to Die," we wrote that the police bureau does not employ medics or paramedics. However, the bureau's Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) employs embedded fire bureau paramedics. The police bureau was not attempting to mislead the Mercury by telling us it does not employ paramedics, but has asked that this be clarified. We regret any confusion the reporting of this detail may have caused. Police bureau spokesman Brian Schmautz was unable to confirm whether a SERT medic was called to confirm Raymond Gwerder's death, or comment on why it took 19 minutes for SERT to request a medic for Gwerder before he died.