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Only the thickheaded or willfully obtuse could say with a straight face they believed Extend the Monorail meant precisely and literally that. . . .


Thank you for the thorough coverage of Seattle City Council members' ignoring their obligation to the law and Seattle's citizens in favor of felons and campaign donations ["The Rainmaker" and "Barely Naked Truth," July 30]. A few additional perspectives on this fiasco may be of interest to readers.

First, the votes of Nicastro, Wills, Compton, Drago, and McIver are a slap in the face of every citizen who volunteered time, thought, and energy to the neighborhood planning process. If this rezone and the expansion of Rick's stand, no neighborhood plan can be expected to prevail against lobbying and campaign donations.

Second, because Seattle used the neighborhood planning process to respond to the mandates of our state's Growth Management Act, these council members have essentially thumbed their noses at the GMA.

Third, according to the article, the building permit for the expansion of Rick's was issued on June 18, after being submitted on Jan. 10. Seattle City Council Ordinance, Section 2: "Through June 30, 2003, or until new land use regulations governing the location of adult cabarets take effect, whichever is sooner, no use permit shall be issued, nor shall any use permit application or building permit application be accepted, for any new adult entertainment premises as defined in SMC 6.270." This ordinance was sponsored by none other than council member Nicastro. A similar ordinance (121117) recently extended the moratorium through June 2004.

I drove by Rick's; the building under construction is on a separate lot from the existing building and clearly will expand the footprint of the existing facility. That would seem to me to qualify as new premises for "adult entertainment."

Finally, the council members involved seem not to care that none of their actions with regard to this rezone request passes the smell test. I will be interested to see whether Seattle voters care, either in September or November.

AJ Skurdal



Judy Nicastro's shady campaign financing infuriates me because there was a time when I believed in Nicastro ["The Rainmaker" and "Barely Naked Truth," July 30]. I believed she was on the side of Seattle's ordinary people. Whether or not she violated the law could be debated for hours on end, but what matters is that she has become, in the most nauseating sense of the word, a politician.

Dominic Canterbury



I am responding to the article "Barely Naked Truth" [July 30]. If local newspapers would give as much ink to issues that really matter, such as child care, environmental stewardship, social services, and helping the homeless, rather than to sideshow politics with incessant strip-club coverage that doesn't matter much in the grand scheme of things, then maybe we'd see more progress in addressing human needs in our community.

Heidi Wills has been a champion for providing quality child care, funding community health clinics, addressing our health care crisis, and supporting human services and programs that make a real difference in people's lives.

Strip clubs are legal. Get over it! I support Heidi Wills because she is improving the quality of life for people in our community. The people of Seattle deserve coverage of substantive issues by local media.

Joy Abraham Horiuchi



Interesting piece on Christine Gregoire ["Tiger Lady," July 30]. Why didn't Nina Shapiro mention the fact that Gregoire's office was sanctioned and fined about $450,000 for destroying documents during the OK Boys Ranch debacle?

This episode alone would be enough to give pause about Gregoire's becoming the chief executive for Washington state. Typical politician? You betcha! She got her hands caught in that cookie jar and refused to be a man about the episode.

But then, Gregoire's office also supported the entire perverted law- and-justice system in the Wenatchee sex ring fiasco, in which many people were arrested, adjudicated, and sent to prison for having orgies with children and then had their original convictions overturned, vacated, or withdrawn by appeals courts.

Where was Gregoire? Sitting on her big fat ass while looking for big-ass bucks within the tobacco industry. Gregoire never said a word about the horrible actions of Child Protective Services, police, prosecutors, and judges in the Wenatchee area. Her silence was deafening.

Gregoire is a joke. She may look good for the cameras, but the reality is she doesn't give a shit for the average person in Washington state.

Stephen Hughes



Yes, as Knute Berger points out in his column [Mossback, "Civic Amnesia," July 30], history is important, and communal memory allows us to make civic decisions (we hope) with greater clarity and perspective. But Berger himself distorts the history of the Seattle monorail movement when he claims the monorail was "touted as an expansion of the old line."

I coined the slogan "Extend the Monorail" for the Initiative 41 campaign. It was entirely clear to anyone who pursued a cursory grasp of I-41 or the subsequent plans of the Elevated Transportation Co. that the intention was never to literally extend the old track: "Extend the Monorail" was simply the short way of getting the initiative's intent across. "Build a Monorail"? Well, we have one already. "Build a (New) Longer Monorail"? "Using the Example of That Old 1962 Monorail, Build a Larger Systemof Course, to Current Standards With Current Technology"? Only the thickheaded or willfully obtuse could say with a straight face they believed "Extend the Monorail" meant precisely and literally that upon any further examination of the proposal. Sometimes effective communication relies on the ability of the recipient to apply common sense. It is disingenuous for the opponents of the monorail to make this "original intent" claim, as it is for them to play both sides of the aesthetic argument: Will the new, sleeker monorail (while providing a social and environmental good) be a visual blight, while the big old one is (while of little value as transit) a historically significant, architectural gem? You can't have it both ways. If the new one's ugly, the old one's worse. If the old one's beautiful, then maybe we should ask the monorail agency to build thicker columns, also in cement gray.

Grant Cogswell

Campaign Manager, Initiative 41, 1996-97



There's nothing like a good dose of irony to make even the most predatory attitudes totally palatable! Take Andrew Bonazelli, for instance. Unfortunately, Bonazelli doesn't seem to realize that he isn't the only one who dreams of or actualizes "pulling a Kobe," as he so cleverly terms sexual assault [Death by Mixtape, July 30]. In his privileged straight male world, he probably has no idea that women likely were sexually assaulted at Summer Jam. Does he think Woodstock '94 was an anomaly?

One out of three women experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. And he wonders why 15-year-old girls seem like they're going on 150. It's because of the deep-rooted misogyny and violence he so flippantly lauds (participates in?) as culture.

Chris Pugmire


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