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Letters to Editor 4.18.07

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Lax standards, practices

Brian,

I actually grew up in Garden City, and my husband and I just moved to Garden City South. My brother went to high school with you and I had your mom as a teacher.

I want you to know that your article, “Advantages of the privileged lacrosse sect” [April 5, 2006; by Brian Clarey] is filled with lies and stereotypes. I find that you are personally bitter and jealous of the success that the sport of lacrosse has brought these kids. My little brother graduated Garden City High School as a lacrosse and football player – with a scholarship to Penn State University. He happened to be best friends with Dan Flannery whom you reference in your article. Dan Flannery is the nicest, warmest, most sensitive helpful kid I have ever met. He has been there for my brother and my family. How dare you look down at those you do not know!

I hope that you will be writing an article of apology yourself after the case has now been dropped!

Sincerely,

Kristen Gabouri

Garden City South, NY

Mr. Clarey, will you revisit the Duke “rape” case now that all of the players have been declared innocent? Do you regret having sided with Mr. Nifong, who state Attorney General Roy Cooper has described as a “rogue” prosecutor, and Crystal Gail Mangum, the woman who lied so blatantly? Mr. Nifong obviously felt he owed these student athletes an apology. Do you feel you owe them one, too?

Vincent

New York, NY

Hi Brian,

I thought of you this week. Wednesday evening around 7 p.m. I had just finished coaching baseball at Grove Park and drove over to St Paul’s for equipment pick-up for my younger son’s T-ball team. There were probably 100 cars in the parking lot, all parent-coaches, most still in suits, picking up baseball and soccer equipment. This weekend is the official start for most spring sports in Garden City. There are over 3,000 kids playing at least one of five sports in town, all being coached by parents – not a bad amount of volunteers for a bunch of elite, paddle tennis, country club boozers, huh Brian?

I thought of Colin Finnerty and how his parents probably went through the same selfless routine of carpooling to away games, running between fields to make practices and making sure homework was done regardless of how tired their son must have been.

I thought about how all of their work raising a good kid (a scholar-athlete at Duke!) could have been destroyed due to a crooked legal system and an angry liberal media.

I hope you realize how damaging and devastating these (your) accusations must have been for these families. There is no true vindication for these young men; the harm has been done. They will always be labeled ‘the accused lacrosse players from Duke’ as long as a Google search engine exists.

I hope some rich white kids get in some more trouble so you can continue to grind your axe. I guess you, along with the Rev. Jackson and Al Sharpton (and of course The New York Times) are happy Imus said something stupid – gets you out of admitting you were all so wrong.

P. Ryan

Garden City, NY

Editor replies: What is hopefully my last Duke lacrosse column appears on page 50.

Going green

Dear YES! Weekly,

I appreciated Amy Kingsley’s article on the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement [“Greensboro to consider Kyoto protocols”; April 5, 2007]. As she mentioned, our local Cool Cities group is asking the Greensboro City Council to sign on to this agreement. More and more businesses are joining local governments in embracing energy efficiency and reduced emissions. Going “green” improves air quality (which benefits us all), saves money and helps business and society by making more efficient use of our resources.

The article mentioned that we had the support of five council members. I want to note that at that time those were the only five we had spoken with and all were in support. We’ve since received the support of a sixth, plus the conditional support of a seventh. One we’ve yet to contact (but will soon) and the ninth has been difficult to get a meeting with.

City staff is to be commended for the many positive steps already taken, often out of public sight. With the adoption of this agreement we hope to see even further progress towards sustainability.

Joel Landau

Greensboro

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