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May 24, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Macklemore’s costume was not Jewish

Macklemore in the costume that caused so much controversy, at a surprise performance at EMP Museum Friday, May 16, 2014. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

The world we live in today is diverse and beautiful. Individuals and groups adopt certain looks or styles of clothing to express who they are. Why then, is it wrong for an individual to dress one way or another?

Macklemore’s costume at his surprise show


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April 1, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Kurt Cobain anniversary: The voice of a generation

Left by visitors at Viretta Park were images of Kurt Cobain and candles extinguished by Saturday’s rain. The park, at 151 Lake Washington Blvd. E., is next to the Seattle home where Nirvana’s lead singer and driving force had lived at the time of his suicide two decades ago. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

With the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death approaching, I would like to say a few words about what Kurt Cobain meant to me [“Remembering Kurt Cobain and Nirvana: the band that defined Seattle,” Local News, March 29].

He was the voice of my generation, and his suicide did nothing to diminish the fact that he was a brilliant man who changed so many things in his short time on


Comments | More in Music | Topics: Jeff Swanson, Kurt Cobain, Nirvana

March 23, 2014 at 6:12 AM

Seattle Symphony’s long history of recordings

The article about Seattle Symphony recordings would have been even more interesting and relevant by telling more about our local recording history [“Seattle Symphony launches its own recording label,”, March 19].

For example, with the expertise of Glenn White, a local acoustics specialist with a UW physics degree plus experience at Boeing, there were very high-quality recordings of the Seattle Symphony and other organizations by and after 1967 (and perhaps even earlier).

Face it, that’s a half-century legacy right there. With the arrival of the CD era in the 1980s, the Seattle Symphony recorded and disseminated many more examples of its fine work, on Naxos and perhaps other labels. I recall the Symphony choosing composer Berwald over Beethoven, to carry out the concept your article indicates, making available some great music new to many people, rather than settling on the umpteenth re-issue of a famous symphony or concerto that many listeners already had.


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January 30, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Pete Seeger: Shared feelings through his music during the Vietnam War

Pete Seeger, when he was 85, on his porch above the Hudson River at Beacon, N.Y., in 2004. (JIM MCKNIGHT / AP)

Reading about Pete Seeger’s legacy, I’m reminded about how deeply divided the country was in the 1960s over the Vietnam War [“Pete Seeger raised his voice for people, peace and justice,” Opinion, Jan. 28].

At the time, I was a University of Washington student in political science. The department was split over U.S. involvement, with establishment professors leaning to staying the course in Vietnam and other professors arguing against it. I came to share the view of one professor who studied France’s intervention in Vietnam, and how the French were bogged down for years in an unpopular war.


Comments | More in Music | Topics: Mavis Amundson, Pete Seeger, Steve Paul