I really feel we dwell too much on who fired the fatal shot ["Who's Shooting Who?" March 21]. Why ruin the lives of those who may have accidentally fired the shot? Obviously we want the truth, but there are limits. It is pretty clear in most of these shootings that the action was unintentional. Obviously you don't want a poorly trained soldier to shoot another person, but in most of these cases, everyone involved goes through refresher training and is carefully scrutinized. I think it is unrealistic to figure out exactly what happened, and in my mind it is good enough to know that [Jesse Buryj] was killed while fighting the enemy, regardless of who actually pulled the trigger.
Dunn Loring, VA
As a former resident of the UW Greek system and member of Alpha Delta Phi, I read your piece ["The F-Word," March 14] on frat preconceptions with a knowing smile. When in musical circles—be they hipster or not—I tend to keep the collegiate affiliation under my (forward-facing) hat. To be sure, I crossed paths with many creative, independent thinkers. But I also experienced a keg-full of classist rhetoric from those dedicated to white-trash excess. Drunken antics—an equal-opportunity offender—aren't at the core of anti-frat-rat sentiment; the arrogant mind-set is. If I had a song for every episode of mean-spirited pack behavior, we could turn Barsuk Records into a household name. I'd have greater pride in my fraternal association if more Greeks had as much regard for their fellow man as they do for Halliburton-size profits and the elitism it fuels. Hmmm, what are the chances we can get the Long Winters to sing about that?
Brilliant article, and timely, too. By comparing fraternities and the hipster crowds that scorn them, you showed in a very subtle and compelling way that indie pop culture (no, that's not an oxymoron) is just as shallow, vapid, and predictable as every cultural fad that has come before it, or will come after. A brave thing to write publicly in a city like Seattle, and I thank you for it.
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