To go along with the "Olympic bombs" [1/11], how about the Oh-limp-ic press corp. Mr. Downey goes to Olympia? I think not. I think


"OH NO! GOD FORBID THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ACTUALLY HAVE TO THINK!!!! No!!! That would make a movie 'boring'!!!"


To go along with the "Olympic bombs" [1/11], how about the Oh-limp-ic press corp. Mr. Downey goes to Olympia? I think not. I think he went to Oh-limp-ia. What else could explain such Oh-so-limp-ia reporting. Had he been in Olympia he'd have seen no one waiting at the Secretary of State's office when it opened Monday, but 15 minutes after it opened he'd have seen me filing the first initiative of the year, hours before you-know-who arrived.

As to you-know-who and you-know-WHOISM, let's set the record straight once and for all. You-know-who is not "a one man fourth branch of government," you-know-who is a POLITICAL CELEBRITY. Created and promoted by the MEDIA. A media desperate to CREATE exciting news on the political front because the plain old reporting of politics is, let's face it, downright boring to those left with the task of doing so. And boring doesn't move pulp, PULP FICTION moves pulp.

What else could explain NEW, FRESH, AND EXCITING you know who being mentioned in each of the first five paragraphs of the article while the same old boring head of state was mentioned but once in the same space. And so should we, as readers, not decide to hold the media to the same scrutiny as we do those we elect to office, we will, in the Governor's words " just have to live with the consequences."

Sincerely, the Bigger, Longer, Uncut version of you-know-who,



Rare indeed

The Seattle Weekly had the photos reversed on the cartoon images of Sid Snyder and Clyde Ballard on pages 20 and 22 of "Let the games begin" [1/4]. The caption assessing Sid Snyder as a leader was correct, however. Sid is indeed rare. He is respected and well-liked by everyone on both sides of the senate aisle, as well as by those standing behind the pillars. Why? Because he likes people. He treats everyone around him with respect. He is no snob. He listens; he doesn't lecture. He works hard for the interests of both his southwest Washington constituents and the state at large. And lastly, we can all trust him to never, ever let those right wing jerks-in-waiting have the upper hand while he's majority leader. Praise the Lord!



An absolutely awesome letter

I couldn't quite tell if your article was bashing the movie [Cast Away, reviewed 12/21], but it's headline had definitely indicated that you had, saying it was "boring" and "pointless." Well, I happened to enjoy the movie, along with MANY others. Everyone I've talked to about it who have seen it, LOVED it! I think what you need to do is think. The definite most AWESOME thing about the movie "Cast Away", was that it made you think. OH NO! GOD FORBID THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ACTUALLY HAVE TO THINK!!!! No!!! That would make a movie "boring"!!! Geez, man. The problem with Americans these days is nobody THINKS anymore!

The movie "Cast Away" brought a brilliant insight on the world, hope, and living faith. It indicated the tremendous importance of going on even though not all things work out the way we want them to, which is an absolute fact!!!! My mother and I took our neighbors to see the movie with us, and after we saw it, we spent an hour, and could've gone more if it hadn't've been so late in the first place, about different aspects people could get out of the movie. I had gotten the impact that going on is so important. Some of them (our friends) had gotten the impact that the movie gave out the "live every moment as though it could be your last" idea. Now how many movies can offer such a good message these days, especially in this sick society where every movie made these days focuses basically on duminuendos (sp?) about pre-marital sex being okay (which it isn't), killing, and of course, cussing up a storm any time they want! I was SO relieved (you just don't know HOW relieved I was!) to see that this movie didn't focus on that!!! It did have some messages that Chuck and Kelly were living together before marriage, but it at least didn't focus on it! I was so happy! And two cuss words! Geez!!! That's a world record!!! And the music: ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!!!!!! I'm a music freak and sure did enjoy this movie's supply of such!!! Hallelujah and praise Jesus!!!! Anyhow, just thought I'd make my input. I'm sure sorry you didn't get much out of the movie because you're missing out on SO much.



Star authorization

I was delighted to see your article mentioning Kepler College of Astrological Arts & Sciences ["Surfing for the stars," 1/11]. However, you included one major inaccuracy. We are an authorized, not accredited, college. All colleges have two stages: The first is when they initially obtain their authorization to grant degrees. The second stage, accreditation, only comes after the college has been open for a number of years. This is an extremely important distinction: Colleges who claim to be accredited when they are only authorized can lose their authorization.

