letters to the editor
NEW CANDIDATES DON’T UNDERSTAND OPEN SPACE
Jordan, Good coverage [“Candidates for Guilford sheriff and county commission spar during forum”; April 7, 2010; by Jordan Green] of the forum of last Monday. Appears that only Linda Shaw understands the purpose of protecting natural areas, what are commonly (perhaps unfortunately) called open space. The O’pen Space Program is not in the parks business, but rather preserves open space for the myriad of benefits that natural areas provide the larger community (water quality protection, air quality, buffers for noise and sight pollution) and for limited, low impact public access, mostly hiking, birding, etc.
Jack Jezorek, Greensboro The writer is a member of the Guilford County Open Space Committee.
OBJECTION TO PORTRAYAL OF MAVERICK MARKET
Dear Mr. Clarey, I was excited to see that an article had been written about the new farmer’s market in the March 24-30 issue of YES! Weekly [“Where free market meets farmers market”; by Brian Clarey]. I had heard a new market had opened up in the downtown vicinity and was eager to read what you’d written about it. I hadn’t been able to find out exactly where the market was and was anxious to give it a try. Your article may have changed my mind.
I began reading with excitement and interest, but that quickly turned into disappointment and an unpleasant type of surprise. I was shocked to read that an editor of a paper would stoop to such childish quotes and remarks, such as calling someone who seemed to be doing their job a “teapot tempest.” I shop regularly at the downtown farmer’s market on Yanceyville Street and absolutely love the fact that I don’t have to worry about where the food came from or who grew it. That is the only reason I never shop at the big farmer’s market off I-40 — I feel like I always have to question or wonder about where the food I’m buying was grown. It seems to me that Mr. Causey simply got upset because he couldn’t do things his own way and didn’t play by the rules set before him. I don’t mind his wanting to start a new market and was, in fact, excited at the prospect of having an available market almost every day of the week.
But blaming the repercussions of his own breaking of the rules on someone else is childish, and your mocking that person by calling them such a name is even worse.
I was even more disturbed by a short paragraph toward the end of your article, where you discuss Mr. Daher and his attempts to get a stand at the Yanceyville Street market. Not only was this an immature jab at the competition of Mr. Causey, but it had absolutely no bearing on the article itself. It did not add to the subject matter and the appeal you were trying to garner for Mr. Causey’s establishment. If anything, it detracted from that intent by revealing an apparent ulterior motive — to build up the interest in the new market Mr. Causey has started by tearing down the existing establishment. On the playground in grade school, that had a name — bullying. And it was beneath your publication to include such remarks.
I may still seek out Mr. Causey’s new market and give it a try, but your article has made me think twice about whether to do so. I would expect more adult behavior from an adult and from the editor of a weekly publication.
Sincerely, Tammy Flynt, Greensboro
OMISSIONS IN HIGH POINT BASEBALL REPORT
I loved the April Fools edition article about High Point getting a baseball team [“High Point to get new downtown stadium, major league baseball team”; April 1, 2010; by Blue Shaver].
Too funny! I would have added two things; There would be only 2 home games each year. Only furniture market visitors would be allowed to attend.
Scott Diener, High Point
BEV PERDUE AND KAY HAGAN ARE BIG DISAPPOINTMENTS
Dear Editor, Bev Perdue and Kay Hagan have been a very big disappointments. They have done very little for the average working men and women here in North Carolina except for voting on unpopular issues like heathcare reform and raising sales taxes that clearly affect the average working men and women of North Carolina. They are trying to be part of the establishment and not listening to their constituents. When we elected them to office, we had such high hopes that they would, at least, listen to us with an open mind rather than becoming part on the corrupt establishment, especially in Washington DC. This must be the reason their approval ratings are somewhere in the range of 25 percent for Bev Perdue and 29 percent for Kay Hagan. If either one of them hope to re-elected,they had better start listening to their constituents rather than trying to be a part of the catering to corrupt establishment whether it is in North Carolina or Washington DC.
Sincerely, Steven M. Shelton, Greensboro