WALKING THE LAKE IN 24
Lawrence W. Cheek's "A Walk Around the Lake" [Aug. 6] will likely generate letters that acknowledge energetic teachers like Fran Call, who, starting in the '70s, led groups of ordinary junior-high-school students on annual walks around Lake Washington. The "challenge" was to complete the loop in less than 24 hours; I think most of us did just fine.
Like Cheek, we would have ranked Olmsted's park network high among our city's treasuresespecially the promenades along Seward, Green Lake, and Alki. But unlike Cheek, I think my walk as a 15-year-old served as the origin of my resentment toward his "industrious, smarter, or mostly just luckier" waterfront landowners who restrict public access. Now a grumpy, middle-aged dad, the other lasting impact is that I still walk, commuting by foot an hour each way.
"A Walk Around the Lake" [Aug. 6] is a fabulous article! Chock-full of interesting stories and observations. Who on earth would have thought of doing that? I've biked around Lake Washington with the Mountaineers (52 miles), and that was plenty. I found Bellevue particularly bike-unfriendly.
Bravo! I loved it. Good work!
Bravo to the Weekly for taking the lead in exposing Strippergate [Buzz, Aug. 6]. Among the many things that make our neck of the woods different from much of the rest of the country is that we have an affection for and long history of clean and open government (with a few bumps along the way).
The repeated cries from council members Heidi Wills, Judy Nicastro, and Jim Compton that they did nothing wrong and that this is all being blown up by the press make it clear that these folks really don't get it. As someone who voted for all three, I find their reaction to being exposed especially disheartening. And they wonder why the public hates and distrusts politicians.
Thank you to the Weekly (and other journalists) for keeping a watchful and skeptical eye on our elected officials.
THE "BIDDY FACTOR"
Former columnist Jean Godden's candidacy has served to get her silly platitudinous treacle off the pages of Seattle's newspaper of recordand that's a good thing ["Jean Jumps In," Aug. 6].
The press-release machines of the city's boosteristic flacks have lost a major outlet, as have self-promoters with stories with no punch lines. This, too, is a positive for the community.
Judy Nicastro's political corpse already embalmedis being prettied up with a juicy scandal; while other challengers now seem but a chittering flock of nobodies. If Miss Jean puts in her teeth, she's good to go.
But a new council with the 71-year- old Godden joining Jim Compton, Margaret Pageler, and Richard McIver will have a new über-boomer majority. The council's Biddy Factoralready highwill be staggering. Are you ready for that?
Right on [Mossback, "Welcome, Dubya," Aug. 6]! This person who calls himself our president, having achieved the title in the most shameful election processes our nation has ever seen, has made our country an even greater hate object the world over through his outrageous foreign policies. His complete misunderstanding of the Muslim world and his misguided interpretation of sketchy intelligence briefs have cost us billions of dollars now and for years into the future! His belief in the "Hearts and Minds" program is costing American lives daily, and is working about as well as the policy of the same name worked in Vietnam when I served there during the '60s. His administration continues in its attempt to whittle away at our constitutional freedoms under the guise of "homeland security" in such a way that even the conservative groups should be railing against it!
Bush deserves a welcome to Seattle by anyone who has not been blinded by the flag-waving liars and destroyers of our image as Americans around the world! He is an outrage to everyone who can still remember what this country is supposed to stand for; he is costing all of us our hard-earned money, children, and jobs in the name of patriotism, and it makes me sick. I will welcome him accordingly, and so should anyone with a brain who reads the headlines every day.
Guy H. Purdy Jr.
VOICES FOR JUSTICE
I was heartened to see Knute Berger's article in the Aug. 6 Weekly [Mossback, "Welcome, Dubya"]. I want readers to know that SNOW (Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War) is planning an event on Aug. 23 at Myrtle Edwards Park from noon until 3. It is planned as a "family-friendly" rally and march with music and speakers, featuring William Rivers Pitt.
We're hoping for a solid turnout and a clear demonstration that Puget Sound residents are willing to risk being referred to as traitors because we oppose the Bush administration and its policies, which include an unprovoked invasion and illegal occupation of Iraq, lies about weapons of mass destruction, massive budget deficits, tax cuts for the rich, growing unemployment, flouting of international laws, abandonment of international treaties, cruel and unjust treatment of immigrants, and war on women and the poor.
Thanks to Berger for his stand on justice. We need more public voices like his.
Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War,
Neal Schindler's review of the Pink Door omitted my favorite thing about that restaurant: It epitomizes my view of what a speakeasy would've been like ["Behind the Pink Door," Aug. 6]. There's no sign, just a pink door. You have to know it's there. The door has a peephole and a deadbolt (very unusual for a restaurant). The place itself is horseshoe shaped, so they could've served drinks in the back and had a legitimate business in the front; and there's a door out the back that leads to all the other businesses on that block, so if you needed to get out, there are five or six places you could get to on the street.
They claim that during the '20s it was a carpentry shop, which it probably was: a highly profitable carpentry shop.
CRUELTY NOT PORN
So the food editor at Seattle Weekly finds the PETA video exposing the cruelty and horrors of the slaughterhouses to be pornographic [Hot Dish, Aug. 6]? Perhaps, in the same way that pictures of victims of the atomic bomb or photos of civil-rights marchers being sprayed with fire hoses would be pornographic. Those with a vested interest in promoting the meat and dairy industries, such as the food section of a newspaper, would predictably attempt to poke fun at the work of persons who care about cruelty to and suffering of animals. Enlightened readers should figure this out easily and place little credence in such a biased opinion.
Mary Jo Brooks
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