Letters for Sept. 19, 2007


Rules is rules

I’m always amazed by people saying it’s too hard to follow the rules. Each of the groups and people you mention in your article [“Student arrest at UNCG highlights restrictive assembly policy”; Sept. 5, 2007; by Jordan Green] complain that they don’t have to follow the rules or procedures because it’s too hard. That’s completely absurd. Each of the groups that had permission to be out there during morals week found a way to do it within the guidelines put forth by UNCG. The counter-protesters and opposition groups to the College Republicans decided they just were not going to even try.

I was there that last day of Morals Week, and spoke with the young people involved in Food Not Bombs. They said they did not need permission to be there. The College Republicans were not the only group out there during Morals Week, but you failed to talk with any of the groups out there with permission to be there, let alone talk to the College Republicans. So I see how one-sided your article is.

I did think you would at least want to know from someone the rest of the story. As an aside you said that the group Food Not Bombs helped feed the hungry. That may be true but not on that day. As they were setting up, I asked them if they were vegetarians. I believe most of them said they were. So I pointed out to them that more than half the food and cakes they had purchased at the grocery store had animal fat as an ingredient. At that point someone in the group threw away the items I had pointed out to them. If their intent is to feed the hungry, why throw away food?

Jim Rumley

Brown Summit

Muslim endorsement

Muslims for a Better North Carolina is proud to announce their decision to endorse Tonya Clinkscale for the District 1 Greensboro City Council seat. After meeting Ms. Clinkscale, we are convinced that she will represent all citizens, including the Muslim community of Greensboro, in a fair and inclusive manner. Her engaging personality, impressive educational background, and spirit of professionalism makes her keenly prepared to address the challenging economic and social issues faced by Greensboro’s burgeoning minority population. While a newcomer to Greensboro’s political arena, we are confident that her prior civic activities and work experiences will help her transition from private to public service with little difficulty. The Muslim community looks forward to working collaboratively with Ms. Clinkscale as a Greensboro City Council representative on issues that impact the Muslim community and the city of Greensboro.

Badi Ali


Badi Ali is president of Muslims For A Better North Carolina.

Show her the money

Hey Amy,

I really loved your editorial “Lessons in thrift from the bling set” [Sept. 12, 2007; by Amy Kingsley]. I am still learning one step at a time how to deal with money, and it’s a great thing to hear someone else admitting they are still learning as well. In Greensboro, I often feel like everyone else but me knows what’s going on and I’m always in the dark.

Good luck and keep saving!

Hannah Elliott


Don’t mess with my YES!

I sure hope they didn’t take my box located on West Market Street between Edgeworth and Eugene streets. [“The case of the missing newspaper boxes”; Sept. 12, 2007; by Brian Clarey]. I drive a 10-wheel tank truck and this box is really convenient for me to safely pull to the side of roadway and quickly grab my copy. It just happens that my route didn’t take me by that location this week, but that’s my favorite stopping point. Thanks guys for your great, as well as humorous stories. YES! Weekly is really quite addictive, isn’t it?

Greg Hill