Letters to the Editor


Longworth at large

Thanks for such a flattering story in today’s YES! Weekly [‘“’Triad Today’ keeps the communication lines open’”; Feb. 1, 2006; by Brian Clarey]!

You made me look like I actually knew what I was doing.

Seriously, though, the most important thing about the story is that it pays tribute to a public service TV program, which hopefully will translate to increased corporate support for our mission.

Jim Longworth


Elvis was here in ’56

That was a pretty nice article on Elvis’ visit to that restaurant.

You may wish, however, to correct (for posterity’s sake), what I am sure was an inadvertent error on someone’s part, namely the year in which the visit took place (it was February 1956, not 1955, the exact date actually being February 15.

Regards and congrats on a marvelous article.


PTI is fly

I loved the article [‘“Flying under the radar: Piedmont Triad International airport makes moves to stay ahead’”; Jan. 25, 2006; by Ogi Overman]. You made me sound so smart! My grandmother was so proud.

Thank you,

Stephanie Freeman


The writer is marketing director of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority.

Where’s the glamor?

There is nothing glamorous about risking your life to ride around the US leading a life of squalor. God only knows what is lurking out there: Angel Resendiz and Robert Saleria just happened to be caught. Imagine meeting up with someone like that in a deserted roundhouse in the middle of nowhere at 2 a.m., or in a boxcar whizzing through the forest at 75 mph. Only extreme airheads would even consider hopping a train.

H. Kight


Keep your opinions to yourself


I have just read your article about the recent Palestinian elections.

Let me see how much of this I have right.

You had a sit down interview with a handful of Triad-area Palestinian and Muslim residents. Your background research for this article consisted of reading various online wire service articles concerning the elections along with perhaps a New York Times article and even a few blogs. And you saw the movie Munich.

Now you are ready to proclaim that a Hamas victory is reason for palpable excitement, if not for you personally then for the members of the Islamic Center.

It’s always a great when a journalist editorializes because it’s so damn transparent. A few self-fulfilling ‘“facts,’” a small nod to opposing arguments, and off you go.

How am I doing so far?

Did it occur to you to ask the Bosnian Muslim what it was like to have a leader like Slobodan Milosevic ‘— an elected leader whose platform included a stated policy of genocide toward Muslims ‘— rule the Balkans. But maybe, like Hamas, he also said he could make the trains run on time.

Though democratically elected, Hamas wants to establish essentially an Islamic theocracy (sounds real democratic, doesn’t it) through armed struggle. And when they get a spare minute from all the sword rattling and repressing of women, they hope to wipe Israel off the face of the map.

Now that’s the kind of party I want to run my country.

Sober up Mr. Green. Do your homework next time you write an opinion piece. In the meantime keep your ideas to yourself.

Jill Yesko


Article comments from

GSO does have small town feel

Headline of Article: ‘“The tone deaf wannabes, lend us your injured egos’”; Feb. 1, 2006]

While I don’t think Greensboro is a ‘“small town,’” relative to other cities it definitely feels like one. Whenever I come home to the Triad from DC, each time it feels so much smaller and rural than DC or New York City. It’s not just the population, but the culture, which is still shockingly conservative and resistant to progressive ideas. There are a lot of colleges in Greensboro, but the culture remains extremely conservative. That makes outsiders feel it is a small town.


Washington, DC

Death penalty protects us

Headline of Article: ‘“Episcopal Diocese challenges death penalty’”; Feb 1, 2006; by Jordan Green

In response to the article about calling for an abolition of the death penalty’… why do you suppose God prescribed the death penalty for 32 different offenses in the Torah? I doubt it was to be seen as a deterrent to crime. It was obviously God’s plan to protect the rest of society. God is very concerned about the protection and provision of His people.

To ensure their safety, God ordered the death penalty to those who have proven themselves to be a threat to others. Are you suggesting a better way to protect law-abiding people from these criminals? I think God’s plan is pretty good. What about you?

Rev. Randal Klocke


Swinging rabbi = good story

Headline of Article: ‘“The Greensboro Klezmorim and their swinging rabbi’”; Feb. 1, 2006; by Jordan Green.

Thanks for yet another awesome article!

Peter Schroth


The writer is the owner of the Green Bean.