Letters to the Editor
Greensboro shouldn’t become Atlanta
Ogi Overman’s March 22 column [‘“I only thought I was in hell before’”], regarding the ill effects of rampant rezoning and the diminishing quality of life for longtime residents and home owners in Greensboro that trusted in their city officials, should be sent to everyone in the city planning department, zoning commission and the mayor. Greensboro has exhibited the uncanny ability to destroy the very character, charm and greenery that attracted so many residents to the city in the first place. A city that shunts the lifeblood of its community, such as families like the Overmans, in favor of faceless ‘“developers’” is doomed to become another Houston or Atlanta.
Don’t stereotype Mormons as polygamous
I am from Salt Lake City Utah and I am an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints’… sometimes known as the ‘“Mormons.’”
I just wanted to comment on your article’… [‘“’Big Love’ would be big trouble for Clarey’; by Brian Clarey; March 22] I personally thought it was right on’… it was great! As you know we ‘“Mormons’” don’t practice polygamy and the church hasn’t since 1890. Thank goodness! Anyway, as I was reading your article my wife and I couldn’t agree more. Your sentiments really were exactly how we feel regarding polygamy. I haven’t watched the show’… probably won’t since it makes it sound like it’s the ‘“Mormons’” practicing this. It’s the ‘“Polygamist,’” it has absolutely nothing to do with us ‘“Mormons.’”
Salt Lake City, Utah
You’ve probably already gotten a response about this but I’ll go ahead and add mine. I liked your column except for when you referred to polygamists as ‘“Mormon.’” Even the most traditional Mormons are not polygamists. The show ‘“Big Love’” addresses the fact that mainstream Mormons don’t practice polygamy and you’re probably aware of this fact as well. However, framing it this way gives the impression that polygamists are members of some extra traditional Mormon sect, which would still be a false impression. There are several different types of polygamists living in Utah. Some are actually descendents of a splinter group of Mormons who began their own’ church 120 years ago when the Mormon Church renounced polygamy. However, many are not even that. Several of these groups are their very own original organizations that have decided polygamy would be a good idea. So, Sean Lennon was in a band called IMA. Calling polygamists Mormons is kind of like calling IMA the Beatles. Or in some cases, it could even be like calling Coldplay the Beatles.
Thanks for listening,
You ought to know that you have printed false information in this article. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (commonly but incorrectly referred to as ‘“Mormons’”) does not in any form condone polygamy, nor those who practice it, nor have they since the year 1890. To refer to ‘“Mormon polygamists’” is therefore an incorrect and offensive term. Those who chose to practice polygamy are excommunicated from the church, and therefore stereotyping people from Salt Lake City as Mormons or Mormons as polygamists is a cheap falsehood that I would hope any respectable establishment would wish to avoid.’ The Church has pronounced many official statements on the subject, including official comment on the series ‘“Big Love.’” I hope in the future you will be more careful with the stereotypes and validity of comments that you chose to make within your articles.
Thanks for the article
To the publisher and staff of YES! Weekly Magazine:
On behalf of the Ray Burnett Benefit Steering Committee I want to extend’ our’ appreciation for your granting permission to publish Jordan Green’s insightful’ presentation of Ray ‘Sweet Daddy’ Burnett’s story [‘“Friends help guitarist score drugs’”; March 29]. What an attention-grabbing headline! With your magazine’s reputation as a focal for community interest/events and its widespread readership base, I’m sure that all our efforts on Ray’s behalf will be an unqualified success.
At the request of Casey Hazelman, member of the board of directors of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, may we add a web-link to your magazine and’ to Jordan’s article’ from the’ PBPS website?’ I would also like to include’ YES! Weekly as a supporter in any banners/posters/flyers we may distribute in order to promote these benefit concerts. Please let me know.
In closing, I’ extend to you and the staff at YES! Weekly an invitation to enjoy yourselves at any or all three of our ‘Who’s Yo Daddy?’ events coming up this spring. Again, thank you for all your help.
Put a damper on the clabbers
I had to take notice from your editorial [‘“Calling all street performers’”; March 29]. You suggested a more compliant and carnivalesque entourage of viable sidewalk performers as a means for stepping up toward a truer renaissance and a mostly upbeat, citified, declarative of atmospheric effronteries . You, in essence, were promoting your New Orleans-style ideals of a teeming society; and God and Katrina apparently didn’t like it either.
