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What's Right For The Child

To The Editors:

Admittedly, I have had issues with Lucy Perkins' column in the past, but I felt compelled to write this time and express my heartfelt agreement with the sentiments she shared in her latest article, "All In The Family" (CL, May 22). I am a social worker in the realm of foster care and I work with some foster parents who are openly gay. This article really struck a chord in me, as it articulates many of the thoughts I have had and spoken when confronted with a small and closed-minded individual. I am hoping that other professionals and concerned individuals will take a look at this matter from the same perspective Ms. Perkins demonstrates in this article and make it a point to stand up for the right of children to be raised by loving, nurturing parents, gay, straight, or otherwise. The harm being done to this child and many like him simply due to a blind prejudice of the so-called moral majority is a sin. There are those of us who believe they uphold moral standards and who also refuse to let this poor child be harmed by a system that judges seemingly adequate parents so harshly when the child needs them most. Thanks, Ms. Perkins, for a good article spotlighting the needs of foster children, the worth of foster parents regardless of sexual orientation, and a system that by and large ignores both.

Jeff Adams

Charlotte

Sex And The Queen City's Downfall

To The Editors:

I can't believe that you would print the kind of filth that was so obvious in the article by Elizabeth Chapel titled "Sex, Lies, and the Men That Tell Them" (CL, May 15). From the very first lines -- "When couples first meet, have sex, exchange phone numbers and last names (typically in that order)" [!!!] -- this article was nothing but one big commercial for promiscuous sex, cheating on spouses, and other activity that shouldn't be read by children. You should not print this kind of trash when you are a free publication (if I can even use that word to describe it) and any child can get a copy of it. There are plenty of problems these days with kids having sex at an earlier and earlier age, having babies before finishing high school, AIDS, drugs, etc., etc., without adding an article promoting free sex. My husband and children and I moved down here partly to get away from all the hell-raising types we saw were taking over our city in Pennsylvania. You are promoting the future downfall of this city. I will never pick up your paper again.

Glenda Simbroski

Charlotte

Better Off Without Hornets

To The Editors:

Bravo to Tara Servatius for her "Don't Let The Door Hit You. . ." column (CL, May 15). She hit the nail on the head. As long as the Hornets are owned by Shinn and Wooldridge, they'll never be more than a second-tier team since that dynamic duo of losers don't even have enough money to compete in the NBA. When you're putting a mediocre team on the floor every year, it takes a hell of a lot of gumption to come begging for a fully paid arena. Thankfully, the citizens of Charlotte were wise enough to reject their arrogant demands, even if the city government wanted to cave in. If Larry Bird brings a team to town, I will support paying most of the cost of a new arena downtown. The quality will be high, the owners will be able to compete, the new team (whatever it's called) will bring more life downtown, and we won't feel like we're giving money to a jerk. We the citizens drew the line in the sand, Mr. Mayor, not you, and certainly not the brainless members of City Council. We're better off without Shinn and Wooldridge, even if we have to be without a team for two or three years. Good riddance to bad rubbish indeed!

Matt H. Russell

Charlotte

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