Letters

Schilling concocts Dem capitulation
Published on Sep 22nd, 2011
0 comments Rob Schilling’s article on the Democratic City Council primary  [August 25: "Game over: Whites 2, blacks 0 in Democrats' firehouse primary"] comes up with such whoppers that I must respond....
Schilling opined without asking
Published on Sep 22nd, 2011
0 comments Regarding Rob Schilling’s imaginative essay [August 25: "Game over: Whites 2, blacks 0 in Democrats' firehouse primary"]: Of all the seven Democratic candidates, only Kathy Galvin and Satyendra Huja...
Reagan cartoon tasteless, insensitive
Published on Sep 15th, 2011
2 comments I saw the tasteless cartoon about Ronald Reagan "rising from the dead following the prayers of 'Tea Baggers'" for the 2012 Presidential campaign, on page 44 of the [July 21] edition of the Hook.Two...
Flaws a masterful exposé
Published on Sep 15th, 2011
0 comments Congratulations. With your July 28 cover story "FLAWS," in which you describe the dredge/dam issue, you demonstrate again why you are by far the most important local news reporter in Charlottesville....
Hook has the real skinny
Published on Sep 15th, 2011
0 comments Being from New York I am a life long cynic and suffer from a terminal degree of sarcasm. It does my heart good to read the real skinny as to what goes on behind the stories we here have to live with...
Trader Joe's looks like a mausoleum
Published on Sep 15th, 2011
0 comments After viewing the artist's rendering of the new Trader Joe's [Aug 18: "First view: Designers reveal look for Trader Joe's, Stonefield"] all I can think of is a community mausoleum! It's certainly not...
Ragged Mountain dam a boondoggle
Published on Sep 8th, 2011
0 comments [Re: July 28 cover story: "FLAWS- Tripled rates, spun numbers, and Conservancy conflicts: Why the war on dredging slogs on"]: Continuing on the present course, here is what this community is likely...
We can't afford to lose post offices
Published on Sep 8th, 2011
1 comments [Re: July 28 essay: "Slowing postal: Free Union and the place we won't let go"]: The proposed elimination of hundreds of small post offices is a sad development. It is a loss of convenience and of a...
Pocahontas' decendents not alone is transmitting history
Published on Sep 8th, 2011
0 comments With regard to the July 21 article on Pocahontas ["Uncovering the true story of Pocahontas"], native oral histories have commonly been ignored by anthropologists as sources of reliable information....
Park stokes economy and science
Published on Aug 25th, 2011
0 comments Shenandoah National Park has received notable attention this year as it celebrates its 75th anniversary, including Lisa Provence’s article [July 14: “Secrets of Shenandoah”]. My hope is that we can...
Melampy mistreated by press, party
Published on Aug 18th, 2011
0 comments I'm just now getting to read the article titled "Hot Contests," [the July 21 cover story subtitled, "Democrats clash in dog days of summer."] How my wife has dealt with life as a politician I will...
Actually, water detectors exist
Published on Aug 18th, 2011
0 comments In the “Tales from the Front Line” section of the July 14 "Salvage your Home, Save the Planet" insert, I couldn’t help but notice a comment regarding water detection equipment. The author notes that...
Huja's got lotsa talents
Published on Aug 18th, 2011
0 comments Your July 21 cover story “Hot Contests” gave a barebones description of City Council candidate Satyendra Huja. I would like to add to it his energy and expertise, proven by such accomplishments as...
Rail story should've scolded feds for missed opp at Dulles
Published on Jul 21st, 2011
0 comments Your article [June 23 cover story: "Riding the rails: It's the only way to fly"] was interesting– partly because of the information it provided and partly because it took no stand on the fight...
Groping headline too flippant
Published on Jul 14th, 2011
0 comments I’m glad Lisa Provence chose to cover a story on the questionable penalty structure for crimes that include groping and sexual battery [June 6: “No felony: Victim wants tougher penalty for crotch...
