Miller Time

I love this man (“The Man Who Invented Winter,” December 2011). Thanks for the great article on Warren Miller.
Bryan Rutberg
Queen Anne

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Our Man in Cairo

I was a student at the University of Puget Sound in 1975, and remember this incident well (“Steve Jobs’s Biological Father Allegedly Left Students Stranded in Egypt,” October 28, 2011). Russ Stenquist’s narrative is exactly what was described by another student, who was a part of the abandoned group, in my political science class a few weeks after the event. UPS’s administration was understandably humiliated. It is interesting to learn the university is still embarrassed and is not saying much 36 years later. I can understand staying quiet about Theodore Bundy attending your school, but the university should disclose why John Jandali was never pursued.
Steve Walker

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Key Ingredients

Have you seen the ingredients in vaccines (“Unsure Shot,” November 2011)? Formaldehyde, neomycin, aluminum. Until there are no harmful or unnecessary ingredients used, I’m not having a vaccine. I work in a pharmacy and I have seen the package inserts that come from the manufacturer.

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Grains of Salt

Meanwhile, right there on your dining room table are deadly chlorine and flammable sodium (“Unsure Shot,” November 2011).
Eric S. Smith

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Bike Wars

Most motorists haven’t been on a bike saddle for decades and have little empathy or use for bicyclists (“Spokes Man,” November 2011). Personally I don’t see future tragedies being averted until law enforcement really cracks down on unsafe motoring as well as cyclists who don’t follow the rules of the road. At that time, perhaps a modicum of the civility and respect proffered in years past will return to our roads and bicyclists will be afforded the safe passage they deserve, and rarely receive, nowadays.
Mark Hartman

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Beautiful Bites

Boat Street Kitchen, Serious Pie, the Walrus and the Carpenter, and Revel are all favorites (“Best Restaurants 2011,” November 2011). And the eggplant fries at Poppy are amazing. Happy to see them all recognized. A nice reminder of how great Seattle restaurants are.
Jennifer Sikes

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Hail to the Chefs

Great piece (“Best Restaurants 2011: Chefs Bite Back,” November 2011). It’s easy to be a critic from the outside looking in, but being recognized by your true peers (one way or another) validates your choices. Diners should all check out the section on what annoys chefs most.
Don B.
Gig Harbor

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I Heart Yakima

Your article on Yakima was quite sensationalized (“Diary of a Deadly Year,” November 2011). As a 25-year resident, I can say that yes, we do have our problems. However, I can also say that I enjoy living in Yakima. There are areas I tend to avoid, and our politicians in charge could use some definite improvement. How many towns cannot make that claim? But in no way is our entire town bullet riddled and graffiti strewn.
Steve Watrous

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Stop Throwing Stones

It’s rather shortsighted and not very well informed of you to classify people who go to Burning Man as stoners (“World’s Biggest Brain Teaser,” November 2011). Most are not, and don’t appreciate the defamation. Educate yourself before distributing false information, please.
Nonstoned Burner

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Nostalgia Trip

I grew up on the south shore of Lake Quinault—a wonderful outdoor life for kids, but not much for jobs after college (“Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park,” August 2011). Shirley Kestner, the granddaughter of the old couple who owned the Kestner Homestead, was my childhood playmate. We spent a lot of time at that farm, feeding the chickens and following Grandpa K. around while he did his chores.

We were among the group of schoolchildren who stood by the side of the road waving little flags for President Roosevelt when he came to see what was there. We were told he had a fine lunch of fresh salmon at the hotel and was pleased with it all. Thanks to that salmon, we have our wonderful national park.

I am now in my 85th year. Your cover photo looks like the creek that ran along the Forest Service trail we used to hike on. It would be great to frame and hang it in my home as a reminder of a happy childhood.
Barbara Hoisington
Liberty Lake, Washington

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Courageous Crusader

I was hoping to read about a promising new branch of stem cell research in your article (“The Crusade of Dr. Deisher,” August 2011). Instead I found a long, one-sided character piece, full of colleagues who would not participate and achievements that could not be replicated. Deisher is an interesting and seemingly influential player in the current federal science research funding. She’s a courageous woman of faith who is blending her personal religious views with her biological scientific research. But that’s just it. Her crusade is a religious one and stem cells are just her current vehicle to deliver her agenda.
Jessica Fried

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Come Back Soon

This Sunday, I flew back to Houston after visiting my girlfriend in Seattle. She gave me the May edition of Seattle Met so I had something to read on my way back. And also to introduce me to Seattle since I’m Norwegian and this was my first visit. After reading about John Williams (“The Carver’s Life,” May 2011), I wanted to take the first flight back to Seattle, grab a taxi, pick up my girlfriend and go see the places where John used to work. Next time.

I never knew about John before I read this, but I miss him just as much as I miss my girlfriend. And that’s a lot.
Eirik Støylen

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In the August issue ("10 Top Places to Visit in Olympic National Park"), we misspelled the Kestner Homestead in Quinault Rain Forest as Kester.

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