No Patients with Stereotypes
Normally, I love picking up your magazine to check out the latest and greatest places to eat, places to go, and to check out the newest list of top doctors. Shame on you for your depiction of nurse-practitioners (“A Note from the Editor,” August 2008)! I have been a nurse—practitioner for over 10 years, am neither “librarian-ish,” frumpy, nor prone to having Beanie babies strewn on my desk. I take great pride in providing the best patient care possible. This includes being up-to-date on the latest medical information pertinent to my pediatric patient population. You may have come away with a bad taste in your mouth because of your experience, but I suspect that many of your “top doctors” likely work very closely with nurse-practitioners.
Melissa Hanses
Yakima


It Takes a Team
Ask many of the physicians on your list (“Top Doctors,” August 2008) and I bet they would tell you how much they rely on their team of clinical support staff and colleagues. I have worked in a collegial relationship with one physician for over six years. He has made your list (and others) routinely over those years. He continues to remind me and other nurse-practitioners that he would not be so well thought of in the community if it was not for our team approach. In the future I hope that nurse practitioners would be included in this survey, not only as voters, but as a category. If you truly intend for this list to be comprehensive you cannot ignore the fact that NP’s are a huge part of the medical team. Maybe including us in the list would inspire the Beanie Baby– and balloon-toting providers to rethink the decor.
Rose M. Laporte, ARNP, MSN, CS
Renton

 

Dewey Decimal Divas Unite!
Could explain what you meant by the term “librarian-ish” in your “Note from the Editor” (August 2008)? Surely what you meant was that the nurse-practitioner you described with this term could find valid information faster than anybody you knew, was dedicated to the free and easy dissemination of that information, and wore incredibly sassy shoes to boot? Take 10 minutes and wander into any one of the many Seattle Public Library branches. I think you’ll find the librarian of today is quite different from the one you see in your head. And man, could we ever teach your nurse-practitioner a thing or two…
Meg Brunner, MLIS
Northgate

 

Most Unmentioned Wines
I am a collector primarily of Washington and California red wines, and have been for 30-plus years, with over 3,000 bottles of those wines in two cellars, as well as several hundred bottles of Oregon pinots. The highest-rated Washington wines, per Jay Miller and Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, come from Cayuse, under the leadership of Christophe Baron, and you don’t mention the winery at all in your article (“The Top 100 Northwest Wines,” September 2008). K Vintners, Dunham, Abeja, á Maurice, L’Ecole No. 41, Three Rivers, and Pepper Bridge also make highly rated wines, yet none receive mention.

It amazes me, too, that wines from JM Cellars, Matthews, and Barons V from the Woodinville area receive no mention. Andrew Will wines from Chris Camarda—ranked with Leonetti, Betz, and Quilceda as one of the four best cabernets in the world by Robb Report—again, receive no mention. Pedestal merlot from Long Shadows, one of the best merlots out there: again, no mention from you. Among the new kids on the block, Chateau Rollat and Estefe wines (both outstanding new reds from Washington) also receive no mention. Next, under your category of “Frugal Shopping,” there’s no mention of Columbia Crest wines, which are on nearly everyone’s list of best values in the world! Same for CMS wines from Hedges. Finally, there’s no mention of McCarthy and Schiering in Seattle and Grape Choice in Kirkland as two fine local wine shops. What were you thinking? A better title for the article might be: ”100 Wines from Washington and Oregon Worth Exploring.”
Paul Birkeland
Kirkland

 

Wait, There’s More
Just finished reading your “Top 100 Northwest Wines” issue (September 2008). I really wonder where the following would be: Cayuse syrah, Cadence bordeaux blends, Abeja cab, Beaux Frères pinot noir, Ken Wright pinot noir, K Vintners syrah, Waters syrah, Columbia Crest Grand Estates merlot.
Anthony Lombardi

West Seattle

 

Thanks for Caring
Thank you for your intelligent and well-written review of Ponti (“A Star Is Reborn,” August 2008). I pretty much had given up on Seattle reviewers. I got the feeling that, for them, Ponti was an old restaurant and irrelevant. For me, on the other hand, every day is new and exciting. I eagerly look forward to the seasons and to working with local fishermen and farmers, as I have done since my first restaurant opened in 1972. (My wife Sharon was the chef, we made our soup from scratch, and I shopped the Pike Place Market.) Now when I talk to a patron and tell them about wild, nonendangered seafood, I wonder if they care. Same for locally grown produce. I doubt local writers know of my commitment, except for you.
Richard Malia 
Owner, Ponti Seafood Grill, Queen Anne

 

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