Feedback About the Oakland's Best Of Issue
Knimble is offended, and Sylvia Tellez mistrusts Trump.
While Knimble is grateful to have been featured in your Best of Oakland 2016 edition [July], we were surprised and disappointed by the photo you chose to accompany the write-up, as well as by some aspects of the article itself.
Knimble Oakland is located in a lovely, early 1900s building, and we take great pride in maintaining a beautifully displayed store. The picture that was chosen for a June printing is of a discounted selection of winter hats and part of a rack of jeans. These are not a good representation of the store overall or of our excellent offerings.
The photo choice, in addition to the fact that the write-up directly states that our store is not for people under 30, sends a very specific message that is not in alignment with our actual customer demographics, store presentation, or stock. Reading the article and seeing the photo, as a 35-year-old woman, I would not be drawn to shop in this store.
Brittany Alicea, Vice President of Operations & Administration, Knimble Clothing and Knick Knack
Why, then, on Earth, would you refer to this “creation” [“Fusion Fritters,” July] as “NATIVE AMERICAN” fry bread? It could, just as easily, be referred to as a fancy beignet or doughnut.
Loretta Oden, Oklahoma City
I don’t mind all the quirky things Donald Trump does [“Getting to Know Trump Supporters,” July], but his history of bankruptcy and giving negative nicknames to those who have different views and even bringing a candidate’s family in for ridicule goes way beyond the pale for me. I do believe politics is in for a big change, similar in a way to how casual Friday has become the norm. But I’ll vote for someone who has positive views of how to do things. I have never been a fear and trembling person and am more than ready to do my part in working against global warming; giving confidence to those Americans who are blamed because they are of color, different faith, or their birthplace has no hope for them; and all those coming here because they want what we have. When someone comes along with quirks like Trump but has basic respect and a positive outlook on humanity and doesn’t change his views so often to fit the views of those he is trying to win over—so you don’t know who he really is—then I will consider such a candidate.
Sylvia Tellez, Oakland
Published online on Sept. 1, 2016 at 7 a.m.