Letters for May 7, 2008
Before having read Mr. Longworth’s comments about Gayle Anderson and Don Lowe [“Civic leaders shouldn’t defend Hanesbrands”; April 30, 2008; by Jim Longworth] I had already written a letter to Winston-Salem Journal with respect to a Journal article about Anderson and Lowe talking about a need for a better partnership to control future planning. Both Anderson and Lowe are part of the reasons that urban sprawl is so rampant in the Triad. The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce along with PART are responsible for financing the Heart of the Triad project with $200,000 of our tax dollars. The intention is to desecrate thousands of acres of rural Forsyth and Guilford counties for more urban sprawl, even though the NC Department of Transporation has no funding to build the needed transportation infrastructure. When the HOT rural residents asked for a voice in processes, they were told that keeping the area rural was not a consideration. Mr Longworth needs to investigate the area chambers’ and PART’s involvement in the Heart of the Triad. C. Robin Dean Clemmons Say it ain’t so! Charles Womack: On Saturday, April 26 I was a VIP at the Hooter’s swimsuit contest in High Point. I noticed that your staff was there and want to share with you what angered and appalled so many attendees. This was not a fair contest. My friends and I sat behind the judges of the contest and were all pretty excited to see that they favored the same girls as we did. Now when the winners were announced, the overall consensus was shock. Only one of those girls of the top five deserved to be there, and the winner, Lauren, was not the favored contestant. The most beautiful girl there was Dominique. She is gorgeous and was the favorite of the crowd and she loved the crowd. Something definitely went wrong Saturday at Hooter’s and the overall rumor is that these are no contests. The judges’ votes mean nothing, and the managers select their favorites. I don’t know what can be done but it is sad for the girls who go into the contests giving their all and not standing a chance because of Hooter’s management messing with the rules. As a Hooter’s regular I do not intend to let this go. I am writing Hooter’s corporate office and will not stop until a fair investigation of the activities of the managers is made. Again, Dominique should have won and I look forward to her not giving up. Word out there is she will try again in Winston-Salem on May 5. We’ll be there to cheer her on. If this contest plays by the same unfair rules, I’ll do everything possible to have these past contests investigated and Hooter’s management banned from any decision making. I hope that YES! Weekly observed the same and that you are conducting some sort of investigation too. Brandon West Greensboro Editor replies: We are not currently conducting an investigation into the Hooter’s swimsuit contests, but at least one of us has a T-shirt that says “Bikini Inspector.” More Hooter’s, this time with wrestling Dear Brian, As a lifelong wrestling I really enjoyed your story on meeting wrestling stars at Hooter’s [“Hooter’s invaded by hungry, giant wrestlers”; April 30, 2008; by Brian Clarey]. I am from Owensboro, Ky. I currently reside in Atlanta. Back in the day, Jerry Lawlor and Bill Dundee lived close to my family in Owensboro. Needless to say I am 40 years old and pretty much grew up on wrestling. Anyways, thanks for the article, would love to tell you more stories, so hit me back if ya wanna gab! Todd Alexander Owensboro, Ky. Behind Chuck Norris’ beard Can Chuck Norris (a YES! Weekly columnist) be serious, or is he really that naive? In his April 23 column, “Stopping violent crimes of teenagers,” he decries teenage violence, and wonders out loud how we have come to this situation. He notes a 171-percent increase in the arrests of juveniles for violent crimes since 1976, with a 224-percent increase for aggravated assaults. Then he, of all people, writes, “Why is this happening? It’s either because the youths know they can get away with it, or they just don’t care! We have turned into a society of permissiveness and apathy.” He says he was in high school in the 1950s and, back then, “I never could have imagined the moral and civil anarchy among our youth today.” Please, Chuck, have a look in the mirror for at least part of your answer. Let’s think about this: In the 1950s, as today, we realized that TV and movies were two of many teaching tools. Children began to read fewer books in favor of watching films and TV. The kids of the 1950s watched movies plus (mainly) black-and-white TV shows where there was little (if any) graphic violence shown, and the bad guy was always caught and punished by the end of these shows. The good guys in those stories handled things with little or no violence and let you, the viewer, know why the bad guy deserved to be penalized, usually put into jail. Then, through the years, along came more graphic stories, with folks like Chuck Norris, Rambo and others showing us (and thus teaching us) that violence was the way that both the bad guy and the good guy solved his/her everyday problems. Suddenly we had blood and body parts flying in all directions, and with most films and shows it was hard to keep up with the body count. As the children watched, they learned their lessons well. They learned that good guys these days meet force with force, they enjoy it (“Make my day!”), and when they handle disputes this way they will be the hero that everyone admires. Chuck, you were one of the many actors that did it this way, remember? Why can’t you understand that your young viewers want to be just like you now that they are growing up? They want to have their own body-count totals, and be admired just as you were when you did it as they watched. It’s time to look deeply in the mirror when you wonder about how we have changed from the 1950s until today, Chuck. William D. Courter Greensboro From an old fart Hey, Brian. I just hit 41. I’m a male. I live in Greensboro. I’ve lived here for 20 years. This town has one of the best demographics of women under 30 for a guy to date in the world. So many good memories and absolutely inspiring women. But I’m 41 now, that scene is just no fun and a little creepy. I’m tired of having to update my music catalog every year. I drew the line at emo, club rap and vocal-centric art rock. I’m sticking to that line… that shit blows. Oddly, young women like me just as much as ever, but for different reasons. I maintain a job, read, have a couple of degrees, can maintain a conversation for a long while… stuff I could never do in my twenties. Unfortunately, it’s sort of like the movie Groundhog Day – as far as the breadth of conversation they have to offer at that age, it gets old. Anyway, I’ve been to like 15 bars in Greensboro and I feel like Gabby Hayes (picture included) whenever I enter one of these bars. People come to me with historical references, questions on correct spelling, crossword puzzle answers and, like most Greensboro bars, questions on where I know to find some coke. What’s with coke and Greensboro bars (another subject, another day)? What I’m getting at is a request for you to put out an issue for the older crowd that still likes to go out but doesn’t want to be seen at the same bar their kids go to. Any chance you can make this happen? Thanks, Old Fart at Play Editor replies: Sorry Old Fart. I got out of the bar business years ago.