Letters

Not a fan
Published on Aug 22nd, 2013
13 comments Stonefield is a mistake ["On set at Stonefield: They built it, but will people come?" August 15]. Bigger is not better, as wise people have always known, and another shopping center in this community...
Resources for identifying the bad guys
Published on Aug 15th, 2013
5 comments I am writing today to thank you for publishing the thoughtful and well-written essay, “Charm: A pedophile's secret weapon” [July 25 issue] by Janis Jaquith. Seeing this essay in the Hook was much...
Screwball cop comedy inappropriate
Published on Jul 18th, 2013
17 comments What an article [July 2, "Terror at Harris Teeter: Indignation rises over ABC underage drinking op"]. What an unbelievable outrage. It sounds like some sort of cop-buddy-screw-up alleged comedy— was...
Cop questions ABC op at Harris Teeter
Published on Jul 11th, 2013
23 comments Just wanted to thank you for the article ["Terror at Harris Teeter: Indignation rises over ABC underage drinking op"]. I read the story with special interest because I retired as a police sergeant in...
Officer's defense
Published on Jun 20th, 2013
12 comments After reading comments concerning the officer involved shooting on Birdwood Court ["Code of silence: County clams up when cops open fire," June 14], I feel compelled to share certain information. I...
Dem round-up
Published on Jun 6th, 2013
1 comments As a Charlottesville voter, I just wanted to say thank you for this cover story about the Virginia Democratic primary [May 30, "Dem duke-out: Candidate face off in June primary"]. It's surprisingly...
Letter: Bypass stinks but should still be built
Published on May 30th, 2013
27 comments In his May 23 Essay, "Barnum's Beaming: The greatest bypass on Earth!", Randy Salzman is incensed with the "bait and switch" tactics employed by the Skanska-Branch Corp. and VDOT in the "design/build...
More classical
Published on May 9th, 2013
1 comments As a supporter of local music and a WTJU classical announcer, I thought that the recent edition of the Hook (April 25) did a superb job covering the local music scene and its support from the...
Letter: New skatepark for kids or adults?
Published on Mar 21st, 2013
11 comments It will be interesting to see if the new skateboard park [Hook March 7, 2013, article, "Pop-shove-it! Charlottesville skate park re-opens in McIntire] will be designed for the benefit of children or...
Letter- Essay reveals "original sin eco-guilt"
Published on Mar 7th, 2013
3 comments Western Christianity dates back over 2,000 years. An essential part of Christian belief is the concept of Original Sin. The Church provides baptism as a sacrament to provide individuals a “clean...
Letter-Photo brought back memories
Published on Feb 21st, 2013
0 comments I was surprised and delighted to see the Black and White photograph by Bill Emory you featured in the February 7 issue of the Hook. It is a picture of my old home place, where I spent the first seven...
Letter: Hold Government accountable for Hash
Published on Jan 24th, 2013
6 comments Your recent article about Michael Hash, the man who was accused of murder and wrongly imprisoned for 12 years really struck me. In today’s modern society, you would think that criminal offenses by...
Selfless servant: Dragas got a raw deal
Published on Jan 18th, 2013
73 comments Having been a neutral observer to the “Sullivan Spectacle,” I would ask objective parties to note the following, all of which have been reported individually, but not collectively:•The Board of...
Video by the Lake thrives by competition
Published on Dec 17th, 2012
0 comments I just wanted to alert you to the fact that my son owns a successful video store in Palmyra, Fluvanna County. [News, December 13: "Fiscal cliff: Sneak Reviews may not last the month"] We have been in...
Legal battles limited to passive panhandling
Published on Dec 11th, 2012
9 comments Your article on panhandling [December 6 cover story: "Season of giving: Is panhandling, vagrancy, destroying the Downtown Mall?"] stated that battles have been fought regarding ordinances "to...
Panhandling scary? Buy the Mall
Published on Dec 7th, 2012
44 comments That we are faced with a brazen, organized movement to legislate citizen speech and behavior in a public space is shocking and infuriating. [December 6 cover story: "Season of giving: Is panhandling...
Wedding issue not colorful enough
Published on Nov 27th, 2012
7 comments Reading your [October 18] Weddings special insert, out of your 12 couples, I didn't see a single person of color getting married. In fact, I only saw one black guy in any of the photos of groomsmen...
New seats will 'awaken' Culbreth
Published on Nov 27th, 2012
0 comments Regarding Lisa Provence's November 8th article "It's a wrap: Scenes from the 25th Virginia Film Fest," the very first thing she mentions, under the heading of "Things we liked," was "No screenings...
Foxhaven could be a nature haven
Published on Nov 12th, 2012
10 comments It was reported in your coverage of the sale of Foxhaven Farm to the UVA Foundation [November 8 cover story: "Cavalier developments? UVA buys 199-acre near-town farm"] that upon writing the...
Historians expect deference on TJ's cruelty
Published on Oct 31st, 2012
9 comments To back up her accusation that I have misled my readers, Cinder Stanton refers darkly, and very vaguely, to truncated quotations, twisted chronology, unnamed misinterpretations. What are they? I have...
Wiencek misled readers on Jefferson's record
Published on Oct 24th, 2012
39 comments As the “recently retired” Monticello historian who had “no comment” in Lisa Provence’s cover story [October 18: “Mr. Jefferson’s greed"], I’m moved to speak.  I declined to comment because I had...
My list tops your list
Published on Oct 18th, 2012
7 comments [Re: October 11 essay: "Power viewing: The 10 best political movies"]: Here’s my ten best-political-movies-ever-made list (thirteen, actually, but I really did try). And let’s face it, any best list...
Let UVA police chief keep commenting
Published on Oct 18th, 2012
20 comments UVA Police Chief Mike Gibson’s comment about the “point of no return” that causes men to rape may help explain UVA’s policies toward rape, which are often criticized for being stacked against the...
The Hook needs colorful, friendly tweaks
Published on Oct 11th, 2012
0 comments Most of your covers and featured articles seem to be about some tragedy or controversy. I'm sure that sells, but there is a lot more going on than those stories. Something positive or helpful more...
UVA BOV-watchers should learn about Kochs
Published on Oct 11th, 2012
0 comments You did an outstanding job on the September 27 issue in your article entitled “Big Pie: Two key Sullivan foes make Forbes billionaire list” for calling out the Koch Bros. and of course, the very...
Ayn Rand suitable for teens and Greenspan only
Published on Sep 20th, 2012
13 comments Thank you for your attention on Ayn Rand, however apologetic it might have been. [September 13 essay: "Ayn Rand: Her detractors miss her stellar vision"] If you want proof of Rand's pathos, just look...
Rand and Romando massacre have something in common
Published on Sep 20th, 2012
9 comments Did anyone else notice the pairing in your September 13 print edition that assembles a hypothesis:Cause: Essayist's defense of Ayn Rand's proto-philosophy ["Ayn Rand: Her detractors miss her stellar...
Condon too preachy
Published on Sep 13th, 2012
0 comments Marlene Condon, your sometime essayist and letter writer has assumed the responsibility of educating the community on how to live responsibly with nature with her book Nature-Friendly Garden. Without...
Peace makes peace
Published on Aug 30th, 2012
1 comments If President Sullivan, the injured party, is willing to let it go, why can't Dr. J. Anderson Thomson? [August 23 essay: "President Sullivan: Still getting bullied by Dragas"]."The wisdom that is...
Dragas right to fear an honor code
Published on Aug 29th, 2012
0 comments I am in total agreement with the issues presented in [the August 23 essay: "President Sullivan: Still getting bullied by Dragas"]. It is a fitting part of the investigative journalism the Hook's...