Regarding "Pretty thugs" [Slanguistics, 5/11]: Jon Caramanica states that "a small group of female rappers has begun to break free of [sex as currency] conventions" then goes on to discuss Eve, who "parlayed her good looks" into a successful career, Rah Digga, who "knows it pays to be a ghetto diva," Da Brat, who sports thongs in her videos, and Trina ,who "wears her sex positivity so strongly it reads masculine" (I won't even get into how ridiculous that statement is).
Jon, it sounds like you support the sex-as-currency culture because you barely mentioned these rappers' talents and you didn't mention any female rappers who don't fit into the traditional sexpot stereotype, like Missy Eliott. You also failed to mention true pioneers like Queen Latifah or the Salt n Pepa crew. Any hope for making sense out of your column was totally lost with the final statement—why is Trina's un-coy lust a potentially troubling victory for hip-hop feminism? I dare say you sound like an idiotic sexist, or maybe you're just an awful writer.
Maple Leaf Rag
I was pissed off when you said Canadian music sucks, because it doesn't [We're not sure when we most recently said this, but we won't dispute it.—Eds.]. First of all you should be saying the Juno awards suck, because truthfully it kind of does. Secondly, Canada's music isn't all Bryan Adams and crap like that. We have great bands that the Juno awards doesn't recognize, such as Matthew Good Band for example. Their songs "Hello Time Bomb" and "Load Me Up" kick ass. The music videos rock also. You should watch "Load Me Up" the music video. I doubt you will like it though because you already stereotyped all Canadian music. You need to forget everything you think about Canadian music until you hear the good stuff.
Canadians have never stereotyped American music because we are always ready to hear new music, even if it is Backstreet Boys or Britney Spears. Which I think is horrible music. At least I've listened to their songs to see if I like them, not just assume it's all bad.
Thank you for reading my letter and I hope in the future you will have a more open mind.
KIM K., 14
P.S. We don't say aboot, we say about just like you. Sorry I just had to say that.
Thanks . . . for nothing!
the Seattle-smug Mr. Rosoff wrote that "in case you haven't heard, everybody who has a computer attached to the Internet absolutely must know some basic rules," before he launched his version of what PC users should or should not do to avoid viruses in the wake of the ILOVEYOU situation ["Those three little words," 5/11]. well, thanks . . . for nothing. as a Macintosh user, I have come to expect "advice" from experts who assume immediately that I am on a Windows platform. even the company where I work left me voicemail, asking that I not only secure my PC at work but also the one at home by putting the latest version of their antivirus software on a floppy disk and copying it to my home PC. I could not comply with their request, as my iMac has only a CD drive & (I found out later) received neither the e-mail nor the virus that it carried.
I give a Bronx cheer to both my company & Mr. Rosoff, who suggested to people with "stupid" e-mail clients to "buy a new program!" maybe instead of "program" Mr. Rosoff ought to have suggested "platform."
Thank you for another insightful reflection on the growing fascism in the interplay between the police and military [Uffda, "Boys in blue—and green," 5/11]. Our nation seems to increasingly consider itself at war with its citizens. The violence is embedded in the system before the demonstrations call attention [to it]—so how is one to try and effect change or call attention to the embedded or systemic violence.
Yesterday Bishops and delegates to the United Methodist Conference in Cleveland were arrested on the floor of the gathering for protesting the policies of apartheid thinking relative to the gay community. Please continue your insightful probing.
"Proverbial high sign"?
If you felt the latest review by Kathryn Robinson ["Court-side dining," 5/11] was a strange one then join the club. I guarantee that 22 Fountain Court is much more than the article portrayed. We take chances on innovative cuisine and ingredients. Maybe if we were in Belltown we might have gotten the proverbial high sign. Check us out . . . you will not be disappointed!
