[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]
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I wanted to bring your attention to two glaring errors of fact in your article [“Service with a grimace”; Aug. 29, 2012; by Brian Clarey] John Isner graduated from Page High School, not Grimsley. This is a well known fact among Greensboro tennis players and could have been easily checked. Where did you get your information?
According to the ATP World Tour website Berdych is 6-foot-5, not 6-foot-9 as you state in your article. Isner is 6-foot-9.
Here are some other comments from an avid tennis fan and active player. What is a “drastic” forehand? I’ve never come across this adjective when tennis shots are described. A tennis shot can have drastic topspin, drastic slice, drastic speed or spin. A drop shot can be feathered softly in a drastic way, I guess. My last comment has to do with your implication that without local favorite John Isner in the draw (and with Roddick beaten in the second round) the tournament would have little drawing power. I disagree very much with this assertion.
The number of top 50 ATP players committed to the W-S Open was actually quite large even in comparison to the recently held ATP 1000 tournament (the Western & Southern Open) in Cincinnati. Most of the same male players were present at the two events with the notable exception of the Top 4 players in the world (Nadal is injured anyway). Three out of the Top 10 did appear in Winston-Salem even with the abbreviated scheduling after the Olympics and before the US Open. The level of tennis in WS was exceptional and the opportunity to see many of the Top 20 players in the world in person was a real treat. You also didn’t note the rainy weather (especially on Sunday and Wednesday) that likely kept many people away.
James DeFiglia, Winston-Salem YES! Weekly regrets the factual errors.
Your article on the Coltrane Festival was accurate [“Coltrane Festival goes like this, ’Trane went like that”;. Sept. 5, 2012; by Ryan Snyder]. The only positive thing you had to say about the festival was its massive potential. Your accurate critique and observations of the festival do not, however, help very much in building support within the community for this event. You could have and should have, balanced the article with some of the good things you observed. The festival is young and has a ways to go to become the entity you desire it to be. Rest assured, the organizers and volunteers have that same desire. The Coltrane Festival looks to get better and will get better, if it sticks around. But without the support of the community (i.e. citizens, news organizations and politicians), this event will die by the wayside, and that would be a loss for both the Piedmont and jazz lovers. Maybe your next article on the Coltrane Festival could be more supportive than just a half sentence at the end of the article commenting on the “massive potential in the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival….”
I don’t expect a reply, but if you really love jazz, maybe you would consider volunteering in some capacity for next year’s festival. The handful of us who volunteered at this year’s festival could use the help.
Rich Moore, High Point
Sh*t Readers Say
I am a 64 year old white woman and I am tired of all the racial disparity worldwide [Sh*t white people say”; Aug. 29, 2012; by Eric Ginsburg]. Our country was built on the injustices and inequality of other human beings. We as a country coutinue to exploit other nations daily. The policical system today in 2012 continues to be unbelievable. The current attacks that Elizabeth Warren suffered about her heritage by Scott Brown in Massachusetts is an embarrassment to this country. In my opinion of course. Your article will hopefully cause someone that reads it to look in a mirror. Maybe even make a few people mad. Keep up your good journalism.
Judi Hopkins, Greensboro