Letters to the Editor

You are losers

If the replacement of the Mossback column with ¡Ask a Mexican! ["Pendejo Baboso," Aug. 23] is any indication of a new direction the Weekly is taking under new management, I can tell you right now, you'll lose this reader. Foul-mouthed hostility toward gringos is a great introduction, and just what Seattle needs in its alternative journalism.

Not informative, not funny, thumbs waaaay down.

Mark D. Cooper


He's a winner

OK, that is the funniest damn stuff I've read in a long time [¡Ask a Mexican! "Pendejo Baboso," Aug. 23]. I found the rest of Gustavo Arellano's columns at the OC Weekly and read through quite a few of them. I also sent the link to friends. I look forward to reading more of his insightful and delightfully vulgar work!!!

(And he's not my cousin . . . really.)

Samuel Hernandez Elías


won't read SW anymore

With the addition of the column ¡Ask a Mexican! ["Pendejo Baboso," Aug. 23] you have lost me as a reader.

Jesus Acevedo

more! more! more!

I think I'm in love. . . . Gustavo Arellano's responses are intelligent, smart-ass, and on point [¡Ask a Mexican! "Pendejo Baboso," Aug. 23]. I love it. Looking forward to his column every week. Welcome to Seattle.

Crimson Strong


Mexican is Disrespectful

How fucked up is this? [¡Ask a Mexican! "Pendejo Baboso," Aug. 23.] Gustavo Arellano's credentials read him as an intelligent Mexican-American with a college education and extensive background of Latin-American studies and with some cultural awareness. However, his willingness to pose as the respondent to the ignorant questions from uneducated and uncultured readers of Seattle Weekly is downright disrespectful to himself, the Mexican and Mexican-American community, and people of color.

There are no columns titled "Ask a Whitey!" or "Ask a Redneck Cracker!" So what makes it politically correct to publish a column "¡Ask a Mexican!"? "Why do Mexicans love to use public bathrooms?" "What is it about the word 'illegal' that Mexicans don't understand?" I don't believe these questions qualify as cultural awareness.

Arellano has done a great job in projecting a negative and humorous image of Mexicans. Ignorant people already don't understand some cultural awareness issues and he has just reinforced an existing negative image by the content of his column.

Jilli Victorio


educational hilarity

It will be interesting indeed to see how Seattleites—and Seattle Weekly readers, in particular—react to the educational, Southwest-style hilarity that is Gustavo Arellano [¡Ask a Mexican! "Pendejo Baboso," Aug. 23]. It would also perhaps interest them to know that Arellano is actually a syndicated columnist who writes for California's OC Weekly, rather than the homegrown phenomenon last week's introduction seems to imply.

Alma Garcia


cheap labor?

The fact that the new look of the Seattle Weekly includes a column pandering to illegal and legal Mexicans [¡Ask a Mexican! "Pendejo Baboso," Aug. 23], apparently indicates that the paper supports (how about slavers over) maximizing cheap labor growth.

The column is loaded with cliches and Chamber of Commerce–supported appeals for cheap labor and unlimited growth.

Richard Pelto


Cursing, Mexican-style

With the very first of Gustavo Arellano's columns, my cultural awareness has been enhanced [¡Ask a Mexican! "Pendejo Baboso," Aug. 23]. Now I can see that curse words in Spanish are longer, more imaginative, and more mellifluous than their English-language counterparts. More printable, too, at least in an English-language paper.

Margaret Holton

shoot the oil messenger

I will use your article "One Crude Dude" [Aug. 16] as an example, in my middle-school classes, of how a strong message may be weakened with language that impugns the messenger.

The article includes examples of every kind of shoot-the-messenger language I've ever taught them to notice, and of course, I want them to notice so their understanding of issues won't be unfairly manipulated by such language. Thanks for making it so easy to provide them with a perfect example of bad journalism.

Rebecca Timson


news council isn't worthy

Not being a governmental agency, the News Council does not hold "formal public hearings" ["Paper Tiger," Aug. 23]. They hold hearings in public just like a number of other gadfly organizations. Not being a governmental agency means that they have no power over anything. Having no power over anything means they cannot compel anyone to do anything.

So who cares if the News Council has conflicts of interest? Sheriff Sue Rahr is attempting to appeal to authority, and the News Council is the only authority that has an impressive name and is wanky enough to do the deed. It is a stupid game that does not even deserve the amount of space it was given.

Dan Ullman


not another chop suey!

If Chris Dasef does to the Comet what he did to the Chop Suey/Breakroom, God help us ["Cosmic Change," Aug. 23]. Another boring place filled with Gap clones, faux-hipsters, and smug assholes.

