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May 10, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Paul Allen’s Northwest legacy: Seattle Times readers sound off

Paul Allen legacy in the Northwest includes a Super Bowl, but much more.  Bettina Hansen / Seattle Times staff

Seahawks owner Paul Allen’s legacy in the Northwest includes a Super Bowl, but much more.
Bettina Hansen / Seattle Times staff


Paul Allen

A Northwest legacy
worth celebrating

I was lucky enough to sit across from Paul Allen during the Trail Blazers’ Game 6 buzzer-beater vs. Houston. I couldn’t help but think about his legacy in the Pacific Northwest. Although well-documented, it’s worth celebrating his true impact.

He co-founded a software giant creating tens of thousands of jobs. He reinvigorated the Southlake Union neighborhood. He donated billions to philanthropy and science. He saved the Seahawks when it looked like a move from Seattle was eminent. He brought the city a Super Bowl. He now has a young, talented Portland NBA team with a rabid fan base that is making its own storybook ending.

As Seattle residents, we should enjoy the ride and appreciate this man’s great achievements. I am excited to see what he can do next!

— Joe Grant Bluechel, Seattle

NFL Draft

Seahawks’ 2nd-round

picks poorly advised

The Seahawks’ second-round choices were poorly advised. Both Paul Richardson of Colorado and Justin Britt of Missouri may become very successful players. But that isn’t the point.  They were taken in the second round when all media sources had them going later in the third round at best and most in the fourth or fifth rounds.  The Seahawks should have traded down and selected them later, gaining valuable picks in the trades.

To suggest, as the Seahawks did, that another team was just about to take them when they reached for James Carpenter in 2011 and Bruce Irvin a year later is hard to swallow.  These choices have a bad flavor as well.  The Seahawks do so well in later rounds they should just sell their first two rounds.

— Angel Hewit, Issaquah


Stealing Clippers
isn’t the answer

Geoff Baker did a great job in his column about the Los Angeles Clippers and the unlikely move to Seattle (“Seattle Clippers? Don’t count on it,” Monday). In my eyes, if Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer purchase a team like the Clippers and take them away from a city and fan base that loves them, they’re just as bad (or worse) than Clay Bennett.

Seattle’s best hope at a new team appears to be expansion. As far as the time frame of said expansion? Don’t hold your breath. Why not forget the old rivalry and root for the Blazers? I hear that Damian Lillard kid is halfway decent at basketball.

— Sean Larson, Seattle

Still not a fan
of OKC, league

I was a life-long Sonics fan. To this day I cannot watch Oklahoma City play and I won’t watch them play until Seattle gets a team. The final straw was when David Stern basically stood in the way of Sacramento moving to Seattle. The new commissioner will be no different.

I love basketball! I played it in high school and college and later became a college referee. While I appreciate Larry Stone’s column (“Can we stick our toes back in the NBA water?” Tuesday), and he made points both ways, I will remain a non-fan of the NBA!

— Andrew Hovren, Spokane Valley

UW crew

Sentence Times
editors to pull oars

The UW women’s varsity eight beat international rowing power Great Britain at the Windermere Cup, but the headline on Sunday, May 4, over the large picture of the Husky men’s eight, blared, “Huskies can’t catch Brits.” This is, of course, wrong; the Husky women did catch the Brits. When each crew wins one, it’s called a split. Including the photo caption and the “Inside” box, there are three mentions of the men losing before a request to turn to page C3 to read about the women’s victory.

What a lousy way for the home-town press to treat a local world-class women’s sports program. The Seattle Times sports editors should be sentenced to 30 minutes on the ergometer as penance.

— Mark Langley, Seattle

Shame on you
for imbalance

The UW women won their race. Their picture is on Page 3 of the Sports section. UW men lost their race. Their large picture is on Page 1 of the Sports section.

Shame on you.

— Susan Wright, Shoreline

College football

Pac-12 shouldn’t worry
about ninth league game

You have to like the occasional scrutiny (read obsession) of Bud Withers and his updates about SEC football. This time, it was Bud’s shocking expose (“Pac-12 coaches call out SEC for not playing by same rules,” May 2) that all of the other big BCS conferences would require members to play nine conference games, whereas that sneaky, calculating SEC was protecting its teams by only requiring eight.

If I were the Big Ten or Pac-12 and had seen another conference monopolize the BCS Championship Game the last eight years, I would cry foul, too.

Maybe Pac-12 supporters should concentrate on the quality of teams played and strength of schedule, including nonconference games, instead of worrying whether USC or Stanford might get knocked out of the BCS title game by having to go to such powerhouse venues as Utah or Colorado.

— Jim Varnell, Normandy Park

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