December 2, 2013 at 7:15 AM
Bravo to King County, Seattle and The Seattle Times
Recent articles about funding cuts in nonprofits reveal again how federal help continues to diminish [“Childhaven’s financial future uncertain,” NWMonday, Nov. 25].
Our country has expended enormous resources on its foreign policy, going all the way back to the Cold War and Vietnam. The result is that it will soon be unable to take care of its own people.
I commend our state, King County and Seattle for coming up with the money, despite shrinking budgets, to help the needy. Bravo to The Seattle Times for its fund drive. It is our wish that Congress will chart another course in how it spends the taxpayer’s money, pick up the banner of humanity, help its own citizens and, to say the least, contribute to nonprofit organizations that help homeless young adults and neglected children.
— Russell Howard, Seattle
November 15, 2013 at 8:48 AM
It is worth knowing when our beautiful city got its start as well as its correct location.
Many believe that it took place on or near Coleman Dock which is now the Bremerton/Bainbridge Ferry Terminal in downtown Seattle. This of course is not accurate. The actual location of our city’s beginning is near Alki Point, not very far from the location of the present Alki Lighthouse. There is a marker with an inscription to identify it.
Of particular importance were the 24 who came ashore from the Schooner on Nov. 13, 1851 to join those already here busily engaged in constructing log structures for dwelling. The permanent log structures are adequate evidence that Seattle got its start at this location.
Those who helped take this magnificent historic step were young, some only six weeks old. Imagine being a genuine hero at that age.
It seems only right that we at last officially recognize those and this truly eventful date as Seattle Day. Let’s hear it loud and clear for Nov. 13 as Seattle day!
E.V. Wahlman, Seattle
November 6, 2013 at 7:32 AM
Downtown proves to be a comfortable environment for tourists
I just had to send a letter congratulating your city after spending the day there along with family on Sunday, Nov. 3. We are from Vancouver, B.C., but visited your city to watch the Seattle Seahawks live at the stadium. We started the day in the Pike Place Market area and then walked to the stadium along 1st Avenue.
We felt really safe. The crowds were having fun and the entertainment (especially the Seahawks Blue Thunder drum band) was a joy to watch. It didn’t matter when the Seahawks were losing, the spectators were still in a good and hopeful mood.
Again, on the return walk back to the Pine Street area, we were impressed by the crowds, their good nature and the beauty of your older parts of the city. You have a lot to be proud of and we will certainly be back.
Graham Hughes, Burnaby, B.C.
October 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Rich history and location
Thanks to The Seattle Times for its article [“Happily unhip West Seattle attracts a new crowd,” NWSunday, Sept. 29.]
West Seattle is a place apart due to its history and geography. Perhaps peninsulas, like islands, are special geographies of and for the soul. They satisfy not only its need for beauty, but also offer endless opportunity for its favorite pastimes — reverie, reflection and reimagining.
Mary Parlato Gunderson, Seattle
September 27, 2013 at 6:28 AM
City needs mass-transit system
The recent article on cars apparently deals with only Seattle proper, ignoring the huge amount of daily auto traffic to and from the surrounding cities. [“Cars losing grip on Seattle,” page one, Sept. 25.]
The terrible traffic conditions in Seattle are not caused by people who live and work here.
Of note, also, were the four cities in the U.S. with a higher percentage than Seattle of people who do not drive solo to work. Each of these cities has a subway system that facilitates transportation within their boundaries and from their suburban communities.
One doesn’t see many bicycle riders in New York or Boston.
Glen Kaner, Seattle
September 26, 2013 at 6:24 AM
Questions for letter writer
I have some questions for unhappy property owner Stuart Weibel. [“Northwest Voices: New city budget,” Opinion, Sept. 25.]
Does he know the assessments come from the King County assessor’s office and not the mayor’s office and feature an appeal process?
Did he read the latest Case-Shiller Index article? [“Home prices up again in Seattle,” Business, Sept. 25.]
Is his Queen Anne condominium assessed for more than he paid 14 months ago?
Don DeWeese, Seattle
September 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM
Take a stand
Howard Schultz needs to take a stand one way or the other. [“Starbucks’ gun policy: Please don’t bring them,” page one, Sept. 19.]
You can’t please everyone. Schultz needs to decide: Are guns in or out at his stores?
Starbucks is a gathering place for many families and friends, many with children. Would he rather let a child be scared in his store by the sight of guns? Is he worried he might take too much heat from those who wants guns?
Angie Clevenger, Seattle
September 24, 2013 at 6:58 PM
Hemorrhage of greed
James Sherk claims paying fast-food workers a $15 hourly wage is akin to attaching leeches to their skin, in that it will hurt them economically. [“Should fast-food chains pay a ‘living wage’?”, Opinion, Sept. 21.]
Where is his grave concern for the leeching already at full throttle — massive corporate profits sucking the life blood of American workers?
What’s really needed is a tourniquet to halt the hemorrhage of greed.
Sherk’s prophecy of U.S. economic collapse like that of American Samoa and the end of Big Mac consumption if the cost of a burger and fries increases would be humorous, were it not such reckless disregard for workers forced to depend on such jobs to feed and house their families.
Gwen Lundberg, Seattle
September 24, 2013 at 6:32 PM
Unhappy property owner
Yes, we have an improving economy, and yes, real-estate prices are rising. [“Budget reflects McGinn’s priorities,” NW Tuesday, Sept. 24.]
Whatever methods the city is using to raise real-estate taxes, they are blunt axes for many of us. The real-estate taxes on our Queen Anne condominium have been raised substantially for two years running, nearly 20 percent since we purchased our property 14 months ago.
Independent estimates of the resale value of our property indicate that it has not changed in that time.
I look forward, with pleasure, to filling out my ballot in the coming mayoral election.
Stuart Weibel, Seattle
September 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM
Column misrepresents cruise ships
Peter Goldmark’s column inaccurately represents the cruise industry and does not make mention of our world-class environmental practice or the regulatory controls and oversight we have in place. [“Guest column: We must keep boat sewage out of Puget Sound,” Opinion, Sept. 18.]First, cruise ships are not discharging in Puget Sound, and have not in years, as per our Memorandum of Understanding with the Washington Department of Ecology.
Beyond that, the member lines of Cruise Lines International Association — North West & Canada (CLIA — NWC) have invested more than $60 million on wastewater-purification systems that treat water to standards higher than most land-based operations. The practices deployed by CLIA — NWC members serve as a model of environmental stewardship for cruise ships everywhere.
In addition, Goldmark’s column does not distinguish between different regions of the Sound, treating it as one homogeneous body of water. Most of the effects described by Goldmark are localized. Sewer overflows and suburban runoff are prime contributors to water-quality issues in South Puget Sound and South Hood Canal, where cruise ships do not operate.
As an industry, we support the goal of protecting Puget Sound and have adopted the appropriate technology and practices to be sure we do our part.
Greg Wirtz, president of Cruise Lines International Association — North West & Canada, Vancouver, B.C.
Trending with readers