Inbox — Oct. 30, 2013

Letters to the Editor

Free Beer?
Dear Bar Belle,
I’m the drummer for the Wednesday open-mic nights at Mulligans. I’ve always loved your column, but “Big Dickade” was my favorite. I learned so much and laughed so hard. Come out to Mulligans some Wednesday, and I’ll buy you a drink or two.
Tom Murray, Georgetown, Ind.

Editor’s Note: Deal!

Hunter is Dead
Your Reader’s Choice “Best Local Author” category could have used better ground rules (LEO Weekly, Oct. 9). Hunter S. Thompson is dead, Wendell Berry doesn’t live in Louisville and Sue Grafton is a part-time resident. But in the same spirit, I am very disappointed my favorite local restaurants were not recognized: Kunz’s the Dutchman, Hasenour’s and St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis.
Eric George, St. Matthews

Editor’s Note: We agree, but that’s what the people voted for. Majority rules. Perhaps we should implement the electoral college system next year? Or a dictatorship?

Artsy Fartsy
I wanted to let you know I thought Jo Anne Triplett’s feature story on the Photo Biennial in the Oct. 16 LEO Weekly was excellent. And not because an award-winning image from LVAA’s PUBLIC Gallery is on the cover and additional favorable LVAA copy/images are within the piece, but because I find Jo Anne’s style welcoming and informative to the reader. Her mix of testimonials, experience and relevant facts is presented in a tone neither too pedestrian nor too academic — in my opinion, just right for most Louisvillians and LEO’s diverse audience.

Many thanks to you and the LEO staff for your continuing coverage of Louisville’s vibrant visual arts scene.
Shannon Westerman, executive director, Louisville Visual Art Association

Burning Bridges
You’ve probably heard this story about Metro Council member Mary Woolridge. Last July, she reportedly told her colleagues, “I will never vote again to remove another African-American woman from council.” Why would she say that? For starters, I think we can safely assume that Woolridge is not a fool. She knew that her political opponents would use that remark to accuse her of reverse racism. Still, she didn’t elaborate. It seems her words were precisely chosen and used sparingly, as if she wanted to send a message to some of her colleagues without burning her bridges to other colleagues.

Her reaction to Council member Kelly Downard’s ungentlemanly exposé of her remark was similarly concise. “I think it’s time for all members of Council, including Kelly Downard, all of us, to move on.” Clearly, she still does not want to burn bridges.

Maybe Woolridge does not elaborate because she knows she doesn’t really need to. Her colleagues already know what is left unsaid. Whatever her concerns, it’s obvious she does not want to hang dirty laundry in public. She is the gracious lady to Downard’s brute.
Tom Louderback, Highlands

Drive-In Drama
I just wanted to say a few words publicly about the Georgetown Drive-In in Georgetown, Ind. For two weekends in October, the drive-in hosts the “Drive-In of Terror,” and this year a Groupon was offered by the folks who are running the haunted trail that caused a great deal of confusion for those of us who purchased them, because we thought it included a double feature. The folks running the Drive-In of Terror were not very understanding and a little rude about the whole thing. Bill Powell, the owner of the drive-in, however, stepped up and said he would honor the Groupon and not charge extra to see the new movie. He also decided not to participate in Honda’s giveaway of digital projection equipment valued at $80,000 because he’s been saving for the necessary upgrade, and if he won the free projector, that meant another drive-in might be forced to close.

Powell stepped up, and that speaks volumes about the type of person he is and the business he runs. The Georgetown Drive-In is a great local landmark, and I hope more people go next season when it reopens.
Jessica Fletcher, Crescent Hill