Your article on Satan ["Is Seattle going to hell?" 4/13] was a good example of how deceived people are. You didn't interview the real Satan. The real Satan is just that: Real. He isn't the humorous, maligned figure you characterize him as being. In reality, he wants to destroy you for eternity, and he will, because you have believed his deception. He is Hitler's mentor, and he loves to rape and kill children and occupy the minds of people like you—in a seemingly innocuous way—so that in your end, when all is done, you will belong to Satan—body and soul. If you think that's cute, or funny, think again bud. It's going to be so horrible (Hell) you will regret the day you were thought of.
When Satan is thrown into the lake of fire, he will want to take as many souls with him as possible.
You have a choice—life or death. But Jesus already defeated Satan when he (Jesus) became a human sacrifice for all mankind, so that whoever believes in and follows Jesus, will have victory over the Satan who wants to destroy us.
Please explore God. You'll find out for yourself—He's alive & REAL!
WHAT?? IN SEATTLE?? I THOUGHT HE WAS GOVERNOR OF TEXAS.
KAREN HEDWIG BACKMAN
Preposterous! says the Market
In the April 13th edition of Seattle Weekly you published a story ["Dead fish vs. live"] with a subtitle reading, "Pike Place Market leader opposes the new aquarium site." This is a contrived headline that sensationalizes a false issue. As communicated to your reporter Rick Anderson, the Pike Place Market PDA has not taken a stance opposing the new aquarium site. The headline is negligent and not based on any official or unofficial comment by the Pike Place Market PDA, its staff, or Council. We have indeed raised questions about parking and what impact that may have on the Market.
The article continues with utter false statements such as, ". . . prompted the Market not only to break with its tourism partner but split politically with Mayor Paul Schell." A revitalized aquarium could have many benefits for the Market, but without a sufficient solution to the increased demand on area parking, it could have a detrimental impact on the Market's small owner-operated businesses. The PDA does not oppose the new aquarium, but rather we want to work with SEAS to insure the aquarium's influence on the waterfront is positive and enduring.
The PDA has expressed an interest in working with SEAS to resolve the issue. In a letter to George Willoughby, SEAS President, also furnished to Mr. Anderson, Daniel Lieberman wrote, "The PDA would like to work with SEAS on this issue; our intention is to be good neighbors and work together to resolve this parking matter." The notion that, as Mr. Anderson claims, "rage has erupted" between the Pike Place Market and the Seattle Aquarium society is preposterous and an irresponsible assertion.
DANIEL LIEBERMAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CHRISTINE VAUGHAN, COUNCIL CHAIR
PIKE PLACE MARKET PDA
Rick Anderson responds: Lieberman is denying what we never reported: That the PDA has taken a stance against the Aquarium. But he—the PDA director—and members of the Market community have. The parking issue is to some indeed a raging dispute—as we quoted one resident, loss of the parking garage will "kill the Market." And nothing could be truer than the fact that the Market in even raising the parking complaint has broken the love-in political alliance between the mayor and former PDA director Shelly Yapp. Lieberman also selectively quotes from his PDA letter to the aquarium society, which in fact demands a "binding commitment" from SEAS on the parking issue and notes: "Although the potential addition of visitors attributable to a more attractive aquarium can be of some benefit to us, if it further deters local shoppers who will make the Pike Place Market part of their shopping routine, it will be detrimental to our shopper base." That sounds like a stance.
Great story on the threat of millionaire mansions in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and King County's remaining forestlands ["Mansion in the woods," 4/13]. Steven Gillis' development represents the ugly side of new Northwest technowealth. It is a major setback to the decade-long effort to protect the spectacular Middle Fork valley, and its miles of oxbow lakes and river meanders. It also shows what's in store for the rest of the Cascade foothills if the King County Council doesn't support Ron Sims' zoning proposals.
