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Under-appreciated Arts
That was an important and informing article Scott Lucas wrote about the arts in Charlotte ("A Chill on the Arts," Dec. 29). Thank you. I had a different impression of Charlotte before moving here a couple years ago. I was under the hope of the city becoming more appreciative of the arts, which isn't the case. But as far as I'm concerned, the local publications should show support, not in just reporting "what is going on with arts in the city," but in the creative direction of their publications -- which isn't the case either. So they can shoulder some of the blame. The local publications are absolutely boring, lack originality and creativity, and are stifled by their conservative inhibitions.

-- Kevin Starr, Rift Magazine

Sprawl Good, Socialism Bad
With every new column, David Walters continues his odd pattern of denying that he is a socialist or that he supports socialist programs, and then jumps in with both feet to support the collectivist scam of the week.

One, with "The Janus Factor" (Dec.15), Walters faces a quandary. Two recent reports reveal that sprawl is the source of growth in Charlotte, and that Charlotte is the leading sprawler out of 15 major cities. Sounds good, right?

Not to Walters, because "we're building our cities in ways that are unsustainable in the long term, environmentally and economically." What Walters is really worried about is that his collectivist sustainability agenda is unsustainable if people catch on that sprawl is a good thing.

Two, the supposed non-socialist Walters then provides as his primary defense of socialist transit -- "Every new exurb costs more public dollars to support in services and infrastructure, and the further out we go, the more expensive it gets..." The alleged non-socialist Walters is saying we need socialist transit schemes because current socialist "services and infrastructure" scams can't do the job.

Three, in "The Past Is Present" (Dec.29), he continues the "more socialism because of failed socialism shtick" saying there is no alternative. Our non-socialist completely evades capitalism and threatens us with more taxes. For this, Mr. Non-Socialist says that the city must plan, and we must all live Dilworth-style, and only Dilworth-style. David, please cut us all a break. Come out of the closet. It will increase your credibility.

-- Andy Clarkson, The Charlotte Capitalist

Also A Stranger
I'm an 18-year import from Belgium and feel exactly the way David Walters does ("Stranger in a Strange Land," Jan. 5). Hopefully articles like his will make a few people think and reconsider their narrow views.

-- Paul D'hoore, Charlotte

No More Innuendos
Does Creative Loafing have nothing better to do than to run rumors of three RNC leaders' sexuality ("Alexander the Republican" by Cliff Bostock, Jan. 5)? Also, do you have to repeat Oliver Stone's innuendo on Alexander the Great? Alexander isn't even alive to speak up for himself, and the three RNC leaders' insinuation is obviously a biased statement by an anti-Bush writer trying to bash anyone that worked for Bush.

Let me let you in on a little secret, Creative Loafing. People are tired of hearing these rumors, innuendos, and he said-she said mess. Stick to relevant issues, and don't go disparaging someone as to what they do or don't do.

-- Kenny Houck, Pineville

Don't Dis Bob Jones
First, I am not a student, alumnus, or connected in any other way to Bob Jones University. Now on to the matter at hand. In his column "Divine Right" (Dec. 1), David Walters referred to Bob Jones University as a "so-called university." Seems as if we've been through this before when Jerry Klein made a similar remark.

It's insulting to refer to BJU as a "so-called university." Far from what is perceived, it places a high emphasis on academics, with many of its graduates going on to success in graduate or professional education or in the careers they pursue after graduation from BJU.

Furthermore, its students exhibit the ultimate in courtesy. My wife and I experienced that four years ago when we visited the campus to tour its noted art museum. Every student we asked for directions was nothing but courteous and polite. What a far cry from the "Yo, dude!" we would have experienced anywhere else.

-- Stephen V. Gilmore, Charlotte

In last week's cover story, Soldier's Heart, we inadvertently failed to note that writer Max Linsky had contributed valuable research to the article. So, here's to Max.

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