“Next to Normal” Review; School Budget Reform …

by on January 31, 2011

To the Editor:

I heartily agree with Buzzin’ Lee Hartgrave’s review of “Next to Normal.” We saw the play last year in New York. Who would have thought that a musical about a bipolar woman and the effect her mental illness has on her family would make a compelling musical? It does. Alice Ripley who plays Diana Goodman, the mother, is fabulous. Ms. Ripley won a Tony for her performance and the play itself was the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama. (It is unprecedented that a musical to win a Pulitzer for drama.) Don’t miss it.

Ralph E. Stone
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Public employee unions are busting budgets everywhere. This MUST be addressed first. Gwen Chan receives over $250,000 every year in retirement pension and this is entirely out of line, as are so many other public employee pensions. Addressing union protections of inept/mentally ill/etc teachers must also be addressed first. No private business or family budgets as Lisa Schiff has suggested. Education must follow the same rules.

Boots Whitmer
San Francisco

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