Kauffman's a catch!
I am loving, loving Jonathan Kauffman's columns! From the very first one to last week's [Voracious, "The Thrifty Cook," and "¡Sabor Gigante!" Sept. 13], I'm finding myself looking forward to them each week. A genius hire!
Sticking up for Nonstick
I find it strange that Jonathan Kauffman advises his readers to pass up nonstick pans due to "toxic fumes" [Voracious, "The Thrifty Cook," Sept. 13]. Teflon and other PTFE-coated pans only fume when they are severely overheated. By the same logic, Kauffman ought to advise his readers to forgo using a knife, because knives can cause cuts and lacerations.
It's become fashionable for sophisticated food writers to look down their noses at Teflon and similar nonstick pans without ever considering the possibility that millions of gallons of grease are forgone by cooks annually who cook in nonstick pans. Consider the health benefits that have accrued to America's cooks over the past three generations.
Nonstick products are safe for use. There's a single case of polymer fume fever in a consumer in the annals of medicine over the past 50 years. In the meantime, grease fires have burned down hundreds if not thousands of homes, one recently in my own neighborhood.
Otherwise, I enjoyed Kauffman's column; Goodwill has helped me stock my kitchen many times.
Hugh J. Rushing
Executive Vice President,
Cookware Manufacturers Association
Mountain Brook, AL
Flacking For Flowers
As the representative of more than 12,000 small business owners—florists, wholesalers, and flower growers—the Society of American Florists (SAF) responds to concerns about references to flowers. Floral business owners have contacted SAF about the Sept. 13 [Dategirl] column, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers."
We are sorry to hear that Judy McGuire has had some less than notable experiences with floral gifts. I am sure she would agree: If given under the right circumstances, those flowers would have gone a long way toward strengthening her relationship, making her happy, and creating a memory she would cherish.
In fact, recent research by the Michael Cohen Group reveals just how much people love to give and receive flowers. Ninety-two percent of women can remember the last time they received flowers, and 97 percent of men and women recall the last time they gave a floral gift. Also, the gift of flowers is scientifically proven to improve our emotional health. A behavioral study from Rutgers University shows that fresh flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and increase life satisfaction and enjoyment.
To McGuire's point that most men send flowers to "clear the slate," her male readers may be interested in our "Guys' Guide to Giving Flowers" posted at www.aboutflowers.com/guysguide.htm. It provides advice for men on how to send just the right message to the woman in his life— a new girlfriend, that special someone, Mom, or a good friend.
Manager, Consumer Marketing,
Society of American Florists
Seattle's not So Unique
I read with interest Sue Peters' recent article in the Weekly [Fall Arts, "The Walls Come Down," Sept. 6]. Seattle may be ahead of the curve compared to some other major cities, but I was surprised to not see any mention of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. It is a very huge public space (over 10 acres) adjacent to the Walker Art Center and formerly the Guthrie Theater, which recently was relocated. (I believe the park will be expanded to include the site on which the Guthrie was situated, adding to its acreage and collection.) I seldom visit Minnesota without including the sculpture garden. It has been there since the 1980s, has over 40 permanent works, and features sculptures by Ellsworth Kelly, Henry Moore, Saul Baizerman—to name a few. Minneapolis has also "devoted such a large chunk of prime downtown real estate to free outdoor public art."
I am a Seattleite and am absolutely thrilled that our sculpture park will finally be opening, but we are less unique or original than the article implies. We will be joining the ranks of other visionary cities that appreciate sculpture and are willing to dedicate public space for the enjoyment of it!
To quote Mike Seely, "Princess Kitty is a meter reader" [Buzz, Sept. 6].
Oh golly, Asian people! Working in public service jobs! Guess Mr. Seely missed out on Charlie Chan when he was state governor.
I hope Roger Downey is not one of the 46 million people in this country without health coverage ["Expensive Care," Aug. 30].
I once temporarily lost consciousness due to acute back pain. My wife panicked and called 911. I was carted off to an ER and subsequently spent two days hospitalized for an abnormally low heart rate (I was a long-distance runner and had a resting pulse in the low 30s). I only got released by throwing a fit and signing a form accepting complete responsibility for discharging myself. Fortunately, I was in the military at the time and did not receive a bill.
Michael W. Libbee
I missed the original article ["Lost, Again, in Seattle," Aug. 30], but saw all the letters in the Sept. 6 edition. One other very frustrating thing is using Metro's online trip planner. If you use it twice for the same starting and ending locations, the same time frame preferred, and the same distance you are willing to walk, you will often get completely different bus routes and/or times. I have often figured out by myself much simpler trips by looking at the Metro route map and the schedules of buses near where I want to begin and end. That's why I stock up on every single Metro bus route schedule when they come out four times a year. For instance, one trip that I planned by myself took a half hour with only one transfer. The online trip planner gave me two bus transfers, and one to one and a half hours for the trip.
P. Eugene Allen
New But not Improved
Boy, do the recent changes to Seattle Weekly remind me of the truth of the saying "You don't know what you got until it's gone!" Knute Berger's Mossback column, Geov Parrish's wonderful insights, the Brain City happenings calendar, and a lot of the really great content of Seattle Weekly is gone bye-bye. Replaced by lots of ads and a tasteless, unfunny Mexican columnist. More "dumbing down" of American culture. Not impressed. Tastes lousy, less filling! Bring back the OLD Seattle Weekly—we need it!
I won't bother to pick the new Seattle Weekly up; who cares if it's free?
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