Letters for 07/04/07


A view from the bayou Thanks again for writing about this mess [“What’s Wrong With Greensboro?”; June 27, 2007; by Jordan Green]. It really does mean a lot to have reporting on these issues that isn’t overtly racist, especially in a newspaper that a lot of white people read. First of all, I cannot believe Holiday said that. What a moron. Second of all, have you read Civilities and Civil Rights by William Chafe? It can tell you all about what’s wrong with Greensboro. He wrote it about Greensboro, basically examining what he calls “the progressive mystique” that Greensboro’s city leadership has tried to embody since Reconstruction. The idea is that the city allows itself an air of “progressivism” while simultaneously employing very restrictive practices. Case in point: After Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the Greensboro Board of Education was the first in the state, and possibly in the South, to commit itself to integration. However, the city itself was the last in the state to actually follow through, in 1971. It explains a lot about the city – race has played a huge role, historically speaking, in how the city operated. I really recommend reading it if you haven’t. It’s incredibly relevant and could shed some light on the current situation. Thanks again, Matt Shelton New Orleans

Consumed by nukes “According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website, the casks that carry spent nuclear fuel cloak the radioactive material in layers of metal shielding and weigh upwards of 125 tons.” This statement from Ms. Kingsley’s article [“Piedmont Waste Watch”; May 30, 2007; by Amy Kingsley] brings up a couple of important questions: How much fuel is consumed transporting these shipments? The nuclear industry produces electricity, but how much energy does it consume in the process? Kathryn Kuppers Midland, NC

A friend indeed I am very excited to see Konisa doing her thing [“Konisa prepares for her moment”; June 27, 2007; by Jordan Green]. She has always been a bundle of talent and I am excited about what her future has in store for her. I went to High School with Konisa in Giessen, Germany and have always been inspired by her talent as an artist but more so her character as a person. Many wishes of good luck go from me to her. Thanks, Ladel Scott Catonsville, Md.