Regarding the Feb. 14 article reporting on U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez’s ruling allowing the homeless-camp sweeps to continue, reasonable people driving through Seattle can immediately see the need for this action [“Judge rules Seattle homeless-camp sweeps to continue,” seattletimes.com].
The huge piles of trash, largely from impromptu homeless encampments, are an appalling display on full view for everyone driving on I-5. While I am sympathetic to the travails of homelessness, and support government programs to provide shelter to alleviate this problem, the rest of us should not be subject to both the unsightliness, the filth and the dangers posed by these Third World-like encampments, surrounded by heaps of trash.
Why aren’t more Seattle residents equally appalled? Why aren’t they deeply embarrassed? What an awful “advertisement” about Seattle’s “livability” to both residents and visitors.
Jonathan Ryweck, Mountlake Terrace
Note from KBJ: Sounds like a wonderful place to live—and don't get me started on the rain. Dallas (near where I live) has about the same amount of rain as Seattle (37.6 inches versus 37.7 inches), but it rains only 81 days a year in Dallas, whereas it rains 149 days a year in Seattle.
The world record for indoor noise at a sports event of 130.4 decibels, set at the Feb. 13 Kansas-West Virginia basketball game, might have also set a record for the number of people whose hearing was damaged at an indoor sports event. (Jan. 14, 1B, “KU survives in overtime”)
Anyone who had ringing in their ears or sound muffling the next day undoubtedly sustained permanent auditory damage.
Hearing is the social sense, needed for spoken communication. It is precious.
Once our ears are damaged, there is no recovery. And hearing aids, even the best digital ones available, are poor substitutes for preserved natural hearing.
Studies of auditory sensitivity in primitive populations, as well as other lines of evidence, show that hearing loss is not part of normal aging but represents cumulative noise damage.
Noise causes deafness. If it sounds too loud, it is too loud.
The NCAA and the University of Kansas should apologize to fans, athletes, Allen Fieldhouse employees and team staff who were deafened by the roar.
Let’s hope this record stands forever so that Guinness will stop documenting such silliness.
Daniel Fink, M.D., is board chair of the Quiet Coalition, a Lincoln, Mass., organization of professionals concerned about the effects of noise on health, environment, learning, productivity and quality of life in America. He is a longtime fan of Kansas coach Bill Self.
David Horowitz gets it. Conservatives are sick to death of taking the high road while progressives lie, cheat, steal, batter, and smear. Donald Trump was successful precisely because he fought back against the forces arrayed against him. John McCain, who, by the way, never met a war he didn't like, hates Trump because McCain failed where Trump succeeded. McCain thought that being nice would get him elected. Sorry; it doesn't work that way. Ask Mitt Romney. Moral of the story: While it would be nice if both parties were civil and respectful, it's suicidal to be civil and respectful while your opponent is trying to kill you.
Blizzard of Ozz (1980). This song is about Aleister Crowley, "the wickedest man in the world." Apparently, Crowley pronounced his name so as to rhyme with "crow." Ozzy pronounces it so as to rhyme with "owl." Here are the lyrics.
Liberals and Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot by constantly criticizing President Trump. By making outrageous, over-the-top comments such as those by Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, Meryl Streep, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi and others—comparing him to brown shirts, Nazis, and the Third Reich, in addition to demanding his impeachment.
Democrats have been going ballistic since losing the election. They need to get over it. But beyond that, they are disenfranchising the overwhelming moderate majority by their offensive and disrespectful rhetoric.
GILBERT SCHWARTZ, AVENTURA
Note from KBJ: Right on, brother. The real war is between the mainstream media and ordinary American people, whom they despise. Trump is merely the representative of the people. Others who despise ordinary Americans are academics, entertainers, and bureaucrats. These professional despisers cannot fathom how someone as "uncouth" and "retrograde" as Donald Trump got elected. Keep in mind as well that progressives believe in progress. They think history has a direction. As time goes by, humans become morally better. To the progressive mind, conservatives are either stupid (if they don't understand history's trajectory) or perverse (if they understand the trajectory but reject it). You don't argue with stupid or perverse people; you try to crush them. Crushing includes "re-education," character assassination (a.k.a. smearing), and, if all else fails, murder. The end justifies the means.