Amanda's View: Are we leeches?

By Amanda Knox

The paparazzi like to describe their relationship with celebrities as symbiotic, and when you look at the Kardashians, that seems like a reasonable way to frame it. But just because a few socialites have learned to exploit their own exploitation, as doctors have discovered medical uses for the leech, does not make the celebrity-paparazzi relationship mutually beneficial.

Do most celebrities sign up for their entire lives to be fodder for entertainment? Perhaps some do. And yes, famous actors and musicians benefit from being recognizable for their work. But the current media culture isn’t satisfied with covering just the art they make. The paparazzi interfere in their personal lives, humiliate, glamorize, defame and dehumanize them. Why? Because we want them to.

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Letter: SeaTac Attorney should resign

To the editor:

The city delayed the development causing financial duress and then hired a phantom buyer to go behind the property owner's back to make an agreement with thier lenders to buy the notes? Then, had the phantom buyer threaten the owners with personal bankruptcy and take everything they have to force the owners to sign over the property to the City of SeaTac?

That is wrong on so many levels.

The 12 member jury and Judge McDermott agreed that this is wrong and awarded the property owners a total of $18.3 million.

Mary Mirante Bartolo, the SeaTac City Attorney, who oversaw the process should submit her resignation and the City of SeaTac should profoundly apologize to the Kingens.

There is something wrong with how government employees are viewing their role. This needs to be analyzed and the proper role of government more clearly defined.

D. Tapio

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Pat's View: “ Parading Around”

“I love a parade, the tramping of feet,
I love every beat I hear of a drum.
I love a parade, when I hear a band
I just want to stand and cheer as they come.”

The preceding song lyrics have been sung by which of the below performers?

Bessie Smith
Maxine Sullivan
The Lawrence Welk Orchestra
(Three out of three is correct. Incorrect answers not offered include Macklemore, Beyonce and Soundgarden.)

But beyond singing about a parade, being part of one seems like the easiest thing in the world. After all, all you have to do is walk along---or, in the best of circumstances, ride along aboard a car or some sort of platform, right?

But if you want to be truly great there is more required.

And since we are just underway with the year’s summer parade season, this writing space seems like an excellent platform for advice and reflection on the art of processions and marches---be it for celebrating patriotism, Santa Claus, gay pride---or all three.

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