Letters for August 13, 2008
We don’t know cars
This is in reference to your story on the Lamborghini event [“Cruising around in Smart Cars and Lamborghinis”; Aug. 6, 2008; by Brian Clarey]. You might want to check your facts. No car on the planet goes 0-205 mph in 3.5 seconds or 0-195 mph in 4.3 seconds. Those have to be 0-60 mph times. There is a video on YouTube or Google videos, I forget which, of a top speed run in a Bugatti Veyron. It takes several minutes and many miles to get to the 254 mph top speed.
I just finished reading your article, “The Carolina Gambit” [July 31, 2008; by Jordan Green]. I wish to offer up a correction to the glaring error that you made in reference to me. You stated, “Mike Stone, a registered Republican who is a candidate for Guilford County School Board, pulled his white vintage Camaro with red SS racing stripes up to the pump.”
This blasphemy cannot go unchallenged! Those are orange stripes — Hugger
Orange to be exact. I demand a retraction! I put too much time and effort
into getting that color to match on both the paint and the interior to have
it dismissed as something so common as “red.”
I have been picking up YES! Weekly for years, and I have recently been reading it from front to back and have found it better fits my lifestyle than the Rhino Times. This evening I picked it up again to read the articles that I hadn’t read yesterday, which took me first to your story, “The Plans We’ve Made” [Aug. 16, 2008; by Chris Lowrance].
I grew up in Julian and after aging out of the local tobacco industry I migrated to Liberty for work. First tour of duty was at the Dairy Bar during my early teen years (1971 – 1974) and my next tenure was for a general contractor between the years of 1978 – 1988. I knew Judy Short, and her first daughter. The daughter’s name I can’t recall. But I do remember their faces, the sound of their voices, and their innocence and goodness.
I am truly saddened to read of her and her family’s passing. True it had been double, if not triple, decades since I had communicated, or even thought of Judy. But the first mention of her in your story, I knew who you were speaking of. As you say, you don’t plan for crossing the center line; nor for providential hindrances tossed at you. I have been lucky in mine, I suppose.
Liberty holds fond memories for me as well, rainy, snowy, beautiful sun-shiny days, and full moon evenings. Thank you for sharing your story.
Congrats to you on your engagement.