Oakland Doesn’t Need an LGBTQ District

It’s a city that’s unwilling to let others define it, according to reader David Mulshenock.



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Not Missing an LGBTQ District

Perhaps it’s because Oakland has never needed other towns to define or determine who we are [“No Gayborhood, No Problem,” April]. I can recall gay couple neighbors in every neighborhood I’ve lived in going back to when I was a toddler. Also recall these neighbors being mostly accepted by the rest of our neighbors.

As a straight Oakland native and resident, I slowly discovered Oakland’s deep gay histories starting when I was in high school. I’m 62 years old, forever learning, and hella proud of my hometown and fellow Oaklanders.

— David Mulshenock

 

New Park Rangers

Great program [“Calling the Next Generation of Park Rangers,” April].

— Yoni Mayeri

 

KP’s Tuition-Free Plan

I hope it [“Shaking Up the Med School Model,” April] also includes functional medicine and extensive nutrition as a track in the curriculum.

— Marilyn Chin

 

Yay, Woodminster Market

That little market has an awesome beer selection [“Woodminster Is Calling,” April]!

— David Santillan

 

Another Sheng Thao Fan

I want to add my congratulations to Sheng Thao’s success in securing a position on the Oakland City Council [“Sheng Thao Breaks Through,” March].  I, too, worked with the Hmong community for over 20 years (in Santa Barbara and Sacramento) and witnessed many amazing success stories.  I researched and wrote about Hmong and Iu-Mien women and the changes they have faced in adjusting to American culture, and I worked to smooth their paths through Hmong Women’s Heritage Association, Sacramento Lao Family Association, and Sacramento Iu-Mien Community Organization.  Sheng Thao seems to be a perfect model of gracefully adjusting to new ways while honoring her people’s history. I wish her all the very best and am so pleased to live in an area where women like her can forge the way for all of us.

— Carol Dunstan

 

Those Momos

Cafe Tibet on University Avenue has been selling first-rate momos [“Steamed Dreams,” March) for 20 years.

Also, strange comment about southern Indian being “mainstream” in the United States. Americans think of northern Indian food — chicken tikka masala, matter paneer, naan, etc. — as “Indian food” and restaurants that specialize in southern Indian — dosas, sambar, uttapam, etc. — are far less common and usually serve northern Indian dishes as well since many customers expect these dishes to be served at any restaurant.

— Ben Collins

 

FOB Note

“Gulay” means vegetable, not sides [“Impeccable Filipino Food,” March].

— Erick Lopez

 

In Praise of Town Tavern

Been there and plan to go back often [“A Go-To Place for Comfort Food,” April].

— Howard Harawitz

 

And that is the kind of neighbor one needs ... one with their own bar!

— Sarah Vetters

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