Good Lord above, I thought I was naive, but then I read Geov Parrish's column "Hangin' With the Donkeys" [Feb. 11]. Does he really think that democracy is having a "quickie" mail-in election, kept short and sweet so he doesn't have to spend any time or effort participating in a real political process? Or maybe he was just being ironic. If so, tone it down, Geov; it was way too ironic for the average bear.
I had a great time at my caucus. We had far more people than ever before—Deaniacs, Edwardians, Kerryites, and uncommitteds. We even sent an 18-year-old high-school senior on to the county convention. It moved me to get more involved on the grassroots level from now on.
MORE THAN A VOTE
"Beyond the social perks, it's hard to see why voters would want this process" ["Hangin' With the Donkeys," Feb. 11]. In a presidential primary, I would only get to choose who I wished to be the Democratic presidential nominee. In this caucus, I was able to propose two health care resolutions that both passed and will be considered for the Democratic Party platform. One was for a single-payer health care resolution that passed unanimously, and the other was a constitutional amendment guaranteeing health care for all, which passed with a two-thirds majority. I could not have done this in a primary. My vote for Dean would have counted as not supporting a single-payer plan if not for a caucus. (Dean has said he'd sign one.) So Geov, please, rethink your stance.
Thomas R. Prince
HACKERS ARE REAL THREAT
Like it or not, these men served their time ["Election Pros Are Cons," Feb. 11]. I don't believe the man running a printing press making blank ballots is a threat to democracy. The hacker might have me worried if he were working on the new touch-screen voting technology coming down our brave new way. The electronic readers in use now at least have a paper trail. Touch screen won't, but we are assured by its manufacturer that it is safe and secure. Diebold, on the other hand, is part of Cheney's crookdom. You guys swallow camels and strain at gnats. Get a clue!
SONICS NEED STAR BUCKS
Thanks for running Mike Henderson's Sonics column calling out the rich team owner and the inept president, Wally Walker ["Sonic Success: Priceless," Feb. 11]. I hope you will keep running such pieces and continue calling attention to the egregious ticket prices and disgusting collection of softies masquerading as an NBA team. The Sonics have a great coach and fans who love the team and desperately want a reason to celebrate—such as a trade for a real power forward or the dismissal of Walker. The local media would do us all a favor to continue pointing out the horrible management of Walker and Rick Sund. Would Howard Schultz put up with poor decisions and declining profits and performance if it were Starbucks?
MILLER TOO JADED
I was dismayed that the Weekly didn't see fit in the Feb. 11 issue to print a schedule of screenings for "Framed!," the political film portion of the Seattle Arab & Iranian Film Festival. Brian Miller contributed to the discouragement by writing a fairly dismissive review of "Framed!" [This Week's Attractions]. I attended anyway and found the first two films of the series, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land and Selves and Others: A Portrait of Edward Said, to not be so easily dismissed and their claims of bias to be not altogether "witless." (I actually think some right-wing claims of media bias are not witless, either.) The comparison of U.S. TV news and BBC TV in Peace makes a pretty good case that U.S. TV doesn't have to be the way it is and doesn't just emerge from a political/corporate void.
Miller seems to think this is all old-hat leftie rant and cant. But are we so jaded that we can't use a reminder or a fresh look? And why discourage others unaware of the issues covered by this event? Or those who have a different perspective from the presumed perspectives of the films shown? Let them come and share their views. The Middle East and the media are huge issues for our times. I don't understand why an in-depth film festival on these issues, delivered locally on a silver platter, should not be enthusiastically welcomed by both journal and journalist.
SINGLES IN PHINNEY
After reading the "Young and Broke" piece in the Niche Dating feature [Feb. 11], I have to wonder if Ginger Donald and Grant Brissey bothered to do more than a half-hour of research. Move to a different city?
Why wasn't Restless Singles mentioned? We are a nonprofit activity group for singles in their 20s and 30s. The group's been around for over five years and boasts over 500 active members. People schedule events of their own choosing, such as dinners, movies, clubbing, concerts, parties, and more. The only cost to members is the cost of the event itself. Our main member gatherings at the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center are completely free!
We are currently revamping our online presence. Our site (way.to/restlessyouth) offers a message board that enables members to set up last-minute outings, mingle, and expand on interactions that began at an earlier event. I strongly encourage the twenty- and thirtysomethings out there to check us out before skipping town.
JEWISH DATING DOES EXIST
If Seattle Weekly readers are looking for additional options for Jewish dating (and just plain making friends), the Jewish Social Singles Dances should be on their list of social possibilities [Niche Dating, "Dating by the Numbers," Feb. 11]. The group draws a wide range of repeat party-goers who travel from Vancouver, B.C., and up from Portland, Ore., to join the local Jewish community at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island. The next dance takes place on Saturday, March 13.
This dedicated singles group is comprised of Jewish men and women in their 50s and 60s who have been planning these dances for years. They have enlarged into weekend events, with overnight hotel stays and Sunday brunches at the hosts' homes. Check it out—you never know where you might find your beshert (beloved).
Stroum JCC, Mercer Island
JANET'S SHINY THING
I am boggled over the reaction to the nanosecond of Janet Jackson's bare breast on national TV [Small World, "War Heads," Feb. 11]. Are parents concerned their children will be corrupted? People, do you actually believe there is one kid in America who didn't think that was the pinnacle moment of the Super Bowl—or maybe their entire lives? Do you think they haven't seen far steamier stuff on cable or the Internet? Please! I have a theory that this whole brouhaha was staged by George Bush to distract our attention from the war in Iraq, the crappy economy, and every other issue that would thwart his re-election. Can't you just hear the two-bit magician? "Don't look over there! See this? Shiny thing!"
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