Bypass critics bypass smart network
Published on Jul 14th, 2011
0 comments I am writing to comment on your lead article on the Rt. 29 bypass in the June 16 issue ["Fast track: Western Bypass shifts into overdrive"]. It is very one sided. I say this not as an editorial...
Never believing the Hook again
Published on Jul 7th, 2011
0 comments I read your [June 6] article entitled "Why Waldorf? No vaccines lets measles hit hard." There was only one child at the Waldorf school who had measles, and he caught it directly from the woman...
Biscuit Run deal stinks
Published on Jul 7th, 2011
0 comments [Re: "'Insufficient evidence': State mum as Biscuit Run appraisers go unpunished"]: Thank you for staying on the Biscuit Run story. As a former resident of Albemarle County, I was appalled by what...
Fresh helmets won't hurt you
Published on Jun 16th, 2011
5 comments The points raised by Mr. Ballance and the Hook in the May 24 article on bike helmets ["More risk? Safety engineer slams proposed helmet law"] are not valid arguments against helmet usage. There is no...
Jack Jouett story unplayed the mare
Published on Jun 2nd, 2011
0 comments As a lover of history, I was thrilled to see the relatively unknown Jack Jouett finally receiving the credit he deserved. [May 12 cover story: "Midnight rider: How Jack Jouett saved Virginia"] I...
Good thing Stuart's not more widely read
Published on Jun 2nd, 2011
0 comments I've read your publication since I was a UVA undergrad, and I've never before felt compelled to comment, but the piece written by Ms. Stuart [May 3 cover story: "'Still a fighter': Why this woman is...
Oxygen, herbs cured my Lyme
Published on Jun 2nd, 2011
0 comments I read with interest your May 19 cover story about Lyme disease. I found I had Lyme when my dog, Lilah, went lame in 2006. I immediately visited my family physician, since I, too, was experiencing...
Rall wrong on bin Laden
Published on May 19th, 2011
0 comments I opposed the Iraq war before it even started, in the Charlottesville peace march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 2003, and was assaulted for my trouble. However, as a progressive and a proud American...
McCarthy's work doesn't mimic Kahn's
Published on May 12th, 2011
0 comments I guess in anticipation that his work would one day be compared to Wolf Kahn [May 5 art review: "Wolf on the horizon: McCarthy channels Kahn landscapes"], I found the attached among his papers. It is...
Divorce file insufficient evidence for big story
Published on May 5th, 2011
0 comments I was shocked by Courteney Stuart’s April 4 article titled “Broken Trust: Sex allegations against therapist prompt investigation.” My shock did not have to do with the reality of sexual misconduct....
Hook team plans for non-existent Pulitzer
Published on May 5th, 2011
0 comments The monster, Genoways, lives. And worse, he's winning more awards. [April 21 cover story: "Submission guidelines: Will the Fallen VQR rise again?"] Who among us can choke back their envy and attack...
Nuke story said too little, too much
Published on Apr 28th, 2011
0 comments Courteney Stuart's clear, brief, and informative article [Tuesday Mar 15, 2011 in issue #1011: "Nuclear nightmare: Could a Japan happen here?"] raises two concerns: one omitted fact that...
Jimmy Gunn didn't deserve death in jail
Published on Apr 28th, 2011
0 comments 1. I was outraged when I read your article about the circumstances of Jimmy Byrd Gunn's death in the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. [Wednesday Jan 19, 2011 in issue #1006: "Unhealthy...
Radiation column stoked gore and fear
Published on Apr 28th, 2011
0 comments Thank you, Dr. Hook, for your clinically-detailed, step-by-step account of how one slowly dies from a lethal dose of radiation poisoning. [March 24: "Radiation sickness: Horrible symptoms, horrible...
Incident not anti-Semitism
Published on Apr 14th, 2011
0 comments You recent reported an incident where two students in the night-time ran off with another student's flag of Israel which hung outside his door. [April 7: "4Better or Worse"] You reported this as an...