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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Special Garden Issue

The lightness of being

I'm sure you're receiving many well-deserved kudos for your piece on Winter Light in Pacific Northwest magazine (Dec. 21). Let me add my voice to those. I really enjoyed the way you combined science and the arts, the public and the personal of this experience. Nature cooperated that day, showing readers exactly what you were talking about. Gazing out over the Sound after reading your article, I couldn't help but imagine many other people noticing the special quality of our light this time of year because you drew it to their attention. My compliments to the photographer also; the quality of his images came through even on newsprint.

— Jagoda Perich-Anderson

A home sweet home

What a complete pleasure to read the article "Bold Visions" (Dec. 21) featuring Richard Hartlage's delightful home. It is so refreshing to see a home full of personality rather than the over-the-top, decorated-to-the-hilt, mega-bucks McMansions featured in the past.

Please, more of the same for us "ordinary" souls. And kudos to Mr. Hartlage.

— Lynn K. Campbell

Take responsibility

If Mark Driscoll represents the future of religion in America ("Pastor Mark Packs 'Em In," Nov. 30), I'm worried. What good is a religion that, for example, condemns people to hell for reading the "wrong" version of the Bible? Why don't we just forget about childish, narcissistic visions of heaven and hell and concentrate on improving the world we live in today? Better yet, why don't we each take responsibility for working out our own salvation and stop supporting and relying on people and institutions that preach hatred and intolerance in the name of religion.

— Joe Duffy

What about the workers?

As I read the article on Walla Walla's wine industry ("Through the Grapevine," Nov. 2), I noticed a glaring omission. The article addressed the economic impact of wine on the region, but nowhere did the reporter mention the economic impact on the workers picking the grapes. The photos featured workers of Mexican descent working the fields, but nowhere were they mentioned in the story. I wanted to know, what are they making, what percentage of them are migrant workers, what percentage of them are of Mexican descent, how many are working legally, has the wine industry helped or hurt them, are the workers sharing in the wealth? Considering the number of photos featuring the workers, this was either sloppy reporting or obscene racism. The vineyard workers are just as much part of the industry as the vineyard owners, and in fact there would be no wine industry without them.

— Kimberlee Jensen

European diversity

Paul Dorpat's "Now & Then" is always fascinating, but like too many others today he has a definition of diversity which is strangely lacking in diversity. On Nov. 2 ("The Path of Progress") he told us that at the Ravenna School in 1911 "the diversity of the student body was slim" because it had one Chinese, one African and the rest European. But Europe is a very large place with many nations and countless ethnic and linguistic groups within those nations. How very odd that Dorpat and others seem so blind to this obvious fact.

— Brian Templeton
Des Moines

Much-needed attention

I want to stand up and thank Mr. Dietrich for writing such a clear, concise, yet comprehensive picture of what it is like to have celiac disease and/or gluten intolerance ("Feeling Lousy," Nov. 23).

I participate in an online forum/support group for people who have this condition and posted the link to the Pacific Northwest magazine article on the forum when the piece appeared. I have already gotten many responses back, thanking me for posting the link and wishing that kind of press coverage would happen where they live.

I also strongly praise The Seattle Times for publishing Mr. Dietrich's article, particularly during the holiday season, when many people with this condition find it extremely hard to cope with, among friends and family who perhaps don't understand the problems of being surrounded by food you cannot eat. I suspect Mr. Dietrich and The Times knew this and decided that the portrait of a Norman Rockwell-type Thanksgiving scene on the cover of your magazine, along with the story, would be perfectly timed for the dilemma those with celiac/gluten intolerance face.

Congratulations on being among the first lay-person's magazines to present such a well-written and helpful article, hopefully bringing more attention to this condition and making living with it easier.

— Deirdre Devereux-King

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