Inbox — March 12, 2014

Letters to the Editor

Mar 11, 2014 at 7:34 pm

In last week’s “Get in line, soldiers” article, the name of the organization under which Dancing Well operates was misspelled. It is the Country Dance and Song Society. The article also suggested that The Soldier Project is held in a rental hall operated by Danny Mac’s Pizza. The space is operated by the AmVets Post 9. Danny Mac’s is attached to their space but is not the primary operator. We regret the errors.

Great Job!
Attn: April Corbin:

I wanted to thank you for your cover story on the homeless in the Feb. 26 LEO Weekly. The testimonials you elicited from all of your interview subjects are very moving, and you also managed to cover a lot of ground in terms of explaining the problems facing the homeless — and the complexities involved with caring for these individuals. On a personal note, I think this article is one of the most well-written print pieces we’ve ever had. Great work!

On behalf of Cory Bledsoe, the director of programs, and our clients here at St. Vincent de Paul, thanks again, April.
Linda Romine, director of communications, St. Vincent de Paul

Totally Radical
I’m writing concerning the article “Signs of change” (LEO Weekly, March 5). The LGBT protest organizer Zanne Koehne says they want to take a “healthier approach” to expressing their opinions rather than defacing the billboard, and that defacing it “doesn’t help anyone in the long run.” That “WTF” painted on the billboard isn’t simply graffiti; it’s a form of direct action and civil disobedience. Rather than call for Abba’s Delight’s First Amendment rights to be violated by forcing them to take the billboard down, like Koehne has suggested, someone has chosen to express their disgust with the message of hate by engaging in civil disobedience, which historically is a key form of nonviolent resistance. Maybe Koehne shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss her more radical allies in this battle for equality.
Michael Dever, Highlands

Pander or Parse?
Joe Sonka’s news story about The Grand New Party in the Feb. 26 LEO described the Rev. Kevin Cosby as the “Simmons College president and strong ally of (Sen.) Paul.” Everyone knows about the first part, but the second part was a surprise to me. Maybe I’ve been naive. It seemed to me that Cosby had been carefully parsing his words to avoid alienating powerful politicians, like Paul, and to stay out of politics altogether. I thought he was sort of like Colin Powell, who managed to be a Republican cabinet officer and bi-partisan at the same time. I’ve never met either Paul or Cosby, though. On second thought, maybe it was more like pandering than parsing.
Tom Louderback, Highlands

Vinyl Vigilante
In a Jan. 29 Inbox letter, Luc Diamond expresses, rather vehemently, contempt for the “recent resurgence of the record shoppe in this little city.” My wonder is why Luc has such contempt for this “dying industry.” The RIAA has reported that vinyl sales have risen in double-digit percentages for at least the last decade. It sounds to me like someone is buying, and liking, this outdated technology. I would ask Luc this: “If something gives you any sort of enjoyment, what is wrong with that?”

What is your stance on reading newspapers, books or going to the movies? All of those industries have suffered from advances in technology, yet much of the public at large likes to read an actual book, as opposed to having it on a Kindle. Many of us enjoy the experience of going to the movies as opposed to watching it on our 32-inch TV.

The sound vinyl delivers is superior in every manner to the sound of a compressed digital file listened to through crappy earbuds. Luc, let people enjoy life in any manner they see fit — provided it doesn’t impede your desire to enjoy yours.
R.L. Bolton, Original Highlands

Bravo, Jack Conway
Thank you, Attorney General Jack Conway, for your wisdom and integrity in refusing to accept discrimination. You placed principle above politics and reminded us of history’s brave individuals of conscience whom President John Kennedy praised in his “Profiles in Courage.”
Michael Gregoire, St. Matthews