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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Letter to the Editor of the Day (Featuring the Sentence of the Day)

posted by on July 24 at 18:08 PM

I had to laugh at the person who moved here from Idaho and thought this city was the fucking end all, he was upset about us not having a mass transit system, Seattle is a lame ass town, and I can say that because I have unfortunately lived here my whole fucking life, but we were totally lied too, go back to Gary Locke, when he was mayor, hell, you should go back to Charles Royer, he should of had the insight to see that we needed a mass transit sysem, hell, Portland, OR has had one since the early 80’s, with Gary Locke, they told us that they were going to take the Mariner’s out of the state if we didn’t provide a new baseball stadium, it went to a vote, yes, a vote, the vote was against the baseball stadium, because we wanted the money to go forth for a mass transit system, what did Gary Locke do? [That was the sentence of the day. —Eds.] He took the money earmarked from restaurants and rental cars and it went toward the Mariners, totally against what the people of Seattle voted for,(even Ralph Nader said that these sports companies should be told no, and get their own damn money) and lame ass Greg Nickols and Christine Gregoire have never said a word about a mass transit system being developed here, these people have no idea how bad the traffic is here, and buddy, believe me, I understand why you are moving away from here, because Seattle is still a small ass town, and we need to get rid of these idiots and get someone in here that knows that we need mass transit, bottom line, we are only almost 30 years behind the other cities.The freeways are totally clogged during rush hour, and people would use a mass transit system, especially with gas the price it is now,

Thank You

Andy Corona

[Can anyone find the link to that original letter, the one this references, by the person who moved here, couldn’t stand it, and left? Can’t find it…]

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Sounded to me like I, Anonymous. The guy said he moved from Denver though.

Posted by hal | July 24, 2008 6:15 PM
Posted by hal | July 24, 2008 6:16 PM

I've longed to live in Seattle for years, and while I think I'd be happier than kittens on tits if I ever do make it up there, I have no illusions that it's the perfect emerald city of chamber of commerce brochures. Every city has its own villains and political buffoons, but Seattle has the geography, parks, recreation and vitality to make up for them. There are plenty of cities with great transit that would shit in their fist to have half of Seattle's livability quotient.

Being an outsider, I can't really have a fully informed opinion on all the things that the I-Anonymous writer from Denver says, but I agree with much of it. I've been to Seattle many times, including trips this year, and I hate the look of most of the new development, and I know I'm priced out of the urban core, which sucks because that's where I'd want to be, but I still long to reside there. I just got back from 5 days in Portland, loved it, rode the Max like a bronc buster, biked around Forest Park until I had moss on my back, ate VooDoo donuts until I had sprinkels on my turds, and met more friendly people per day than I have on any Seattle trip, but PDX still doesn't pump my nads like Seattle does.

Posted by nightlifejitters | July 24, 2008 7:50 PM

Andy Darling, Gary Locke was the King County Executive, not the Mayor of Seattle. Please make a note of it.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | July 24, 2008 8:48 PM

Still, the dude has some points.

And that sentence was epic.

Completely new point, but I do think it's important for people to move away from where they're from for awhile. You might be able to get control of a place from within it, but you'll never fully understand it without a little perspective.

Posted by Strath | July 24, 2008 9:01 PM

Epic, Bellevue. I'm jealous.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | July 24, 2008 9:11 PM

I'm giddy after reading this post and the relevant I, Anonymous. I lived in Seattle for 6 years and completely agree that it is a just a big town. Vit D deficiency did me in too! I exhibited sun poisoning soon after I moved South and I'm African!! What???? I, however, miss the Stranger.

Posted by lsk3ster | July 24, 2008 9:20 PM

It's been a few hours now and nobody from the Mayor's office has bothered to point out the misspelling?
Apparently, they don't monitor the blogosphere. Wonder what else gets by them?

Posted by Zander | July 24, 2008 9:40 PM

I too am a native, 49 yrs. Face it, us natives are in total denial. This is not my beautiful home; this is not my beautiful wife. What happened to South Lake Union? Condos? Heck, this is where we bought repair parts to our stove at St. Vincent De Paul. Face it, Seattle is a collection of nice neighborhoods. Too bad we don't have mass transit, we used to have a great system. I blame General Motors.

Posted by magnoliaguy | July 24, 2008 9:52 PM

Andy Corona will not part with a penny to pay for mass transit, cuz heck that's just the way Andy is. But he sure can bitch like the best of um.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | July 24, 2008 10:20 PM

Lots of whiny comments on the Seattle Times blog about the 520 tolls where people claim to have left Seattle for the Eastside and are now whining about how they want Seattle to pay for their bridge.

Don't believe the astroturf. It's not real.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 24, 2008 10:22 PM

Want mass transit? Pray that gas hits $5+ per gallon. When I moved to the Phoenix area about ten years ago it had the shittiest transit. Seriously, 517 square miles of city and bus service was worse than the podunk town I came from. Buses in my area (A.S.U.) were supposed to be every 1/2 hour but most of the time they were 45 minutes late AT LEAST (if they showed up at all). A trip that was 15 minutes in a car could take up to 2 hours. Now with the mortgage crisis, economy tanking, and gas prices higher than ever, we are getting mass transit. There's a bus every fifteen minutes. Free shuttles around the campus have expanded outward to other towns. The light rail should be finished within the coming year.

Finally, mass transit because of mass poverty and gas prices doubling. The only thing good to come out of the Bush economy.

Posted by Y.F. | July 24, 2008 10:34 PM

Magnolia Guy, you rule, whoever you are. I'm not gonna say I told you so, because that is not interesting. I'm gonna say the dream is gone, live on, live on.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | July 24, 2008 11:36 PM

Provide an environment safer and better
than their cars. Why not, Mr. Mayor?

So it's a train.

A supertrain.

I've been burned by this
train business before.
You people all seem to forget...

We can change this city.

People love their cars.
I'll put it to you like this, and then
I'll thank you for your time.
My answer is no.

Posted by Scott Dow | July 24, 2008 11:54 PM

The reality, of course - lost in the mists of time - is that regional mass-transit proposals kept being voted down over and over and over and over and over for decades, until Light Rail finally made it through (and before people start screeching about the Monorail votes, which I supported every time, please note the term "regional").

Posted by MarkyMark | July 25, 2008 1:03 AM

Yeah, Andy, right on. Me too. In fact, I'm so sick of it I'm moving to Iowa. But that's not why.

Posted by Lola | July 25, 2008 8:03 AM

what an effing dumbass. If you don't like Seattle, MOVE THE FUCK OUT.

Posted by Shilo Urban | July 25, 2008 8:07 AM

Dear letter writer: put down the fucking bong, and pick up the local newspaper. You might learn something.

Posted by Greg | July 25, 2008 9:11 AM

Grant Cogswell just made me cry.

Posted by I blame Martin Selig | July 25, 2008 9:22 AM

wow, these posts are so true..... too bad i love this damn city too much to let lack of mass transit and stupid politicians ruin my fun.

Posted by Scottie Yahtzee | July 25, 2008 10:52 AM

@4 - Are you joking?

Posted by Callie | July 25, 2008 12:10 PM

wow. he put his name on that.

Posted by miss jo | July 25, 2008 12:20 PM

Letter to the "Editor of the Day"?

Is there a different Editor each day now? Or does the Editor actually (somehow) edit the day? If so, I'd like to have mine re-edited please...

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | July 25, 2008 1:48 PM

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