EXPLORING THE TRUTH
Thanks for Eric Scigliano's story about Lewis and Clark ["The Myths and Myopia of Lewis and Clark," July 9]. It is honest reporting like this that makes the Weekly the only paper I read on a regular basis. Half-truths and outright myths have been taught in our classrooms for generations as reality. I am grateful Scigliano has the courage to present all sides of the story in these times of embedded journalism.
MYTH AMERICA OUTFITS
I very much enjoyed Eric Scigliano's article, especially his work on debunking myths along with wry humor ["The Myths and Myopia of Lewis and Clark," July 9]. EPS and Camera One of Seattle are co-producing the "official" Lewis and Clark Expedition film for the bicentennial. It will be shown in visitor centers all along the trail. Our mission is to show the military aspect of the Corps of Discovery, as well as get First American perspectives, good and bad. We will have a Puget Sound premiere (I know they didn't get up here) at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, probably sometime this fall.
By the way, expedition members, including Lewis and Clark, did not wear tricorn hats and only used buckskins for everyday work when their "fatigues" wore out somewhere after they left Fort Mandan, N.D., in the spring of 1805. Many still had "dress outfits" for formal meetings with Indians and celebrationsa picky detail but one of the myths we are debunking, and most good re-enactors know this. The National Park Service is even attempting to dispel the coonskin hat trail-logo image, but there are so many signs and no budget.
TERROR WAR, 1805
Eric Scigliano practices the weird alchemy of turning trees into shit: "Lewis and Clark added two other powerful tribes . . . to form a sort of 1805 axis of evil. What made these tribes threatening, of course, were their weapons of mass destructionfirearms obtained from the British Evil Empire" ["The Myths and Myopia of Lewis and Clark," July 9].
Trash talk like that is one of many reasons why old lefties like me left (and despise) the left.
IRAQ NO 'NAM
Knute Berger is missing the big-picture point [Mossback, "Iraq Nam," July 9]. We have entered into a new era of security threats to the common American. If Berger listened to interviews of Islamic radicals, he would know we cannot sway them by changes in foreign policy. They simply hate us. With the availability of dirty bombs and backpack nukes, we must extend our security shield to their land. This is and will be an ongoing war of deterrence. Our actions in Iraq are horribly difficult and sometimes ugly. But a nuke in New York or Seattle is even uglier. Imagine what the U.S. would be likethe endless security crackdown, the racism against Middle Easterners, the economic impact, etc. This type of threat simply did not exist in the Vietnam era.
We are in a fight for our way of life. They brought the fight to our borders on Sept. 11. We are now forced to take the fight all over the world to prevent this kind of thing from reoccurring.
The way to stop spam is to make it a felony to complete a transaction promoted by spam ["Spam on the Lam," July 9]. If the product vendor keeps going to jail, no one will pay the spammers. It would be similar to the liquor liability laws, where selling a drunk liquor can make you liable for any damage or death the drunk causes.
Ponca City, OK
I was a bit puzzled by Laura Cassidy's review of Ephesus ["Lamb Kebab Crush," July 9]. Here's a restaurant named after a city in Turkey, with a "Turkish chef." It serves kebabsnot Greek souvlakiand boreks. The shrimp toprak comes in "Turkish stoneware," and a quick Internet search even finds Ephesus listed on a directory of Turkish restaurants in the United States.
In what way, then, does this restaurant "profess to be an old-fashioned Greek kebab house"? And if it does, why didn't this raise Cassidy's eyebrows, or her editor's? Mixing up Turks and Greeks generally goes over about as well as mixing up Hatfields and McCoys: It's not a mistake that inspires kind feelingsor respect.
Laura Cassidy responds: The staff at Ephesus spoke of the restaurant as a Greek kebab house, so while it's true that the menu offers both traditional Greek and Turkish specialties, I really was reminded of my Greek friends and their wonderful food. We're aware of the geopolitics of Turkey and Greece, but it was my understanding that Ephesus embraces both nations. If this assumption is incorrect, I offer my sincere apologies. Also, although it's now part of Turkey, Ephesus was an ancient Greek and Roman town.
THE HINDENBURG OF ZEPPELIN REVIEWS?
Jess Harvell's review of the new Led Zeppelin live album is one of the most uninformative, unenlightening, poorly conceived articles on music I've ever read ["Wreckers of Civilization," July 9]. Why choose an author with such a clear bias against Led Zeppelin? Harvell's piece does little more than betray his disdain for the band without even giving anything resembling a factual assessment of the album. This "review" spends the majority of its time bitching about the band and the evil it stood for rather than focusing on the material at hand. The article appears as though it were written by an author paying more attention to his word count than the contents of the writing.
I feel compelled to voice my outrage at Brian Miller's hate-infused, opinionated rant soilingof all thingsa calendar listing [Books Calendar, July 9]! Miller's previous anti-Palestinian hack work was delivered at the expense of two critically lauded films. But for Miller to take the purely informational space of a calendar listing to again display his hatred of anyone supporting the Palestinian cause truly goes over the edge of acceptability.
I was dismayed at the blatant anti-Arab bias of the calendar item on the discussion between Dr. Tikva Honig-Parnass and Toufic Haddad that occurred on July 9 at the UW ["Books Calendar, July 9]. Calling their lecture "a warm, cuddly embrace of those lovable bomb-throwers" was completely out of line and reeked of racism.
The one good point of the Weekly's completely unethical comments was that they spurred me to attend the event. Almost 200 folks spilled out of the room into nearby hallways to hear the words of two activists committed to the idea of creating a just and equitable peace between Palestine and Israel. After the presentation, many people, from a multitude of backgrounds, spoke from the floor, presenting a variety of viewpoints and ideas. Sorry your calendar "editor" couldn't have been theremaybe he would have learned something.
IT WAS RIGHT ON
Palestinian Media Watch, a pro-Palestinian action group, is angry at Brian Miller for calling a spade a spade [Books Calendar, July 9]. I think his comments were accurate and well stated. Kudos to Miller, and to telling the truth.
Allyson Rowen Taylor
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