Don't be fooled by King County Council member Chris Vance and developers quoted in the article. Vance and his allies aren't fighting to protect small landowners; Sims' plan allows them to develop their small properties. Vance and company are fighting for the big timber companies who want to convert their lands—zoned and taxed as forest lands for decades—to housing, malls, and whatever else they can get away with.
Are all Republicans on the County Council in lockstep with Vance on this issue, as he claims? Louise Miller cosponsored legislation that protected salmon habitat throughout the county. Does she agree with Vance? David Irons campaigned against Brian Derdowski on a platform of "sensible environmentalism"—does he agree? Anyone who has a Republican council member ought to find out.
If Republican council members manage to sink Sims' plan to protect our forestlands, then we really do need the Feds to step in and enforce the Endangered Species Act in King County. Forestland development ruins salmon habitat, plain and simple. If this plague of millionaire mansions spreads beyond the Middle Fork, we can kiss our salmon goodbye, no matter how much money we spend. And we'll know whom to thank for it.
Get a tent
Reading about the fight to halt the destruction of King County's (last?) wild spaces in the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie ["Mansion in the woods," 4/13] reminded me of two other places I have lived: Berkeley and Sedona, Arizona.
First, Berkeley. Someone with vision had set aside the hilltops above the city decades before I arrived, and so what would have been just more sprawl (and deadly fires) was left as a truly wild place for wandering, or simply gazing at. . . .
The second home, Sedona, was not so lucky. The rich began their incursions, and finished the job pretty much before any consciousness of the environment ever reached Arizona. Now a Holiday Inn squats, carved along a magnificent cathedral spire, like a bad dream. I've never seen more wild animals in an urban environment, flattened out by the roadside. The only creeks there are so foul with human waste that they close yearly. Sedona should have been a park.
I wish Ron Sims and those opposing the development of our last forests all the luck. And I hope they won't be fooled by the "rights of the property owner" argument. As a veteran of such wars, I hope you keep in mind that the rich are not building "environmentally sensitive" dwellings to actually live in. Oh no, my experience is that these mansions, once built, will sit idle most of the time as their owners graze around the earth's surface like well-bred herd animals. These magnificently appointed cabins aren't homes but rather tax shelters for weekend visits every year or so. The roads, the utilities lines, the sewer systems—all that destruction of natural habitat so a few can enjoy nature. Tell them to get a tent.
ANN MARIE STILLION
I read with interest Kathryn Robinson's recent review of Atlas Foods ("Nombre quatre," 4/13). Having just been there myself, I'm surprised at the outcome. It would seem that although we agreed on the overall nature of the establishment (puzzling inconsistency), we would disagree over the subjective assessment of quality level and the reasons for the inconsistencies.
It's clear Ms. Robinson would say of the place that, on a school grade system, if the restaurant can't exactly be given a D, it might at best be a C. My experience led me to conclude that although clearly not an A, it's worthy of a B. She also places most of the fault of the problems on erratic execution. My visit led me to conclude that it was a place where the execution was good but where creative ambition outstripped talent. The overall effect to me was of someone who decided to start a restaurant based on a reputation for good cooking at home without any professional training or experience.
They undoubtedly feed you well, although sometimes what they're feeding you confuses as much as it convinces. Individual elements and ingredients are first-rate, yielding a restaurant that is good but where the whole does not exceed the sum of its parts. If they would tone down the ambition, simplify the dishes, and take more time with menu creation, they could really be something special.
Thank you for your honest review of Atlas Foods ["Nombre quatre," 4/13]. I'm glad Messrs. Levy and Hardy are getting a public airing of what I, as a diner, have voiced to deaf ears.
The Coastal Kitchen is another place for overpriced, misconceived grub, which is not dished up until you've waited a long time and been abused by the host.
New types of monsters and magic!
First, let me thank you for the exciting article by John Longenbaugh titled "Opening the Dungeons" [4/13]. He rendered a complex topic and very narrowly focused topic understandable and interesting to the average reader. I would encourage anyone who is interested in participating in this effort to visit the Open Gaming Foundation Web site (www.opengamingfoundation.org).
