Is that the breast you can do?
I’ve finally decided that you must really like irony. I can’t find any other explanation for your publishing of the tirade by J. Bruce Eckert [“Not a Goode citizen,” Mailbag, July 3, 2007], with its gratuitous obscenity, its abusive attack on your reporter, Dan Catalano, and its delusional fears.
I have no intention of wasting time on the latter. However, if Mr. Eckert truly believes Virginia is about to be invaded and occupied by some foreign power, I hope he has alerted the Department of Homeland Security.
Based on his letter, it seems highly likely that Mr. Eckert would fail the INS Citizenship Test. First, he implicitly equates good citizenship and patriotism with an unquestioning acceptance of everything done by his congressman, his President and his country. That is chauvinistic apathy, and the complete antithesis of the active participant role the Founding Fathers had in mind for citizens when framing the Constitution. Second, he refers to the need to “practice what our Founding Fathers stood for” and denounces liberals “who want to destroy the values of this great country”. He seems to overlook the fact that the Founding Fathers stood for liberalism, with its pesky ideals of freedom and liberty for all, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, government by the consent of the governed, individual rights, the rule of law, equal opportunity, a free market economy, etc. In other words, the Founding Fathers were true liberals, and it is Mr. Eckert, with his advocacy for religious totalitarianism and limits to free speech, whose values they would not recognize.
“Inaccuracies” fuel complaint
Fuel Co. was a labor of love for Patricia Kluge and Bill Moses [“Restaurantarama,” July 10, 2007], and it was a concept they embraced. Due to the growth of Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard and the ramping up of Vineyard Estates, as well as their extensive charity work, it became difficult to give the restaurant the 100 percent attention it needed and deserved. After much thought, last week it was decided that the time was appropriate to close the doors. Fuel Co.’s chef, Thomas Abrahamsson, will remain on staff with the Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard Farm Shop.
It is a shame that the only quotes about Fuel Co.’s closing were attributed to an apparently disgruntled former employee. Please allow me to clear up some inaccuracies and misconceptions: The restaurant has had three chefs in its nearly four years of operation, as well as one consulting chef in the interim between two full-time chefs. Turn-around is not uncommon in the restaurant business, or in the advertising business: I have had four ad reps at C-VILLE Weekly since I started advertising for Fuel Co.
Lastly, efforts were made to contact Mayor Brown and we are very apologetic that wires crossed and his party had to dine elsewhere.
Kristin Moses Murray
PR and Advertising Director, Kluge Estate & Fuel Co.
The editor replies: In fact, Kluge’s New York PR representative was contacted for a comment and declined to address the remarks of Ken Wooten, a former Kluge employee quoted in Restaurantarama. Rather, she directed us to a prepared statement that we reprinted in full. As to the number of chefs, our reporting points to two interim chefs, in addition to the three that Ms. Murray references and the one consultant, for a total of six. If in fact there were not two “interim chefs,” we apologize for the mistake.
Hot over Lake Anna claims
In Elena Day’s commentary, “Lake Anna’s in Hot Water” [Opinionated, July 10, 2007] she rails against Dominion because a potential third reactor would raise the temperature of the lake.
I take exception to that.
As a result of environmental concerns that were raised by various groups, individuals, and state agencies, Dominion has elected to spend an additional quarter of a billion dollars or so to add alternate cooling methods to the design of a potential third reactor. This success is an example of democracy at its finest!
But despite this success, groups such as PACE will still make false claims that an additional reactor will heat up the lake.
As for the ecology, before Lake Anna was built by Dominion, it was a creek that was virtually devoid of life, often drying up in the hot summer months. Today, Lake Anna’s popularity has attracted thousands of full-time residents and its warm waters harbor a thriving ecosystem that are often regarded as the best fishing in the state. I should know. I fish there.
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