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July 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Strip clubs and baseball: Dancers don’t belong so close to Safeco

Safeco doesn’t need strip club neighbors, neither does Sodo

Editor, The Times:

I agree with your rationale in your editorial about the strip club moving near Safeco Field [“Safeco Field’s raunchy neighbor,” Opinion, July 1].

Children walk along First Avenue to go to Seahawks, Sounders and other Qwest Field events in addition to Safeco events because parking is available to the south in Sodo.

But regarding the comment that other “areas of Sodo” might be appropriate for the strip club: Well, we are already considered as the dumping ground of the city for operations nobody else wants. So, why not strip clubs too?

I don’t think so. We are a vital, diverse and critical area of the city, and strip clubs should not be part of our future. Besides, our outdated zoning laws currently on the books won’t allow it outside of the stadium area.

— Mike Peringer, Sodo Business Association president, Seattle

Editorial didn’t need swear word

Your harangue on Safeco Field’s new strip club neighbors was fine reading until the word “damn” near the end. As it was used, it was inappropriate, unnecessary, superfluous, extraneous and also not needed, either. (Am I like you, being paid by the word?)

In your use, it was merely a classless swear word.

— Don Riggs, Bellevue

Some new lines for the seventh-inning stretch

How about some new lyrics for an old standard?

“Take me out to the ballgame,

Take me out for some porn,

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks,

On the way home let’s get a lap dance!

Now it’s root, root, root for the home team,

If they don’t win it’s a shame,

But we’ll bump, grind and watch a pole dance,

Near the old ballgame!”

— Dianna Worth, Seattle

Strip club fiasco slight compared to Safeco’s cost

Here’s another moralistic harangue: Roughly a third of $1 billion in cost overruns during Safeco Field’s construction were paid for out of public funds, against the will of the people as expressed in a ballot. To my knowledge, nobody has ever been indicted.

Workers, even sex workers, drawing a wage for services performed doesn’t “insult and offend” me, but grand theft does and so does malfeasance in office. If the fans can stomach that, a little commercial sex should roll right off their backs.

— Rod Klise, Bremerton

City officials must protect public

Strip clubs and family-oriented ball parks are not supposed to mix. Our elected officials have seriously failed us if a nude-dancing club is allowed only 400 feet away from the entrance of Safeco Field.

Where are our elected officials? How is it that the Seattle Mariners and the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District are representing the public’s interest in maintaining a high-quality civic experience surrounding Seattle’s premier baseball park?

The City Council was supposed to carefully craft an ordinance that upheld our constitutional right to keep these two diametrically opposed venues from converging. If they have failed to do so, they must act quickly to correct their error.

As taxpayers, we funded this beautiful stadium to enhance the quality of our civic experience. We pay to enjoy the wholesome family pastime of watching professional baseball.

Now we must tell our city officials we expect our investment to be maintained.

— Denise Derr, Seattle

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