The idea to turn the software-driven Open Source concept loose at the heart of the roleplaying game business developed slowly over long months of discussion and debate. The key thing that both software and roleplaying games have in common is that they require a network of people in order to extract their value. That network means that the roleplaying game business is driven by network effects; and in fact, we at Wizards of the Coast have embraced the idea that the network of our players is what creates the value the whole company uses to create revenue and profits. The larger those networks become, and the stronger the connections between the people in them, the more revenue, and the more profit we expect to earn in the marketplace.
An improvement in our network, from distributed development of the core rules by those with an ability and an interest to do so, an increased amount of content in the form of unique new adventures, extraordinary imaginary worlds to explore, and new types of monsters and magic, plus a stronger sense of "ownership" over the game itself on the part of the people in the network will help grow and sustain the Dungeons & Dragons game. In fact, at a time when our hobby is under unprecedented pressure from swiftly evolving computer games, from trading card games, from 500 TV channels, and from the urgency in many people's lives who work at companies trying to "get big fast," we need all the help we can get!
Open Gaming, like Open Source, is a dual-edged sword. By accepting its benefits, we also must learn, as a company, to accept that we will never again be able to pretend to hold "exclusive" rights to our basic products. From here on out, our ability to reap financial rewards from our roleplaying games must be driven by our own ability to create high quality products, deliver world-class customer support, and a never ending effort to reach out to our customers and bind them tightly to one another and to Wizards of the Coast. I believe we will survive this transition because at heart, those are the factors which have really driven the hobby gaming business since its inception in 1974.
RYAN S. DANCEY
VP, WIZARDS OF THE COAST
BRAND MANAGER, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
Some thoughts on Microsoft
I am surprised to say the least when I see your weekly supporting the governments [sic throughout—Eds.] actions against a private entity for agressive marketing ["Microsoft smackdown," 4/6]. Ewww, agressive marketing. Scary! How many people got killed? What none? And you think the US government, famous for killing 80 some children in Waco, should step in? Did I mention they also bombed the chinese embassy by mistake? And they produce children who come in last in the world in science and math.
But somehow MS is to be feared and the government, (400 years of chatel slavery, forced stearalization, enturnment camps, agent orange, cointelpro) lead by Orin Hatch is to be trusted? Give me a break! Orin Hatch also gave us life sentences for Marajuana offences. This is the type of people you keep company?!
Last time I checked MS just makes software. They aren't even screwing with genetics like Monasanto! Pick your fights better. And last I checked, MS isn't capable of legally killing people. The US government is and ATF style often does against our "enemys".
So with great free OS' like Linux and BeOS and tons of free software out there how are consumers hurt? Or is this just envy and using the government against our enemy? Recall Orin Hatch is the Senator from Utah which is also the home of Novell, a company that refused to implement a graphical interface to its network OS and as a result lost huge portions of its market to MS's graphic based network OS, NT. But is that unfair? I mean Novell sucks. So does Lotus. (sigh)
What can I expect from a country that cries about gas being up $.40. And a President people love not for telling them to take responsibilty for buying gas guzzlers but for promising to use the government to interfer with the free market by releasing emergency oil. Just when hybred cars are coming out too. Thanks Clinton! Oh, I forgot emergencys are aggressive marketing, high gas prices, and worst of all taking responsibility.
Microsoft like it is
Thank you, Angela Gunn, for having the guts and honesty to tell it like it is about Microsoft ["Microsoft smackdown," 4/6] even though you are a reporter for a local paper.
It's obvious to anyone that Microsoft has a monopoly on PC operating systems; and to anyone who lived though 1996, it's obvious that Microsoft used its size to try to destroy Netscape in order to obtain a monopoly on Internet browsers. Yet the typical Seattleite defends Microsoft unconditionally, just like they're rooting for a local sports team.
Thanks again, Angela. I love your column, even if you're paranoid about the privacy stuff.
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