The Phantom Menace

"John Lennon once sang that 'instant karma is going to get you,' and in the case of John Guth, it did."

Instant Karma Got Guth

I want to congratulate Philip Dawdy on his piece on the Seattle Star Wars Society's former president John Guth and the recent revelations about his sexual relations with an underage boy ["The Phantom Menace," Oct. 4]. I could go on and on about endless problems that my business at the time, Solo Company Entertainment, had with Guth.

I am a Christian, or at least do my best to live by the beliefs of one, and in my 35 years of life, Guth is the one person that when I heard he had killed himself, I rejoiced. Part of me felt bad that I did. Now, after reading the story, I have to say, nothing about it shocks me. He was always phony with people. And his little geek friends bought everything he claimed he was.

Even until the very end, out of defiance to own up to his actions or let justice get the best of him and hold him accountable, Guth showed everyone up again by ending his own life. It's sad to think that someone as gifted at manipulating people as Guth chose that route as opposed to facing his punishment and using his talents toward helping people that struggle with the same demons. But in the end, Guth was truly only about helping one person: John Guth.

John Lennon once sang that "instant karma is going to get you," and in the case of John Guth, it did.

Joe Parrington


An Insider's opinion

In "Guy Walks Into a Bar" [Oct. 4], Mike Seely betrays the ignorance that any outsider has for what alcoholism really is: the absolute inability to "manage" one's drinking in any fashion, for any reason. The issue is not "willpower." The issue is that there is no such thing as one drink to a real alcoholic.

The opinions of outsiders, researchers, and people to whom AA offers nothing are examples of the origin of the expression "Opinions are like assholes; everyone has one." Talk to a few real alcoholics, not closed-minded academics or people to whom "AA offers nothing." I feel compassion and empathy for drunks who cannot find salvation in AA, but I did, and I have been a grateful recovering alcoholic for over seven years.

Jay Kridner


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