Letters to the editor: March 27
Don’t judge a book…
I was recently shown an article you wrote in your paper the week of Feb. 16-22 on ‘“Greensboro’s Ten Best’ (Pool Halls).’” I must say, I was disappointed in what you wrote. I’m sure you came in when there were only middle aged men standing around and drinking can beer as you said, and I just about know who they are, but I can assure you that’s not the only people that come to my establishment. I have a wide variety of people passing through. From the young enough as to have to be carded, to middle age ‘“white men in varying stages of dental trauma, drinking can beer’” (as you put it), to people like me that’s fairly educated. However, during the middle of day, most of the customers are working, only leaving the retired and disabled to come by for a few beers. I am very proud to own my ‘“country club’” (another quote of yours), and all the good people that come in. Maybe one day, you’ll give us another shot, just take time to read the book a little before judging the cover.
Owner Of Bessemer Billiards
YES! Weekly got it right
My name is Zack Luttrell and I am one of the owners of 5th Street Entertainment, the company that was charged with Ham’s for running the ‘illegal poker ring’ in Greensboro.
I was actually just in Greensboro this morning and picked up one of your papers and read the article that was written about the ‘bust.’ With all of the negative press that we’ve received for this, I just wanted to say thank you for your article. It was nice to see that someone in the media in Greensboro has some common sense and can see how ridiculous these charges are. It amazes me how many reporters have said we’re criminals for operating a game of chance and giving away a prize’… basically a direct quote from the ALE. However, there are three parts to gambling: 1) game of chance 2) win a prize 3) consideration. Since our games have no consideration for the players, the people who can win the prize, then it’s not gambling. The ALE seems to think having 2 out of the 3 elements constitutes gambling. If this was the case’… how can a radio station give away prizes to people for calling in, car dealerships give away trips for visiting their lots, restaurants give away free meals for dropping your business cards? To us it is very black and white’… but then again, we haven’t been dealing with too many people that have common sense.
Thanks again and please let me know if you have any questions for me.