VEGETARIANS ARE CRAZY!
THE STRANGER: After reading the rash of hate mail you received for your meat issue ["Meat Is Murderously Good," March 16], I am actually afraid for my favorite group of wacked- out, pseudo-intellectual, pop-culture mavens. People are fucking crazy. I think it has something to do with the idleness of American culture. If vegetarians had to go out into the wild and wrestle with wild carrots for their dinner, instead of buying them comatose from the natural-food market, they would have a better perspective. Make no mistake: Plants would eat you if they could -- just ask any dead body buried in a shallow grave.
Katherine Turner, via e-mail
EDITOR: I am a professional woman with a lot of contacts! DAMN the NAZI animal ACTIVISTS for destroying so many TREES with their deluge of letters -- many PRINTED ON paper (which comes from trees)!!! THEY are like NAZIS because they participate in the HOLOCAUSTS on trees. SOMEDAY they will be CUT FROM their STUMPS -- be stripped of their LIMBS and pulverized INTO PULP!!! Does this SOUND funny?? FUCK you NAZIS!!!
Seth Kolloen, Brooklyn, New York
EDITORS: Your Meat Issue was one of the funniest pieces of journalism I've read in the last decade. I was sad to see that issue go, but I was able to relive my joy in the Letters to the Editor page of this week's issue [March 30]. You may have lost the readership of a few humorless twats and militant VegaNazis, but you've left the rest of us rolling in the aisles. Keep up the good work.
Loree, West Seattle
Thank you, thank you Stranger, for confirming what I suspected to be true all these years: Underneath that pleasant, fresh-smelling exterior of those wacky vegetarians, there lurks the crazed, twisted minds of mass murderers! The way they have responded en masse to your infamous Meat Issue proves they are no holier than all the unwashed, pig-poppin' bastards they so readily look down upon.
"Darog," via e-mail
EDITORS: I have been a vegetarian since 1980, and I am shocked and horrified. Not that my favorite leftist pinko weekly runs an edition on the joys of meat-eating; that was a funny, absurdist satire. I am shocked at the pompous response from the veggie community. Humor-impaired would not even begin to describe the Letters to the Editor in the March 30th Stranger. Some of these people should take a good look at themselves. The Stranger's edition did more to bring animal rights into the public eye than tens of thousands of angry manifestos on the evils of meat-eating will ever do. Lighten up, people.
Nic Rossouw, Seattle
EDITORS: I have no issue with Steve Wiecking not liking the play he saw (Portrait of a Sissy, Seattle Fringe Festival), or even writing a scathing review [Fringe Fest Review Revue, March 16]. But I was chilled when Wiecking stated that he "kept hoping someone would kick [the actor's] ass." How horrifying to promote violence [toward] someone whom they don't like -- especially to an outspoken member of a group often victimized by hate crimes.
Caroline Sutton, Seattle
EDITORS: The only people who use the Pike Place Market bathrooms ["Dear John," Rick Levin, March 23] are the poor fucking tourists who get sent there by the Market's food vendors. All the local junkies go to Seattle's Best Coffee at First and Pike, Starbucks at Benaroya Hall, and Tully's at Fourth and Union. All you have to do is buy a drink and ask for the key. Last month I was turned down for the bathroom key at Seattle's Best Coffee because I didn't buy anything, while the next customer bought an Americano and went in the bathroom with two friends. Twenty minutes later, the departing junkies left a bloody mess in this fine establishment. Seattle is indeed the coffee and heroin capital of the world.
Peeing in the Alley, via e-mail
EDITORS: Rick Levin ["Dear John," March 23] speaks of the "symbolic procession of unwanted souls being perpetually cast out of this obscenely white, obscenely money-mad city." This is the dichotomy -- wealth thumbing its nose, as it were, at squalor and despair -- that was at the root of last November's protests, including the violent trashing of NikeTown and Starbucks. The poor and the sick are increasingly written off and written out -- out of public view and out of public life. Their only REAL crime is that they make the rest of us uncomfortable. Levin spins a powerful tale, one of hypocrisy and contradiction almost as affecting as the reality of homelessness in Seattle; but I doubt anyone will listen. So long as our civic image remains pristine and immaculate, no one will care; and the poor, the sick, the broken, will continue to be abandoned.
"Moon" Aldridge, Director, United Solidarity Alliance
CHARLES MUDEDE: You are a P-I-G. Mind if I clear up for the readers exactly what you didn't like about [Erin Brockovich], Chuck? ["Another Julia Roberts Movie," March 16.] It was either that Julia Roberts' character was beautiful, dressed how she wanted to dress, and was smart, too; or it was that she had a successful career, was well respected, and had three children she managed to feed and take care of with love and dedication. [Your] comparison of her strong female role (a Hollywood rarity) to Tom Cruise's woman-hating character in Magnolia blows my mind. Seems to me, Charles, that if you had your way, Erin Brockovich should have been a movie about a submissive housewife/sexual toy.
Anna Brown, Seattle
EDITORS: I worked at the Special Commitment Center (SCC) for two years, and thank God I am gone ["Who's Offending Who?" Phil Campbell, March 16]. Those sex offenders are the nastiest people I have ever come across, and they are the best manipulators in the world. If you think they can be "cured," you are fooling yourself. They like what they do; they are still "offending" each other at the center. The people who reside at SCC do need treatment, and treatment is offered. The problem is that [one] can take a class and spit back the material, but that does not mean [one] has learned a thing. It is proven that when it comes to sex offenders, for any type of treatment to work, the person needs to want to change.
Ex Employee, via e-mail
EDITORS: I read Phil Campbell's article "Who's Offending Who?" and I don't get it. Was it a joke? I have a six-year-old daughter, and let me tell you, if she was ever assaulted, that person wouldn't live long enough to whine for a private phone. And family visits? Oh, that's a good one, considering their families probably helped screw them up in the first place! These are NOT people too. They may have been once, but not anymore. I am not willing to hand out another cent to support their pathetic existence.
C. E. Cook, Seattle
DEAR ALLIE HOLLY-GOTTLIEB: Having been a community activist in Beacon Hill for several years, I have firsthand knowledge of many of the issues you discussed ["Lose-Lose for Beacon Hill," March 23]. However, you failed to mention several very important facts: (1) The library board offered to "co-locate" the library and bank together at the current Wells Fargo bank site -- a sensible, rational compromise. The bank refused outright. (2) The library board offered to do a "property swap," i.e. swapping the current bank site and giving the bank the current library site. The bank refused outright. (3) The library siting issue has been unbelievably contentious and divisive for the community. I personally have been at numerous community meetings [where] people cried, screamed, walked out in pure disgust, and hurled insults and epithets at each other. To imply that the library board has made this decision without careful consideration [is] incredibly disingenuous. They have chosen this site after absolutely every other site (there were 12-16 originally) was eliminated, either by community protest or the architect. Wells Fargo Bank needs to get their act together and stop trying to polarize the community of Beacon Hill!
Dina McDermott, via e-mail
DEAR STRANGER: You state that there is a huge need for housing assistance because homes in Seattle are not affordable for working-class people ["Seattle Wants to Marry a Millionaire," Allie Holly-Gottlieb, March 16]. While it's certainly difficult for some people to afford homes in Seattle, the example you cited is ludicrous. Are you trying to tell me that a couple earning $75,000 per year can only afford a $64,000 condo in Tukwila? There are a large number of people in this town who would love to have this couple's "problem."
Michael Cawthon, via e-mail