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6 Wednesday, August 13, 1997 West Seattle Herald/White Center News West Seattle Jerry Robinson Publisher Roger Hollings General Manager Gloria Kruzner Editor Laurie Hastings Classified Margaret Seefeld Classified Bob Tornow Circulation Manager Eric Francis Sports Editor Barbara Eller Production Manager Bob Suh Graphic Designer f id you know that Pepsi Cola was the official soft drink of Seafair? Hard to,ignore if you were exiting the West Seattle high-level bridge last week: It was spelled out on a red-white-and-blue banner, sprawled across the pedestri- an overpass. Commuters slammed on their brakes longing for some cool cola refreshment in the sweltering heat. If only they had a Pepsi... Yeah, right .It is a dangerous sign to have corporations taking over a truly West Seattle landmark Save the overpass for Bob's birthday, or congratulating Mike on his graduation, or asking Lisa for her hand in marriage. Save it for chil- dren-scribbled color-crayon posters welcoming grandma and grandpa to town. Save it for a spaghetti-feed reminder, enlisting residents' support for the West Seattle High School cheer squad. Seafair had enough hubbub last week to not have to advertise corporate sponsors in our community. The Navy ships sitting proudly across the way at Pier 66 in Elliott Bay served as reminders of what makes Seafair special -- not a soft drink. --- T RE TED O % AB I.UTI LY. - --" " -"~ r.... THE E ))i As the pedals turn Editor: Number one, Butch Mattison didn't write the letter two weeks ago concerning the cyclist who was punched in the head. I took over Mr. Mattison's busi- ness and I faxed the letter in and didn't know his name was still on the machine. I think that Mr. DeLaat and Ms. Calvin owe Butch an apology. If they want someone to spar with, my name is Jennifer Paxton. I will address each separately. First, to Mr. DeLaat. My letter was not to be mean spirited, it was simply an opinion, nothing else. It's nice that you live close enough to work to be able to choose between driving and rid- ing your bike. Everyone should be so lucky, of course the cities might be a little more crowded. As far as motorists causing as much trouble or more trouble on the roads, that's true. Don't you think the police have a hard enough time dealing with them? Bicyclists never get caught. By the time an officer could get to the scene, the cyclist is long gone. So how would one go about detaining such a person until the authorities arrive? (Get out of their car and punch them.) I know ... bad joke, so kill me. I also like to ride bikes and horses. I have every legal right to ride my horse on the road, but I don't There are designated places for that which are much nicer and safer.. Now for Ms. Calvin. Your men- tality is exactly what I was talking about. You talk about owning two cars and a house (What, because you own something you have more rights?), and in the next paragraph you tell me to get out of my 2,000-lb. death machine. That makes a lot of sense, lady! You drive two of those same death machines. And what does walking the city streets have to do with anything? I own my own business. I lease a gas station in White Center. I see what's walk- ing and driving the streets every- day. People like you -- it's scary! You also state that you enjoy rid- ing on Seattle's many lovely bike trails. There's some key words thcre: bike trails -- that's where bikes belong. It's really too bad that these people felt so threatened that they had to resort to name calling. If I wanted to lower myself to that level, a few names come to mind. Here's some of the nice ones: simpleton, immature, narrow- minded -- they don't seem to understand that people have the right to opinions that differ from theirs. That's why we have news- papers, radios, etc. I would like to thank this news- paper for printing my views. I know there are a lot of people who strongly disagree, and by stating my opinion, I open myself to up for these cruel comebacks. I the believe in what I'm saying and poin I'm glad that we are allowed to pay disagree. I wouldn't want to live and in a world where everyone had to clii think the same. In some countries, even today, people are punished or put to death for speaking up. I'~ So please keep that in mind the to next time you two fine citizens down wish to personally attack someone for being different. Jennifer Paxtonless White Center Bicycling let- ter a laugher E~itor: When 1 read the July 30 letter concerning the "crybaby bicy- clists," I laughed until l cried. I felt sad that the writer pays a lot of money for the privilege of peopl rides I goC ] Given recent accidents, more No. Yvonne Griffin Lincoln Park Not at all. Jo-ann Gehrels Wa//in#ord No, not at all. Duke Moscrlp Lower Queen Anne Not at all. Danielle Martini Alki