Ron Chapman ("No Deal," Letters, October 16) does not appear to realize that his letter, far from defending Judge Bill Jones, represents the depth of corruption in the District Court. Karen Myers will now have less to do in pleading her case; she has only to direct attention to his letter and say, "This is what I have been up against."
Chapman was able to extensively misrepresent the facts without actually telling a lie. He is convinced that there was no "deal," but admits that he does not know. Evidence that proves the deal is available, should he wish to base his opinion on fact.
He states that he has no out-of-court relationship with Jones. I know Chapman, and have written to the Governor supporting his appointment as a judge. There are presently a number of openings for judges; it would be naive to think that he would be disinterested in Jones's support. I became the treating psychologist for Ms. Myers after she lost custody, and have her permission to disclose information about treatment. She, unlike others involved, appears to have nothing to hide.
Most of Jones' defenders focus on his being "well-liked," but Chapman departs from this practice by attacking Myers' character. He does not address the complaint, but attacks the complainant and misrepresents the basis of the complaint. There are many other misrepresentations and omissions contained in his letter, but space does not allow me to describe them. The full text of my letter is available on request.
Myers despairs of receiving a fair hearing. The Court has created a situation where we are no longer able to distinguish the disgruntled from the disenfranchised. The Court should pay heed to the fact that the "disgruntled" have growing credibility. The press coverage of the Strattons should be sufficient evidence that the Court has compromised its credibility.
-- Dr. William M. Tyson, Charlotte
Proud To Be Gay
This is in response to two items in your October 9 issue. The first is the article by Elizabeth Chapel ("What's The Difference?"). Being a gay man, I am proud of the way she wrote the article. I have been with my partner for three, almost four years. It really doesn't matter to me if gay marriages are made legal. I need no piece of paper showing that I am with my partner and that we love each other. Regarding a response (Letters, "Out Of Her League") to the first of the two Elizabeth Chapel columns on the subject, I am outraged someone would actually think that gays who want the same rights as heterosexuals are asking for special treatment. All I have ever wanted was to be treated as an equal because of who I am and not what I am. I am very proud that I am a homosexual male in 2002. My family doesn't seem to mind either, and they love my partner. I also do not go around advertising what I do in my bedroom, as one of your readers thinks. Looking in on the heterosexual world, I can say some of them are just as bad as they think homosexuals are. Instead of teaching hate, can we not teach understanding of the fact that everyone is not the same?
--Alan Williams, Charlotte
Stop Complaining, Idiots!
Thanks a million to CL for having the guts and good taste -- not to mention having a grip on the modern world -- to bring Jim Grimsley to town for Creative Loafing Carolina Writers Night. It's about time that this man who has written numerous novels and is recognized as a fine author by critics nationwide was honored by a literary festival in his home state. Those who are complaining about his reading need to realize their view of the world is little more than a nostalgic lie. Is Charlotte never going to be rid of these backward idiots?
-- Sharon M. Matthews, Charlotte
Readers of the PAC
MeckPAC, the Mecklenburg Gay & Lesbian Political Action Committee, is sick of self-appointed "moral keepers" of our community attacking gays and lesbians. If author Jim Grimsley's reading at the Novello Festival had dealt with heterosexual themes, we seriously doubt any issue would have been raised. Perhaps a "parental warning" should have preceded the reading, but only because it had sexual themes, not gay ones.
-- MeckPAC, Charlotte
Flushed And Excited
I think Lynn Farris must still be flushed and excited from the titty shots she got because she was not able to get the simplest facts right (Talk Of The Town, "Tyler And The Ta Ta's," October 16). Aerosmith is from Boston; any rock fan knows this. Let's review the show next time, songs that were played, how tight the band played (or didn't), how well the band members interacted with each other, and the audience. These are the things that the unfortunate ones who didn't get to go or were too drunk to remember would like to know.
--Lori A. Miller, Charlotte
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