Weed (no, not marijuana) cookbook needed


I read Sunday’s article about edible weeds with a chuckle. Some 80 years ago growing up on a farm in Minnesota I heard that some weeds, what we called lambs quarters, were edible. I had to try them so with my mother’s assistance we cooked up a batch. Just like spinach, one of my childhood favorite vegetables. On another experiment nettles didn’t prove to be so good, sort of slimy. There was also sorrel, which was good if your were just lying around on the lawn with itchy fingers. Years later I added some nasturtium flowers to a dinner party salad, but no one would eat the salad.

Is there a cookbook with clear pictures of the edible weeds? I have lots of chickweed in my lawn and would love to give it a deserved end.

Gordon L. Deegan
San Carlos

The well deserved full page  thank you to Patrick Marleau in the July 16 Mercury News (Page C8) begins with, “There aren’t enough words to describe what you’ve meant to San Jose.” As a life long bleeder of teal I would say “CLASS ACT” covers it.

Barry Goldman-Hall
San Jose

More on pot-cocaine entry drug debate

Just as Mark Thorson (Letters July 17) stated that he felt the need to respond, I, too, need to give my point of view. Back in my younger days of experimenting with drugs, crack had not been invented. However, I will admit that I did use cocaine and marijuana, and I mixed the two many times. I would put some marijuana into a pipe or bong, and then sprinkle some cocaine on top before lighting it up. So, to say that nobody spikes marijuana with cocaine, is just plain not true. I knew many people who mixed the two drugs.

Of course, this was almost 4 decades ago, and perhaps Mr. Thorson was experimenting at a different time. Also, I heavily disagree with his assertion that marijuana is not a gateway drug. It absolutely is!  And like Mr. Thorson, I speak from experience.

Jonathan Huddleston
San Mateo

Finally French leader admits Nazi complicity

Better late than never:  France’s new President has forcefully and publicly acknowledged his nation’s complicity in the murder of thousands of French Jewish citizens during World War II.  Going back before the Dreyfus Affair there is a long history of French anti-Semitism. Now with the large Muslim population from North Africa it has taken a new form.

He also acknowledged that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, something that much of the world is reluctant to accept. Hopefully this young leader will be able to point Europe in a new direction when dealing both with Islamic extremism and anti-Semitism, which in France seem to go together.

Gil Stein

Islam isn’t a theocracy; Saudi Arabia is one

Anyone who can write the sentence “Every religion is a theocracy” does not know what a theocracy is. A theocracy is a government fused with a religion which imposes the rules of that religion on everyone, believer or not. Thus, “Islam” is not a theocracy, but Saudi Arabia is. In this country, we have freedom of religion which, unless we want the government in the business of deciding what is and is not religion, must include freedom *from* religion. Anyone elected to office who cannot recognize and separate their own religious duties from their responsibilities as a representative of people of all religions pushes the government he or she ostensibly serves toward theocracy.

William Gascoyne
San Jose

Top-two system pushes loyalty to voters first

I must disagree with T. G. Holford’s opposition to the top-two primary system (Letters, July 16).  Under the old system, each party nominates its favorite and provides him or her with support. Whoever wins the primary owes loyalty to the party more than to voters.  With the top-two system, a candidate who does not have the backing of the party organization can win a spot on the general election ballot. That is why both parties were opposed to the top-two system, which was enacted by initiative.

Where there is a dominant party in a district, it cannot restrict the number of people who enter the primary or prevent someone who represents the voters more than the party from being on
the general election ballot and possibly getting elected. Together with redistricting by a non-partisan commission, the top-two primary is an important aspect of political reform in California.

Merlin Dorfman
San Jose


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