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February 8, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Seahawks: Lighten up; Seattle did great job hosting celebration


Skittles tossed by both Marshawn Lynch and spectators litter the bow of a Duck boat carrying Lynch and members of the Sea Gals during Wednesday’s parade through Seattle. (GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Seattle did a great job hosting victory celebration

I want to pass on my congratulations to Seattle Police Chief Harry C. Bailey, his officers and staff, and all the law enforcement personnel from around the region who made the Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade such a tremendous success [“Seattle salutes Seahawks, its Super heroes,” Local News, Feb. 6].

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and City of Seattle staff did an excellent job planning each and every detail of the parade to make sure the 12th Man could celebrate with the Seahawks.

As a former state trooper and county sheriff, I know first hand how challenging it is for officials to successfully coordinate such a complex, high-profile event. It takes a tremendous amount of organization and the cooperation of partner agencies, to ensure that fans and parade participants have a safe, enjoyable experience.

Seattle officials did an excellent job preparing for and managing the enormous 12th Man crowd that descended on the parade route. Tour buses, ducks and National Guard vehicles had no difficulty traveling a parade route packed with around an estimated 700,000 fans. Remarkably, law enforcement didn’t have to make a single arrest during the parade.

Thank you, Seattle, for making all of us feel so welcome in the Emerald City. For a few hours that day, we were all Seattleites.

John Lovick, Snohomish County Executive

Lighten up

I’d like to respond to the letter “Can we unite behind other things as well?” by Yuri Tolpin [Northwest Voices, Feb. 6[.

Professional sports and, in particular, the Seattle Seahawks players and coaches give generously of their time and money to many causes in the area. I’d also guess that many of the tens of thousands in attendance at the Seahawks parade give of their personal resources too, given the family nature of the event.

The writer seems to give too much weight to this event while knowing that Seattle has recently elected a socialist City Council member. The environmentalist movement practically was born in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle and King County have the most liberal-minded voters in the state. You don’t need to go far to find a group of like-minded folks for your cause.

Lighten up. Seattle cares.

Walter Fogle, Woodinville

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