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They like us’… they really, really like us

The articles “Homeless But Not Hopeless” [Jan. 11, 2006; by Jordan Green] and “Death by Journalism” [by Brian Clarey] hit home for me in a profound way. Loved them! Kudos to you both for voicing two very important issues: homelessness and truthful journalism.

Lets face it, the statistics associated with the homeless are plentiful yet the actual flesh and blood stories associated with the data are extremely rare. Quite frankly our cities impoverished population doesn’t fit into the proverbial American dream snapshot.

Sadly, the unpleasant images are quickly shuttled out of our thinking.

Thank you Jordan Green, for your courageous coverage on Greensboro’s invisible residents. You definitely deserve some recognition for placing the homeless issue in full view.

I must say this praise comes at a cost, a skeptic’s pride. Admittedly, I am leery of journalism associated with publications offered con gratis with transparent agendas.

First order of business: Generate ad revenue while forsaking the art of respectable journalism with a few fluff pieces scattered throughout the rag. Yet I was pleasantly surprised by the caliber of writing in the Jan 11-17 issue of YES! Weekly. “Death by Journalism” articulates the importance of accurate reporting. Clearly the written word has tremendous power. The editor’s article relates that point rather well.

“I killed a man once.” Great opening, Mr. Clarey.

Again, thank you for your unique style. I thoroughly enjoyed the issue. I wish you both much success in future literary pursuits.

G. Simpson

High Point

Or are we dinks?

Thanks for taking the time to reflect on the current consciousness of our beloved country in your recent editorial [“Our lost opportunity after 9-11”; Sept. 13, 2006]. I would hold your breath for another five years if you could.

Joel Bennett

Greensboro

Dear Jordan Green,

I just read your article on 9-11. In it you say: “I wanted the US to take it’s place in a constellation of rich and varied human cultures, to flourish in interdependence with its counterparts and to neutralize the Islamic fundamentalists with compassion.”

Are you out of your mind?

I think I will refer to you as Neville from now on. Remember him? Mr. Chamberlain wanted the same thing too. Watch how you use the words “compassion” and “Islamic fundamentalists” in the same sentence. And remember this: While slicing your mother’s (the unbeliever she is) throat open, the only compassion they would show would be to do it quick. Yes Jordan, they want to kill your mother, my mother and everyone else’s you dink.

Compassion. Ha.

Your article just goes to show, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I hope this letter doesn’t upset you. But I’m sure you will show compassion for me.

Dean Severino

Greensboro

Either way, we liked the play

Thank you so much for your article on Anne Frank [“The Process”; Sept. 13, 2006; by Brian Clarey]. I picked up your paper on the way home from seeing the production, which I thought was amazing! Your article really fleshed out the minds of the director and actors, and all those involved, adding even more to the total experience of such a profound play. My husband and I (originally from New York) just moved to Lexington, NC from Flordia. and we are so pleased with the quality of the Triad players – and your wonderful article.

Thank you so much!

Trudy Collins Frank

Lexington

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