Granny, the oldest recorded orca in Puget Sound, has been missing since late October.
Granny, the oldest recorded orca in Puget Sound, hasn't been seen since late October. Center for Whale Research

In this week's digital edition of Letters to the Editor, we have readers happy with our coverage of Mount Analogue and the endangered orcas of Puget Sound, unhappy with the Trump Administration's cuts to global anti-poverty programs, and offended by a Morning News headline.


Thank you for publishing Christopher Frizelle's article regarding our Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW's) in this week's issue of The Stranger.

Surprisingly, a large number of Seattle residents have no clue about the precarious situation these critically endangered orcas are in, and your coverage of the issue helps shine a light on this extremely important issue to a large population of area residents unaware of the issues the Orcas and their primary source of food, the equally endangered Chinook (King) salmon, face.

With only 78 SRKW's remaining, the extinction of these iconic species and the King salmon will bring a economic disaster to this region. A billion dollar whale and salmon tourism and fishing industry relies on these two species' existence. People don't come here to see the seals, I regret to say... and our local, state and federal lawmakers need to act immediately to remove the outdated Lower Snake River Dams, which will help to quickly restore salmon back in our waters

Additional threats such as King County's West Point Water treatment plant dumping almost 300 million gallons of raw sewage and untreated water last month certainly acts as another nail in the SRKW's coffin. We can no longer treat the Puget Sound as a toilet.

Can disaster be averted? Yes, but only with the public's help. Everyone needs to get onboard and make their voices heard. To find out how to help save our Orcas and salmon, please visit

For the Oceans,

Christopher Joyce
Seattle Chapter Coordinator
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Hi Rich,

Wonderful article on Mount Analogue (and Paper Punch Press)!

Question: I’m wondering why neither Mount Analogue (Press) nor The Stranger mentions the truly great source of the publisher’s name: the seminal novel Mount Analogue by Rene Daumal. It would be appropriate, considering it’s a book business, to credit Rene Daumal—I assume that Colleen Louise Barry knows who he is?

You might want to read Mount Analogue—it’s extraordinary!

Thanks for your great articles.

Ellen Ziegler

To the Editor:

The White House is proposing drastic cuts to global development programs in our national budget. This would be disastrous. Currently, millions of kids are able to go to school and get vital medical treatment because of anti-poverty programs supported by the U.S. government. Healthy, educated children become healthy, educated adults who can contribute to their communities and economies in a myriad of ways. This benefits all of us.

It's been said that the national budget is a moral document, reflecting our values and priorities. I strongly urge our representatives to reject any cuts to global anti-poverty programs. I believe our country is at its
best when we make sure everyone has the foundation for a bright future.


Sean J. Dallas

Dear Editor,

I love The Stranger. The Stranger is one of many assets of our city.

Once in a very long while I think something needs to be called out. Today I came across a small, but disturbing, instance of something which needs to be called out.

In the SLOG “Morning News” (March 27) one of the items had the headline "Blonde Texas Woman Tells Police That She Lied About Being Raped by Three Black Men.” If a white man—or any man—had claimed falsely to have been assaulted by anyone would their hair color have been important enough to put into the headline?

It’s blatantly sexist and, in my opinion, it harms the good reputation of The Stranger.

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Anyway, still love The Stranger, but that’s not up to your standards.