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July 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Seattle’s fireworks: Should Chase continue to fund the show?

Wasteful spending on fireworks matches what WaMu did

Editor, The Times:

You still don’t get it, do you? Isn’t making a spectacle of $500,000 going up in sparkly smoke exactly why Washington Mutual is now JPMorgan Chase & Co.?

“It could be quiet in Seattle next July Fourth.” Boohoo. I don’t know what neighborhood you live in, but in 20 years of living in West Seattle, I have never braved the sweaty, mobbed shores of Lake Union or Elliott Bay — and it has never been a quiet Fourth of July in Seattle.

Now that the greedy have become the hungry, other corporations with money to send up in smoke should follow Ivar’s lead and spend their marketing budgets on more socially relevant projects.

Blowing things up has never been my idea of fun anyway.

— Patti Williams, Seattle

Fireworks spending no laughing matter

Your editorial “Funds for the Fourth” [Opinion, July 13] asks, “Wherefore art thou, sponsor?”

That sentence belongs in the Sunday comics, in the “Non Sequitur” strip.

You’re asking, “Why (wherefore) are you, sponsor?” Why are you, sponsor? That sentence wouldn’t pass a fifth-grade punctuation quiz even if it made sense.

Your feeble attempt to insert a bit of Shakespeare into the editorial would be hilarious if we weren’t spending hundreds of millions each year in this state on education.

Surely there must be one board member familiar with the expression “whys and wherefores.” Obviously it’s redundant, but it simply means “why and for what reason.”

When Juliet asks, “Wherefore (why) art thou Romeo?” she is, in fact, summarizing the entire play in just one sentence. If he were anyone else, there would be no family feud and probably no objection to their marriage. And no play.

— Karl L Kurtz, Kirkland

Bow out of doing business with Chase

If I were a Chase customer — thankfully, I’m not — I would certainly consider “bowing out” of doing business with them. A contributing member of our community, indeed.

— Francesca Shultz, Mercer Island

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