Letters

Shock is necessary
Published on Dec 9th, 2004
0 comments In your news story describing the slave auction at the Jeffersonian Thanksgiving Festival ["$250 furor: Slave auction stirs passions," December 2, 2004], I was disappointed in the reactions of the...
Worst 4Better choices
Published on Dec 9th, 2004
0 comments I was very upset when I read in the "4Better Or Worse" column "worst weekend for murder" and "worst hit and run" [December 2, 2004]. Why should the loved ones of the victims be reminded by your...
Doc's a winner!
Published on Dec 2nd, 2004
0 comments I had to write to tell you as a faithful reader of The Hook how much I enjoy your new columnist, John Hong, MD, under the heading of "Dr. Hook." He is so interesting and individualistic, yet so...
Limit suffering to one day
Published on Dec 2nd, 2004
0 comments Thank you for your story about Kentucky Fried Chicken and animal cruelty. [November 18: " KFC protest: PETA says chix battered then fried"]. All animals, including chickens, deserve to be treated...
Pricey Presley detour
Published on Dec 2nd, 2004
0 comments I am writing in response to Al Zappa's letter in your November 18 issue ["No WMDs behind the razor wire"]. Zappa suggests relocating part of the Rivanna Trail to the East side of the river, thus...
Public defender coulda done it
Published on Nov 25th, 2004
0 comments Let me commend you for your detailed and informative coverage of the Andrew Alston trial [November 18 cover story: "The verdict: Sisk's family speaks out"]. Your comprehensive reporting explains the...
Razor wire's risky
Published on Nov 25th, 2004
0 comments Your letters last week ["Mail," November 18, 2004] about Shirley Presley's trial seem to be missing the point. It is my understanding that the trail thing was cleared up and the Rivanna Trail...
We stand for choice
Published on Nov 25th, 2004
0 comments I was among the 961 Planned Parenthood supporters at the public hearing November 9. Here's the reason for the turnout [November 11: "In the zone: Pros (life & choice) turn out"] of near Biblical...
What about Presley's privacy?
Published on Nov 18th, 2004
0 comments [Re: "Widow's peak: City's Rivanna Trail case crumbles," November 4]: I feel that you have violated the rights and privacy of this woman by printing personal information not necessary to the article...
Democrats harass Presley
Published on Nov 18th, 2004
0 comments [Re: "Widow's peak: City's Rivanna Trail case crumbles," November 4]: It's not surprising to me that America filled our government with Republicans including the office of the president this past...
No WMDs behind the razor-wire
Published on Nov 18th, 2004
0 comments I've been reading the stories of Mrs. Shirley Presley and her razor wire with some amusement. I have known the family since I moved down the road from them in 1987. I graduated from Charlottesville...
Thank goodness for Payne
Published on Nov 18th, 2004
0 comments A lot of unkind words have been written about my good friend, Shirley Presley, and I feel compelled to respond to your lack of fairness to her. Your articles have been mean-spirited and hurtful....
Walk somewhere else
Published on Nov 18th, 2004
0 comments How could anyone, anywhere in these United States, fault a person for not wanting people trespassing on his or her land? ["Widow's peak: City's Rivanna Trail case crumbles," November 4] It is amazing...
Doc's confused logic
Published on Nov 11th, 2004
0 comments You should tell Dr. Hong [November 4, Dr. Hook: "Flu shots: Roll sleeves up... if you're elderly"] that "classical conditioning" is not an accurate way to describe the reason people believe the flu...
Gun essay inspiring
Published on Nov 11th, 2004
0 comments Your back page essay on guns [October 14: "Gun's safety: Drawing a gun can save your life"] was a pleasant surprise. You give hope to journalism and America. Thanks. Sam ForrestLouisa #
Roanoke TV covers Nelson
Published on Nov 11th, 2004
0 comments Lisa Provence's story about Nelson County and its lack of access to local weather forecasts struck a chord with me [News, "Nelson County: Off the (weather) map," October 28, 2004]. Like Sue Stillman...
County defenses indefensible
Published on Nov 4th, 2004
0 comments I enjoyed your investigation of those mysterious pricey planters at the County Office Building [October 21: "Seeking security? Plant defensively"]. How has the building survived for three years...
Don't blame Nigeria
Published on Nov 4th, 2004
0 comments I delved into Lisa Provence's latest news piece [October 7: "Nigeria's latest: scam targets classified ad buyers] with great interest, eager to find out the circumstances under which the Nigerian...
Keep dogs at home
Published on Nov 4th, 2004
0 comments I must comment on the facetime article "Mosby's Mom" in the October 14 Hook. What happened to Mosby (a dog) was entirely preventable. His owners– if they really loved their pet– would not...
Soering's seeking publicity
Published on Nov 4th, 2004
0 comments I am repulsed by the attempts in Jens Soering's cover story "No Way Out" on October 14 to somehow assign responsibility to Paul Martin Andrews for the course of events in Richard Ausley's life. I...
Tax and regulate weed
Published on Nov 4th, 2004
0 comments Regarding Nick Gillespie's excellent October 8 essay ["Your bong: Basis of "narco-terrorism"?], the illicit drug of choice in America is domestically grown marijuana, not Colombian cocaine or Afghan...
What the <I>Bleep</I> does reviewer know?
Published on Oct 28th, 2004
0 comments Steve Warren's review of What the Bleep ["Freaky film," October 9, 2004] ironically proved one of the premises the film asks us to consider: that we limit our experience of reality by being unable to...
Faith did some healing
Published on Oct 28th, 2004
0 comments I found J. Anderson Thomson Jr.'s [September 30 cover story] about Islamic terrorism to be an interesting discussion of the evolutionary nature of group violence. I did, however, find his conclusion...
Religion's not the only divider
Published on Oct 28th, 2004
0 comments The [September 30] cover article "Why They Kill: Male Bonding + Religion = Disaster" exemplifies the divisiveness that the author claims to want to overcome. The title already implies "they" differ...
Thomson has absolutist logic
Published on Oct 28th, 2004
0 comments I agree with Dr. J. Anderson Thomson Jr. [September 30 cover story] that religious fanaticism, coupled with our human tendency toward violent herd mentality, is one of the more alarming phenomena...
alSadr no religious wacko
Published on Oct 21st, 2004
0 comments Religion and male bonding are components of Islamic terrorism, but J. Anderson Thompson Jr. [September 30 cover story] inappropriately simplifies the answer to "Why They Kill." Cleric Moqtada alSadr...
Don't throw religion out
Published on Oct 21st, 2004
0 comments Regarding [the September 30 cover story] "Why They Kill," there was much in the article that helpfully explained some of the underlying, universal causes of warfare, including the anthropological...
Where's positive follow-up?
Published on Oct 21st, 2004
0 comments As a former teacher of sociology and world religions, I found Dr. Anderson Thomson's [September 30] cover article, "Why They Kill," the most secular humanistic and fatalistic piece I have ever read....
Fake flower story troubled us
Published on Oct 14th, 2004
0 comments In its September 23 edition, the Hook published an article entitled "Grave matter: Faux flower ban riles," taking Buck Mountain Episcopal Church to task for enforcing its long-time rule against the...
Let's separate church, state
Published on Oct 14th, 2004
0 comments I agree with a few things Dr. Anderson says in his essay "Why They Kill." I disagree with his thesis, unproved and unprovable, that humans are "risen" apes. If this is true, then it may be millennia...