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October 30, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Strip club near Safeco Field

Don’t ruin our hangout

Ever since anyone can remember, baseball has been a favorite pastime of the American family. They are events where fathers and sons, grandpas and grandsons and whole families come together.

For Seattle Mariner’s fans it’s a time to have garlic fries, fish and chips and crack peanuts with your son or grandson as they enjoy the game. But when a child comes home and talks about their time at the game, I am sure that no parent wants to have their child’s highlights include the Deja Vu club that they walked by on their way to Safeco Field [“Strip club proposed near Safeco Field,” News, Oct. 28].

No wonder the Mariners aren’t happy. A new strip club right down the block is a detrimental blow to the classic American family hangout. The team is correct to say that the city should not allow a nude-dancing club to come into the vicinity. Not when there have been, and will continue to be, thousands of children filtering through the stadium.

An attorney who is arguing for building the club claims there would be no “garish signs” and that it would not be “a place where people would hang around.” Well, if it’s not a place where people are going to linger, and there’s not going to be much advertising, then why even put it there in the first place?

This not only affects the Mariners, but also the Seahawks who are just a few blocks over, who also share similar values.

In addition to Seattle’s professional sports teams, there are the local businesses to consider. What business wants to share a wall with a dirty, immoral, nude dancing club?

I commend the Mariners baseball club for not striking out on this one and maintaining their goal of a family-friendly environment and atmosphere at their stadium.

— Jordyn Cline, Redmond

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