DEAR MERCURY—Canvassers will definitely be invited back to Election 2009, when the most effective political persuasion technique will again affect the outcome ["Not Invited Back," Feature, Dec 25, 2008]. Are you glad a pro-environment, pro-universal health care Democrat is our junior senator and not Gordon Smith? Thank a fucking canvasser.

-Robby Kunkle


DEAR MERCURY—RE: "Not-So-Public Humiliation" by Matt Davis in the Portland Mercury [News, Dec 18, 2008]. I believe it is about time the cops are subjected to some humiliation, perhaps a good measure of it, for them to know how we feel when they humiliate us whenever they have an itch to do so. If they don't have anything meaningful to do, let them please stay in those expensive buildings we, the people, have built for them.



TO THE MERCURY VIA VOICEMAIL: This is for Ann Romano. My name is June Acosta, June Potter Acosta is my byline. I'm a writer, and an old woman by the way, 84 and still working at it. But here on pg. five of the January 8 Portland Mercury, under Friday, January 2 [One Day at a Time] she mentions "800-year-old director Ridley Scott." Now, what does she mean by that? What do you mean by that, Miss Romano? Possibly it's an obscenity to be old? There's that implication. I resent it. I am 84, still functioning well, and my most important cause is to exemplify that old age can and should mean a continuation of solid intellect, creative abilities, and memory.


DEAR MERCURY—In [Ezra Ace Caraeff]'s piece about recession and the possible effects on the local music industry ["Of Money and Music," Music, Jan 8], not one promoter mentioned the adjustment to their business thinking that would get me out three to four nights a week: starting shows earlier. Let's face it, promoters are missing a big demographic of music lovers who simply can't go out two to four nights a week because shows start too damn late. I wake up at 5 am each morning to go to work. My aging body is steadily losing the fortitude to arrive at a venue at 9 pm, wait around until maybe 10 pm for the openers to begin, and then hope the headliner comes on stage around midnight. Very few promoters advertise a consistent starting time for live music to begin, and rely upon a dependable, yet small demographic of committed folks to support them regardless of lapses in professionalism (starting late, running out of PBR, having shitty service, etc.). I would hope earlier shows would allow venues to concentrate their all-important liquor sales efforts on happy-hour, dinner-time, and pre-midnight sales rather than continue perpetuating the fallacy that the bulk of their sales need to occur from midnight-1:30 am. I went to an AMAZING Saturday night show this past weekend; I paid an $8 cover, bought four drinks, tipped, and purchased $30 worth of merchandise. But when I looked around during the headliner's third (albeit long) song, there were only about two-dozen people still in the venue at 1:20 am. The venues and artists have the opportunity to make a cultural shift that will increase their viability in a crappy economy if they choose to. It would just take time, communication, and some consistency. I, for one, would be more than happy to support them more often, especially during the workweek, should they make that decision.


CONGRATULATIONS TO WILLIE for presenting us the opportunity to prove to June that we are not ageists, by awarding a proponent of early bedtimes the Mercury letter of the week! Willie scores two tickets to the Laurelhurst Theater and lunch at No Fish! Go Fish! where the soup is quite easy to gum.