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Letters for Feb. 6, 2008

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The truth about zoning and development

Thank you for the in-depth article on rezoning issues [“Showdown on building looms before GSO council; Jan. 30, 2008; by Jordan Green]. The public needs to read more factual, hard hitting articles like yours. With the July 1 city council decision to overturn the zoning commission’s rejection of rezoning part of the historic Guilford Woods from residential to high density three-story student housing behind the football stadium at Guilford College and the pending approval from residential to business to put in a pharmacy on the purely residential side of Guilford College Road – the third pharmacy in the area – it is clear that residents do not stand a chance against the developer-heavy city council. Soon gone will be any green in Greensboro and all for the sake of short term monetary gain. This city council – despite Yvonne Johnson’s pre-election mouthing of preservation and controlled development has shown itself so far to have no long-term vision except one of hills of rolling condos replacing wooded hills of green.

Bonnie Parsons

Greensboro

Dear Jordan Green,

Okay, I’m ready to get down and kiss your feet. Finally someone with the guts and backbone to expose what we all have suspected! I don’t believe that I have ever read a better piece of investigative journalism. If we were still in the age of muckrakers, you’d be the king. Excuse my French, but you have given the brazen greedy bastards a verbal kick in the backside and I love it.

Your piece should be mass printed and given to every prospective voter before the next local election.

Too bad so much of this has come to light after the Greensboro City Council election. The same thing is going on in High Point. Their election is in November, so if you could study them, it would be a good thing to shine some light their way, too.

Someone e-mailed me your article, but that doesn’t put any cash in your pocket. Is there any way to subcribe for YES! Weekly mail delivery or must we pick it up at the newsstand?

I really do intend to send the article to members of the NC General Assembly with a note that this is why a statewide ethics law for members of city and county govenments is needed. And I want to do it without violating copyright laws, so I need 170 YES! Weeklys – or maybe just 169. There’s no point in sending one to Thomas Wright.

Mary C. Cridlebaugh

Davidson County


Jordan,

Your research and writing skills are amazing! Bravo on a great eye-opener regarding the conflicts of interests in local political circles. I continue to fight the Heart of the Triad issue with renewed hope that a coalition of environmentalists/citizens will form to promote an ethical and fair planning process. I was a participant in the Piedmont Environmental Alliance panel discussion on Thursday night focused on “Engaging Elected Officials in Sustainable Development” and 65-70 people participated.

Keep up the good work! We are reading… and learning.

Best,

Cathy M. Poole

Kernersville




Thank you for the article. It contains concerns that I have had since publishing a book, Touring Clapp Farms Road, last August for over 100 family members and friends in NC and across the nation. It includes stories and photos of the farming community east of the Carrollton’s intended high-density gated apartment complex. My cousins there feel that the area in question will become Heart of the Triad East and want development that keeps the character of their neighborhood within the Macintosh Lake watershed. Henry Isaacson has asked for a continuance until Feb. 19 for items related to this development on the Greensboro City Council agenda.

Donna Bonds

Kernersville


Where ya been, Chuck?

I noticed how all the presidential candidates, including the right-wing conservatives, recently praised Martin Luther King Jr. I have no problem with that, but it bothers me that while the conservatives were agreeing with some of his policies, none of them stated that he was a liberal. Why not?

Conservatives who are running for president may praise him after he has been dead for years, but they didn’t praise him while he was alive. They thought he was a liberal, race-baiting, outside agitator who was under the control of communists. They complained about his relationships with hippies, feminists, union activists, socialists and other liberals.

Somehow, over the years, conservatives turned liberal into a dirty word. I’m not sure when, how, or why this happened. In the old days liberals wanted to eliminate slavery, while conservatives wanted to expand it. Liberals wanted democracy when conservatives wanted to be part of the British colonial empire. Liberals wanted women to have the right to vote, conservatives did not. Strom Thurmond and George Wallace were conservatives. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were liberals. So why did “liberal” become a dirty word?

My favorite liberal was Jesus. No matter how hard you thump your Bible, Jesus wasn’t conservative or orthodox, or even moderate. He wasn’t hardliner, hawk or warmonger. He was liberal. Some would say radical. He believed in peace, love, forgiveness and the Golden Rule. He didn’t support pre-emptive strikes, torture or tax cuts. So why did liberal become a dirty word?

Chuck Mann

Greensboro


Dolled up

Thanks Amy and to YES! Weekly for taking an interest, visiting the museum and reporting such a sweet story, with a lovely photo [“Barbie takes tea in High Point”; Jan. 16, 2008; by Amy Kingsley]. We also were delighted with events of the day, having two Girl Scout troops in that morning, and all told, 87 visitors to the museum that day. We continue to struggle with our old furnace here, trying to get it a little calmed down, and we realized/determined to cut off numbers to 22 for future sit-down events in the Activity Room.

Continued best,

Paul Siceloff

High Point

Paul Siceloff is director of the Angela Peterson Doll & Miniature Museum of High Point.


Long Island state of mind

Hey Brian,

Love your columns on Long Island; they always bring back good memories, thanks [“Clarey sends Postcard from Long Island”; Jan. 3, 2008]. I grew up in Uniondale and have been in Greensboro since ’98. I especially loved the postcards from LI since you mentioned Paddy’s inn. Although I was a little older when I started going to Paddy’s, I can say that I’ve been drinking with Paddy since I was about 14. It’s almost the same thing.

Paddy called me today to tell me about the column and asked me to pass on his cell. Give him a call and maybe we can gather some Paddy’s Inn patrons to get together for a drink. There are actually quite a few of us down here.

Thanks again for the memories. You killed me with the Paulie reference.

Reyne

Greensboro

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