CHOP SUEY IN THE BLACK

EDITOR: I wanted to clarify some of the points that your article ["Fucking in the Streets," Eric Grandy, June 7] raised about Chop Suey's termination of Colin Johnson. It seems a lot of folks would like there to be a giant controversy regarding Poster Giant and Colin. Although the timing would seem suspect, we would like to reiterate that the two have nothing to do with each other.

Colin was let go for purely financial reasons. The truth is that Chop Suey endorsed his position about Poster Giant. Both Colin and myself, as the owner of Chop Suey, discussed and agreed that we should sever our relationship with Poster Giant. When he said it was Chop Suey's decision, he was correct. We will continue to choose not to do business with Poster Giant as we are unsure of the effectiveness of postering as a promotional tool.

Colin was very good at booking shows that were great shows from the public perspective. I had always been happy with the quality of the shows that Colin brought to Chop Suey. The problem is that such high-quality talent brings a high cost, especially in Seattle's competitive market. The cost of talent plus staffing and other costs were not being covered by the revenue he generated, so changes were needed. Chop Suey's finances are stable and in the black, but to remain in the black required this drastic option.

John Villesvik

TSK TSK

EDITOR: Who's to know the whole story between expensive elitist Bush School versus financial-aid student of color ["Schoolyard Fight," Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, May 31]. What I am shocked at is that the child's mother chose to allow The Stranger to print a photo of her son. Any parent who feels that it is appropriate to publish a picture of their third-grade child in a publication with a far-and-wide readership is likely also someone who is opportunistic. What about protecting your child from exposure and the media? I think that it is safe to say that the child's mother is looking for an audience and is likely using her child to promote her own agenda, whatever that may be.

Shana Cantoni

AFRICAN AND AMERICAN

Charles Mudede is one of the finest writers I have the pleasure to read on a regular basis. His recent piece on the Central District ["A Central District Story," June 7] is a good example of his commitment to exploring an issue deeply. If I were Mudede, particularly as an African American and a longtime resident of the neighborhood, I would have been tempted to take Holden's obnoxious comments at face value. It can be thrilling to have something to rant about. Instead, Mr. Mudede took the time to explore the issue more deeply, and got closer to the heart of the matter. This world could use more people who can resist the temptations of easy sectionalism and who have the wisdom to look for common ground.

Churpa

AN EYE FOR AN EYE

STRANGER: When will people (so called "educated," uh, "liberal" artists) learn that violence only begets violence? That threatening violence only gets the troops fired up? Have you learned nothing from the fool running our country right now? You [Michael Holden and friends] have already made yourselves visible in the community. To a point of almost choking the community. But ultimately, the community will not let itself be choked. I am peaceful, through and through, but when I'm backed into a corner (physically or psychologically), I will return the fire. The next day 100 of your friends may be around the corner, but what happens three days after that?

Stop manifesting bad shit. And clear up that negative energy in your life that frustrates you to the point of spitting venom.

Iris Stevenson

CLUELESS IN WHOVILLE

STRANGER: Is Josh Feit's review of Tommy at the Village Theatre ["Baby Bomber," June 7] a joke or does he need to study up on his pop culture? I was a little confused as to whether he really had never heard of the musical or if he was just trying to pull off a negative review in a humorous light. I usually expect more of Feit, at least in the way of quality writing. All I know is that if it's supposed to be funny, I didn't get the humor—and if it's sincere, then Feit needs to bone up on pop-culture history.

Venessa Brown

Editor's Note: Yes, it was a joke, albeit one that flew right over many heads.

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS: In the May 24 In Other News column, Erica C. Barnett reported that City Light's backlog in replacing street lights had grown from 1,600 in January, to 1,960 in February, to 2,227 in March. Those numbers, provided by a city-council staffer, actually represented the number of lights that had been replaced. The actual backlog was 1,276 in March and 694 in April. (City Light only provided numbers for those two months.)