Letters from the week of June 22…
FBI should worry about FNB
This is a great story [‘“Released files indicate FBI spying on activists,’” May 24]. Food Not Bombs has been under government pressure for many years. My phone was wiretapped in 1988. Your comments about consensus are interesting. I think groups can use consensus better and get better results. Don’t let one agenda item take up all day.
I was arrested Nov. 3, 2004 at the Beyond Voting march. I was holding a Food Not Bombs banner. The police shot pepper balls at us. On Nov. 5 two Food Not Bombs kids were arrested at the North Carolina Beyond Voting march. I believe we will see that a worldwide FBI investigation is going on. Yes, they should be worried. We want a world at peace and true democracy. And people realize that is what we are about and that’s the reason we are popular.
The last thing the FBI wants is peace and democracy.
Keith McHenry is a cofounder of the international Food Not Bombs network.
Tax tobacco to save Medicaid
Article comment from yesweekly.com
It is unfortunate, to say the least, that Sen. Hagan and Rep. Blust would, if it came down to it, feel uncomfortable raising a cigarette tax 75 cents to pay for at-home care like Teresa’s [‘“The Medicaid battle: A disabled woman looks over the precipice,’” June 15]. North Carolinian smokers are assured of at least three things from this proposed legislation:
That cigarettes will always be cheap (a proposed 25 cent raise in the cigarette tax isn’”t enough), that no state legislature will ever make an attempt to keep them from smoking themselves to death and that they can enjoy doing that in a nursing home.
I also work with Teresa, and am very close to the assistants you mentioned in your story. I cannot imagine an acceptable scenario involving Teresa and a nursing home. She has a life; she is a mobile participant in the community. I’ve gone with her to poetry and fiction readings, coffee shop dates with friends, indie film screenings, and also to visit her mother, Doris, who is currently staying at the Beverly nursing home at W. Market and S. Holden. She comes to see me and my friends play music in crowded and smoky basements, and I’ve run into her at art openings and EMF concerts. In meeting with elected officials she actually participates in our democracy, at times not-so-gently reminding politicians exactly whom, not what interests, they represent. She is a good citizen because she is a good human being. She inspires me to do better, and working with her ‘— being her friend ‘— requires that I examine what preconceptions I hold about persons with disabilities.
Teresa has always supported her community; it is now time for her community to support her.
Get your terms straight
I would like to comment on the article you wrote back in April titled ‘“Masseuses treat tension at market, and get work.’” I apologize for the extremely late delay in my response, but I only recently read this article because I work at a local salon/spa and somebody had posted it on the wall in our break room as late as last week. The reason they posted it was to point out how people are still unaware of the professional practice of massage.
I’m sure you were not aware at the time of writing the article and I can only imagine that others have informed you of this by now, but just in case, I think it’s very important that you know that referring to professional massage therapists as ‘masseuses’ is a colossal faux pas. Massage Therapists have worked very hard to overcome the stigma of prostitution that has been associated with the practice. The term ‘masseuse’ tends to refer strictly to woman who work in massage ‘parlors’ and are not professionally trained in the practice; it is therefore insulting for a licensed massage therapist to be referred to as a masseuse.
I know that you had to be somewhat aware of the struggle for massage therapy to be taken seriously as a profession because you comment in your article: ‘“The people in the area are more enlightened about the benefits of massage and are more likely to distinguish between licensed masseuses and unscrupulous practitioners.’” So this leaves me confused to your inclusion of the Tiki Cabaret women in the article. Don’t get me wrong, I make no judgments about what they do for a living, but it’s so important to keep the world of adult entertainment and the professional world of massage therapy in separate categories because a lot of people still do not make the distinction. I think your description of these women was also unflattering. While they may have been wearing ‘“low cut halters,’” I can’t imagine that if they walk in those shoes every day, that they would be ‘“wobbling’” on their high heels. That description presented an image of a 2-bit crack whore. Now I certainly don’t think that about those women, but that is the mental image I got from reading your article. Do you see what I’m getting at?
When people read things like this, they get certain images, and the image of a cheap 2-bit crack whore combined with massage therapists is not flattering. I’m sure you meant well, but PLEASE keep these things in mind for future articles. In the business of massage therapy, men STILL attempt to make appointments with ‘other’ intentions and they STILL make suggestions during the massage, causing the service to be terminated. While a lot of progress has been made, there are still people who just don’t get it. Please help us to get the right message across.
name withheld by request
Heat from a punk fan
Article comment from yesweekly.com
Headline of Article: Lords of Dogtown: not quite Rocky on wheels, but close’”
‘“Before skateboarding was co-opted by ESPN 2, Hot Topic, and every truly godawful punk band in the world, it was a movement comprised of little more than a band of kids who wanted to surf on asphalt.’” ‘— correction: Hot Topic has nothing to do with skateboarding. It’s an addition to pop culture’s Goth appeal which is usually more closely related to pop-metal and nu-metal, not skateboarding. ESPN 2 doesn’t air skateboarding ‘— FUEL TV is the only skateboarding-friendly channel. ‘“Truly Godawful Punk’” has nothing to do with skateboarding. In fact ”godawful” music seems like a term some stereotypical idiot would choose to describe something he knows nothing about. Do you even know what is punk music? Skateboarding is about whatever music the rider enjoys.
I suggest to NOT open with an offensive and ignorant comment