Boring & self-serving
With the exception of "Bombs away" by Geov Parrish, I found Seattle Weekly's coverage of the move boring and self-serving ["Bye-bye Boeing," 3/29. Is the departure of Boeing executives worthy of six (last count) articles in a single issue of a weekly!? I have lived in Seattle for 15 years and don't know anyone who is upset about the move, cares much about the move, or identifies their city with Boeing HQ as much as the Weekly seems to.
The local media is doing their classic insta-news creation shtick via a negative feedback loop (e.g., news: "Hey everyone, the economy is slowing"; news readers: "Oh my god, the economy is slowing"; news: "People are worried about the slowing economy and the impending recession"; news readers: "Oh my god, we're heading for a recession").
I am begging the Weekly to dig a bit deeper and harness the talents of their writers by delivering news that is challenging, thought-provoking and, well, NEWS. Your Web site banner reads "seattleweekly.com—the smart alternative." Granted that the word 'alternative' is abused by more than a handful of marketing graduates these days, but this longtime reader has grown to expect higher standards from the Weekly.
If Marc Gartin is your "hero of the day" for funding the Admiral district parking garage after the city "dropped the ball" [News Clips, High/Low, 3/29], those City Hall ball-droppers should be heroes of the decade. Mr. Gartin owns many properties around the garage, so his decision to finance its construction is hardly proof of his generosity. Indeed, in retrospect his unwillingness to finance it in the first place—thereby leading the neighborhood to push for public funding—stinks to high heaven. Those who come away smelling sweet include the five brave City Council members who (literally) didn't buy it [see 4th and James, p. 11 this issue], other opponents of this type of public financing (such as the Green Party of Seattle), and the city staffers who identified this project as a turkey from day one. Now that the city won't be shelling out tens of thousands of dollars in interest payments on Mr. Gartin's behalf for the next 40 years, perhaps it can afford some well-deserved salary increases.
Interesting & beautiful
Your newspaper was inaccurate when it said I wanted to run for mayor [News Clips, High/Low, 3/29]. The fact is, I am running for mayor.
I was involved with the monolith project, as you know. That was brought about by a community, for a community, and such events and ideas are indicative of my campaign spirit: grassroots support for interesting and beautiful projects to improve and enliven our community. I don't want my past exploits and successes to cloud my current interests. I don't want to appear to be resting on my laurels here. What is a monolith if it doesn't bring about more events and situations of kindred spirit?
I take this election serious, as serious as one can after his fraudulency, the Resident of the White House, George W. Bush, dangled his chad into office.
The "Rule of the gamers" article [3/29] refers to Chris Taylor [later in the piece] as [Chris] Carter. Unless this is some secret spy code language, this is in error.
Eds. note: It was some secret spy code language. April Fools'! It was an error. Sorry, Chris, Bartosz, and any other confused persons.
Is it true that the Experience Music Project is to be no more? I read the article in this week's Weekly [News Flips, "EMP says sayonara," 3/29], then mentioned it to friends, and they were under the impression that it is a giant April Fools' hoax. Please tell me that that giant eyesore is leaving.
Eds. note: That giant eyesore is leaving. April Fools'! It was a giant April Fools' hoax.
Is there really any need for three city-appointed task forces to study the 'causes' of Seattle's Mardi Gras riots [see "Study it to death," p. 18 this issue]? The conclusion they'll come up with is already apparent—that alcohol and public celebrations don't mix; so ban them. Forget the fact that other cities around the world manage to host such events without major violence or property damage.
Success stories—as in New Orleans, where I spent this year's Mardi Gras—are not what the current city administration wants to hear. They're too embarrassing. Better to blame the events themselves and pretend that leadership consists in banning things rather than effectively planning for them and handling them wisely. This kind of bunker mentality, along with the conceit that the citizens here are more like children than responsible adults, is what brings this city down and makes it less livable.
Blaming the victim
Thank you, Geov Parrish, for reminding us that the death the Seattle Police Department must answer for is bicyclist Joel Silvesan [Geov Parrish, "A preventable tragedy," 3/8]. I've heard the police don't like to use their sirens and warning lights because motorists freak out and stop in front of them! Since no one was injured by the flying bicycle or the police car it forced onto the sidewalk, they can try to blame the victim.
This is the other side of the police refusing to break ranks to intervene. What we will get in crowd control is overreaction or no reaction—do we get that message yet? On top of it, we have politicians who refuse to break ranks with the police, jumping to their defense even before they've investigated.
Somebody explain to me why this city won't allow young people of all ages to party at an alcohol-free dance, but will allow them to drink and be assaulted in the street. And why, after their sappy attempt to turn November 30 into a family affair, Schell and Kerlikowske get away with trapping and arresting adults who wouldn't go to bed at 9 o'clock.
Sidran for mayor? Sidran is just the bad cop to Schell.
Simple, basic compassion
A tear slowly rolled down my cheek, because it has been over one month since my son Joel's death. Did you know that he was killed while riding his bike across Aurora and 90th? [See Geov Parrish, "A preventable tragedy," 3/8.] It seems that the police officer who ran him down that cold morning of February 27th forgot, because he hasn't done the decent thing of apologizing to me for this accident. Has our society become so callous and corrupt that a simple, basic, compassionate gesture of condolence by the young man who took his life is inappropriate? Tell me, please, what is wrong with humankind? Without having to admit anything, right or wrong, where is "I'm sorry"? Wouldn't you sir, apologize if it had been you? Did you know that even strangers gave me condolences and embraced me like a friend and shared sorrow with me? Why not this young man? How can people respect or look up to the "protectors of our society" if they are lacking such a simple, basic human trait? Did you know that we had to find out about the inquest by reading it in the paper rather than being called personally?
I'll continue to shed tears, not only for my son, but for mankind.
The Seattle Music Aptitude Test (3/15) incorrectly identified the band that appeared on the cover of The Rocket's final edition. It should have read the Minders.
In "It's all in the timing" (3/29), the photo from the production Incorruptible was erroneously credited; it was taken by Patrice Raplee.
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