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March 5, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Blue Angels Seafair show, others, expected to be canceled

Other potential budget cuts have more significant impact

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels navigate together, Aug. 4, last year at Seafair in Seattle. Due to automatic federal funding cuts, the Angels may not perform at Seafair this year. (JORDAN STEAD/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels navigate together, Aug. 4, last year at Seafair in Seattle. Due to automatic federal funding cuts, the Angels may not perform at Seafair this year. (JORDAN STEAD/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

As President Obama said, people are going to be hurt by the consequences of the sequester. Not seeing the Blue Angels will no doubt be a big disappointment for some, but I’m not sure that compares with the hurt that will be felt by children and families in poverty, our schools, educational and research institutions and much more [“Blue Angels grounded? Seafair plans for worst,” page one, March 2].

I’m disappointed that The Times would consider “Blue Angels grounded?” a front-page story in light of the real hurt that is likely coming. Again, as President Obama said, how “dumb.”

–Rhonda Bierma, Seattle

Questionable source of entertainment

If the budget crisis kills the Blue Angels, good riddance. They’re hardly a national priority. They’re a waste of taxpayers’ money and the military shouldn’t be in the entertainment business.

–Don Glickstein, Seattle

Angels create illusion of ‘war zone’

A front-page headline on Sunday, March 2, reads, “Blue Angels grounded? Seafair plans for worst.” Because I live under the Blue Angels’ annual flight path, grounding the planes seems like the “best” rather than the “worst” for me.

For five days every summer, I endure the planes’ rumbling as my house shakes. I worry about those who have survived real war, since it feels to me like I am in a war zone and my home is being strafed. Blue Angels grounded? I hope so.

–Mary Edwards, Seattle

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