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Friends

Hi Brian, I’m e-mailing in regards to the Deborah Moy articles I just read [“Rain on the Castle”; Sept. 22, 2009; by Brian Clarey]. A friend of mine in California is a good friend of hers and has been unable to contact her since around this time last year and Googled her name two days ago. I live in Lexington — as of this time last year — and this is the first I heard of all this. We are both dumbfounded. I knew Deborah too, but I wasn’t anywhere near as close as my friend Michelle, in California.

With that said — we don’t know what the hell is going on other than what was read. Who can we contact to get more information or find out where she is?

I’m hoping you can help us figure out what’s going on.

Sincerely, Tina Sajfar, Lexington

Survival

I read with interest Mr. Clarey’s article on Cotton and Don, et al [“Street Level”; Oct. 7, 2009; by Brian Clarey]. Is there a way to contribute a small amount toward her survival? Is anyone doing more as a result of the article?

Betsy Winston, Greensboro

Dear Brian, I have lived in the Greensboro area for 48 years.

I can’t tell you how much your piece on Cotton impacted me. I want to help. I can’t stop thinking about her saying, what $500 would do for her. What would help her? Money or items? I would want to get it to her discreetly-I do not want to subject her to attacks if word got out that she had received anything of value. Can you advise me on what to do here and how to do it? I appreciate your direction and again, incredible piece. I hope I can help.

Anonymous, Greensboro

Dear Brian

My name is Scott Wilson. I was very moved with your story, “Street Level.” I found this issue in my employee bathroom at work. We normally have magazines like Engine Builder, Motor Age and Maxim, so for YES! Weekly to be there is kinda odd.

I read this issue over a couple of days and sat it to the side. I found it on the floor, under some uniforms and shoes a few days ago. I picked it up and sat it back at the place we keep reading materials. Last Friday at a group called men’s fraternity at church, it dawned on me that I may be able to help the people you wrote about.

I attend a church that has a good-sized poverty outreach called Hope team that helps very poor and homeless with meals, shelter and sometimes with housing, furniture, utilities and so on. I just signed up for this team, due to your column.

Now for the reason I’m writing. I would like to leave you my info. I would like to know where I can find them and see if there is something I can do or possibly help them with. I would like you to introduce me to them if you can. I’m not sure yet exactly how I can help at this time, but I have to start somewhere.

Thanks in advance. Sincerely, Scott Wilson, Greensboro

From Nashville

Hey Jordan, Thank you so much for that terrific article [“Bonnie Bishop, live”; Sept. 16, 2009; by Jordan Green]! I really enjoyed your writing and appreciate the flattery. I’m happy you enjoyed the show and am so thankful for the positive publicity. Hope all is well. Stay in touch.

Bonnie Bishop, Nashville, Tenn.

Two guys, one show

Charles, We wanted to thank you (and Brian) for including a story on the 2GNC 10 Year Anniversary Live Show [“Mastering the airwaves”; Oct. 14, 2009; by Brian Clarey]. Everyone here seemed to enjoy it and appreciate the coverage. I loved Brian’s take on the whole studio protocol.

Thanks again! Laura J. Lloyd, Rock 92

It doesn’t feel tardy

Dear Charles: Let me first apologize for the tardiness of this thank you letter. My intention was to thank you immediately after the Wyndham Championship, but I decided to let the FedExCup Playoffs play out so I could give my reaction to the new FedExCup system. And since I just got back from Harding Park in San Francisco, I can comment on the President’s Cup. But first…Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Your commitment to the Wyndham Championship is truly appreciated and has allowed us to raise the bar. I must admit, the rain on Thursday and Saturday of tournament week was not much fun. However, we were fortunate to have a dry Friday and huge crowds on a spectacular championship Sunday to finish up strong. Additionally, our leader board, with Sergio, Glover and Couples on or near the top, and with Ryan Moore winning in a playoff, made for an exciting week. Even with the elements, I feel like our PGA Tour event took another giant step in the right direction — with over 35,000 fans showing up on Sunday and a rare corporate hospitality sell-out (only the second on the tour in 2009) n a major recession. Again, thank you for being a big part of this success.

Thanks again! Sincerely, Mark Brazil, Wyndham Championship Tournament Director

Baffled but unbowed

Did we see the same Ricki Lee Jones concert [“Rickie Lee Jones triumphs with first stop on tour”; Oct. 21, 2009; by Jordan Green]? This was the most disturbing concert I’ve ever attended. I was aghast and uncomfortable when RLJ berated the band for dropping out and playing poorly. Did this band rehearse at all? They were lost 60 percent of the time. The drums showed up but the drummer didn’t…. Rob Wasserman (bass) quit the tour five seconds after leaving the stage…. What the hay? Is it too much to ask for some professionalism and concession to the norm? Rickie, Rickie, Rickie. You have the most unique voice and songwriting skills as well as an interpretive style few can match.

Your fans are legion and loyal. They deserve more… and so do your fellow musicians.

Bob Martin, Greensboro

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