Letters for April 16, 2008


One vidiot to another

To your article about the AVGN, and games [“Angry Nerd brings back bad memories”; March 12, 2008; by Chris Lowrance], I am 13, I have all of the major Nintendo consoles, and when I got fustrated at Brawl, I went and played Super Mario Brothers 3. then tried Galaxy, and when I got frustrated, I played F-ZERO. You can probably see where I’m going with this. Old games are, I guess, my medicine for new games, and maybe I wasn’t around for their glory day, I remember good days with the Super Nintendo, and the Nintendo 64 in all its glory, playing Paper Mario, SM64, and other classics.

Kyle Ross

Crossing over

Many of the Republicans are crossing over and voting in the Democratic primaries not for the love, want or ability of presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, but to kill the chances of presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton becoming the Democrats’ nominee for president. In nearly all the Democrat primaries roughly 10 percent of those voting were Republicans, just enough to eke out a victory for Obama over Clinton. The Republican Party has already elected its nominee for president, John McCain, so the states that are left to vote in gives the Republicans a chance to cross over and vote in the Democratic primaries.

All this is legal, one would suspect, but not democratic and is not what the framers of the United States Constitution envisioned, and is not in step with the American way of life. The so-called super delegates can equal out this travesty and project the real and true winner among the “Democrats.”

The Democratic Party is once again being exploited and hoodwinked by the Republican individuals and corporate corrupt elitists and the present Republican administration that is headed up by President Bush. The Democrats must awaken and correct this calamity of crossover voting before the remaining state primaries and return to one person, one vote system as the founders intended. This country needs a person who will do the people’s work, someone like Hillary Clinton as president and a Democrat super majority elected in the upcoming 2008 general election.

William Alford Perry

West Blocton, Ala.

Feet to the fire

Dear Brian and Jordan,

Since the inaugural column two issues ago of “9 questions for David Wray” [March 19, 2008], I, like thousands of others, are awaiting your next installment. I know these lists of questions take some time and may not lend themselves to weekly deadlines, but please don’t tell me this was a one-time, agenda-driven interrogative column (wouldn’t want people comparing YES! Weekly to, say, RMA or something) but instead a new feature starring a different public figure every week with some tough questions from a hard-hitting weekly. Don’t let us down.

John Gehris

High Point

Editor replies: I didn’t envision it as a series, John, but that is a great idea. Generally, though, when we have questions for pubic officials, we just ask them. Most of them don’t stonewall us outright, but there may be a couple others out there. I’ll keep that in mind if anyone else outright refuses to speak with us for a two-year stretch.

Train, heard

Been traveling by freight trains for quit a spell [“I hear a train a-comin'”; Jan 18, 2006; by Amy Kingsley]. It is dangerous and should not be done by anyone. I have almost died three times and had some real bad injuries. Had the hell beat outta me, to all the youngsters out there it sound like fun but don’t do it. Missing a half of my left foot due to a train so I ain’t kidding. The people out there nowadays will kill you just for your shoes

Charlie B.


Learning from history

Dear Jordan:

I was riveted to your article about the 1948 polio epidemic [“1948 polio epidemic”; April 2, 2008, by Jordan Green].

My husband and I moved to Greensboro in 1982, when I was 32 years old. By that time, all of that “bad stuff” was over and Greensboro wasn’t so different from the North, where I came from.

I simply can’t believe all this went on here. It was even more interesting to me as a former Moses Cone employee (2002-2006), what went on at that hospital. We have come a long way.

Your story must have taken a lot of time and effort to research and get all those facts straight. Your story was so well written and fascinating, I am going to read it again before I go to bed tonight. It’s a piece of history.

You deserve some sort of journalism award for work like this.

All the best.

Pat Trotta


Dissing Chuck

To the editors:

All politically cognizant Americans mourn the loss of William F. Buckley Jr. Whether conservative, liberal or independent, most Americans could appreciate the political genius that was Buckley. As a reader of YES! Weekly, I loved reading Mr. Buckley’s syndicated articles every week, and you, as editors, faced an impossible task in trying to fill his shoes. But Chuck Norris? Come on, please! I am sure you can find a more respectable candidate to put forth a conservative opinion. I cannot comprehend the quantum leap taken from William Buckley to Chuck Norris. Unless you want your fine publication to turn into a joke, find a genuinely intelligent commentator to replace Walker, Texas Ranger. Please!


Jeff Benvenuto


Rezoning beef

Thanks for your article [“A rezoning chronicle: How Greensboro lost the protest petition”; Feb. 14, 2008; by Jordan Green], which I have read belatedly. I’ve saved a copy of it. The background of this issue that you have spelled out will come in handy if the exemption restoration is not passed in Raleigh. Then, we will have to lean on the city council as well as the representatives and senators in the NC Legislature. Up to now, I have been urging people to write members of the Guilford delegation about restoring this. I have also fought against developments in my neighborhood. But I did not know we had been exempted from this petition to protest!

BJ Weatherby