PORTLAND MERCURY—The "artistic" layout that accompanied excerpts from local writer Kevin Sampsell's new autobiography was so egregiously misogynistic that it is now featured on the local watch blog Misogyny Spotlight ( ["A Common Pornography," Feature, Jan 7]. Misogyny hurts women and girls. Please stop.

Leigh Anne Kranz


Religions get way too many special rights ["New Year, New Laws!" News, Jan 7]! Keep your religion private and to yourself. Why should I have to be subjected to seeing your religious clothing and hearing your religious prayers in my workplace? My beliefs are very anti-god and anti-religion. Am I allowed to wear clothing that professes my anti-religion and anti-god beliefs?

posted by luckybulldog13 on


I think that Slappy Cakes provides a great overall "experience" ["Good Gimmick," Last Supper, Jan 7]. The staff is wonderful and the atmosphere is great as well. The ability to almost immediately start making pancakes while waiting for your main meal is a completely new and wonderful evolution on my breakfast experience. Since they have only been open about nine weeks, I am sure they will continue to improve the execution of some of the dishes. I have eaten there four times, and each time the menu had evolved and the food quality had improved as well. I hope they do well and I will continue to return and hopefully enjoy it more each time.

—posted by zipzap8 on


Just wanted to chime in that I too miss Thingpart greatly ["Panic!" Letters, Jan 7]. Replacing a comic now and then is fine but Thingpart was golden and replacing one great comic (Thingpart) and one so-so comic (Slow Wave) with one gigantic, so far not-so-great comic (Techno Tuesday) is a sad, sad trade. And how about giving Achewood another chance? The dude is a Portland resident now! I have seen his rejection tears!!

—posted by rocketpunch on


First they came for Chinatown... and I did not speak out. Then they came for the hiphop clubs... and I did not speak out. Then they came for the homeless... and I did not speak out. Then they came for the Greeks... and I did not speak out. Then they came for...? Keep it up, SAMDY (Sam + Randy), soon enough you will have buttered that stale piece of white bread you call a downtown.

—posted by zipitup on


If you don't have the sack to buck up and stand up for yourself any time some backwards-thinking shitneck fucks with you, you can expect to keep getting fucked with ["The Last Bash," I, Anonymous, Jan 7]. And, frankly, if you're so much of a pussy that you can't defend yourself and your right to do whatever you want with your genitals, you DESERVE to get fucked with.

—posted by Rip City Hustle on


Hold on, Ann, you're glossing over the most important point, which is YOU CAN CHIP YOUR TOOTH WHILE FLOSSING [One Day at a Time, Jan 7]?! That is so messed up. Either Robert Pattinson really chipped his tooth in some other, more embarrassing way, or I'm suing my dental hygienist for failing to warn me about flossing's risks.

—posted by dmitrir on

GOOD POINT, DMITRIR, be careful at the sink. Dmitrir wins this week's letter prize, with two tickets to the Laurelhurst Theater and lunch at No Fish! Go Fish! where you'll find lots of yummy things to extract from between your teeth later that night.