Does Redhook really count as a microbrew still [2004 Best of Seattle, "Food & Drink: Readers' Picks," Aug. 4]? The size of brew batches aside, with breweries in Fremont, Woodinville, and Portsmouth, N.H., I daresay there isn't anything "micro" about it. Not to mention that a distributing agreement with Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser et al.) means Redhook beer is hawked throughout the lower 48. Definitely a great-tasting beer and a local success story, but about as "micro" to the beer industry as Nordstrom is to the purveyors of fine apparel.
Best Appeal to Get Out More
Readers of and responders to this paper are now, officially, retarded. Tom Skerritt is Best Local Actor [Best of Seattle, "Arts & Entertainment: Readers' Picks," Aug. 4]? Have those waterheads seen Nick Garrison in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Re-bar? Have those readers seen any live theater in the past five years? Do they ever leave their homes? Garrison should be given unlimited diplomatic status and a lifetime supply of Zima right now for the performance I saw on Saturday, Aug. 7, alone. Tom Skerritt. I demand each and every reader who responded to this poll with the name Tom Skerritt be forced to read 10 books and see 10 plays before they're allowed to even turn the TV on again. Tom Skerritt, indeed.
Best Bad Union
Regarding your Best of Seattle, the Service Employees International Union is the Best Union ["People, Politics & Media: Readers' Picks," Aug. 4]? If firing employees who have worked someplace for years through a closed-shop provision is the best, then I guess that's right. If strong-arming dissent is your idea of representation, then I guess they're the best. If using sneaky language and obfuscation is your idea of communication, then SEIU rules! But when you say you don't want to join and they call you on the phone while you're sleeping during the day, ignore your letters saying to leave you alone, and ask if you've been talking with other "anti-union" people, like a paranoid mobster, you really get the true feeling of being involved with organized labor.
University of Washington Medical Center
Carl Mack, current president of the Seattle NAACP, at this point in his career curve, appears to be little more than a posturing, power-hungry prima donna, a wanna-be pop star and demagogue [Best of Seattle, "People, Politics & Media: Best Agitator," Aug. 4]. I fear he will generate and exploit polarization and its irrationalist offshoots to further his own goals at the expense of the African-American community he presumes to lead and speak for. After all, Mack's made his bones on the backs of harried, underfunded, overextended public servants. Why stop there?
Best Potty Mouth
My question to Carl Mack, following his use of expletives in the course of public discourse, is that as a 52-year-old white male, with a reputation as a liberal educator in the Kent public schools (yes, I have firsthand knowledge of both sides of the current furor), a teacher who constantly battles racism and bigotry in all its myriad forms and who wants to help all students maximize their potential in my classroom, am I now allowed to use "motherfucker" in order to get a point across and relate better to a certain constituency [Best of Seattle, "People, Politics & Media: Best Agitator," Aug. 4]?
I don't care how angry Mack may be, that kind of tone only serves to exacerbate differences, alienate colleagues in the battle against bigotry and racism, and lower the standards that we surely want all young people to aspire to. I greatly admire passionate activists, but not when they denigrate another human being to maximize their effect. Mack is in danger of becoming the beast that he despises.
Richard I. Kedward
Thanks for Knute Berger's article on "Googling in the Bunker" and volunteering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency after 9/11 [Mossback, Aug. 4]. I work in the field of emergency management with school systems, and so many times, it's the little details that make the difference. Thanks to Berger for also recognizing the importance of recovery. Effective recovery becomes prevention. Keep up the good work informing people.
Like Rick Anderson, I find the act of "putting his money where his mouth is" a very open, honest, American way of accomplishing missions and getting jobs done [Buzz, Aug. 4]. Yes, that other American tradition, holding elections, with all the debating and campaigning and rabble-rousing, has that democratic feel to it, sense of community and all that—kind of cute, really, in a retro sort of way. But, you're faced with the possibility that you may not get your way.
The Seattle Monorail Project (SMP) strongly objects to the unfounded claim from Rick Anderson that SMP is spending public money from its public involvement and outreach budget "to battle the recall effort" [Buzz, Aug. 4]. As a public agency, SMP has not and will not take any position on I-83 as a political matter and is not spending public money on efforts for or against the initiative. We have a commitment to staying true to our grassroots heritage and keeping people informed and involved regarding our progress toward building the Green Line as the first phase of a citywide monorail system in Seattle. This is a fundamental obligation to educate the public about SMP progress, so we will continue to implement and refine our board-approved program to communicate with people throughout the city about the Green Line through personal meetings, letters, outreach at community fairs and festivals, our Web site, our newsletter, and so on. We have not altered our public outreach and education effort in any way to respond to I-83. The work of SMP's legal team is happening in the completely separate arena of the legal system, where SMP has joined a coalition of private citizens, businesses, labor organizations, environmentalists, and others pursuing two court cases to clarify important legal questions about the pending initiative. This type of action is very common on initiatives involving public agencies, and helps ensure that if a measure goes to the ballot, the voters can have confidence that their views will have legal effect.
Director of Public Outreach,
Seattle Monorail Project
Rick Anderson replies: SMP is spending public money on its I-83 legal costs, and its advertising includes the theme that, contrary to the claims of opponents such as the recallers, its plan is sound.
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