Sunday, May 7, 2006

SEABlogger is unpatriotic, relative claims

I received an e-mail last night (below) from a close relative. Apparently, he/she didn't like what I had to say on this blog.

I find it odd when people question my patriotism. One of the greatest freedoms we enjoy as Americans is the right to speak our minds. The same right applies to the person who sent me the e-mail.

I think the most patriotic thing an American can do -- when he disagree with a position, direction, or action -- is share their opinion. If I say nothing, than I am contributing to the problem or -- through my silence -- am complicit in their actions.

People who know me, know that I listen to all sides before forming my opinion and usually accept the will of the group. However, on moral questions, I do not waver. I cannot and will not.

Oddly, the e-mail writer assumes that I would enjoy living in China or Russian. However, I could not enjoy the same liberty I am exercising right now, here on this blog.

Further, if this relative truly loved me, he/she would accept me for who I am and not ask me to change to fit his/her ideal model or America.

Here's the e-mail I received last night:

I know you have issues but you are going to have to work thru them in your own mind. 
Of all things, be an American. That is the only thing that really counts. I spent over 20 years giving and sacrificing to this country. What have you given except for your different views on life? 
To be blunt: If you hate this country and it's lifestyle so much, why don't you leave? China will accept you. Russia will accept you. 
I am sure both countries have an attitude towards taking care of those who won't help themselves.
Here's a second e-mail I received today:
Maybe I was a little bit hard on you last night. Didn't mean to be. Love you like my own flesh and blood. 
Just wish you weren't so far away from mainstream in your views. Our views couldn't be further apart. That will keep us from ever being real close. 
That's a shame, but it's the way it is.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Support police civilian review board

We are all better off when our government operates under checks-and-balances. A three-member civilian review board of the OPA is an important check on local police actions.

When the civilian review board refuses to issue reports because they have been denied access to information or have no assurance of legal protection, as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has reported, it does a disservice to the citizens of Seattle.

I encourage everyone to support the civilian review board by attending the following public meeting and speaking in support of them:


The Seattle City Council's Public Safety, Governmental Relations and Arts Committee will hold a public hearing on police accountability at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., in the City Council chambers.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Computer hijacked state poll

I certainly hope there will be an investigation.

The integrity of online polls has never been scientific nor reliable, but when people use unethical methods to influence government entities, they aught to account for their actions.

However, in this case, governor makes the final decision.

From the Seattle Times:
The online poll for the state's new quarter will start anew after robotic computer programs hijacked the voting system over the weekend.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Seattle Weekly reports on Knight Ridder buyout

Kudos to Seattle Weekly's Bill Richards for his insightful piece about the Knight Ridder buyout by the McClatchy Co.

The article provides great insight into the relationship between Knight Ridder and the Blethen family, the joint-operating-agreement between Hearst and The Seattle Times, and potential antitrust questions raised by the McClatchy Co. buyout of Knight Ridder.

Rather than risk violating the "fair use" clause by extensively quoting the article, I have included a link. Click here.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Seattle Times: Locally owned?

"Seattle Times: Locally owned and uniquely Northwest." At least that is what the Blethen family would like you to believe. But, the buyout of Knight Ridder Newspapers by The McClatchy Co. reminds us that it isn't true.

Seth Sutel, an AP Business Writer, reports that The McClatchy Co. will become the proud owner of 49 percent interest in the Seattle Times thanks to $4.5 billion buyout of Knight Ridder

The newspaper empire McClatchy's will have created will be the second largest nationwide in daily circulation. McClatchy CEO Gary Pruitt said he plans to pay down acquisition debt by selling The Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Jose Mercury-News and 10 other Knight Ridder newspapers.

Sutel wrote:
Those properties don't meet Sacramento-based McClatchy's growth-market criteria -- or in the case of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, compete directly with McClatchy's Star Tribune in neighboring Minneapolis...
Knight Ridder's chairman and CEO Tony Ridder said in a statement Monday the "uncertainty is not over" for employees at the 12 papers McClatchy intends to divest, and "I regret that very much."

Monday, March 6, 2006

Times seeks court transparency

On Sunday, The Seattle Times published its first part of the "Your Courts, Their Secrets" series. It is compelling investigative journalism.

The Seattle Times will be headed to King County Superior Court to unseal many of the wrongfully sealed court cases. The information contained in these files could be vital to the public good. I would like to extend a big basket of appreciation to all the reporters who are working on the series.

Some of them include: Ken Armstrong, Justin Mayo and Steve Miletich

Thursday, July 7, 2005

We are all Londoners!

The City of London was rocked by a series of blasts in an apparent terrorist attack. The explosions came only a day after London was awarded the 2012 Olympics and as the G8 summit was getting under way in Scotland. 

Today, we are all Londoners. Let the world know that the hearts and minds of Americans are with the people of London. I suggest sending flowers to Prime Minister Tony Blair's official residence at 10 Downing Street in London.

I think it is important for us to hold candlelight vigils, prayer services and to make outward demonstrations of support. I also encourage us all to call our friends in the United Kingdom. It is important for the surviving victims, their families and the people of London see that they are not alone in their grief.

Out of respect for the people of London, I will not post anything today other than updates about local events that have been called in response to the terrible attacks on London.