Letters to the Editor

July 20, 2010 Published in the August 2010 issue of Seattle Met

More to Love

The only thing missing is HoneyHole
(" 100 Reasons to Love Seattle: 22–31. We Know Sandwiches ,” July 2010). I agree with all other selections (and a few are now on my to-try list).


Helloooooo! How about two local guys who are actually in the NBA currently (" 100 Reasons to Love Seattle: 51–55. We Don’t Need a Team to Kill It in the NBA ,” July 2010)? You totally didn’t mention Marvin Williams from Bremerton (Bremerton High School) and Rodney Stuckey from Kent (Kentwood High School).


No Love for Liver

I felt compelled to write, and, yes, to complain, about your article " 100 Reasons to Love Seattle ” in the July 2010 issue. I found “41. Liver Lovers Have Their Very Own List” disturbing. Canlis Restaurant being notified of the slaughter of calves to see if they are “young enough” to serve to carnivorous customers who are on the “liver list” that evening is nothing short of cruel. Meat consumption is inhumane, and the factory “farming” that brutally tortures animals (especially calves for veal) is horrific.

The lack of compassion that exists in Seattle’s food industry, and most cities for that matter, is not a reason to love a locale. Killing animals and eating them does not make a city desirable. I would like to challenge the culture here to take a closer look at cruelty-free lifestyles. A more compassionate, progressive city would hold 1,000 reasons to be loved.

Karen Maslanik

Kid-Free Zone

Polyamory relationships (" Big Love ,” June 2010) go contrary to the continuance of the human race. Where do the children fit into this? When you have an extended family you already have “Big Love”—and all the challenges you could want in making the relationships work.

Barbara Gobbi

Eyes Wide Shut

Polyamory is not something someone should push his or her spouse into after getting into a committed relationship (" Big Love ,” June 2010). It is for those who enter into that type of relationship with very clear rules and boundaries and who are adult enough to talk through their feelings on a very real basis.

My husband and I have been in that type of relationship for many years but have progressed to monogamy. It wasn’t because it didn’t work, but because, after all those years of dating, we realized we were the ones we needed to be with and are now content to be monogamous.

Polyamory isn’t for men who are having some sort of midlife crisis or who think it would be “cool” to date other people but still stay married. It is something that takes a great deal of self-analysis and being very real about where you are with your feelings. It also involves being able to spell that out in raw detail for the other person in the relationship. The article didn’t seem to convey that with the couple in question, and I would urge them to just let this trend pass them on by.

Shelbi Cassel

The Story Behind the Story

I was the student editor of the campus paper, The Daily, at UW this past year when the Lakewood shootings occurred. I also worked closely with [then– Seattle Times intern] Cliff DesPeaux his senior year when he was our photo editor. I just read your story (" Fairview Fanny and the Angel of Death ,” July 2010) from my intern desk in NYC with MTV this summer, and it brought tears to my eyes and gave me goose bumps.

Thank you for going behind the scenes on this to tell the stories of the journalists in our community. Your story was masterful, thorough, and riveting. Even though I had heard most of these details before from the people involved, the narrative you and the editors at Seattle Met presented was impressive. It does so much to put events in our community in perspective and presents a context that people aren’t often aware of.

Casey Smith
University District

Bragging Rights

An excellent article (" Fairview Fanny and the Angel of Death ,” July 2010), but it seems to make a minor error in calling The Seattle Times “the Northwest’s largest daily newspaper.”

The latest audit bureau circulation numbers show that The Oregonian still has a larger circulation than the Times. The influx of Seattle Post-Intelligencer subscribers is the reason that the Times is even close; traditionally the Oregonian numbers dwarfed the Times. We in Seattle have tended to assume that Seattle is bigger and badder than Portland in every way, but their newspaper has had a much bigger presence in their community over the last decade or two than The Seattle Times in ours.

Richard Huffman
Mountlake Terrace

Editor’s Note Per the most recent Audit Bureau of Circulations survey, released on March 31, 2010, and covering the period during the Lakewood shootings, The Seattle Times did have 132 fewer readers than The Oregonian. But audit numbers fluctuate from survey to survey, and in the same survey The Seattle Times Sunday edition outpaced The Oregonian ’s by more than 41,000 readers.

Fair and Balanced

Having both served on the judicial conduct commission and having been the subject of a disciplinary proceeding, I especially appreciate the thoroughness of Eric Scigliano’s research as well as the depth of his acumen (" The Devil’s Advocate ,” July 2010). Past coverage of these issues tend to be either superficial or biased, or both. I have not previously read an article that covers the interaction between the commission and state supreme court justice Richard Sanders with this degree of clarity. Thank you for your effort.

Dave Edwards, Okanogan District Court
Omak, Washington


In the July issue (" 100 Reasons to Love Seattle ”), we misspelled Pulitzer-prize winning historian Garry Wills’s name. Carla Saulter, aka’s Bus Chick, pointed out that she’s actually 38, not 37; her transit-oriented blog got 30,000 page views in its heyday, but gets around half that on average; and it was King County Council Member Larry Gossett, not Dow Constantine, who recommended she join the county executive’s Regional Transit Task Force earlier this year. In the July issue, our item on flash mob guys may have misrepresented the roles of the organizers: The Glee flash mob was produced by Egan Orion and choreographed by associate producer Bobby Bonsey and dancer Beth Meberg.

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