TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN—I was very disappointed to find in this week's edition, (the food and holiday entertainment issue) that you did not include our bakery in the forum about holiday cakes ["Party Wrecker," Feature, Nov 13]. We offer a variety of flavors and designs that I feel are far and away superior to the other resources you've listed. I do hope in future when writing such articles you will take a little more time to research the businesses in your area.

-Rebecca Fontaine, Beaverton Bakery


DEAR MERCURY—Normally 99 percent of the content of your newspaper is trivial ruminations regarding trite, insignificant subjects, which don't really have relevance in the real world. However, thank you for featuring the Pacific NW garment company Filson in your recent issue [Sold Out, Nov 13]. According to recent statistics, sales of retail goods are down to their lowest level since 9/11 and certainly this is related to our high unemployment rates, which were enabled by NAFTA, CAFTA, and WTO policies. If you are the CEO of a garment/footwear company that purports to be local, but only has a skeleton crew of highly paid designers and pencil pushers at your headquarters, and a entire army of exploited workers toiling away at your overseas sweatshop, I'd suggest you move your manufacturing facility to Oregon. While I'm sure this would decrease your profit margin, I'm sure that your quality would be considerably better. Interestingly enough, if you choose to keep doing business as usual, making massive profits off the sweat of what amounts to indentured slaves, then perhaps someday you are going to run out of foolish Americans who are flush with disposable cash or willing to look the other way and blindly buy your product because it has your special logo and slogan. Doesn't that make sense?

-Eric Goble


DEAR MERCURY—I need your help. A strange part of the city—from Pioneer Square to the Pearl—has apparently enforced a media blackout on the Portland Trail Blazers. Last night I was trapped downtown trying to watch the second half of a Blazers game in a breakout road trip of a breakout season for our hometown team. I went to several bars—Momo's, the Virginia Café, Blitz (a sports bar), Jake's Grill—wandering like a gypsy in Siberia. At Virginia Café, they were playing The Godfather, a great movie, but when I asked if they could play the Blazers game, [the bartender] looked at me like an alien and asked, "Uh, what are you having?" Then, at a huge sports bar called Blitz, they, like the others, were playing college football, and directed me to watch the game at P.F'ing Changs. Can you believe that?! Sure, I'd love to watch the game at a shitty chain Chinese restaurant on a tiny TV with the worst of the Pearl. Now, I've heard of problems getting the basics staples of life. But they are usually in Soviet Russia over trifles such as fresh vegetables or penicillin. Nowhere in the world would the hometown professional team be so insulted as to be downgraded past old movies and college ball. I know there is some monopoly with Comcast and the Blazers, but I don't care. Fix this problem. It was bad enough last year that there was a Blazer blackout at the Coast, but not being able to watch the Blazers in the downtown core of Portland is a major outrage and requires major muckraking.

-Jakob Juntunen

ACTUALLY JAKOB, you have a point. It's completely ridiculous that you had such a hard time watching a Portland Blazers game in Portland. WTF? We're not sure if this will work, but if Comcast is reading this: STOP IT YOU GODDAMN MONOPOLISTS! There, we tried. Jakob gets two tickets to the Laurelhurst Theater and lunch at No Fish! Go Fish!, where the only monopoly is on flavor.