Former Pharmaphobe

My husband and I are expecting our first child in early December and have fallen in line with many of Seattle’s alternative options for childbirth and child rearing (“The Curious Case of Seattle’s Vaccine Anxiety,” November 2011). We’ve hired a doula, committed to cloth diapering, and trained in hypnobirthing. We’ve taken pride in joining the area’s leagues of educated, independent thinkers. Recently I’ve found myself questioning whether we are blindly supporting the pharmaceutical industry more than our children’s health when we consent to the laundry list of vaccinations. Your article injected a voice of reason into the discussion, and I appreciated the information that even we highly educated Seattle folks need to be inoculated about the risks we take for our independent thought.

Annie Kuo
Shoreline


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Antivax Voice

Your article (“The Curious Case of Seattle’s Vaccine Anxiety,” November 2011) was one-sided, bashing parents who opt out of certain vaccinations. It accused these parents, of which I am one, of putting others at risk. You failed to report that administering mandatory and optional vaccinations already creates risk and that drug companies are profit-driven marketing machines.


Barbara Jane Rosati
Greenwood

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Long Live the Viaduct

The part of the viaduct that I proposed saving is, like the High Line, connected to the surrounding buildings ("Turn the Viaduct into a Park,” October 2011). It’s the part that runs behind the Pike Place Market. Imagine stepping off the back of the Market onto an elevated promenade with those views. It also is similar to the High Line in height where it attaches to Belltown (the section before it enters the Battery Street Tunnel.) That section of the viaduct seems the least damaged and might not require a huge investment to save.

Danny Westneat, Columnist,
The Seattle Times, via seattlemet.com

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Not New York

This won’t recreate New York City’s High Line ("Turn the Viaduct into a Park,” October 2011). The High Line works because it was built to connect the neighborhood. Highways are built to cut through neighborhoods. The best comparison to our plans for replacing the viaduct as a highway is the project in Boston that resulted in a string of street-level parks above the I-93 tunnel.

Stefan D-W
Seattle

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Name That Park

Major corporations have paid for stadium naming rights—why wouldn’t one consider it for what could possibly become a landmark destination as renowned as the Space Needle ("Turn the Viaduct into a Park,” October 2011)? Not to mention the leasing revenue that could be generated from retail spaces on the lower level: a mile and a half of shops and restaurants. “The Microsoft Mile,” perhaps? What would happen next might surprise us all: the surrounding property value would increase, thereby increasing property tax assessments, boosting tax revenue for the state.

Brent Wittke
Magnolia

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Eddie Slept Here

I’m lucky enough to live at a property that was once the location of Eddie Bauer’s fishing cabin in Redmond ("Putting the Eddie Back in Eddie Bauer,” October 2011). We now call it Wooden Bear Farm, on Bear Creek. Right now the salmon are spawning in the creek outside our back door, though it’s not a good year, nothing like the fish in the photo that ran with this article. Great to see the historical part of this article especially. When we see the stores, we always hold hope that some part of the legacy endures.

Alan Yates
Redmond

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Crab Walk

Any day trip that involves local Dungeness crab is a day well spent ("30 Perfect Day Trips,” October 2011). Especially on Whidbey Island.

Stephanie Hogenson
via seattlemet.com

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You Missed a Spot

Great article (“Beacon Ave’s New Food Destinations,” October 2011), although, if Inay’s makes the list, El Quetzal should be there, too. The food is fantastic.

Joe Jordan
Beacon Hill

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Morning Munchies

And don’t forget Baja Bistro for breakfast (“Beacon Ave’s New Food Destinations,” October 2011). Yum!

Allison Delong
via seattlemet.com

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Step Up Too

Thank you for the reminder that all NPR listeners need to step up and pay for this important service (“NPR: No Pledge Required,” October 2011). I, for one, will be making my first pledge.

Natalie Crump
Ellensburg, Washington

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Youth Movement

Hurray for youth arising to take on the demagogues (“Andrew Villeneuve Takes On Tim Eyman,” September 2011). Out of economic downturn will come a new age of awareness. I spent much of my 91 years organizing—organizing counseling groups and organizing to educate people about corporate personhood and organizing Rosie the Riveter groups to give talks to people who might not otherwise meet the WWII Rosies. I identify with Villeneuve. Viva la Villeneuve.

Georgie Bright Kunkel
West Seattle

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Picture Perfect

More often than not, people have a tendency to hang pictures waaaaay too high (“How to Hang a Picture,” September 2011). Eye level is a good rule of thumb, so if you are in a room where you are mostly seated, say a living room, your art should be hung for comfortable viewing from a seated position. When hanging over a sofa, make sure the art is connected to the seating arrangement, usually only a few inches above the back of the sofa. Also, not every item should be hung smack in the middle of the wall. When hanging multiple items, arrange them first on the floor until you have determined the ideal arrangement. Then you can transfer and install them to the wall (part of the old measure twice, hammer once concept).

Robin Daly
Owner, Daly’s Paint, Fremont

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Corrections

In the November issue, we omitted credits for “77 Elements of a Practical and Stylish Seattle Life”; it was written by Laura Cassidy with Caitlin Creel, Heather Fink, Allie Oosta, and Carey Rose; photographed by Justin Gollmer; and illustrated by Joel Kimmel. Vietnamese restaurant Ba Bar is located in the Central District, not Capitol Hill, as stated in the October 2011 Dining Out section.

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