RE: "Straight Outta Compton, Straight into Now" [Film, Aug 12], a review of the new NWA biopic.

DEAR MERCURY—I'm still conflicted over whether I want to see the movie Straight Outta Compton. My want to be entertained and educated by it knocks right up against the part of me who lived through the ascent of NWA and remembers how threatened the establishment white people felt. So when I read a review, my real question is, "Is this thing a sellout?" One thing is pretty clear: If you don't think your opinion of this movie is going to be colored by your own "cultural perspective," you're fooling yourself.

Joe Barrett


RE: "How We Got Here" [Feature, Aug 5], a look at the history of Portland's city planning regulation and how its legacy is currently manifesting.

DEAR MERCURY—I just would like to say thanks to Joe Streckert and his article on how PDX finds itself in the housing crisis the city is currently experiencing. Up until now, I had been under the impression this whole mess had something to do with greedy developer practices... outdated and lax zoning codes... the sudden influx of rich-ass young professional dicks getting paid absurd amounts of money in industries which produce nothing tangible... being located in a state which still refuses to institute even a 1 percent sales tax ([and] for goodness' sake, make Nike and Adidas pay their fair share)... and a city administration which is SO desperate for creating a larger tax base that nobody much cares about minutiae such as "gentrification" and "destruction of neighborhood fabric."

George Jacobs


RE: "Getting Baked" [Feature, Aug 12], exploring the effect cannabis legalization will have on energy use.

I think this whole issue is a bit overblown. Now, that's not saying the industry couldn't stand to become more efficient, but the grid has already been supporting a huge number of guerrilla and medicinal grows for years—and hey, how about encouraging practices that use that big ol' grow light in the sky?—and maybe we ought [to] examine how much energy is being used by similar industries and compare that to the cannabis industry.

Posted by papaT


RE: "Credit" [Everything as Fuck, Aug 12], in which comedian and columnist Ian Karmel weighs the balance of bad credit with overall quality of life.

I have a crappy job, but other than that life is pretty awesome—because I can buy and do what I need, and some of what I want, as I have good credit. We don't all need to be defined by our jobs to be happy. I hope your success continues, but don't pretend this is the norm.

Posted by pollo


RE: "Displays of Humanity" [I, Anonymous, Aug 12], in which an anonymous author laments changes in the quality of people-watching from a front porch in the Foster-Powell neighborhood.

Most of these people bitching about "new Portland" are disgruntled over the fact that their ignorant fantasy of being able to skate by in life, living in a great and growing city in a prime location of your choice at a budget rate supported by a non-career type job, simply isn't realistic. Also, the notion that all of these people with revisionist views of their past were all badass "creatives" is BS. The fact that you all are bitching about things like improving neighborhood amenities, lower crime rates, people buying and investing in improvements to our older neighborhood homes, etc., etc., makes you part of a rare breed of ignorant asshole who is exceedingly clueless.

Posted by JTR


RE: "So Long, Dear Suckers!" [I Love Television, Aug 12], in which TV commentator Wm. Steven Humphrey retires the long-running weekly column.

Because of this column, I watched some really great TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Raising Hope, which I probably would have overlooked otherwise. Still, you were SO VERY, VERY WRONG about New Girl.

Posted by albert

OPINIONS ARE LIKE BUTTHOLES, albert! We're so very glad that everybody has one. Please enjoy two tickets to the Laurelhurst Theater, where it's just like TV, but bigger.