I didn't see the Callahan cartoon (March 23) that a reader condemned in your letters (April 27), but I hope you'll not fire him as the writer demands. Apologize if it's actually beyond the pale; but keep Callahan. I don't know him, but as I recall, he does this work despite physical-injury consequences with which most of us couldn't cope. He must certainly have a special experience of "pain" and "death" concepts. And I often wonder what special effort it takes him to do these cartoons.
Learning from the Olmsteds
I can't believe I'm still learning about Olmsted. I had no idea his influence had been so pervasive here in Seattle. Your article ("The Olmsted Legacy," April 27) opened my eyes to him again, in the same way that they were when I first learned that Central Park (I'm a native New Yorker) is not what Manhattan looked like before the city paved it over.
How did Frederick and his boys know how much we would cherish mature trees in the urban landscape and that the ubiquitous street trees would never fill the bill? In that regard, little Denny Park, which I learned from your article predates the Olmsteds' influence, is my favorite place to see mature trees in town.
If I were Paul Allen, I'd surround that park with modern brownstones. Or is that just the New Yorker in me coming out again?
Thanks for the quirks
Loved, loved, loved your quirky Vashon Island edition ("The Path to Puget Paradise," April 20). We all have the vicarious Merry Prankster in us Ken Kesey's spirit lives on throughout the evergreens in attitude and ethos. Let's hope those rain barrels spread beyond King County to nearby Pierce and Snohomish counties; would love to get ahold of a few of those! (My dear, retired Dad ahead of his time has created some of his own makeshift rain barrels from plastic garbage cans here in Arlington.)
Equal thanks for the meadow article ("The Meadow Uncanned"). My wife and I, more out of time constraints than thoughtful action, have gifted our acre with what we like to call the "natural look." We're not anal with the slugs and dandelions. There's room for all God's creatures on our little back forty. I would argue that I have the most spoiled worms in all Snohomish County. Outside of consummating a sale, one of the highlights of the day is when I get to feed these critters with coffee grounds and vegetable/fruit scraps and Seattle Times newspaper. Loved the style of writing slightly flippant, irreverent, yet on target and, of course, it provided a needed "glass half full" for the community that's had its confidence shaken with the recent economic shakedown.
Also appreciated the article last week on the former Mariners catcher who does good.
We love you, we love you, we love you. Keep up the excellent work, yet take a moment and recognize the excellent track record you guys have.
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