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January 16, 2015 at 7:02 AM

Natives versus non-natives: No need to be exclusive

Ron Judd, you may not care what non-natives think, but I’m a New Yorker (although I lived in Seattle — “your home” way longer than I lived in New York). Therefore, I’m telling you what I think.

If you weren’t born in Seattle or the Northwest, you’ll never be one of us” (Pacific Northwest magazine, Jan. 9) ought to be title instead “Go back from where you came from.” How exclusive can you get?

New York gets a bad rap for being unfriendly, but it is the melting pot for our country — not only for those born in New York, but for everyone.

Do you mean to tell me when people tell me to have a good day, it might not be genuine? Is that meant only for natives? Hmm.

And the Seattle freeze is nonsense. Newcomers who have worked under the same roof for 40 hours a week for many years and were never asked to get together outside of work may disagree. I thought those who work together often get together. Isn’t that just being social?

I missed the vote when you became the spokesperson for the natives of Seattle. Naturally I missed it, what with me not being a native although I lived here for almost 40 years!

Ellen Reichman, Kirkland

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