WHAT WOULD HEARST DO?
It seems to me something's been missing from the Weekly's diligent coverage of the Seattle joint operating agreement. ["Between the Lines," Sept. 17].
What kind of newspapers does Hearst publish in the cities where it has succeeded in buying out the competition, as it is trying to do here? Are the Hearst newspapers in Houston or San Antonio the kind of newspapers Seattleites would be proud to read every morning? After your story on how great the P-I has been, you owe it to your readers to read the Houston Chronicle and the Express-News, and maybe visit those communities, and tell us what we can expect if Hearst wins this thing.
I am deeply disappointed by the dismal failure of Initiative 77 ["Incumbents in Trouble," Sept. 17]. When are we as a community and as a nation going to acknowledge that quality care for young children is in the best interest of the public?
For 13 years, I've worked in the field of early childhood education, but after this ultimate humiliation, I'm done! Thank you, voters, for delivering a clear message that children aren't worth a dime on your $4 latte. Screw you, Seattle!
Maybe if all the child-care centers just closed down, people would wake up and realize that this is an issue that affects them directly. How children are educated, how they behave, and the choices that they are going to make as adults affect all of useven if we don't have children.
And if you're one of those "I think it's important but there should be another way to fund it, don't tax my latte" whiny asses, I challenge you to find a better way. And you better do it quick.
If the "perfect storm" is responsible for the explanation for everything that goes wrong, then is "perfect weather" the cause for everything that goes right [Mossback, "The Perfect Excuse," Sept. 17]? Citizens need to constantly ask whether our policymakers are setting themselves up for the "perfect storm" by setting out onto the open ocean in leaky boats that can only survive in "perfect weather" that we somehow never seem to have.
GET MONSON RIGHT
Dori Monson is not a "Neanderthaloid," as Geov Parrish called him ["Talk Without Dittos," Sept. 17]. He's just another noisy, mediocre commercial radio flack with one mission only: to sell shit.
He'll survive as long as a substantial part of the mope citizenry buys Bush and Cheney and shallow patriotism and the idea that Saddam blew up the Trade Center.
ROSS DOESN'T LEAN RIGHT
As one who, unfortunately, must drive a goodly amount on weekdays, I have a chance to channel surf on the radio. I tune to the right-wing ravers, but only for short periods, as I can only stomach just so much bombast. Even Dori Monson's sense of humor fails to lessen my growing distaste for his increasingly rightward tilt.
But then there's KIRO's Dave Ross the one calm, intelligent, and reasoned voice in Seattle daytime talk radio. Geov Parrish's characterization of him as "center-right" is amazingly off base ["Talk Without Dittos," Sept. 17]. One doesn't have to be shrillà la Mike Webbto be progressive. Perhaps Geov is confused by Ross' NRA membership, which allows him to regularly skewer that organization via its own writings.
Earlier this week, Ross highlighted the growing federal deficit and correctly identified the Bush administration's goal: to kill government. Within the past few days, he used a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to show that the overall federal tax burden on most families is at the lowest level since at least 1979, thus debunking the right's disinformation campaign about personal taxation levels. He has said on the air that he has rethought his prior opposition to recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples. He regularly invites spokespeople for Palestinians to appear on his show and traveled to Israel to fairly witness and present the views of both Israelis and Palestinians. The list goes on.
Dave Ross may not be as progressive as many might like, but "center-right"? Hardly. Indeed, Ross is so far from being on the right in any sense that a couple of months back I sent an e-mail to AnShell Media suggesting that they consider him as a host.
Al Franken and Dave Ross. Now that's a lineup.
M'S: SAME OLD SWOON
In this second consecutive swoonlike season, the Seattle Mariners epitomize everything wrong in a team trumped up to be of championship caliber ["Sultans of Squat," Sept. 17].
Old and aging with a winter's rest behind them, they sprint from the starting blocks like a teenager in heat, only to fail miserably as their geriatric genes decompose under the heat of summer. With "Stand Pat" Pat Gillick standing by, things worsened. Their mental toughness dissolved, as exemplified by Mike Cameron, whose "deer in the headlights" look spread through the whole team, and their vaunted defense and station-to- station baseball gave way to multiple- error games and baserunning gaffes. This mental ineptitude may be cozy for the fans of failure, but for those who desire a World Series appearance, it is anything but! Accordingly, Gillick should be given a rocking chair, a new GM hired, and the team rebuilt from the ground up.
STATES RIGHTS ON POT
"D.C. Bud?" [Sept. 17] is an excellent article. Philip Dawdy does an excellent job summing up the hypocrisy of most politicians on this issue and the complete disconnect that Washington, D.C., has with the rest of the country and the rest of the world.
However, people should be careful not to accept John Walters' bait on "Let's have a debate" about whether to legalize marijuana. This is a smoke screen, a way to deflect any debate on the true issue. The issue is really whether states should have a right to decide some of the drug war issues, as they already do with alcohol.
For example, California may want to legalize only medical use. Alaska may want to legalize any personal use. Utah may want to keep everything illegal. The Constitution actually allows this, but the federal government has acted illegally to prevent it since the Nixon administration, using the classic "interstate commerce" clause. They also use the United Nations to try to prevent other countries such as Canada and Jamaica from legalizing.
Measures such as these decriminalization and legalization efforts are excellent at showing grassroots support and are therefore necessary in this struggle. However, real reform cannot happen until the federal government and the U.N. start responding to this effort.
Salt Lake City, UT
DON'T BE CONNED
The recent passing of Initiative 75 is not a bad thing at all and speaks loudly about how the public is beginning to see through the propaganda that has been put out by government officials ["D.C. Bud?" Sept. 17]. John Walters said the initiative was a con. But it is he who has conned the public for years on marijuana.
Someone with cancer going through chemotherapy and losing their appetite from it would most definitely benefit from this drug. Why the public in general would stand for the government going after those who seek marijuana as medicine is beyond comprehension for me.
Wichita Falls, TX
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