I’m starting to think the Pilgrims aren’t the only ones who are no longer around. Thanksgiving itself seems to be approaching extinction. With Thanksgiving still more than a week away, I went to three stores trying to find Thanksgiving napkins and plates for my holiday table. One clerk, after looking rather perplexed, said, “If we had…More
On Oct. 6, the Seattle City Council unanimously declared the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Seattle, and encouraged other institutions to recognize the Day — reaffirming the city’s commitment to promote the well-being and growth of Seattle’s American Indian and Indigenous community [“Seattle council faces backlash from…More
Those supposed leaders in the Italian-American community who oppose Indigenous People’s Day on the same day as Columbus Day do not speak for all of us of Italian descent [“‘Basta!’ Italian Americans to fight Seattle’s Columbus Day slight,” Local News, Oct. 9]. They certainly don’t speak for me. I, and many others, agree wholeheartedly with the long-overdue…More
Declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the same date as Columbus Day is an attempt to delete a part of U.S. history [“‘Basta!’ Italian Americans to fight Seattle’s Columbus Day slight,” Local News, Oct. 9]. European exploration of the Americas led to subjugation of New World natives and African slaves. It wasn’t pretty. But it’s…More
Give thanks with a cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits and grains
President Obama will get a break from Obamacare when he pardons the traditional Thanksgiving turkey [“Let’s talk turkey about shopping on the holiday,” page one, Nov. 25].
Each of us can also set aside our cares by pardoning a turkey and choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance — one that gives thanks for our good fortune, health and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits and grains.
And here are more terrific reasons:
Did we forget our commitment to a healthy country? Halloween is not just another holiday [“Don’t be a deadbeat on Halloween,” Opinion, Oct. 30]. It is a celebration of the sugar industry (subsidized by all of us), food manufacturers (who inundate our society with junkie, processed, high-sugar foods), the weight-reducing industry and others who capitalize on a…More
Seattle’s superrich should contribute to public event What’s wrong with Seattle? With the number of multimillionaires in this city — Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, Vulcan — and who knows how many more, are we really going to let the tradition of the July Fourth fireworks that are enjoyed by thousands of people go away because of the…More
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…More
Fireworks lawsuit might not have been too off target Even a callused fool could have seen the irony in a sign reading “No dogs at public beaches” at many of Seattle’s beaches after the Fourth of July festivities concluded. The irony and disgust sure didn’t slip my mind as I walked down to North Seattle’s Haller…More
Fremont Zombie Walk coverage made light of serious holiday Of all the Fourth of July front-page stories you could feature — about our troops, our Northwest military pride, the freedom we enjoy today — you chose to print some obscene picture with a nonsense zombie story with the headline “Spritzing up for the red, white and…More