I found it absolutely amazing that the children photographed in your article about kids repairing bicycles (“Good Wheel Ambassadors,” October 2008) were riding without wearing helmets! As a former board member of the Cascade Bicycle Club and a retired firefighter/EMT who has seen the devastation to people injured while riding bicycles without helmets, I find this unacceptable, especially in a community that has a strong cycling presence and an infrastructure for those who ride to commute and stay healthy.
Sound and Fury
What a shame that you failed to give credit to the Fleetwoods, Little Bill and the Blue Notes, and Jim Hinde in “100 Years of Seattle Music” (December 2008). They were true pioneers of the Seattle music scene.
In your feature about Bill Ruckelshaus and the Puget Sound Partnership (“Mr. Clean’s Last Stand,” November 2008), you refer to a line given by Dino Rossi as if he were responding directly to a question of whether efforts to clean the Puget Sound would be maintained in his administration.
I was there when Rossi made this statement. He was responding to a question about why he was reluctant to spend more time talking about abortion and other red-herring issues frequently brought up by Democrat campaigns meant to paint pictures of scary conservatives; the Puget Sound Partnership was never even mentioned in that interview.
Had Seattle Metropolitan taken the time to dig deeper into Rossi’s stance on cleaning up Puget Sound, it would have found that he had made several concrete, pragmatic proposals to clean up this delicate ecosystem. He pledged more than $200 million toward strengthening our endangered salmon population, and believed the partnership needed to better address storm-water runoff.
We need distinguished community voices to do their homework and not simply believe one-sided rhetoric that there is one political party that cares, and one party that doesn’t.
Former Press Secretary, Dino Rossi for Governor
Bullish on Pits
I see the same line over and over about how pit bulls account for 22 percent of bites but make up only 4 percent of the registered dogs in Seattle (“Bad to the Bone,” November 2008). What you forget to add is that a large percentage of dogs never get licensed, so the numbers are misleading. If pits only accounted for 4 percent of the dog population, why are they among the most common breeds seen at shelters and on the street?
Another fact that gets thrown out a lot is that they have the strongest jaws, but that is wrong. Jaw strength is directly linked to skull size, and the strongest jaw is the Rottweiler’s.
Any breed can be made to look bad; the same thing has happened to the Doberman, Rottweiler, and German shepherd, just to name a few.
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