Uff da, indeed!
PLEEEAAASE! No more stories on how cool Ballard is ["It's hot, it's hip, it's . . . Ballard?" 11/8]. I live here because per capita there are less tattooed, pierced, Friends-watching, scum-sucking thirtysomething dot.comers, and we would like to keep it that way. Besides, it takes 25 minutes to get to the freeway, and that would add to the time it takes "THEM" to get to "Burning Man." UFF DA!
LONGTIME BALLARD RESIDENT
A bit depressed
I sold my home on top of Queen Anne last spring because I was priced out of the place. Couldn't afford it anymore. Bought a townhouse in Ballard [see "It's hot, it's hip, it's . . . Ballard?" 11/8] and felt a bit depressed for awhile. Missed the old neighborhood, but then I realized the old neighborhood was long gone, replaced by the usual scoundrels—Starbucks, Safeway, Blockbuster, and hundreds of SUVs.
With a few artsy-fartsy exceptions, Ballard is wonderfully unhip. I hope it stays that way.
"Presslords and their ink-stained serfs"—nice line, Jim ["Stop the presses?" 11/9]. It's amusing to picture journalism as a feudal contract—journalists bound to the Times/ P-I by loyalty oaths, and management kicking them out of Seattle when they refuse to work. It could happen. I'm wondering how the switch of the Times to morning will affect all this. Maybe there will soon be only one feudal newspaper in Seattle.
SUSAN MCDONOUGH SANCHEZ
The great dental cavity
Mark D. Fefer's article about the great dental cavity ["A mysterious cavity," 11/9] exposes more than a hole in the head of dentists' lobbyists! How about a hole in the heart and soul of those dental campaign contributors. DSHS Secretary Dennis Braddick, on one of his trial balloons, just announced the proposal that all dental treatments be eliminated for those people with severe and profound disabilities who are on Medicaid. Only emergency dental services would be authorized under the plan.
How does that work? No comparatively inexpensive preventative cleaning, gum treatments, nor fillings. But when a man with severe cerebral palsy suddenly develops a raging toothache, because of the neglect by the state that is constitutionally mandated to serve and protect him, he (or more likely his care provider, parent, or advocate) must find a wonderful dentist who will have the unique skills to treat such a patient on an emergency basis.
We who are advocates for our fellow citizens with developmental disabilities were wondering who in DSHS would be so evil as to write on the paper plan "Eliminate all dental services for adults on Medicaid." Now we know it must have been ordered by an elected official who received hefty donations from dentists who did not want to treat patients with severe disabilities because of the low reimbursement monies paid them from Medicaid. The powerful dental lobby considers themselves performing acts of charity if they allow such patients in their offices. Talk about war criminals!
For years dentists have "drilled" into us that regular cleaning and dental checkups save money, teeth, and protect patients from disease, pain, and suffering. Why else, then, do powerful political forces inflict costly neglect and suffering upon the most dependent people in our society?
Many of us who serve and advocate for people with severe disabilities have plans of our own how to combat this cruel action that not one citizen in our state would have willed. Involving our powerful press is our first action!
Keep writing about this great place [St. Clouds, "Safe haven," 11/9]. One of the owners, John Platt, has a love of people and love of food. He wants everyone to enjoy life and the fine art of enjoying breaking bread together. You will never meet a more sincere and caring person about people and the meaning of life. Caring about one another and sharing the warmth: how much we need this in this seemingly callous world. The fact that he is my son has nothing to do with this letter, and his partner, Paul, recognizes this and is in full support of his endeavors and has the same principles. We will be there next week from the East Coast to enjoy the ambiance and the food. Thanks for your wonderful article.
So you blew it again! A featured article about Ballard [11/9] with the Fremont Troll on the cover? Yes, folks, the Troll is in FREMONT! Give me a break!
Please do take a break. The gnome on our cover resides in front of a Scandinavian gift shop in Ballard, not under the Aurora Bridge. The gnome on our cover has a bald pate, a long nose, and a wide smile showing scary, uneven teeth. The troll has hair, a beard, a short nose, and a closed-mouth grimace that, while fearsome, shows no teeth. He also has an automobile in his grip. Does that clarify the situation for you?
In your article "Labor lessons" [11/9] about the graduate students' unionization fight, Will Comerford mentioned that "some students, surely, are thrilled at the prospect [of cancelled finals]." Did Mr. Comerford bother to question any undergrads?
It was my impression that Mr. Comerford was trying to present a case of unanimous support for GSEAC opposing the University's administration. I know of many undergraduates on both sides of the issue. Those in favor of the strike cite many of the reasons Mr. Comerford presented. On the other side are many financial aid students who fear that withholding the quarter's grades will effect a negative change in their aid, final year students who are worried that graduation will be affected, and many more.
I support the graduate students' right to strike if they are forced to do so by the administration. But I am astonished at the lack of reporting integrity and/or thought displayed in that particular paragraph. Mr. Comerford, cite your source if you intend to insult the dedication of college students to their primary goal, that of obtaining an education. My GOODNESS! What a ridiculous statement he made.
UW UNDERGRAD PRE-ARTS
Soyon Im, in "Not just for kicks" [11/9], mentions the new Charlie's Angels as being part of a "growing series of punchy female-oriented entertainment" in which female characters such as Buffy and the Powerpuff Girls are "independent ass-kickers."
While that's all fine and good (and lord knows I love Buffy as much as the next person), I think it's both terribly wrong and misleading to suggest that these women are also empowering in any way. These "ass-kicking" women are also ass-shaking; that is, their allure is found not just in their attitude but in their infinite watchability. All we have then is a new kind of objectification that, when it comes right down to it, only reifies an old stereotype: Women are objects of beauty (even if they have a nasty roundhouse kick).
TOMMY S. KIM
DEPT. OF ENGLISH, U. OF MINN.
It's not easy
"Whether the fledgling Green Party has any future after this year's election is questionable." So begins the Seattle Weekly election coverage [11/2] of the Green Party .
Is this the same Green Party that has been slowly organizing at the grassroots around the US since 1985, more than a decade before Ralph Nader's first presidential campaign, and has elected more than 80 people to state and local office around the country? Is this the same Green Party whose candidate just received 20 percent of the vote in the 7th Congressional District? Is this the same Green Party whose membership almost doubled locally over the past few months? The same Green Party that mobilized and energized hundreds of volunteers during the campaign season?
If that's a questionable future, we'll take it. Unlike the more certain future of the Democratic Party, which has been moving steadily rightward over the past 20 years, which has sold out its core constituencies repeatedly in favor of its corporate sponsors, and which appears unable to elect its presidential candidate from an incumbent administration in prosperous times against an opponent with a weak resume who has difficulty with the English language and world affairs.
I completely expect the mainstream corporate press to be antagonistic toward Green Party prospects (and they rarely fail to meet my expectations). But it's sad when a paper like the Weekly is equally dismissive.
As the great philosopher said, "It isn't easy being Green." No matter. Add alternative press dismissals and attacks from fellow progressives to the obstacles Greens face in building a political counterforce in America. On the other side of the ledger, we have a growing base of enthusiastic support, a growing body of electoral experience and expertise, and a set of issues that won't go away.
We'll be fine, thank you.
SEATTLE GREEN PARTY ACTIVIST
Letter o' the week
hey u wanna know something little nicky is a one of the funniest movies i've seen in a while and i thought the jokes were good and the movie had a good story line and if adam sandler is so bad and is a bad actor why did millions of people see his movie
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