JOSH FEIT: Why can't people keep their leashes short enough that people don't trip over them ["Rabid Response," Jan 26]? Meaning the ones that unroll to 20 feet like tape measures. I also don't like dogs barking outside of restaurants and bars. I used to get one of those every Saturday afternoon outside my window, barking these booming, high-pitched, panicky barks constantly for an hour—obviously not fun for the dog, or for people within 200 yards. The owners ignored this until called on it.

Matt Hays


JOSH: The biggest Seattle dog problem? The ignorant people who don't pick up dog crap! It is everywhere! Sidewalks and the grass beside the sidewalks, public parks, dog parks, everywhere! I have a 140-pound dog (big crap) and I pick it up! The ignorant SOBs that don't scoop should be fined and have the crap kicked out of them.

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David Smith


CHARLES MUDEDE: I enjoyed your article on dub and Mad Professor ["Dub Philosophy," Jan 19]. Sound or no sound, dub is the future. So thanks. I usually don't like any of your articles, but nice job this week!

Michael Aranda


Kaley Davis's commentary on Transamerica and American queer media more generally ["Rocky Road," Jan 19] identifies a sad truth—that popular American media continues to disregard the transgender/transsexual experience. Davis speculates, however, when suggesting that this lack of representation comes as an inequity to trans folks as compared to the abundant media portrayal of homosexuals. I would argue that homosexuals, just like transsexuals and queers of all definitions, continue to get the short end of the stick so far as heterosexually engineered public entertainment goes. Shows like The L Word and Will & Grace do little to provide realistic images of gay people to the public, though they succeed spectacularly at perpetuating a range of detrimental stereotypes. Such is also the case with Brokeback Mountain, a story about two gay cowboys written by a straight female and then brought to the big screen with two straight boys in the main roles. In short, we're all getting screwed and (as the label GLBTQ suggests) we're all getting screwed together.

Sheila Liming


POSTED BY OOF ON JAN 25: I've been a fan of the Seahawks since day one. NEVER in my life did I think I would ever see them make it this far. Going to the final game of this season was one of the greatest moments of my life. Like that other guy said, I was talking, hugging, and high-fiving people I have never met before. And it was a great feeling knowing that there are other genders, races, sexual orientations (ya, I even hugged a couple lesbians), and ages basking in the glory of our beloved Seahawks.

Now I know there are quite a few people jumping on the bandwagon 'cause the Hawks are now in the Super Bowl. Well, I must say welcome. A lot of us have been here all along. I ask for you to take a look at the Green Bay Packers. They finished fifth to last in the NFL; they finished with a horrible record. But guess what? They are sold out for the next 20 years. That's love for the team.

CORRECTION: In last week's Strangercrombie-purchased story "Rabid Response" we reported: "Seattle-King County Health tallied 12 cases of rabies last year from dog bites." This is incorrect. There were 12 referrals for "post-exposure rabies prophylaxis for dog bites" in King County. This means King County dealt with 12 dog-bite cases to prevent rabies, not that there were 12 cases of rabies.