Letters for the week of Nov. 23…
Thanks for arts coverage
Hi Jim ‘’—
How kind of you to mention my opening and closing doors (‘“The rumors are true: Marshall Gallery will close’”; Nov. 16; by Jim Dowell). I do not know what the fates have in store for me. I can only approach my days with wide arms. And on a similar note’….
As for your coverage on Tracey and the closing of the Marshall Gallery, I commend you both for your efforts. You, Jim on a valiant attempt to wrap up a portion of one artist’s journey at living and working and breathing the thing that is ‘art.’ Hard to define, and, as for Tracey, even harder to witness your life by. Harder still to rally hundreds of others who would have their lives laid out on this same rocky terrain that is a mixture of creation, exposure, pride, vulnerability, failure, success, etc. Hundreds of artists are willing to stand as witness, piece by piece to their own lives, in front of thousands who are here with us, along for the same overall ride. But strength in numbers brings attention to matters of the soul. When we stand together as a group we have a louder voice. It is unfortunate to see the doors to the Marshall Gallery close, as many folks have found a common thread there. Many important exchanges of information have gone on behind its doors. Many people have benefited from its existence. I have seen the growth of individuals there. I have seen courage grow. I have seen self-determination multiply. I have seen expressions of the soul manifest in the most lovely of ways. I have seen the roles of student and teacher develop in the most unlikely pairings. Tracey will move on and have others with her that encourage, support and seek similar goals with their art. They will have success in whatever format it next develops into. The Marshall Gallery has been a breeding ground of many good things to come in the future for Tracey Marshall. It has been a breeding ground of many good things for many artists and the arts community in Greensboro. It will be missed. But it will not be forgotten.
Thanks Jim for the awareness and the fond farewell you gave.
Charlotte Chipman Strom
A touching farewell
Good morning, Brian,
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the lovely write-up about the loss of our friend and colleague, Rebecca Forrester (‘“When bad things happen to good people’”; Nov. 9; by Brian Clarey). There hasn’t been a day go by that I haven’t thought of her or her husband and family since learning of the tragedy. She is still greatly missed.
Thanks again for your thoughtfulness and time and I hope you have a safe and healthful holiday season.
The writer works at Bluford Elementary.
More UFOs than aliens
Headline of Article: ‘“UFOlogists weigh in on human origin debate’”; Nov. 16; by Amy Kingsley
I wish your story concentrated more on the evidence for extraterrestrial visitation because MUFON presents plenty of it at every symposium. There are a lot of fringy types in MUFON, but the leadership is guided strictly by scientific principles. This is the important story about MUFON, but it can’t compare its sexiness to all the other things happening around MUFON, so it seldom gets out.
Eden Prairie, Minn.
I read your article posted on the UFO Updates listserve.
It made me groan at times, partly because of highlighting a fringe presenter who has a ridiculous axe to grind (cheetahs and humans as ET experiments), mostly because it lumps all experiencers and investigators into the same category. Guilt by association has always been the biggest problem of sticking your head up to look into a fringe science matter like UFOs. But I did want to thank you for writing it, none the less. It helps me keep a finger on the pulse, still barely beating, of what is going on with MUFON. Half a world away from me.
I was the MUFON state director for Washington State in the 1980s and for New Jersey in the 1990s. I suspect there are still many serious minded field investigators in MUFON, despite all the credulous types who crowd into ‘“golly gosh’” at meetings like the one you witnessed.
I will just say in closing that I am convinced by the evidence that UFOs do represent an advanced foreign, OK, alien technology. I don’t believe, however, they are piloted by extraterrestrials. The pilots seem to be too human to have a non-terrestrial origin. I have amassed the largest database of UFO reports ‘— about 185,000 ‘— and interviewed hundreds of UFO witnesses over the past 40 years. There are still some of us in J. Allen Hynek’s ‘“invisible college’” who take this subject seriously. You can also see postings of my work at ufocat.com and ufoinfo.com/onthisday
Donald A. Johnson, Ph.D
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
As the great-granddaughter of a famed archaeologist who was ridiculed for fathering this idea ‘— that humans are genetic experiments ‘— it is enlightening to see that the effects are catching on.
My great grandfather excavated 12-foot skeletons’… one-eyed dwarfs’… and partial skull of a horned hominid and although he had the evidence in hand, his work was always explained away.
A 24-foot skeleton discovered in the Himalayas was discounted as a woolly mammoth. Needless to say, he died a bitter man. I believe firsthand that genetic experiments have been carried on for millennia’… but are these experiments the product of scientists from the stars or are they products of one great creator?
I think that is the absolute question to which NO ONE has an answer.
Article comments from yesweekly.com
Headline of Article: ‘“For racial harassment, you can always go… downtown’”; Nov. 16; by Jordan Green.
I think the police and law enforcement are probably thinking that they deserved it for dating outside their race. It was almost exactly only twenty-five years to the date since the KKK shot down some protesters in cold blood and I believe no one was ever convicted. Some things are difficult to change.
Name calling not good
Calling a reader an ass is about the stupidest things I’ve ever seen and the most unprofessional! Everyone has an opinion. It’s obvious you are a left winger ‘— give me everything, let the government take care of me, nobody ‘“made’” any money by hard work and study ‘— liberal! You’re not an ‘ass,’ you’re just a ‘dumbass.’ lol.
You’re absolutely right ‘— it was entirely unprofessional to call that woman an ass in print. You are wrong about a couple of other things though, to wit: I’m not exactly a ‘“left-winger’” ‘— the government, to my knowledge, has never ‘“take[n] care of me’” nor do I expect or even want them to, and as far as ‘“hard work and study’” go, those are the things that got me to where I am today. I do think it is disgraceful to chastise those who criticize our government and insist that we give knee-jerk ‘“respect for the office’” of president. Criticism is not treason; it is in fact patriotic.
You are right about one other thing: I have been known to act like a ‘“dumbass’” in the past and I probably will do so again, hopefully not in print next time.
bc (see local vocal on page 21)