Letters to Seattle Met

Precociously fashionable kids and Kshama Sawant’s pragmatism

By Seattle Met Staff July 1, 2014 Published in the July 2014 issue of Seattle Met

Reader Abbie Ormsby took issue with our story about Jenni Ravetz and her three-and-a-half-year-old daughter Babette (“Major Miniature,” May 2014). At first Ormsby was charmed by the stylish Capitol Hill mom and her arguably just as stylish preschooler. But then: “The more I thought about what I read, the more what I read troubled me,” she wrote. “I don’t know, folks. This whole thing creeps me out. It really does. My fear, just from reading what little I have about that mum and her young one, is that this child is being rushed into adulthood and into caring too much about stuff that young kids simply do not normally care that much about, namely how they look, how their hair is cut and styled, and if what they are wearing is chic, cool, and hip looking let alone whether or not it is Stella McCartney–branded!” 

Meanwhile, in the leadup to the Seattle city council vote for the $15 minimum wage law, readers of PubliCola, our politics blog, reacted to socialist council member Kshama Sawant’s pivot toward pragmatism—ditching her all-or-nothing approach and voting in favor of mayor Ed Murray’s slower, multiyear implementation of the measure (“Committee Unanimously Passes Murray Minimum Wage Proposal,” May 29, 2014). “I don’t see this as any sort of gain for Sawant, or the minimum wage,” wrote one commenter. “By the time it’s fully implemented, inflation will have eaten it away, and we are back to 2014 again. Big deal. Bring on a public vote.” But, countered another reader, sarcastically, “Yes, let’s attack Sawant for supporting a compromise less than what she has been tirelessly advocating for, but which puts Seattle on the brink of having the highest minimum wage in North America, and has stirred up debates in other cities across the country.”

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