Letters

We're also to blame
Published on Oct 14th, 2004
0 comments In your articles about terrorism and religion, the authors omitted critical information to help readers understand the root causes of Middle Eastern hatred of the Western powers. In laying the blame...
Why we're #1
Published on Oct 14th, 2004
0 comments The Hook's September 30 cover story, Why They Kill, is a truly important article. The fact that the author, J. Anderson Thomson Jr., lives in our own "backyard," helps to explain why Charlottesville...
AK-47s go auto quickly
Published on Oct 7th, 2004
0 comments Your correspondent Brian Wiedman [September 23 letter: "Get gun facts straight"] ably repeats the talking points promulgated by Wayne LaPierre and the NRA. (His letter is almost a verbatim repetition...
Give Evie credit
Published on Oct 7th, 2004
0 comments I want to thank Lisa Provence for her article in the September 23 issue of The Hook, "Why Bother to Vote?" I'm writing to make one important clarification. The Public Service Announcement (PSA) "...
TJ flipped early
Published on Oct 7th, 2004
0 comments Monticello was replaced on the nickel this year, first by the peace medal and right now by the Lewis & Clark keelboat [September 23: "Changing change: TJ gets a five-cent makeover"]. Although...
Was that necessary?
Published on Oct 7th, 2004
0 comments Was it really necessary to open old wounds [September 16, 2004, cover story: "Dave, Fame & Haines: Celebrity, suicide, & the etiquette of envy"] just to put Dave on your cover? Carri...
Wine has good points
Published on Oct 7th, 2004
0 comments The letter by June Russell published September 23 ["Alcohol– even wine– harms"] raises some valid issues. It's true that alcoholic beverages hold in them both good and bad, and we have...
ECU, not EZU
Published on Sep 30th, 2004
0 comments Wow, that was an odd article about Terry Holland [Hotseat, September 23: "Go East (Carolina), young man"]. You seemed to go out of your way to bash ECU without acknowledging how far it has come since...
Get gun facts straight
Published on Sep 30th, 2004
0 comments Reading the September 23, 2004 Hook ["Cocked: Locals react to lifted gun ban"], I find it amazing how ignorant people are about what was really covered by the Assault Weapons Ban. Even more...
Haines deserved better
Published on Sep 30th, 2004
0 comments When Hawes Spencer called and told me he was writing an article aimed at portraying the influence Haines Fullerton had on The Dave Matthews Band ["Dave, Fame & Haines," September 16, 2004], I...
Haines was sane
Published on Sep 30th, 2004
0 comments Your cover story about Haines Fullerton ["Dave, Fame & Haines," September 16, 2004] was far from fair, balanced, and accurate. It's clearly no more than the latest installment in Mark Roebuck's...
Raising the bar
Published on Sep 30th, 2004
0 comments Dave McNair's September 16, 2004, cover story, "Celebrity, Suicide and the Etiquette of Envy" raised the writing standards locally to Pulitzer levels. Insightful, deliberate, poignant, and brutally...
Alcohol-- even wine-- harms
Published on Sep 23rd, 2004
0 comments I was glad there was coverage of some of the consequences of drunk driving– and facts about tougher DUI laws. [September 9 cover story: "Confessions of a Drunk Driver."] As I was reading the...
Don't blow the Breathalyzer
Published on Sep 23rd, 2004
0 comments I think your "Confessions of a Drunk Driver" [Cover story, September 9, 2004] was first rate, but I wish you had addressed several other issues. Based on my own nightmarish experience, I learned from...
Note correction!
Published on Sep 23rd, 2004
0 comments In response to Marlene Condon's letter [on the pronunciation of Monticello, September 16: "I wouldn't insult locals"]: I do not stand corrected. Howard HuffmanGreene #
Broadband does interfere
Published on Sep 16th, 2004
0 comments In a recent letter, Tony Whelan, CEO of an Internet service provider, makes the claim that his "very live roll-out" of broadband-over-powerline (BPL) Internet does not interfere [September 2: " This...
I wouldn't insult locals
Published on Sep 16th, 2004
0 comments Lord knows I wasn't trying to insult anyone (it's not my way) when I wrote in about the pronunciation of Monticello [September 2: "Do locals always rule?"]. I have been extremely fortunate to have...
Locals know it's 'chello'
Published on Sep 9th, 2004
0 comments After reading Marlene Condon's letter [September 2: "Do locals always rule?"], I must admit I am offended. Having grown up and lived in this area most of my life, I know the pronunciation of...
Morris missed the boat
Published on Sep 9th, 2004
0 comments In his August 26 letter to the editor, "Socialists in our midst," Jim Morris cites his leading objection to Where We Stand, Voices of Southern Dissent as being the fact that "It's an open attack on...
Wolfe said it best
Published on Sep 9th, 2004
0 comments Regarding architectural credits in your feature articles [Letter, "Our mall will be botched," September 2, 2004]: I love architects. Their efforts often tremendously enhance our daily experience, as...
Affluence does affect performance
Published on Sep 2nd, 2004
0 comments I share the frustration of Rodney and Dawn Bryant, who wrote that they find "deplorable" any connection between affluence and SOL scores [August 26: "Excellence, not affluence, the benchmark"]....
Do locals always rule?
Published on Sep 2nd, 2004
0 comments I just had a chance to look through your Annual Manual [August 7]. Are you aware that local "old timers" pronounce Monticello as mont-i-SELL-o? It's kind of incongruous to say that because the locals...
Not funny, witty, or cute
Published on Sep 2nd, 2004
0 comments Only in the Hook would there be mention of a means of birth control in a blurb about a listing for a bed and breakfast. [August 19, "On the Block": "Two sorts of people will be interested in this...
Our mall will be botched
Published on Sep 2nd, 2004
0 comments A certain part of the building boom makes me mad. [August 19: "Boomtown Flats: Downtown's Building Frenzy"] Seeing the pictures of the planned Presidents Plaza re-ignited my ire. What's wrong with...
Thanks for abortion coverage
Published on Sep 2nd, 2004
0 comments Thank you for running the article about the new Planned Parenthood Center that opened recently on Hydraulic Road [July 12: "RU Ready? Abortion options widen with Jones"]. Women have the right to all...
This broadband doesn't interfere
Published on Sep 2nd, 2004
0 comments In reference to the August 19 letter posted by Charles G. Battig entitled "Juicy broadband faces hurdles," there is a major inaccuracy about Broadband over Powerline (BPL) that deserves to be...
You'd credit your own
Published on Sep 2nd, 2004
0 comments As a local architect, I appreciate the attention the Hook gives to local construction and real estate development, especially when such attention results in a cover story [August 19: "Boomtown Flats...
Annual Manual rocks!
Published on Aug 26th, 2004
0 comments As a sometime contributor and avid reader of the Hook, I'm strongly compelled to sing the praise of your most recent Annual Manual [August 5, 2004]. Other local rags have attempted it, but none have...
Clark story could hurt
Published on Aug 26th, 2004
0 comments One sure effect of the Hook's piece on the implementation of federally mandated School Choice at Charlottesville's George Rogers Clark Elementary is that its title­ "Stigmatized"­ is self-fulfilling...
Dinah's cool, not cold
Published on Aug 26th, 2004
0 comments After reading Mark Grabowski's review of the Dinah Pearson Band [Music review: "Bluesy jazz: Frigid art with heart," July 22, 2004], I couldn't believe we saw the same group. So before you write them...