Gem of a Curse
I read Tim Appelo's article twice ["Courtney's Family Curse," March 22]. I have to say that this is probably the best article he has written thus far. I was so moved by it that I will purchase at least three of the books in the Courtney Love Library. It amazes me how a person's life can be guided due to the reaction/action of past generations. There is environment and biology. Destiny and fate.
Although the example given is Courtney Love and the deceased Kurt Cobain, this article deals with family. I am sure that at one point, any reader of this article took a pause and reflected on their own family past.
I hope that "the curse" will be broken. I hope that Frances Bean Cobain will have what her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother were lacking—her own respect and love for herself.
This article was a gem. Appelo should be very proud.
How's Appelo's Tree?
Did the National Enquirer buy Seattle Weekly? What the hell is Tim what's-his-name's obsession with dissing Courtney Love ["Courtney's Family Curse," March 22]? He puts out a rerun of this story biyearly, it seems. I am really getting sick of it.
How many assaults on Love's ass has this been now, by the perfect Tim Appelo with his squeaky clean family past? I like Courtney more the more Appelo spews, and I like him less and less. Many of us had abusive families, and Appelo sucks to keep hauling Courtney's ass into this shit to further his pathetic career.
Note From Courtney's mom
I want to commend Tim Appelo for his evenhanded article "Courtney's Family Curse" [March 22]. I have just one objection to the story. In my memoir, Her Mother's Daughter, I worked very hard to show my adopted parents as the multidimensional people they were. My mother, Louella, although difficult and critical, was also tremendously loyal, gracious with her many friends, and genuinely wanted the best for me. My father, Jack, although he molested me as a young child, was also a man admired for his kindness, wit, and generosity. He remains one of the most generous people I have ever known.
While I began life estranged from both of my mothers, I have been blessed with reconciliation with both.
I resist this culture which tries to make people "bad" and "good," when we are all woven of so many complexities and they all exist within us at once. As my birth mother, Paula, once remarked, "Good things don't take away the bad, but bad things don't deny the good, either."
Stop the Haterade
As someone who voted either Dem or independent until the 2004 elections, I think Knute Berger makes some much-needed points regarding the hate-filled militancy that seems to inform a lot of the "progressive" Democratic community [Mossback, "Purple People Eaters," March 22]. It is precisely this smug, self-important, superior attitude that largely drove me away from the Dem ticket for the first time in my adult life. That, and the fact that the Democratic Party had but a single coherent plank in its platform in 2004: We hate George W. Bush.
If the Dems, in general, want to salvage my vote, they need to stop flirting with the progressive militants, stop drinking haterade, and come back to the middle where reality, and much of America as a whole, resides.
Brad R. Torgersen
Thank you for Knute Berger's editorial "Purple People Eaters" [Mossback, March 22]. Berger correctly notes that East King County offers good potential for mainstream and even left-of-center candidates who speak to people's day-to-day needs and not some party ideology. State Sen. Bill Finkbeiner proved that by voting against his party but for his constituents on the gay civil rights bill this year. Rodney Tom recognized that when he switched from Republican to Democrat to challenge the extreme Luke Esser. I worked the Eastside for Laura Ruderman's race for the state House and found many open-minded, practical voters there. Ruderman won that race, too.
But please, please, do not equate liberal Democrats in urban Seattle with the ravings of The Stranger's editors. They happen to have an address in my district, but they certainly don't speak for it.
Janice Van Cleve
Green Litmus Test
Last week's diatribe against the centrist tendencies of Maria Cantwell and argument for a Green Party alternative struck me as pretty ironic ["It's Not Easy Being Green," March 22]. Geov Parrish and the Green Party are both criticizing Cantwell for failing their ideological litmus tests, but are ignoring a big issue that I thought mattered to Greens: the environment.
Cantwell is a progressive leader on some major environmental issues, like keeping additional oil tankers out of Puget Sound, preventing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, etc., and gets a 90 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters. I'd think that should be considered in a list of progressive pros and cons, particularly in comparison to the Green Party, which seems in name and platform to be very interested in ecological issues.
This looks like a race between a green candidate and a Green Party candidate.
Voting for Dixon
Boy, I sure hate to be disagreeing with Geov Parrish again, but I will ["It's Not Easy Being Green," March 22]. I'm as partisan a progressive as they come, and until my retirement to sunny Greece, I gave lots of time and money to candidates who reflected my views. But I'm going to vote for Aaron Dixon, and I told Maria Cantwell that when she voted against the Alito filibuster and against Samuel Alito. I told her that I'd vote for her challenger in the primary and probably for her in the general election (my feeling being that her vote against the filibuster—when it counted—nullified her vote against Alito). But now I'm not sure I will vote for her in the general; I may stick with Dixon all the way.
Yes, Cantwell's been great on ANWR, other environmental issues, and Enron; but her vote for the war in Iraq (and her feeling that this was and is still a correct stance) and her refusal to filibuster Judge Alito brought me to the conclusion that there may not be much difference (at least on these two issues, which mean a lot to me) between Cantwell and a moderate Republican.
I'm sure I'm going to have lots of friends who will disagree with me. So be it. But now it's up to Cantwell to decide that my vote is one she doesn't want to lose (and I bet there will be others). And it's going to take actions, not words, to change my mind. Like supporting Sen. Russ Feingold's censure motion, as a start.
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