But what would you expect from a guy who would say, "That's what I do. I go into places and make them start singing again"?


Kurt Geissel


Pot: more than a plant

I agree with the various letter writers and others who argue for legalization or at least regulated use of marijuana, especially for medical uses ["Club Pot Med," Aug. 16]. However, the "pot's just a plant" argument is really silly. Peyote is "just a plant." Opium is "just a plant," and heroin is not far removed. Same with cocaine. There are many other plants that will kill you if you eat them, or take too much of it. And then there's alcohol, which is "just fermented plants"; it's one of the most destructive drugs in our society.

Just because a drug is "just a plant" is not a good reason for or against its legalization or regulation. Whether or not and how much its use is harmful to society, or its prohibition harmful to a class of users, are legitimate criteria.

So please, drop the "just a plant" argument and debate the issue on its merits.

Toby Thaler


it's a god-given plant

Cannabis is not just a plant ["Club Pot Med," Aug. 16]. It's a God-given plant, as in Christ God Our Father indicated He created all the seed-bearing plants saying they are all good on literally the very first page of the Bible (see Genesis 1:11-12 and 29-30).

Often, failed clergy and the "Christian right" influence opposition and persecution of cannabis (kaneh bosm/ marijuana) and its potential to heal gets denied. Ironically, many people believe cannabis is the tree of life and the very last page of the Bible (Revelation 22) indicates the leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations; thus cannabis was and is created to heal and end war.

Stan White

Dillon, CO

let the people choose

Alcohol is a widely used recreational drug, consumed by most Americans at some point in their lives ["Club Pot Med," Aug. 16]. While some people drink alcohol in moderation, alcohol use is a problem for many, placing a tremendous burden on them and society. The direct and indirect costs are estimated at $150 billion per year in the United States. About 200,000 deaths annually are directly related to the effects of alcohol. More than half of all fatal car accidents involve alcohol 150 billion and 200,000 deaths annually . . . and it's legal.

Legalize cannabis now, you twits. Give us the choice.

Darral Good


turn on the enlightment

Your recent article, "Club Pot Med" [Aug. 16] was generally good.

The writer describes a growroom with three lights of 1,000 watts each. These are moved on tracks, allegedly to simulate a partly cloudy day. In reality, the scientific purpose of moving the lights is to cover a larger area and at different angles, for better distribution of light to the leaf surface. All other things being equal, ideally light coverage should be continuous, or moved fast enough to coincide with leaf receptivity peaks.

The power bill in Seattle for each 1,000 watts of light would be 4.6 cents/hour at the low rate, or 8.39 cents/hour at the high rate (depending on total power usage), much less than the grower's alleged claim of $1,000/month.

The "halide" lights described are basically 50-year-old technology, and at least three other types of lights are better. Many methods can be used to grow plants indoors, and none can be designed specifically for marijuana growth.

The effective use of herbs in medicine goes back thousands of years. Likewise, the religious jihad against reason and liberty has historical roots.

Elderly herbalists with property were often persecuted as witches.

The initiation of force against persons not threatening others, for the alleged purpose of protecting consumers, violates free will and undermines human civilization.

Federal resources are scarce, and should be prioritized. Congress should pass a law preventing the feds from circumventing state medical marijuana laws.

Kevin Bjornson

Hydrotech Life Lights


don't lose mossback

Years ago I interviewed Andy Hertzfeld, the software writing genius behind creating the original Apple Macintosh [Mossback, "The Seventh Sign," Aug. 16.]

Three things stuck with me from the several hours I spent in Andy's wonderfully disheveled home in Palo Alto:

1) His kitchen sink, stove top, and every other flat surface of his kitchen was overflowing with shrink-wrapped applications that had been written by various companies for his baby, the Macintosh.

2) His favorite song, like mine, was Van Morrison's "Madame George."

3) He quit Apple because he had been saddled with an incompetent manager who thought genius programmers should work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rather than from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

I also remember that long after he quit, he kept expecting Steve Jobs or John Sculley to call him up and ask him to come back. They never did and it took the company more than a decade to recover.

Andy Hertzfeld came to mind when I read that Knute Berger, the wonderful Mossback, was leaving Seattle Weekly.

My hope is that the Weekly will show more sense than Sculley (what could be easier?) and more compassion than Jobs (hardly a stretch) and tell Berger that you won't let him give up the column. The city, which he sees sliding downhill, needs him more than ever, as does your newspaper.

This is a character test, and if we continue seeing Berger's Mossback column, it means that everyone has won.

Grant Fjermedal


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