Explain to me why all white journalists (liberal or conservative) seem to have an uncontrollable reflex to associate welfare with African Americans.

YOUNG GEOLOGIST-TYPES LIKE MOKEE DUGWAY, TOO!

I was delighted to see Mokee Dugway win Best Independent Clothing Store in the Best of Seattle edition ["Indieville: Winners," July 25]; however, I was dismayed by the poor writing and ignorant description of the store and the clothing. I am a regular customer at Mokee Dugway and cannot say that I fall into either category, "middle-aged" or "normal, working-mom type." Clearly [the writer] has visited Utah, but he has not stepped inside the Greenwood store, since if he had, he might find a young, attractive "geologist-type" purchasing the latest fashions and accessories.

Mary Lloyd

via e-mail

GIVING KUDOS TO THE COMPETITION

A sincere thank you for the kind words for Elliott Bay Book Co. in Best of Seattle ["Highbrow Town: Winners," July 25]. Some information for you, which perhaps others have weighed in with by now: Our friends at the University Bookstore maintain a larger store than ours (by a goodly amount). And they have been at it 73 years longer than we have (since 1900). They got some good centennial publicity in 2000, but even then weren't properly acknowledged for the role they've played—as one of the first and most prominent university-related bookstores to show that general readers would buy books of a scholarly nature/published by university presses. Until the early 1970s, the offerings out in the general book world were fairly narrow—and available through book departments of department stores, office supply stores, and the much-less-visible neighborhood bookstore. Publishing wasn't as corporate or stratified then (mass market books included literary works you would never find in a grocery store unless it had the Oprah imprint on it), but it was still the straight and narrow where general array and assortment were concerned.

Thanks again. I'm liking what looks like increased attention for books in the Weekly these days.

Rick Simonson

Elliott Bay Book Co.

Seattle

A SORE WINNER SOUNDS OFF

Thanks, I guess, for finally bringing back the "Best Video Store" category in this year's Best of Seattle poll ["Indieville: Winners," July 25]. It must be some sort of an honor for us to win, but it's hard to feel that way when the description accuses the staff here at Scarecrow Video of "smug condescension" and labels our customers (your readers) "movie masochists" for even wanting to deal with us.

I'm not sure who helped you in the past, but the vast majority of the staff here are friendly and helpful. Many of our customers know the movies they're looking for better than we do, and we're not afraid to admit it. In fact, an informal poll showed that most of our staff could not name the director of The Garden of the Finzi-Continis offhand and therefore would have difficulty pulling off the "I can't believe you didn't know who directed that" routine you accuse us of. But we would be happy to look it up for you, if you'd like, and show you where you can find it in the store.

Anyone who comes in here regularly can compare your description to the actual people who work here and see how far off base it is. What's more, the friendliness you'll find here is the genuine article and not "Welcome to Loews, enjoy your movie" preprogrammed phoniness. We share our customers' passion for movies, and we try to bring them together with films they might not be able to find (or find out about) anywhere else. Maybe that's the reason they voted for us overwhelmingly.

Bryan Theiss

Scarecrow Video

Seattle

MORE LOCAL BANDS; LESS SLIME

I'm writing regarding the coverage of bands, such as "Anti-Christ Superstar" [July 25]. Who could possibly be impressed by a band [Seldom] that uses ridiculous, unimaginative lyrics such as those quoted in your paper? In case you don't have it handy: "You apologize all the time/Your conscience should feel like slime." Ugh!

How about reviewing bands that merit coverage? Are you running low on Seattle-based bands? OK, here are a few of my favorites, just in case: Assemblage 23, Converter, and Glis. All Seattle-based bands I've never seen your paper cover, all excellent.

I think that if your paper hopes to be on the cutting edge of growing scenes in Seattle, the industrial scene needs to be recognized. These bands tour around the world. Please recognize our community.

Thank you for listening to my whining.

Corrine Bray

via e-mail

YOU GO, YOUSOUFIAN!

Armen Yousoufian is right ["And the Game Goes On," July 18]. Had the public been privy to his "smoking guns" prior to the Kingdome election, there is no doubt that the vote would have gone the other way. At least, the football stadium proponents would have had to spend a few million dollars more to eke out their win.

The public was, and remains, rightfully suspicious of the specious claims County Executive Ron Sims, Gov. Gary Locke, and others made about the wisdom of tearing down one of the world's great buildings. And even more so now that the economic gravy train our region was gaily riding has ground to a halt— a halt burdened with excessive taxes the electorate was persuaded wrongly to accept, including the added taxes resulting from the new baseball and football stadiums.

The economic assumptions made for tearing down the Kingdome were bogus. The assumptions regarding construction costs were bogus. The company most responsible in America for building stadia was given the contract to determine if yet another new stadium was needed in America! Duh! So guess what the conclusion was going to be? It's one thing to make an incorrect assumption. Everybody makes mistakes. What Armen is showing, conclusively, is that the mistakes were planned, inevitable, with malice aforethought.

Anybody who voted to tear down the Kingdome ought to get the chance to change that vote. After all, isn't changing the voters' minds what the Legisla- ture did to get the baseball stadium built? No voter would think of drumming the errant guardians of the public trust out of office. After all, we do have a winning baseball team in a grand palace.

Keep on fighting, Armen, even if the only outcome is that the truth be told.

Chris Van Dyk

Bainbridge Island

BLACK AND WHITE

Somebody please explain to me why all white journalists (liberal or conservative) seem to have an uncontrollable reflex to associate welfare with African Americans ["The Safety Net Stays," July 18]? Every article on the subject proudly features black women, never mind that the FUCKING MAJORITY of people on welfare nationally are white, rural dwellers. Even if every black person in Seattle were on welfare, we couldn't possibly be the majority of welfare recipients since we make up 6 percent or less of the population. Next time, please take your cameras to Everett or Puyallup and leave Rainier Valley alone.

Karen Feld

Seattle

BEST BLUNDER

In the July 25 Best of Seattle issue, the ballot winner for Best Place to Get a Massage, Habitude, was described as closed; while the spa's Oldtown Ballard location is closed due to fire, Habitude's Uptown Ballard location (2208 N.W. Market, 782-0530) remains open, and a new Ballard Locks location (2801 N.W. Market, 782-2898) is expected to open in mid-August. Seattle Weekly regrets the error.

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