THE EYMAN LETTERS: FUROR OR F܈RER?
When did Mellon Scaife purchase the Weekly? And when did Hannibal Lecter do a Ray Liotta on Knute Berger's brain? The world is going topsy-turvy when liberal papers such as the Weekly feature prominently such creatures as Eyman ["Forget the Seattle Way, Try My Way," Oct. 9]. Hitler was a "leader," too.
Tim Eyman doesn't DESERVE to be on your cover, or IN your publication. I almost vomited when I saw his face leering at me from the paper box! We know what Eyman would do if he were running things—lie to us all and funnel our money into his personal accounts! It's a sad society when this kind of behavior results in MORE publicity for his "cause" and expands his 15 minutes of fame into 20!
Jeffrey D. Zacko-Smith
I am occasionally disappointed with the choices made by the editors of the Weekly, but this is one of the worst. I know that you sometimes like to publish opinions that are contrary to the norm in order to appear "cutting edge," but I would hope that you'd think about the influence you can have on your readers and the impact that can have on the welfare of our city and region. I'd like to know how much Tim Eyman paid you for the great "Yes on I-776" advertisement.
What if Eyman were mayor of Seattle? Then we'd go a long way toward proving right those who believe that all politicians are unethical, dishonest, self-serving opportunists.
As much as every fiscally conservative American loves to hate BIG government, the truth is we've got some BIG problems that require BIG solutions. I spend way too much time in BIG traffic jams, and I'd love to see BIG changes in traffic flow. We need creative, ambitious people with bold ideas and the wherewithal (read: tax dollars) to implement those ideas.
Thanks to Eyman's work, I've stopped signing initiatives. We live in a representative democracy, and as Eyman says, we are the representatives' employers. Hire the right people and let them do their jobs.
Gosh, Tim, I want to thank you (as I wipe the tear from the corner of my eye) for your recent rendition of apple pie. However, I was not distracted by such fine printed pastry, and I hope the other Weekly readers did not miss the irony of your lambasting elected officials for being seduced by BIG projects, BIG events, and BIG legacies: You appear susceptible to the same self-gratifying pitfalls, even in your SMALL world.
What, no nude centerfold???
I am a disabled bus rider, and because of Initiative 695, I had to find a new way of getting to work on time because my route was eliminated. I also discovered that my bus pass increased in price due to the loss of revenue. I sure liked having my life schedule changed because Tim Eyman was so worried that he was paying too much taxes for his Lexus! Gee, thanks, Tim!
Tim Eyman correctly pointed out in his article that his election to mayor of Seattle would be my worst nightmare. His appearing on the cover of the Weekly would rank as my second worst nightmare. I am very curious if you paid Mr. Eyman for what is an advertisement for his latest initiative. I am disgusted beyond words.
For something that was supposed to be about Tim Eyman's vision about how he'd run Seattle, there wasn't much about the city.
It doesn't help Eyman make his case when he reverts to his old pattern of playing fast and loose with the truth in the very first paragraph. While I-695, the initiative to reduce car tab fees, did indeed pass statewide, it was voted down in the city of Seattle, as were other initiatives Eyman put forward in recent years.
In an article supposedly about a vision for running the city of Seattle, I didn't see a single word from Mr. Eyman about the important things the city government does. Not a word about the budget cuts in essential services like the police and fire departments, budget cuts forced on the city by Eyman's idiotic tax-cutting frenzy at the state level. Not a word about education. Not a word about libraries. Not a word about city utilities.
Eyman doesn't understand that we have a shared responsibility to pay for the services we require, and it's utterly beyond him that we also have a shared responsibility to pay extra for those things that make Seattle a place where people want to live.
Your Eyman article was an embarrassment! When is the local media going to quit pimping for the guy? His 15 minutes of fame and infamy are way past up.
Just how far has your editorial staff inserted their collective heads up Tim Eyman's butt? You have converted the entire issue into a giant free political advertisement for Eyman and his misguided agenda. Will you be providing equal time to opponents of his initiatives? In addition to Eyman's masturbatory essay on how he would run the city, you were thoughtful enough to run Knute Berger's column on how none of the problems that we face are Eyman's fault [Mossback, "He Is We"]. The next time you try to cross the Fremont Bridge in rush hour and sit motionless for an hour, or the next time you notice that the bus schedule has been scaled back, or the water taxi, or the Sounder, thank Eyman. He creates initiatives to lower his own taxes with little or no thought to the impact that they will have on the rest of us. Where is your sense of balance, and where on earth is your journalistic integrity? Maybe it's on your Web site . . . nope, just a softball interview with Eyman.
