GIVE MORE OF THE SKINNY
THE WORLD ON THE EDGE Town Hall forums, sponsored in part by Seattle Weekly, March 6, 12, 18, and 27, and April 11. Speak your mind, then hear the experts.
Thank you for the investigative report on the city of Seattle's new policy to employ large-breasted women with low-cut shirts as meter maids ["The Hottest Ticket in Town . . . ," Feb. 19].
Whoo hoo! Finally, taxpayers are getting something worthwhile for our money. But, I mean, really, couldn't you have included just a little more skin in your pictorial?
THAT'S THE TICKET!
If Seattle meter maids showed as much cleavage in real life as the one on your Feb. 19 cover does, I would buy a car and park illegally!
NOT NECESSARILY NEWS
It was obviously a real slow news week for you guys ["The Hottest Ticket in Town . . . " Feb. 19].
1. " . . . handheld computers can spit out 400 tickets a day, giving the city the potential of writing $100 million in tickets annually." A pretty lame point; sort of like saying Rick Anderson can type 50 words a minute, so he can potentially write a thousand Weekly cover stories each year.
2. "After all, the mayor's limo doesn't run on hot air." Surely a little bit of unfair exaggeration. I doubt very much that the mayor has a limo; maybe a sedan that delivers him to City Hall in the morning and gets him around town during the day to the various places he needs to go as part of his official duties. So what? Is Anderson suggesting the most important official in the city should be driving himself around all day and feeding parking meters while he does?
Keep up the good work.
WON'T PLEAD GUILTY
Rick Anderson hit a sore spot with the article on meter maids ["The Hottest Ticket in Town . . . ," Feb. 19]. Just last week I parked my motorcycle on First Hill in a spot between a yellow loading-zone strip and a parking garage driveway. The strip I parked in had no meter, the curb wasn't marked in any way, there were no signs restricting parking there, and the spot was just long enough for my motorcycle. No problem, right? Wrong!! When I returned, I found two $38 parking tickets attached to my bike. They were from two separate PEOs and only 10 minutes apart! One ticket was for parking in a loading zone (which I wasn't); the other was a "complaint" (presumably from the garage attendant) that I was blocking the driveway (I was outside of the driveway's markings). I was clearly in an unrestricted, unmarked curb area.
So, now I have to waste my time to fight it in court. Not only did the PEOs waste their time writing me two invalid tickets, but now the city is wasting its time processing the tickets and booking a hearing, the magistrate's time to hear me, and my time taking photos of the area and missing work. Now, exactly how does the city think this is paying off? And I'll be damned if I'm forced to plead guilty, as Anderson found himself doing.
NO NEED FOR COURT
In a city replete with traffic problems, I fail to understand Rick Anderson's griping about the enforcement of laws that might help congestion by making people think more about the values of public transportation ["The Hottest Ticket in Town . . . ," Feb. 19]. Furthermore, when I had a parking ticket due to a malfunctioning meter, I simply had to send in the information about the meter, time, place, etc., and, after being verified, my ticket was dismissed. No court, no cost.
Here's my gripe: Each week when I attend an 8 a.m. meeting lasting almost two hours, I have to start paying the meter at 7:30 and then risk getting a ticket, because the meter charges me to park for time that should have been free and then expires before I return. Now there's unfair!
In Knute Berger's "Who Would Jesus Bomb?" [Mossback, Feb. 19], he mentions a sign carried on Feb. 15 that said, "Germany Has Learned Its Lesson, You Have Not." It should have read, "Germany Has Learned Its Lesson, Hitler Was Right." And in answer to the question, "Who Would Jesus Bomb?": He would bomb all of you.
Knute Berger must not have seen my favorite: "Impeach the Son of a Bush!!!" A baby-blue T-shirt said: "Make Love. Fuck Bush." And then on TV, I saw this great picture of ladies in London with hats and handbags and a carefully printed sign: "Make tea, not war."
Knute Berger missed one of my faves"Why is OUR oil running under THEIR sand?"
I don't know where I first saw this. But I want it everywhere. Please tell me someone in Seattle carried this sign on Feb. 15: "Bush: 'I don't care what Americans thinkthey didn't vote for me."
San Pedro, CA
Unfortunately, the issue of Iraq is not addressed with slogans such as "War Is Terrorism" or "Peaceful Relations With All Other Nations" or "Let Exxon Send Their Own Troops," all of which are heartfelt but very simplistic. Presumably, for example, this philosophy would have had us stand aside while ethnic cleansing took place in Bosnia. (And wethe U.S. and Europe and the UNdid stand by, but for different reasons. Ironically, it was the U.S. that pushed the eventual military solution that ended the war.) The world is more complex than this.
My favorite, and one I absolutely support: "Draft SUV Drivers First."
James S. Cameron
DON'T JUDGE JACKO
I loved Steve Wiecking's article on Michael Jackson [Small World, "Leave Him Alone," Feb. 19]. These were my exact sentiments, and he summed it up very well. Just leave the guy alone!! If we attack his personal choices to do whatever he wants by judging the hell out of him, then we're just limiting our own freedoms. But there's one thing that dawned on me about Michael Jacksonone of the greatest entertainers of all time: Maybe he's masterminding this whole thing. I'm sure he misses the energy he is so good at creating by entertaining audiences. I'm sure he feels a piece of himself is missing. Who is to say he is not re-creating himself once again? He has an intelligence few of us can understand. Maybe he has decided to kill two birds with one stone: show the savagery and manipulation of the media toward all that is supposedly bad, and bring about his own salvation through the light of "acceptance"something this country and all people need to learn. Michael is very good at bringing opposites together. He morphed generally black '70s funk music together with generally white, edgy electric guitar leads to create a sound we had not quite heard before. He brought male and female together in himself. He brings child to adult in his views of fun and play. And now, I think, he is bringing judgment together with acceptance. I think he's a genius.
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