NO LONG SHOT
Thanks for the informative article on Phil Talmadge ["Tough-Guy Talmadge," Jan. 8]. I think George Howland covered the bases pretty well on Mr. Talmadge's background and credentials to make a run for governor. However, I disagree that his campaign for governor is a long shot. I'm a transportation planner and have been thoroughly fed up with Gov. Locke's total inability to lead this state in this era of "government-by-initiative." I blame the governor equally with a timid, do-nothing Legislature and Permanently Offensive Tim Eyman for the crisis in transportation in Washington—now running for about four years continuously. And I believe Gov. Locke's possible campaign may well be more of a long shot than a capable and aggressive challenge from Mr. Talmadge.
The one item Howland neglected to inform the readers about is how to get in touch with the Talmadge campaign. Do they have a Web site?
The Talmadge campaign's Web site is www.talmadgeforgovernor.com. To contact the campaign, e-mail email@example.com.—Ed.
ANOTHER DISAPPOINTING DEMOCRAT
I was very excited to see the cover story about Phil Talmadge and the possibility of some new life being breathed into the leadership of Washington state ["Tough-Guy Talmadge," Jan. 8]. Unfortunately, after reading the article and Talmadge's position statements, it was a disappointment once again. Will the real Democratic Party please stand up?? Show me a candidate who is willing to work toward bringing in the income this state needs in order to provide such "luxuries" as good health care, education, and transportation solutions for everyone, not just the wealthy SUV owners. We need someone who will not continue to give in to the moronic shortsightedness of the Eyman-ites, and then continue to cut necessary public services because there is no money to pay for them!
I think the cover photo of Phil Talmadge is brilliant [Jan 8]. Surely I'm not the only one to notice that the baseball glove he's holding has the inscription "educated heel." Simply brilliant.
BACK FROM SMACK
I just read Rick Anderson's article about heroin and Layne Staley's death ["Smack Is Back," Jan. 8]. I am an addict. And I know so many other addicts in Seattle, too. I first tried heroin (I am 24) two years ago. I almost immediately became addicted. I almost willed it. I don't know what I was thinking. I have quit jobs, sold all my possessions, lost many friends, and alienated myself from the whole world pretty much. I have been clean now since Jan. 1, and I'd like to keep it that way, but I know it is going to be very tough. I actually don't know if I can do it. It's a day-to-day struggle. And I am not what you call a typical junkie, whatever that may be. What I mean is, I don't look in any way like I'd ever be into smack. Thank you for the article on Layne. So sad. Thank you.
DON'T BELIEVE THE BUZZ
Only because I like all you folks at the Weekly do I feel it necessary to caution you against taking all this "P-I is doomed" talk too seriously [Buzz, Jan. 8]. Yes, there are likely to be big changes in the Seattle newspaper market in the next couple of years, but too many observers listen only to the rumblings emanating from the Seattle Times Co.
Let me just remind everyone that the Hearst Corp., the owner of the Post- Intelligencer, is one of the nation's largest and richest communications companies. In recent years, Hearst has come out on top in the demise of joint operating agreements in both San Antonio and San Francisco. They've played this game before.
Think of Clint Eastwood in the spaghetti Westerns. He never said much, but he was always the last guy standing after the gunfight.
I read with interest Knute Berger's editorial outlining the revival of his nuclear fears as a result of North Korea's entry into the atom bomb club [Mossback, "No Shelter," Jan 8]. While it's true that Seattle could be a target should Pyongyang decide it's become time to "protect" itself from the U.S. (you and me), please consider a more imminent threat—the upgrade of missiles at our own Bangor submarine base. Henceforth, submarines visiting our area will no longer only carry 100 kiloton warheads—they'll carry 450 kiloton warheads. Which do you suppose presents us with the more immediate nuclear threat—North Korea or a swabby tech with a hangover?
Also, I've been surprised that few editorials or articles in our country's newspapers seem to rise to the salience of Bush's initial question after 9/11: "Why do they hate us?" It would promise, after all, to rest at the base of our fear and paranoia regarding foreign threats. Is a hardheaded re-evaluation of our foreign policy in any way warranted? Maybe Patty Murray, who was much maligned for her recent comments, is right—or to paraphrase: It ain't the bombs that are our problem, it's the reasons all those folks are so angry at us that we need to attend to.
How would Brian Miller like it if every article he wrote was exactly the same ["Sinking Lee-Ward," Jan. 8]? He shouldn't have been so hard on Lee for making a different movie. If Lee wrote another Do the Right Thing (which I thought was a racist movie), would Miller claim that Lee was repeating himself? I think that Lee has grown as a director. Just my two cents.
David A. Kulczyk
HENRY THE HERO
Kudos to Eric Waggoner on his truthful and accurate portrayal of Henry Rollins. ["Lip Service," Jan. 8]. I began listening to everything the Part Animal Machine had to say from the moment I found out about him almost two decades ago, including each time he said he only had one more album or one more tour left in him. And every time I see him in another appearance or show or read another article, I become more and more a fan of this Cockroach Who Will Not Quit.
I count him among my personal heroes—you could do worse—and look forward to more of his work. Thanks.
Maybe Jos Sances' work is an attempt to reveal the trauma that has existed for over 500 years, felt by Native Americans and people of color in this great U.S. of A. ["The Year in Art," Jan. 1]. Perhaps he's showing that empathy can be felt across class and cultural lines now that imperialist trauma has trickled up to middle- and upper-class white people. Maybe he is suggesting that we cannot go forward in healing without reconciling with the ghosts of our past.
These are just a few thoughts. Fortunately, art is open for interpretation by more people than reactionary crackers like David Stoesz who would dare call a piece about lynchings and Indian slaughters "trite."
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