DEAR EDITOR: Rick Anderson's article on council member Jane Hague's DUI arrest, and her arraignment which resulted in suppression of her breath readings ["Thar She Blows," Aug. 29], missed the most interesting of Hague's alleged statements to the state trooper. When told she could speak to a public defender, Hague reportedly "stated she would not talk to any second-rate attorney." How ironic if she said that. It would be interesting to know her views on funding for King County's Office of the Public Defender, whose Web site states: "We ensure that each person receives a fair, knowledgeable and effective legal defense."Dwight Van Winkle
The editor responds: We contacted Bob Boruchowitz, longtime leader in the county public defender system and now a visiting professor at Seattle U, who said Hague "generally has been supportive" of public defender funding, "so I was a little surprised to read that." Then again, "when people are arrested, they often say things they come to regret." He says Hague is correct that she'll probably get better representation from a private attorney, but not because public defenders are second-rate lawyers. Their caseloads in King County are so onerous, they'd probably have no more than four hours to devote to her case.
Never on Sunday
DEAR JONATHAN KAUFFMAN: Thanks for the great article ["Teriyaki's Boss," Aug. 15]! Now can you address the mystery of why you can rarely find a teriyaki restaurant open on Sundays? I've considered opening a teriyaki restaurant that is ONLY open on Sundays. I will clean up!Larry Smith
DEAR JONATHAN KAUFFMAN: Did you by chance talk about where the chicken meat comes from? I love chicken teriyaki. But I can't help but think that it comes from the same place as Kentucky Fried Chicken, where you've got millions of deformed chickens stuck in cages.David Kim
Dategirl Nice to Men
DEAR JUDY MCGUIRE: I have been reading your column regularly for the past couple of months on my lunch break and wanted to take a moment to acknowledge your wonderful, unbiased advice. The theme of men being disposable and inherently guilty in our culture is a huge problem. Furthermore, men are still considered intuitively, empathetically, and emotionally inferior and incompetent in relationships. You, on the other hand, do not simply blame men. Your column looks past the belittling and limiting stereotypes and consciously creates understanding, compassion, and affinity! Thank you for your open mind.John Hellriegel
CORRECTION: In last week's story about Jane Hague, we said her alcohol breath test came in at .16. In fact, it was .14. We apologize for the error.
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