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Building Hope?

The work of Janet Ketcham is really inspiring (Building Hope, December). The decades of war, conflict and political gambling has deracinated the country, its institutions, as well as old traditions of peace and tolerance.

I think promoting education can build foundations for change, peace and tolerance on one hand and empower girls on the other. However, there is a need that all the development actors and philanthropists join hands and work together, as collective actions can be more effective and less expensive.

I am a UW graduate from the cohort of 2007-2008 and currently working with the International Rescue Committee in Afghanistan. IRC runs community-based education programs in the extreme poor and insecure areas of Afghanistan.

MPA, 2008

I’m currently in Afghanistan working at a high headquarters unit (UW 2009). From what I can see, the last two decades of war have put this country deep into the dark ages and Islamic culture is entirely entrenched into the societal values. It’s a very patriarchal religion, where women are treated like property and used only for breeding. It’s going to be a major cultural hurdle for the women and Afghan society to overcome this mindset and the bigotry that comes with it. Widespread egalitarian education is the best, most peaceful, prosperous way forward and a perfect counter- weight to extremism, but the results may take decades to see their effects.


So long as children are raised in the Islam traditions, no amount of education will change their belief that Americans are infidels who need to be exterminated. To spend money on [a girls’ school] is criminal when that money could support the college educations of our own American girls who cannot otherwise afford it.

The Afghanistan Moslems will be laughing at the foolhardiness of spending hundreds of thousands of American dollars for a new school building that will most likely be bombed into oblivion within a year.


Smart Junk

I’m glad to see a column on genomics (Smart Junk, December). I’d love to see one in clinical genetics, specifically through the Division of Medical Genetics. Just to let you know, we have the best adult geneticist division in the world, and we’re translating the information provided by genomicists into the clinic.


Sonic Boom

Outstanding piece on Rick Welts (Out in the Open, September 2011). He was a tremendous help to me when I covered the Sonics. A minor point: [coach] Bob Hopkins was fired because the team was 5-17, not 7-15. The final nail was his last game at the Coliseum. Owner Sam Schulman was there, and the crowd was fewer than 10,000—about the worst crime a coach could commit. Hoppy was gone the next day.

[Greg Heberlein covered the Sonics for The Seattle Times in the 1960s.]

A Good Investment

I want to commend you after reading the December issue of Columns. I am a graduate of the UW. I stayed in the house in Cle Elum when my mother helped my father in the woods.

It came to me to get a job and save money to go to college, which I did. It made my life. It was not difficult and I graduated with a degree in journalism in 1949.

You have a commendable issue of Columns. [The UW] made many people’s lives and have helped so many others.


Blue Thunder

I’ve only heard the Blue Thunder Drumline (led by former Husky Marching Band member Keith Rousu, ’99) a few times, such as at Seafair events. I wish that during televised Seahawk games, the camera would spotlight the band more. I hope to see the band this next year in 2013 at the Seafair Torch Light Parade or Chinatown Festival.

Julie Troupe

Worthy Admiral

I have always admired those who chose to serve our country through military service. I was not medically qualified to do so, but my family members have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.

I recently discovered that Admiral Herb Bridge (Call to Duty, December) maintained a residence on Whidbey Island near where I live. After researching Admiral Bridge’s service, patriotism, and philanthropic activities, I was impressed. His contributions do indeed deserve to be preserved and his name honored for his unselfish contributions to our nation and his community during his life.

At a monthly meeting of our board of directors, I proposed that the Admiral’s Cove Beach Club name one of the unnamed, club-owned features in our community in his honor.

Our roads have been named for famous admirals like Farragut, Leahy, Nimitz, Dewey, Kinkaid, and Rickover. Our playground was named in honor of Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. I believe Admiral Bridge deserves to be recognized in a similar manner.


Defeating Disease

While I commend the effort to eradicate smallpox, it is so UW that the letter (Letters to the Editor, December) is used to bash and belittle the efforts of our military to provide for our peace and safety. As a son of a sailor in World War II, a soldier myself in Vietnam, uncle of a soldier in Afghanistan and Iraq, and father of a soldier in Afghanistan and Iraq, I can answer the question you headlined: “One wonders whether those 24 young women or the thousands of soldiers and billions of dollars spent in destruction did more to secure our peace and safety.” In fact, it is soldiers who are willing to give their lives so that you have the freedom to bash and belittle.

B.A., ’68

Defeating Disease (Face Time, September) is a far better effort than the sad waste of 10 years of deaths and billions of dollars spent in destruction. My thanks go to those 24 young women.


WINE UPDATE: Readers respond to our wine article from December 2012
THE FOUNDING FATHERS In our story, Purple Gold, we neglected to identify the six UW professors who were part of a group of 10 friends who founded Associated Vintners in 1962. (It was renamed Columbia Winery in 1984.) They are all in this photo of a label from a vintage 1981 bottle of Associated Vintners wine. Top row, from left: Charles Sleicher, chemical engineering; Philip Padelford, ’34, English; Donald Bevan, ’48, fisheries; Lloyd Woodburne, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences; Philip E. Church, ’28, climatologist. Cornelius Peck, law, is second from the right, in the top row. Seated, at bottom right, is Angelo Pellegrini, ’27, English, who advised the group about winemaking. Pellegrini wrote The Food Lovers Garden, which is still in print. They began by making their wines in the garage of Dr. Woodburne, Columbia Winery’s first wine maker, in the Seattle neighborhood of Laurelhurst.

Thank you, readers, for letting us know about these wineries. We can add them to the list we compiled in December.

St. Hilaire Cellars
Gary Jackson, ’60

Southard Winery
Doug Southard, ’70, ’84
Nicole Southard, ’71, ’73
Scott Southard, ’03
Kevin Southard, ’05

E. B. Foote Winery
started in 1978 by the late E.B. Foote, ’61, was one of Washington’s oldest wineries when it closed in 2011.

Chelan Estate Winery
Bob Broderick, ’76

Dunham Cellars
John Blair, ’11

JM Cellars
John & Margaret Bigelow, ’84

Pursued by Bear
Kyle MacLachlan, ’82

Marchetti Wines
Rich LaRosa, ’72

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