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Buff-n-T say thanks

Hi Brian!

I just got back into town and got a copy of YES! You were so kind. Thank you so much for coming out to see us and thanks for the genuine comments on T and I [‘“The Sonny and Cher of Greensboro keep dinner crowds happy’”; Aug. 31; by Brian Clarey]. We truly appreciate the article. You are quite a distinguished writer, I was very impressed. Thanks again buddy and we hope to see you and your wife out soon.

Buff, Buff-n-T

Greensboro

Boortz nails it

Brian,

Loved your article [‘“For once I agree with Neal Boortz’”; Aug. 24; by Brian Clarey].

Living in Atlanta for 30 years, I hear Boortz all the time, on purpose or by accident.

But I agree ‘— he and Linder have NAILED it with the FairTax.

Yesterday, I heard Brian Williams singing the woes of how are we going to pay for all the federal money being allocated to relieve the destruction caused by Katrina. Simple. ACCELERATE implementation of the FairTax and VOILA!’… the Feds will be swimming in money. Makes sense to me.

I think now is a golden opportunity to get it past and help EVERYBODY.’  (Except the one’s who are involved with ‘“offshore bank accounts, bogus charitable donations, money laundering schemes and various other ways that people try to cheat The Man. ‘“

Let’s help get the word out.

Thanks.

Larry Stanley

Marietta, GA

New Orleans needs our help

Dear Colleagues-

I realize that this letter is for the most part too late to achieve its purpose. But my friend, a New Orleans political writer who was my student, friend and editor of the Loyola U New Orleans Maroon when I taught there, now safe in Chicago, left a message on my phone which I have just received.

He asks me to write or call all my friends in journalism and impress upon you that ‘“New Orleans has been hung out to dry by the Federal government.’” His own brother, who volunteered to stay behind and help, was now trapped in Charity Hospital with no help in sight. The situation is a ‘“national shame,’” he said, and ‘“FEMA is not doing squat!’” The ‘“American can-do spirit,’” he said, has been forgotten. He fears that his brother might die. Meanwhile snipers are on the rooftops.

I realize that you have already read many reports like that, and most likely the crisis has abated. But I also figure you should know of his trust in you. It reminds me of the great scene in the old black and white film, Deadline USA, where the old immigrant woman, mother of a girl murdered by the mob, brings the incriminating evidence to Humphrey Bogart, courageous managing editor of The Day, which has been sold to its competitor and is in its last day of publication. Bogart asks Mrs. Schmidt why she did not bring this evidence to the police.

She replies: ‘“I no know police. I know you. I know newspaper.’”

Ray

Jersey City, NJ

editor’s note: the author of this letter, Fr. Raymond Schroth, SJ, was my journalism professor when I attended Loyola University in New Orleans. He sent this letter to me and 34 other former students and journalists. I’m passing it on to you.

Artists Care planned

Dear friends of the arts,

We need help, and we need it fast. Larice White has come up with a great idea to help the victims of Katrina that will show that the arts community does indeed give a damn and wants to help. Titled ‘“Artists’ Care’”, it will be a fundraiser that will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 until 4. The auction will be from 11:30 until 1:30, and there will be some ‘surprise’ auctioneers. The location will be on Elm Street. We are asking for donations from artists to be auctioned. This can be any form of art, any size, any medium from playdough to platinum. Sponsorships are needed as well, so anything can help. Meetings will be held over the next couple of weeks, so if you have any interest in donating, or attending, please email me (theupstairsgallery@triadbiz.rr.com) with your intentions, and I will pass it on to the parties that it needs to go to. This could be a huge event, so I am encouraging you to get involved in some way, small or large.’  I am working on media coverage via TV, radio, and print. YES! Weekly has already agreed to give us a half page ad every week till the event, and will cover it. I will be writing a story for the magazine as well. PLEASE help in any way you can. Any relief is some relief, and what if we were in their shoes? We’re all Americans, and deserve help.

I thank you, in advance, for your help,

Jim Dowell

McKay Foundation newest events

Dear Charles,

It was such a pleasure to finally meet you in person last week. I have enjoyed getting to know you via telephone calls and emails over the past year. Meeting you in person just confirmed to me that Greensboro is very fortunate to have such a caring and generous person who is trying to make a positive difference in the world.

I want to thank you so much for all your help in promoting the MacKay Foundation for Cancer Research. In May, you were so helpful in promoting our Starlight, Star Bright event benefiting breast and ovarian cancer research at WFU School of Medicine, which turned out to be a wonderful and successful event. Now you are being so generous by promoting the Carolina Brass LIVE concert on September 16 and Sports Night! 2005 ‘“Friends behind the Rivalries’” – An interview with ACC Basketball Coaches which will be held on October 3, both benefiting leukemia and hematology research at WFU School of Medicine. Your generosity is very much appreciated. You share our dream to make a difference in the lives of our family, friends and coworkers who have been touched by cancer by promoting our events to all your readers across the Triad and beyond.

Thank you so very much for your friendship and for your continued support and encouragement of the MacKay Foundation for Cancer Research.

Fondly,

Barbara McKay

Greensboro

Editorial was wrong

Dear Sir,

This is in response to the editorial in Vol.1, No. 36 of YES! magazine. This is the first time I have ever read your magazine and I was surprised at how clueless the writers of this editorial were. They state that funding for the Iraq war drained funds needed to shore up the Levees in New Orleans. Never mind that they have known about this problem since 1964 and have done little about it. Never mind that Clinton denied funding several times also. (For the war in Bosnia?) There is still the unavoidable fact, (that the writers of this editorial conveniently fail to mention) that the levee that gave way had ALREADY BEEN SHORED UP. Even if Bush had flung all the money in the world at New Orleans to fix the levees, the part that broke was not in the plans to be rebuilt, because it had already been rebuilt up to standards. The reason it failed was because it was designed and built to withstand a category 3 hurricane and what hit it was a category 4.

This is a simple fact that ANYONE can find out simply by doing a couple minutes research on the internet. It is not surprising that your liberal writers fail to do this. Instead, they desperately try to pin the whole problem on Bush. This is incredibly sloppy work. Very disappointing.

Jeff Gillis

Greensboro

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