When did Seattle get its own version of the Fox News channel? Wow, I'm going to make a point to pick up a copy of the Seattle Weekly. With all the liberal- socialist drivel coming out of the rest of the media outlets, you are doing a great job.
The interview and stories on Tim Eyman provide one of the few accurate pictures of the man I worked with for two years. He is intelligent, thoughtful, and concerned for the plight of citizens in Washington state. The media generally prefer to extract the most controversial and negative sound-bites available in his speeches for reprint. I cannot fault them entirely as Tim has often gone to extremes to provoke them. I hope those days are gone and he will continue to allow the public to see the "real Tim." I thank you for being fair in this portrayal of Washington's most "politically incorrect" political activist.
Knute Berger's "He Is We" [Mossback, Oct. 9] got it "almost" right. The real adversary is not Tim Eyman, but the hegemonic liberal ideology that dominates the state of Washington, much like smog dominates the L.A. skyline, and to which even ostensible conservatives in Olympia must pay homage if they hope to remain in office.
This ideology, in both its overt and covert forms, sees taxpayers as mere cash cows to be milked for money to pay for sports stadium boondoggles and similar instances of public misappropriation of wealth, while consigning the nitty-gritty, everyday concerns of individual taxpayers—license tabs leap to mind—as issues beneath serious consideration.
Like the pre-Vatican-II Roman Catholic Church, the liberal hegemony expects individual working citizens to "pay and obey" and to remain docile otherwise.
So we shouldn't be surprised if people, frustrated at not being listened to and at not having their issues listened to, turn to Tim Eyman in the Washington of the early 2000s for the same reason people turned to George Wallace in the America of the late 1960s. Frustrated and angry people often express their frustration by following the lead of eloquent shills with easy—and usually dead-wrong, even potentially destructive—solutions, shills whose only talent is for taking the temperature of the public gut, but who do that superlatively well.
Problem is: Frustrated and angry people also vote.
James R. Cowles
Honest reflection on R-51 leads one, unfortunately, to the conclusion that this is too much a development and sprawl scheme and not enough a real road and transportation solution ["Where Rubber Meets the Roads," Oct. 9].
Everyone who cares about local quality of life, particularly preserving rural and suburban areas from subdivision sprawl, and everyone who cares about the environment should be vitally concerned that any local efforts to plan appropriately for the future could be overwhelmed by development interests who seek to leverage road spending and new sewage capacity into sprawl.
Politicians in Olympia need a reason to stand up to the big development interests and come up with genuine solutions that everyone can support.
"Where Rubber Meets the Roads" [Oct. 9] failed to state the prevailing facts of the problem. The state has grown and will continue to grow and that means more people and more cars. Doing nothing means trying to put 10 pounds of refried beans in a 5-pound container: It won't fit and it gets messy. We need to build and improve our roads or we can't get from point A to point B. Asking people to ride bicycles and take buses won't solve the problem. Most of us live where we can afford to live and work where we can get a job. In this new economy that means changing jobs more and driving more.
R-51 isn't a great option, but like much of life, it is the only option we have. Hold your nose and vote yes. We need roads, and this is probably the only choice we will get from this group of spineless, clueless politicians (Republican and Democrat) who refuse to do their job and make difficult decisions.
OPPRESSED AT $80K?
I've got news for Geov Parish. The "union-busting" activities of which he accuses the Pacific Maritime Association are not illegal ["A Storm in the Ports," Oct. 9]. Nor are the activities of the longshoremen's union, despite the fact that they interfere in the employer-employee relationship to a degree unheard of even in other heavily unionized industries. Both the longshoremen's union and the Pacific Maritime Association are just doing their jobs.
The longshoremen's union has sufficient leverage to negotiate starting wages of $80,000 for semiskilled labor, so it's hard to paint a picture that makes it look oppressed by evil capitalists. But Geov Parish tries his best.
A NOD TO THE COMPETITION
I certainly regret any implication that the committed folks at Essential Baking and/or Essential Foods may have read into the unfortunate juxtaposition of my comment about "other bakeries catching on" and the reference to Essential as a competitor [Letters, Oct. 9]. The reporter and I were talking about flour characteristics and "factory" bakeries initially ["The Revolutionaries," Oct. 2]. Only much later in our conversation did the question come up of other Seattle artisan bakeries. There is no way I would have intended to suggest that Essential was just "another bakery." I have the utmost respect and admiration for the fervent commitment to the cause of sustainable agriculture that owner Jeff Fairhall has made from the beginning by providing organic products on a large scale from both his Essential Bakery and Essential Food ventures.
The Grand Central Bakery
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