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No fan of Lorraine “…One of the best journalists in North Carolina.” Are you freaking kidding me?! [“Hardbound shoe leather from former columnist at Christmastime”; Dec. 16, 2009; by Brian Clarey] Brian, I love ya, bro; especially for an old deadhead what made good. But to call that pablum-puking, lying tripe-writer Lorraine Ahearn a journalist? Seriously, dude? Did you not really read all the misinformation she’s put out before being (finger quotes) reassigned (end quotes)? Why do you think that she was demoted in the first place? To finish, I love your paper and usually your opinion, but I think you are being waaaay too kind on this one. Merry Christmas to all.

Chris Bradsher

Compassion for homeless The story “Street Level” [Oct. 7, 2009; by Brian Clarey] really touched me. I have been indirectly involved, through my church, with trying to secure a permanent facility for the homeless in Rockingham County (I live in Browns Summit and go to church at St. Thomas in Reidsville). I grew up and lived in Greensboro many years and also have concerns about homelessness there. Do you have any follow-up info on Ms. Cotton and Don? I would like to do something to help, even it’s only some gifts of blankets, food, whatever. Thanks for your story and your help in facilitating my assistance.John Pugh, Browns Summit

Not crazy about healthcare reform Dear Editor: The healthcare reform bill is not only a way for the government of controlling our lives but it also away for the government of controlling our habits too. In other words, the government knows what is best for us, and we should not have any say so in how we live our lives. It is time to give control back to the American people before the government comes knocking our doors down to see if we are watching the right programs they want us to watch. This healthcare reform bill is just another government disaster waitng to happen! Sincerely, Steven M. Shelton, Greensboro

Picking Cotton The story ”Street Level” really touched me [Oct. 7, 2009; by Brian Clarey]. I have been indirectly involved, through my church, with trying to secure a permanent facility for the homeless in Rockingham County (I live in Browns Summit and go to church at St. Thomas in Reidsville). I grew up and lived in Greensboro many years and also have concerns about homelessness there. Do you have any follow-up info on Ms. Cotton and Don? I would like to do something to help, even it’s only some gifts of blankets, food, whatever. Thanks for your story and your help in facilitating my assistance.John Pugh, Browns Summit

Shoegaze Many little kids ,elderly people and other innocent Americans have to take of their shoes before they ly on a plane because of the “shoe bomber.” Now, thanks to the “underwear bomber,” some people want passengers to undergo full-body scans.

Under a full-body scan a person looks at a picture of the outline of your body under your clothes. “They” say that none of these pictures will be stored or shown to other people. By the way these scans expose passengers to radiation.

Whatever happened to the idea of innocent until proven guilty? And, shouldn’t a full-body scan of a child be considered child pornography? A full-body scan is an unresonable search and an invasion of privacy. Innocent Americans (especially children) shouldn’t be forcibly scanned, X-rayed, photographed or strip-searched.Chuck Mann, Greensboro

He’s out It occurred to me yesterday that it was time to get the lastest YES! Weekly, when I realized that I no longer wanted to do so. I stayed with you even when Ogi disappeared. I even held my nose when poor Bill Buckley died and you put Chuck Norris in his place. I am sure Buckley was pleased that a selfabsorbed, self-promoting, master of ultra right-wing disinformation and lies took his place. But the inal straw was when Glen Baity left. Even when I disagreed with Baity, his columns were always interesting and well written. I looked forward to his weekly contributions. Now, your tabloid is just a Rhino Times-Lite, without the New York Times crossword puzzle and the hilarious rantings of the narrowminded — and obviously hard-drinking — callers to the Beep. So, keep Cockburn and his Chuck Norris-like views (albeit with a better vocabulary) and Longworth’s diatribes, and your own belief that your appetite and musings are actually interesting. Thank God for the internet and the many online sites that do profer intelligent and worthwhile writing.Rick Adman, Greensboro

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