Letters from the August 10 issue…
Letter to the editor,
I am responding to an article in the July 27th issue of Yes! Weekly in the ‘dirt’ section of the paper. The writer, Jordan Green, based only on his own subjective beliefs I guess (because he never asked me) incorrectly identified me as a ‘“Revolutionary Communist Party activist.’”
Do I hate the Bush regime and the policies they have been implementing here and around the world for the last 5 years? YES, and so do millions of other people in this country. Am I deeply concerned about the direction that things are headed in this country? YES, again, me and millions of others. Do I feel that I must DO something about it? YES, I do, and I believe millions of others do also, only it has not been obvious what we should or can do. Clearly, in 2004 the Democratic Party failed miserably to provide leadership capable of changing the dangerous track that the Bush regime is on, and in fact, steered people away from doing anything other than voting for a better commander-in-chief for the illegal, immoral war against Iraq and the dismantling of democratic rights in this country. We can’t wait for the same kind of debacle to happen in 2008.
Is Jordan Green and YES! Weekly going to call anyone who feels this way a ‘“commie’”? Since I am not a member of the RCP, I can’t speak for the RCP. This type of journalism is sensationalism straight out of the McCarthy era.
Do I respect the RCP? Do I think they have something to say that is worth a hearing? Yes, the RCP and others have initiated a call to action, beginning on November 2nd, the 1st anniversary of Bush’s re-election, for mounting a campaign that says ‘“The World Can’t Wait ‘– Drive Out the Bush Regime’” worldcantwait.org. I believe this speaks to what I see as the frightening reality we are facing in this country in terms of the direction the Bush regime is taking things. They are radically changing things in a way that is leading to a new kind of fascism and a future that I, and I believe millions of others, don’t want to live in. The current movement against the war in Iraq is not enough and is not where it needs to be to derail this freight train.
This campaign to drive the Bush regime out of power calls on people to actively work in all the creative ways we can imagine. It calls on people to change the whole dangerous direction that things are headed. This call needs to be heard, discussed, debated and acted upon by people right here in Greensboro as well as throughout the country. This is what happened with Nixon, millions of people did this (well before the politicians jumped on the bandwagon) and forced him to resign. This time the stakes are even higher.
I attended a great workshop titled ‘“Mountain Land, Mountain People’” held in Cullowhee a few years ago (‘“The ‘Scotch-Irish’ and the ‘Savage South””; July 27; by DG Martin).
There is a plaque in the Mountain Heritage Museum honoring the ‘“Scot-Irish’” as the primary source of European settlement in that area. Also stated is that scotch is a drink, not a person. If you say ‘“Scots-Irish’”, you should change it to ‘“Scots-Irishes’”.
‘“Scotch-Irish’” has become the late 20th Century accepted version. Just like being ‘down with’ once referred to having a malady. Whatever, like my Dad was half Choctaw hailing from Oklahoma. We always called it being part Indian, we’re still ‘down with that.’
Enjoy your paper,
Just a comment on your article on Tavane Taylor (‘“State Street Mystic’”; July 27, 2005; by Brian Clarey). In all it was a pretty good article, the thing I don’t understand is that in the very beginning of the article she says that if you called her a witch you would be wrong. And yet you continue to refer to her as a witch throughout your article. What was that about? I just felt it was disrespectful and irresponsible for you to continue to refer to her as a witch when she said right off the bat that was incorrect.
ed. note: Regardless of whether or not she is a witch, she is known in this neighborhood as ‘The Witch of State Street.’ And it didn’t seem to bother her as much as it bothers you. ‘— bc
Liked your article (Greensboro’s Ten Best Thrift Shops’”; July 27, 2005; by Jordan Green) but would like to recommend that you visit Gail’s Consignment on Spring Garden Street and put her on your list. She has a wonderful assortment of items at very reasonable prices.
I shop there first before going to other consignment/thrift stores.
Article comments from yesweekly.com
Headline of Article: ‘“Karl Rove in deep do-do? The man who always ends up smellin’ rosy.’”
There once was a weasel named Rove.
For Bush’s agenda he strove.
Now Bush and McClellan are hiding the felon.
All three should wind up on the stove.
Headline of Article: ‘“Will Green Shirleen be able to tackle eminent domain?’”
Quote from the article:
‘“Yeah,’” I said. ‘“They basically extended eminent domain to include not just public use but private interests. Now people’s land can be taken for things like strip malls and condo developments even if they don’t want to sell.’”
One clarification: this extension of eminent domain occurred in the 1954 Berman v. Parker Supreme Court case in the name of eliminating blight. In 2005, the Supreme Court said that the magic word ‘blight’ is no longer necessary in the widespread practice of transferring real estate from the poor to the rich. So the ruling was an honest clarification of a widespread practice. Nobody knows how many properties have been transferred from one private owner to another using the magic words ‘“eminent domain’” in the past half century alone.
Wow! Folks we know have been bombarding us with calls and emails about the article (‘“Dressed up for an old-fashioned fight’”; August 3, 2004; by Lee Adams). Thank you, and wonderful job (I love the ‘“forsoothly speak,’” smile).
I hate to ask, and I know it’s late for the printed version, but there were a couple things that we hoped you could correct online.
‘“Each Wednesday meeteth they in the Park of Sir Daniel’s Lake. Belongeth they to a secret society known to only a few throughout the city; this be the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).’”
The SCA isn’t a secret society, just a little known one. We don’t want folks to think that we’re hiding in the shadows, but just a group of folks that most don’t know about’….
‘“Although anyone can obtain knighthood, Green is currently the only one to have achieved this honor in the Canton of Hindscroft.’”
Only those practiced in martial combat can become a Knight, and it is a road not totally unlike that to earn a black belt in other Eastern culture fighting styles (although that is making a VERY generalized statement).
‘“Green’s girlfriend Jean Wagner, or better known as Maitresse Alianor atte Red Swanne, is the canton’s minister of arts and sciences. It was she who got Green interested in the SCA when they met.’”
Mark and I actually met IN the SCA, after we had separated from our ex-spouses. He’s been participating for six years, I for seven, but we met when we he was playing for over a year, and I over two. (As Mark and I were each married to our previous spouses, when we joined the SCA. A misunderstanding such as this, we would appreciate clarification).
Again, we greatly appreciate the time and effort you put into the article. It really is wonderful.
Jean Wagner / Alianor atte Red Swanne