COLOR ME GLAD
My wish is that Art—whether it be graphic art/design/creative or the written word—contribute to a transformative process. I wish to express my appreciation regarding the Sept. 27 cover. The choice of colors and the undefined images, to me, in some way offered healing to a tragic shared national experience. UNLIKE the pathetic cover of the Sept. 13 issue—an image that we were bombarded with over and over (and still are) by some news media.
Too often, the media pull is to be "hip, slick, and cool," and therefore appealing to the masses of . . . I don't know what population is the desired target, certainly not the "thinking/pondering" population.
Do keep up the sensitive, transformative work (if that aim actually happens to coincide with your group mission) in your cover selections and articles
COLOR ME MAD
Am I fearful? Hell, yes! A pity you haven't begun to scratch the surface of the things I am fearful of.
I am afraid of being killed by someone driving a car. As you mention in point eight of "Tomorrow's Terror" [Sept. 27], I am far more likely to be struck by a drunk driver than be clobbered by a terrorist. In fact, I have known two people in my life who were killed by drunk drivers, another one crippled for life by a sober-but-distracted one, and I didn't know anyone killed on Sept 11.
I am afraid that the people who died on Sept. 11 will not be remembered for their humanity, but for their wealth, their connections, their TV spectacle deaths, and above all, their American citizenship. How can I wave a flag to show my solidarity with New Yorkers without it being misinterpreted as solidarity with a court-appointed president who wants me to support his latest war?
I am afraid that I won't be able to legally drive a car in Washington state without carrying an all-in-one legal identity card, referencing my social security records, my medical records, my passport, visas, and my driving data. No doubt when the paper trail on those dodgy stock transactions runs dry, the feds will want to add financial data to this list, as well.
I am afraid the IMF and World Bank meetings in Wash., D.C., will go unnoticed, that police will overreact to nonviolent protesters like they did in Genoa, Italy, and the press will ignore it all in favor of the easily covered Sept. 11 aftermath.
Among the things I am NOT fearful of is another terrorist attack like the one on Sept. 11, be it chemical, biological, or nuclear. That sort of thing falls under the category of being hit by a random sniper's bullet, getting clobbered by an asteroid, or having the sun go nova. All of those things are possible and have dire consequences, but how much sleep do you really want to lose worrying about it?
DISGUSTED AND AMUSED
To quote Elvis Costello, "I used to be disgusted, and now I try to be amused." The trouble is, there's nothing amusing about the Weekly's film coverage lately, especially after reading Gianni Truzzi's inept misappraisal of the Budd Boetticher Westerns now playing at the Grand Illusion ["The Man Show," Sept. 27]. This travesty of alleged film criticism is not only woefully misguided (for instance, why judge Boetticher's female characters according to contemporary sexual politics?), but it's appalling in its flippant dismissal of Boetticher's highly acknowledged relevance to the Western genre. Truzzi clearly betrays his ignorance to those who know better, but the real tragedy is that his ill-advised attempt at film depreciation will be taken at face value by less-informed readers, who will then be discouraged from patronizing one of the only venues in Seattle that is still willing and able to show such vintage films in a public forum.
In the same issue, the review of L.I.E. by film editor Brian Miller refers to Manhunter as "a 1986 TV movie." This comes as a big surprise to all of us who clearly recall seeing Manhunter in our local cinemas. With all due disrespect, I'll remain disgusted AND amused until the Weekly stops embarrassing itself.
TAKE MY ADVICE
Seattle Weekly's article "Queer Blood" by Mark Fefer [Sept. 27] provided both a historical perspective and information regarding the policy of deferring men who have sex with men from donating blood.
However, the comment attributed to me was taken out of context, and the reporter neglected to include a comment I shared with him when he contacted me. I specifically mentioned that, at last year's FDA Blood Products Advisory Committee meeting, I strongly suggested that the donor questionnaire needed updating, focusing on high-risk behaviors regardless of sexual orientation. Revising the questionnaire began at the beginning of this year, but the process has not finished yet.
For further background information, your readers may want to read the proceedings of the Sept. 14 meeting on the FDA Web site.
Health Information Network
Jesus, George, your analysis piece on the mayor's race was great [Campaign Cocktail, Sept. 27].
Ever since Sidran's photo holding a Real Change ran nice and huge in the Times, I've has this Dylan song in my head. "You've got a lot of nerve, to say you are my friend. . . ."
Fuck him. Hope you're right.
Timothy Harris Executive Director
Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project
SIDRAN WILL SAVE US
The next mayor of Seattle will have to contend with several legacies from the administration of Paul Schell. One of the biggest will be a city on the verge of financial crisis. Schell has presided over unprecedented growth in city spending, made possible by record tax collections during our recent bubble economy. During the campaign, he suggested this "money from the good times" was used to "repair the roof" and make other one-time improvements. The truth is, he spent every bit on programs that depend on the bubble never bursting.
The new mayor will have a big job. He will have to ratchet down spending to match income, and this will undoubtedly mean layoffs and budget cuts for many programs. It's going to take someone with the courage and strength to make many tough and, no doubt, unpopular decisions. So which candidate is the best choice?
Certainly not Greg Nickels! His "go along, get along" style and commitment to "process" is a perfect prescription for budget gridlock. When you make tough decisions, someone's going to be offended, and this just isn't Greg's nature.
Sidran has consistently demonstrated a willingness to speak out and do the right thing no matter how much heat he takes from the "nicer" elements of the local political establishment. Mark took on the cause of me and other downtown residents and business owners who didn't think others had an inalienable right to sleep or pee in my doorway or aggressively panhandle my customers and employees. Mark has been castigated by many, labeled divisive and heartless, and chased around by a so-called "truth squad." His is precisely the kind of courage and leadership we need in the next mayor.
Gotta gripe or a good word? Give it to us! Write to Seattle Weekly, 1008 Western, Ste. 300, Seattle, WA 98104; fax to 206-467-4377; or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. By submission of a letter, you agree that we may edit the letter and publish and/or license the publication of it in print, electronically, and for archival purposes. Please include name, location, and phone number.