Readers respond to the May 5 issue

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Lease to own

I disagree with Dr. Brown [“Residents contend vote on YMCA violates state constitution,” Government News, May 5]. There is no question in my mind that someone structured this as a lease to purposely get around the state law requiring a “super” majority. I think this is a very good law to require an overwhelming majority before public land is given away. Technically, these are leases but in essence and reality the land has been permanently given away. It is possible that a YMCA building could be torn down in 40 years and the land restored to park land but not probable.  The land given for the Meadowcreek Parkway (not McIntire Road Extended) will never be able to revert to park land once a state road is put on it. This deception is dishonest and unethical but it will take a judge to tell us if it is illegal. If the judge rules for the City then I will ask my state representatives and the governor to change the law to prevent this type of deception and abuse.
 
Downing Smith
Charlottesville

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J. Tobias Beard: You wrote a really high-quality article about the tennis competition [“To serve with love,” May 5]. I enjoyed following Carly Gullickson’s story. I wish I could have read this before the meet—I would have attended some of the matches. I’m looking forward to more articles.
 
Bruce Saunders
Albemarle

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Brew masters

It was a real honor to open up C-VILLE [“More power to them,” April 28] and see myself listed as an up-and-comer in the local food and eats scene! Recognition is always so gratifying, and it was such a treat to have that surprise this week.

I felt a little bad, though, the way some people might take the wording as it concerned South Street Brewery. Certainly, they were making world-class beer before I arrived, as evidenced by Jacque winning a gold medal at the World Beer Cup for J.P. Ale in 2000 at the absolute highest level of beer competition in the world. And I certainly would not be a brewer today had Jacque not let me learn alongside him before I went off to brewing school in Chicago in 2000. When I made my slow exit from South Street with the blessings and good wishes of Jacque and Fred (the owners) it was to bring a different model of brewing to Virginia with a rural, wine-like take on the art, but I would not say I left to do something better. Just didn’t want y’all’s very kind (and appreciated) recognition to be a source of hard feelings for those to whom I owe so much!

Thanks!

Taylor Smack
Blue Mountain Brewery

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