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August 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Make it green
The spectacle of speedboats producing carbon emissions is not entertainment, but a reminder of the need for greater understanding of global warming. [“Is Seafair sinking? Down year stirs debate,” page one, Aug. 9.]
Seafair could hold races and demonstrations for canoes, kites, rowboats and vehicles powered by wind, solar, hydrogen and nonfood biofuels.
This would feature many skills and cultural traditions of our citizens, the genius of technological innovators and the purity of our water.
Louise Stonington, Seattle
August 9, 2013 at 5:12 PM
The event is a hassle
The drop in attendance at Seafair might be attributed to answering this simple query: Do the pleasures derived from attending the event outweigh the hassles? [“Is Seafair sinking? Down year fires up debate on its fate,” seattletimes.com, Aug. 8.]
Seafair must draw its patrons from the neighborhood or not at all, because those coming from outlying areas probably find Seattle more intimidating than inviting.
The potential consequences of inadvertently parking in the wrong place can hang over one like the sword of Damocles. Who wants to face coughing up a week’s wages just to get a car out of impound?
Then there is the perpetually bad traffic that only gets worse during special events. Why should one endure life-shortening stress to get to and from what is supposed to be a recreational event?
And why, pray tell, should someone need the latest technology and applications to supposedly ease the formerly simple, now arcane, transaction of paying for parking?
Thomas Munyon, Marysville
August 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM
City has ruined the event
The Seafair attendance article misses a very important point. [“Seafair’s closing-weekend numbers have been dropping,” NW Monday, Aug. 5.]
Going to the hydro races is no longer a fun, family event. The city of Seattle (yes, the same city that cannot run a business as complicated as a downtown parking lot) is trying to convert the family outing event into a business profit center for the city.
Parking fees are outrageously high. Street parking is blocked off so people are forced into parking lots that are far from the lake. There is no pack mule or jitney service available for carting folding chairs, coolers, picnic baskets, kids toys, radios, flotation devices, etc.
One must make several long trips back and forth to get their stuff to the lake. Roads are closed off well in advance, and overnight camping is no longer allowed. Then the beach is fenced off so the city can charge admission, too.
The city has ruined my Seafair race experience, and I will not attend anymore. It looks like many people share my thoughts. The city needs to look in the mirror to see the cause of the dropping attendance.
Ted Grimes, Seattle
March 8, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Angels as American as apple pie
It saddens me that there is a strong possibility that we will not have a Blue Angels show this year at Seafair, so I couldn’t possibly disagree more with the letter writers who have basically said “good riddance” to this longtime Seattle summer tradition [“Blue Angels Seafair show, others, expected to be canceled,” Northwest Voices, March 5].
It’s true that our spending priorities are way out of whack and that the $20 million cost for the Blue Angels could be better spent elsewhere, but I have a some sensible solutions to fund the show. Why not keep an aircraft carrier in port for an extra couple of days? Why not keep the C-17s that fly out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord on the ground for a week? Why not take $20 million (at least) out of the billion-dollar aid checks we write to countries that hate us?
The Blue Angels are as American as apple pie and the Fourth of July. Patriotism abounds and Americans come together when these F/A-18s are ripping over Lake Washington at 500 mph. I know that the tens of thousands of spectators who attend this exhibition of American grace and power agree with me.
Quiet skies during Seafair would only serve to remind us of the collective ineptitude of our elected officials in Washington D.C. As for those of you who complain annually about the noise and interruption to your life for those few days a year, I say get over it and come join the party.
–Gary Allen, Tacoma
March 5, 2013 at 7:01 AM
Other potential budget cuts have more significant impact
As President Obama said, people are going to be hurt by the consequences of the sequester. Not seeing the Blue Angels will no doubt be a big disappointment for some, but I’m not sure that compares with the hurt that will be felt by children and families in poverty, our schools, educational and research institutions and much more [“Blue Angels grounded? Seafair plans for worst,” page one, March 2].
I’m disappointed that The Times would consider “Blue Angels grounded?” a front-page story in light of the real hurt that is likely coming. Again, as President Obama said, how “dumb.”
–Rhonda Bierma, Seattle
Questionable source of entertainment
If the budget crisis kills the Blue Angels, good riddance. They’re hardly a national priority. They’re a waste of taxpayers’ money and the military shouldn’t be in the entertainment business.
–Don Glickstein, Seattle
Angels create illusion of ‘war zone’
A front-page headline on Sunday, March 2, reads, “Blue Angels grounded? Seafair plans for worst.” Because I live under the Blue Angels’ annual flight path, grounding the planes seems like the “best” rather than the “worst” for me.
For five days every summer, I endure the planes’ rumbling as my house shakes. I worry about those who have survived real war, since it feels to me like I am in a war zone and my home is being strafed. Blue Angels grounded? I hope so.
–Mary Edwards, Seattle
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