Why, we already have its roustabout, rebel-yelling disfavors and its after-hours, merry little pranksters, and its ill-considerate, cranked-up insubordinating punks, and stewed yuppie-puppies displaying their own irreproachable sideshows.
However, what about the Mime?… the silent performer… the character who draws your attention by motive charades and can tell a real story through quiet and verifiable expression… an intelligible crowd-pleaser.
I believe the ultimate clowns that you could have made mention of are those who are supposedly out on the beat earning their wages. Those who are supposed to maintain a peaceful order at all wee hours of the night and mornings ‘— and especially in those ‘mixed’ zones that are both commercial and ‘residential’ ‘— especially in the congested and prioritized so-called free parking areas effacing Federal Place and Greene Street with McGee and Greene Street and Elm Street with McGee.
If you truly care as you purport, then why not pick up the decrepit ball and run with it and go against all of the noise pollution and its polluters. That is to say, instead of thumbing ‘your’ nose and emboldening the mayhem… instead of just blinking and winking for a more precarious happenstance… instead of just wearing froth and gravy on your chin. Why not, with all your word-worthiness and clout, try and pay heed and discourage the party animal rapport? Why not suggest putting a damper on the clabbers of the hell’s bells or else suggest, at least, a more approvable and isolated fairway for it all to take place? Why not, suggest the beat of a different drum?
Youthfulness can be spent without making a laudable spectacle and a mockery of this town’s older citizens and in-town residents, don’t you think? By the way, we enjoy your paper, too!
An unqualified and anonymous frowner
Spaghetti Incident corrected
I enjoyed your ‘“Spaghetti Incident’” [‘“FRAMED’”; by Chris Lowrance; March 29] illustration this week.
I tried to find a photo and uncovered a little more facts… thought you might interested. A photo would have been great since, apparently, there weren’t any bikinis involved. Here’s the official ‘Spaghetti Incident’” story from our university archivist:
‘“To my knowledge, there is no photograph. Sorry! There was a cute cartoon-like drawing in the Winston Salem paper on Jan. 24, 1971, but that is the only illustration that I am aware of.
‘“By the way, according to the newspaper articles, the girls were not wearing bikinis; they were nude. The Greensboro Police Department charged them with disturbing the peace; the judicial board on campus charged them with indecent exposure. They were acquitted of all charges.
‘“Actually the ‘performance art’ was the project of Barbara Stifft and Robin Lehrer. Pat O’Shea, an English major, and Lehrer were the ones who jumped in. The newspaper articles do not mention Gerhart, but that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t there.
‘“We have a photocopy of the newspaper article that has the drawing. The Winston-Salem Journal archives could probably give you a better copy. It was in the Jan. 24, 1971 edition. The artist was Jim Stanley.’”
BTW: I checked… the WSJ didn’t have an original of the cartoon in question…probably just a copy of the page that originally ran.
Again… cool illustration… tell your artist/creator we appreciated it.
The writer works in public and community relations for UNCG.
Article comments from yesweekly.com
I was totally appalled by this article [SIC] written and published about Sky Bar. Those of us that go on Sunday are no different than the crowds that go on Friday or Saturday or to any other club on Sunday. That was a totally biased and racist article. I, for one, am a very big fan of Sky Bar on Sunday nights. I am a straight, white, and smart female. I’ve spent the past four years in college to obtain my registered nursing license. Referring to that crowd as ‘“lower class,’” ‘“poor,’” and ‘“service workers’” is totally wrong. I know a big majority of the crowd that attends on Sunday nights and they are far from that. Most of the people I know live in nice houses, drive very nice cars and have great paying and well respected jobs. So what if there is a place out there that you can have fun and not have to worry about what color you are, how much you make on your paycheck, or what your sexual orientation is? That’s what’s wrong with this world. Too many closed minded individuals trying to make it hard for everyone different than them. We enjoy going to Sky Bar to get away from certain individuals like Duncan Mich that are closed minded and who worry about what race you are or how much money you have. And truthfully, it doesn’t make you much better publishing an article [SIC] like that.
Editor’s note: Butler is responding to a letter from Duncan Mich published in the March 15 issue of YES! Weekly.