The other point is that we are in our second term. The first Symposium was held on the campus of Seattle University. This second Symposium, which begins today, is being held at Bastyr. The Symposium is the residential portion of our 12-week term. The other 11 weeks are spent working online.



Infinite idealist?

George Howland Jr.'s editorial about Maria Cantwell's apparent contradiction between her campaign platform of campaign finance reform and the reality that she spent $10 million of her own money ["Buying elections," 1/11] was based on the most sophomoric logic, that I can't believe the Weekly's editors published it. Either Howland is an idealist of infinite proportions (in which case he should move on from politics to another topic), or he has not thought things through further than step one.

Cantwell must play by the current rules in order to be in a position to change them. If every politician who was in favor of campaign finance reform based their spending upon the reform they propose, none of them would be elected and there would be no opportunity for change.

In a later article ["The morning after," 11/28], Mr. Howland explains why he would not vote for Vice President Al Gore in the 2004 elections and that he wished he had voted for Ralph Nader. He listed his top 3 reasons for his decision, and number 3 was that Al Gore was too stiff and wooden. Ah yes, now there is a reason to vote for Ralph Nader and not Al Gore! I suggest that the Weekly find more mature writers that are capable of more than coffee-shop logic.



Inalienable Car

I applaud Brian Miller's refusal to further participate in the infamous "Mercer mess" ["The morning after," 12/28]. His splenetic diatribe eloquently expresses the frustration, anguish, and impotent rage of a motorist stuck in traffic. In his closing paragraph, Miller hints at a solution to the problem. I disagree with the monorail concept, but relief is at hand in the form of our existing public transportation system.

If all those Queen Anne residents, Seattle Center event attendees, shoppers, and commuters would just cut the umbilical and leave their precious single occupancy vehicles at home, the problem would go away. That's right: Quit whining and get on the bus!

The culture of the Car permeates our society, and its main tenets are these: Our vehicles define us; if you don't drive a car, you're nobody; public transportation is for losers. Long considered an icon of individual freedom, the Car is today regarded as an inalienable right.

Early in the 20th century, the Car was the mop-up squad of Manifest Destiny, contributing as much to the oppression, displacement, and destruction of this continent's indigenous peoples as the steam locomotive or the Colt Peacemaker. Since the 1950s, the Car has been the single most ruinous force behind the decay of "family" and "community." Somewhere along the road, the Car stopped working for us, and we started working for the Car.



Angela Gunn, Hero

Angela Gunn is a treasure. Her writing seems always strikingly insightful and well considered, and it has a smoothness and a flow to it that suggests it comes easily to her (a notion that I imagine will send her into hysterics as likely as anything). Her candor makes her writing compelling, and her wit makes her a joy to read. She is the reason I look forward to Wednesday updates to the Weekly's Web site.

She wrote recently about a series of year-end "best" collections, ". . . there's all that time spent alternately screaming with pleasure and weeping at the thought that one will probably never be able to write like this" ["Bested by the bests," 12/7]. She should know that her own efforts draw the same reactions from this wanna-be writer.

Enough third person. Angela, you're my hero. Thanks for all the chewy writerly goodness. I'm looking forward to next Wednesday.



Zoning particulars

Thank you for "South Park stinks" [1/4], which highlighted the plight of South Park residents breathing dirty air polluted by Long Painting Company. I want to clarify one comment in the article attributed to me. The article states that I think that the Long Painting site now classified as an industrial buffer zone should be rezoned by the city as a high-impact manufacturing area. We think the existing zoning should stand because that zoning prohibits high impact manufacturing facilities. We are asking the city to classify Long Painting as a "high impact manufacturing" facility so that it will be an unlawful use under the existing zoning. The article correctly states we are in strong opposition to the facility being classified as either "light or general manufacturing" (uses that are allowed in this zone) because of Long's significant impacts to the health and safety of area residents.



Letter o' the week

Your biased reporting on the subject of firearms is appalling [The Pet Lady, 11/17/00]. You liberals just can't stand the fact that you are losing the gun control battle.

I am a Vietnam combat veteran familiar with guns and know up close and personal what weapons can do.The rate of firearm misuse is steadily declining. Fear the government that fears your guns.



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