Field of realities

I feel the people should tell the Mariners to go to hell (see "The once and future game," 7/15). They ask for


"We, the people, who voted this plan into existence, cannot allow this transit initiative to falter or even to be significantly altered in order to please a few private business interests."

Field of realities

I feel the people should tell the Mariners to go to hell (see "The once and future game," 7/15). They ask for all this money for a new stadium, but they don't field a team that can contend for a pennant. Enjoy the new stadium, but don't hold your breath for the World Series.

Tom Schreck


Critic all wet

In his smug rant against Safeco Field ("The team that mistook its stadium . . ." 7/15), architecture egghead John Pastier called its retractable roof "a costly and unnecessary status symbol," and "an absolute nonnecessity, since Seattle gets less rain during baseball season than any major league location outside California and Arizona."

Hello? McFly? Were you in Seattle this spring (and this so-called summer)? The weather has been so wet and gloomy that even lifelong natives have removed sharp objects from their homes and offices.

Have you ever visited Kansas City? Dallas? Milwaukee? In those cities you can get three inches of rain in an hour. Then it stops. In Seattle we get constant mist for days on end.

In a telling throw-away line, Pastier said the Seattle Pilots were "stolen away in 1969 by a Wisconsin car dealer named Bud Selig." In truth, Selig rescued the team from the brink of receivership in the spring of 1970. Why? Because the Seattle Pilots' attendance of 677,000 in 1969—a season decimated by bad weather—was the lowest of any expansion team in modern baseball history.

Pastier got the year wrong, but what do you expect from a guy who tells you it doesn't rain in Seattle?

You don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. But if you ask an architect, don't ask John Pastier.

Bruce Taylor


Time for fork ball

Since Mr. Ellis has gone public with the idea of sixty million more public dollars for the Mariner stadium (see "The once and future game," 7/15), it is time for the rest of us to let him have the benefit of some real outrage. Neither a river of tears from him nor any sort of tortured justifications from the Public Facilities District should make any change to the responsibility of the team owners to make good the excessive costs of that rusty eyesore next to the Kingdome. It was the PFD that ridiculed the lone voice that suggested honoring the taxpayers in naming the stadium. It was the owners who demanded the hasty schedule, and who produced the lowball cost estimate whose taxes we voted down. They who take such pride in being captains of industry—let them now show us some real management responsibility. Fork over, gentlemen, and just give thanks for the distance that the stock market has climbed since the Legislature blessed you with taxpayer financing for your private sports palace.

Hank Bradley


Nude baseball

Great job on the discussions of Safeco Field in the July 15 issue (see "The once and future game," 7/15). Finally someone in the media has noted that the Emperor is not wearing any clothes.

Mac Ice

via email

Don't be LA

Wait a minute. WAIT A MINUTE! The drop-the-light-rail discussion is not adequately considering the future of commuting downtown (see "Downtown Showdown," 7/15). The take-care-of-our-street-level-businesses-during-transition discussion is where energies should be focused. From what I have read and heard in meetings, I think our rail planners are doing a pretty darn good job. Hats off to them. Everyone must show support for light rail—or we will all be living the LA lifestyle for years to come.

Albert Hughes Jr.

via email

Keep plan on track

I am responding with some dismay to "Downtown Showdown" (7/15), in which the Downtown Seattle Association urges that further study be done on the transit plan being developed for the downtown Seattle area. The plan, as passed by voters in 1996, enjoys a great deal of support, even though at times it may be muted. The benefits this system will bring far outweigh any initial inconveniences it may incur along Third Avenue. Sure, there may be added congestion on the surface while alterations continue underground, but these are temporary in nature. Busses rerouted along Third could conceivable run on electric trolleys within the limits of downtown in a bus-only thoroughfare similar to the one extant in Portland. This would not deter pedestrians from patronizing local businesses and may actually be a boon inside the ride-free area for any tourists leery of navigating downtown streets. We, the people, the silent majority who voted this plan into existence, cannot allow this transit initiative to falter or even to be significantly altered in order to please a few private business interests. Let's not have this suffer the same fate as the Bogue Plan of 1913 when powerful downtown interests effectively scuttled a plan to build a 33-mile subway system because City Hall would have moved north. This plan is not a perfect cure-all to the congestion plaguing Seattle, but it is a beginning and can offer a viable alternative to automobile use.

Richard Schulz


Sex censors

I read your article on the double standard being applied to the movie "Coming Soon" ("Not now, girls," 7/8) and can't help but be annoyed that once again, the institutional establishment in this country has suppressed the voice of women. The world seems to be dominated by clueless men who can't handle female sexuality, or sexuality in the context of women. The airwaves and movie theaters are filled with pretty damn vulgar expressions of male sexuality (think Austin Powers), but a woman can't even make old jokes about blowjobs. There is something severely wrong here.

I've seen tons of movies about teenage males and sex from their perspective. It is hard to pick out a girl-driven movie on this topic. Are we as a society only concerned about the presence or portrayal of teenage sexuality when it involves women as the primary characters? It seems like it. How much more unjust can you get than to deny half the human race an authentic portrayal of itself at this critical juncture in life?

I encourage everyone reading this letter, and the associated article, to spread the word about it to their friends, and what they think about the totally absurd restrictions being put on it by the censors and distributors. Maybe if we demonstrate, through collective word of mouth and buzz, that there is a market for this product, and that behavior of this type by the movie industry is not appreciated, something will change.

Thomas Leavitt

Santa Cruz, CA

Sinister "Scoop"?

Eric Scigliano lumps the Jackson School Outreach Programs in with other "vehicle[s] for promoting trade orthodoxy under a public aegis" in his July 15 Q&D. I am assuming he is referring to our June 28-29 Summer Seminar on Globalization. Had he bothered to call one of the coordinators of this seminar, he would have learned that we presented a well-balanced educational opportunity which included sessions on human rights, child labor, history of global trade, media and transforming consumerism. Far from being some kind of sinister plot to inculcate free trade dogma in students via teachers, it was a wide-ranging discussion on ways to bring all the issues related to trade agreements alive in the classroom in a way which could empower students to be important players in these debates in whatever way they see fit. The WCIT program may or may not be the single point of view forum Scigliano portrays it as, but I can assure you that the JSIS Outreach Programs are not.

Keith Snodgrass

Outreach Coordinator

Jackson School of International Studies

University of Washington

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