From Tara Servatius
Last week, CL published a letter from Charlotte Department of Transportation Section Manager Dan Gallagher criticizing our June 7 cover story "Drivin' N' Cryin'." We inadvertently printed that letter without a response.
Gallagher complained that "Servatius wrote that the Transportation Action Plan (TAP) 'provides almost no detail as to what the city will actually be doing with the $3.5 billion.' Actually Servatius received, but failed to include in her article, a two-page line-by-line accounting, in five- and 10-year increments, of exactly how the $3.5 billion would be allocated."
While that data was included in the TAP, there were, as we reported, no details in the plan about which specific projects it would actually be spent on. For instance, according to the TAP, $75 million will be spent on a minor roadway improvement program with no mention in the version of the plan that city council approved of which specific roadway projects would be included. That's critical because people need to know for certain if the $3.5 billion will be spent on the city's most congested roads, or on projects that benefit the light rail line, or those like the current one on East Boulevard, which the city is narrowing from four to three lanes to improve pedestrian and bicycle access.
Regarding the letter "Let the Suburbanites Cry" (Letters, June 14) in response to "Drivin' n' Cryin'" (by Tara Servatius, June 7): Leave it to George Thompson to turn something such as traffic into a race issue! George, don't you realize that crying racism at every turn makes you appear a bigger racist than anyone? I am certain you are not. By the way, you mention that those who live in the suburbs are trying to avoid living "amongst nonwhites," but how would you explain all the black pro athletes who live in multi-million dollar homes in the suburbs? I suppose they are "racist and cheap," too?
-- Derek Smith, Charlotte
Where Does Sympathy Lie?
Regarding "Sympathy for the Devils" by Hal Crowther, June 21: Simply stated, your article is brilliant. After graduating from college in 1998 I began hearing complaints from potential employers that the kids coming out of school at that time were entering the work force with a sense of entitlement. The blatant attitude of getting more and more for working less and less was almost at critical levels back then. Yet surprisingly, those were the individual who, in the long run, got the jobs. I won't dictate the article here, because I could not convey Crowther's sentiments any better than he did so eloquently. I'll simply say, I concur.
-- Andrew Taylor, Charlotte
Early on in the [Duke] investigation, the people who defended the Duke players (few and far between, as cable news wanted to throw the players under the bus) simply stated, 'Let's wait for evidence.' We have a DA who made misleading and defamation statements before he had all the facts straight.
Now the evidence has come out and there is none whatsoever to implicate these Duke players. MSNBC has a copy of the DA's report and said there is nothing.
Do not bring up history. If you do, how conveniently we forget the poor white men who were treated with just as much scorn as blacks. The only difference is they were not slaves.
We are feeling sorry for these players and Duke because their names were dragged through the mud because a "ho" needed an alibi (yes, let's trash Rush for calling a spade a spade).
Please look beyond the history of injustice and look at the facts. A poor black girl changes her story repeatedly to pick three players out of an illegal photo line-up. The DA has presented no evidence and all lacrosse players have signed affidavits to say it did not happen.
This article has no legs to stand on. Sorry you did not jump on the bandwagon a month ago when a trashy article like this was cool.
-- Matthew Lofton, Tiffin, OH
Department of Corrections
In the Food feature "Pearl Jam" (June 21), Penny Craver's name was spelled incorrectly. We regret the error.