22 FOUNTAIN COURT
I read with great interest Rick Anderson's article about Nick Finamore and Abruzzi pizzeria ["That big pizzeria in the sky," 5/11]. I can remember when Angelo and Joe opened the place. Rick forgot to mention an institution that was in place then. I speak of the Shamrock Tavern, that became Gabe's, and then much later the Nikko Garden.
At any rate, I can remember Joe running over to the "Rock" with pizza several times a day. I think Joe would agree that the customers there more than helped to get them established, and aided them to become a "street" institution on their own.
The Abruzzi was one of my fond memories on the "street' where I roamed for a good many years.
Fire him redux
The writer of "An open appeal to Joel Klein" [5/4] piece should be fired because the premise of his story is just plain inaccurate. First rule of journalism be accurate. Monopolies are not illegal. Then to add insult to injury, you suggest going after AOL and TICKETMASTER!!! Give us a break, both companies provide products that most of society cannot even afford, much less need. Why not suggest Klein look into pharmaceutical monopolists who are actually using their monopolies to screw consumers by raising prices 15 fold. The sick and elderly poor would appreciate it, or do you just look out for the yuppie & Generation-X types?
I'm glad that someone has finally "outed" the Boy Scouts ["Be prepared," Editorial Comment, 5/4]. The Boy Scouts have been sacred far too long. I don't know what "traditional values" they are trying to enforce, but I know that I want no part of them. My son was a member as a child and our experience was less than pleasant. He was not a troublemaker in any sense, generally followed the rules, and didn't make waves. When I would pick the Cubs up from the meetings they would tell me how mean the father leader was, especially to his son. I should have listened then but, like the writer of the column, we thought there would be good outdoor experiences. One night my son was at a pack meeting which was led by the older Scouts and supervised by the fathers. Near the end of the meeting the older boys told the younger ones to clean up the mess that had been made by all of the Scouts, including the older ones. My son said that the younger ones shouldn't have to clean up the mess made by the older ones, that they should have to help. One of the leaders punched my son and knocked him to the ground. My son ran out of the meeting and all the way home. The fathers were standing around watching but not one of those "in charge" did anything to stop him.
My son decided then that he wanted no part of Scouting and never went back. A few months later one of the fathers called me to ask me to volunteer for a committee. I told him what had happened and that no one had even noticed that my son was no longer attending. He had no explanation or apology.
I realize that our experience compared to others is mild, however, I believe it illustrates the mentality of the organization. I can't imagine how hard it would be to be a boy who was different to the older Scouts' ideas of "normal." Too, fat, too short, bad skin, too geeky, gay. Hazing and humiliating do seem to be a big part of Scouting. Those are some really great traditional values!
Join the green battle
The Mountains to Sound Greenway article ["Big green money machine," 4/27] was very interesting, and of course it's good to question priorities for public dollars. I believe the Greenway has done great work saving forest close to millions of homes and habitat to animals from elk to cougars to bears. This said, I believe 10 million for the small viewpoint was too high a price.
However, the main points that interest me were saved for the end of a long bickering piece. The Snoqualmie Tree Farm of Weyerhaeuser should not be developed. This 100,000 acres is some of the most biologically productive land in King County with lots of deep sandy loams and two or three times the rainfall of Seattle.
According to Wash. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, around 400 blacktail bucks are harvested in an average season. This large deer herd feeds cougars and black bears as well and their droppings are easy to see on bicycle rides up the side logging spurs. Griffin Creek is perhaps the single most productive coho salmon stream in the Snohomish basin according to Kurt Beardslee of Washington Trout due to one of the biggest beaver pond complexes in Western Washington.
Saving this land as forest may require the Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, Wash. State Parks,and the US Forest Service to buy as much of these lands as possible. Private conservancies may need to purchase large tracts as well. This will not happen without massive organizing and involvement from groups all over the spectrum. All are welcome in this battle, from MTS Greenway to the Sierra Club to the Mountaineers to EarthFirst. The Lands Conservancy, Paul Allen's forest group, fishing groups, hunters, REI and mountain bikers should be brought in as well.
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