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THE RUMOR MILL

Dear Editor, A recent Carolina Peacemaker editorial titled “Tea Party members are guilty and scared” is filled with racially-charged assertions aimed at Guilford County residents. Referring to the April 15, 2010, event sponsored by Conservatives for Guilford County, the CP Editorial Board asserts “Chants of ‘White Power,’ the N-word and threats could be heard some from the stage and others among the audience.” After searching and making many calls for the past several weeks, I have yet to find a single shred of evidence supporting the Carolina Peacemaker’s claims. By all accounts, there were at least 2,000 people attending the event. Television cameras from many stations were present. Reporters with recorders from most of the local papers were present. Where is the proof? At this point I do not believe the Carolina Peacemaker’s claims are true… which would make this a case of the CP bearing false witness against their neighbors. What could possibly be their motivation?

Dwayne Crawford, Summerfield Editor replies: For what it’s worth, we had two reporters on the scene, and neither could corroborate what was reported in the Peacemaker.

FEEDBACK

This is MATT WALSH you know (or actually maybe you don’t) the guy you supposedly watched and wrote about at the Carolina Blues Festival last weekend [“Blues on a Saturday: Carolina Blues Festival shines on”; by Ryan Snyder]. “The mid-afternoon draw of the Matt Hill Blues Band seemed to confirm it, as his snarling, 1950s Chicago style was almost a little too abrasive for the gray-haired sea of onlookers to fully appreciate. Hill is quite a blues anomaly in that, he’s almost a little too hip for this crowd. His tall throwback coiffeur, near-perfect Howlin’ Wolf imitation and all-around dirty sound are far from the middling, unobjectionable and gentrified brand of blues that this crowd typically gulps down. That said, he’s really good.”

Thanks for your praise, but it really doesn’t help me if you put someone else’s name, Matt Hill, in the article instead of mine (that was me that you were watching). It takes away from me and gives credit to someone who wasn’t even there.

Also, your writer said I “was almost a little too abrasive for the gray-haired sea of onlookers to fully appreciate.” That really doesn’t even make sense, but I can say that the sea of gray hairs did know who they were watching.

To be honest Ryan, your article is really too judgmental and misinforming to say the least. It leans so heavily on the negative and combined with the fact that you didn’t even know who you were writing about, it comes off as very unbelievable. I thought the blues festival was really great and the people were even better. I saw ages that ranged from 5 to 94. I was treated very well and didn’t have a single complaint.

I’m not a member of the Piedmont Blues Society nor any other blues society, but I appreciate what these folks are trying to do for the blues. I’m really not sure of the point your article is trying to make, if there is one? The only thing it really does is hurt the Piedmont Blues Society, Greensboro and local musicians. I could be wrong, but wasn’t YES! Weekly a sponsor for this festival, there was a banner up?

I guarantee took more sacrifice, hard work, talent, sweat and good vibes from folks who put this festival on, the audience that came out, the musicians who played and the blues Society than it did for you to write your “I’m cooler than you” article.

Lastly, my music is not “too hip” for any crowd. I’d like to think that my music is available for anyone who wants to hear it and I’m very thankful if they do appreciate me. That’s the beauty of music after all, it sees no color or age. So what if older people like the blues? My kid is 7 and he loves Muddy Waters. Is that wrong because he should like the Jonas Brothers?

I sold 34 CDs at the blues festival, seems like the audience got the point and I wasn’t “too hip” for them. Oh yeah, I never sang or sounded like Howlin’ Wolf at the festival. That is something a local, highly talented musician, Matt Hill does…are you sure you’ve ever heard Howlin Wolf? I’m starting to think that you weren’t at the same festival and that there is a possibility that you spent the afternoon in an alternate universe?

Thanks for attempting to say good things about my music, for the nice things YES! Weekly has said about me in the past and for your live music coverage. I sincerely appreciate what you do for the music community in the Triad as well. I hope you can take my criticism in a way that is far from personal. Sorry, but this one wasn’t one of your greatest reviews.

Thanks (er I guess) Matt Walsh

COBLE THE GENT

After as many years as I have been in public office, it is difficult sometimes to come up with just the right words to thank everyone for the support shown to me. A simple thank you will have to suffice for those who supported our candidacy in the Republican primary.

To receive 64 percent of the vote in a six-way Congressional primary is overwhelming and appreciated more than you can know. As an elected official, I have always tried to serve the public to the best of my abilities, and to be rewarded with such a strong vote total in an anti-incumbent year is indeed gratifying.

Often during the campaign, people would ask me if I was annoyed or upset that five fellow Republicans filed for the seat I currently occupy. And my answer would always be the same — absolutely not. We need more participation in the political process and not less. I want to publicly thank all five who filed for the 6th District seat for mounting spirited and civil campaigns. It was refreshing to have candidates with such varied and interesting backgrounds competing for the same position. I am pleased that a majority felt that I was worthy of being nominated for another two-year term, but I think the 6 th District was well-served by having the others run for the position, too.

Now, it is on to November and the general election. One more time, I must say thank you to those who supported us and to those who supported another candidate in the primary.

Sincerely, Rep. Howard Coble

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