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Your reporter's oversimplification of my position on the warrantless wiretap issue [“Prof defends Bush wiretaps,” Courts & Crime News, April 11] is an embarrassment to us both. I spent close to 90 minutes on the phone with her trying to be helpful, and your readers deserve better than what you published.

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Driving needs On behalf of Senior Center, Inc. I want to clarify our position on the Hillsdale Road Project [“Hillsdale Could Spur New Building,” Development News, April 11]. Senior Center, Inc. has not “long opposed the Hillsdale Extension” as stated in your article. Our position since the inception of this project is that a well-designed […]

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“I always knew I had been raped” Thanks for your coverage on the preliminary hearing. [“Woman Faces Her Alleged Rapist…,” Courts & Crime, March 28.] And of course, thanks for noticing my outfit and jewelry, because as we know, that is truly what’s important here! Rhonda Quagliana seems rather obsessed with my outfits, too. For […]

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Sympathy for Phil Campbell   One correction regarding David Good-man’s “Region Ten project still churning” update. [“The Week,” March 28] The piece states that the neighborhood is concerned about Region Ten’s “policy to create diverse and integrated housing for the client.” Actually, we think that it is a really good policy. Our concern is that […]

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“Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” That sure-fire old joke about women and the stove clock caught my eye. A few years ago my wife and children gave me a new two-oven stove. As the principal family chef, I was elated. And I never wear a watch, so the large clock on […]

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Rhoads not traveled   Ah, the joys of no longer working at UVA. I can speak freely about Steven Rhoads [“Mommies’ Little Helper,” March 14] without compromising the integrity of my former position. Like most of us, I applaud women who choose to take on the toughest job in the world and stay home to […]

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Keep track of your ammo   Shame on you for your finish to the H.B. 704 article in the February 21 issue (which was generally well written) [“NRA-backed bill passes house,” The Week]. If you want to say that gun owners are drunken jackasses, write it in an editorial, not a smarmy snip at the […]

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Prepare for growth   G. Carleton Ray asks the question, “Is Albe-marle for sale?” [Opinionated, February 21]. Under present circumstances it appears that our beautiful countryside is being swapped for development at a breakneck speed!    Mr. Ray makes many interesting and valid points. One may ask, what is the solution? With the long-term population growth […]

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Waste not, want not   In response to “No nukes is good nukes” [Mailbag, February 14]: I understand that some of your readers may be concerned with the waste from nuclear power. But what they might not know is just how much waste we’re talking about. Since the first atom was split for peaceful electricity […]

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Students speak up for Larry I can tell from reading her article, “Wild about Larry,” that it is obvious that Barbara Rich has never been a student of Larry Sabato’s [Opinionated, January 31]. While she can only glimpse his so-called “self-satisfied smirk” and “pomposity” from his appearance on TV, thousands of students of Mr. Sabato’s […]

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Developing conclusions   I’m usually impressed by your coverage of local issues, but once in a while an article shows up that’s so unbalanced as to demand a reality check. John Borgmeyer’s piece on the new Rugby historic district is a case in point [“Council approves Rugby historic district,” The Week, January 24]. In researching […]

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“Contra” dance   Your summary of the 2006 bills that have the potential for ”chipping away at Roe” [“Virginia’s newest battleground,” January 17] was very helpful. However, I can’t understand the language you quoted for House Bill 187, where you say the bill would make it illegal for doctors to assist an unmarried woman in […]

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Straight to the point   Dear Devin O’Leary: I read your glowing review of Brokeback Mountain [Film, January 10], but will not be seeing the movie. I am troubled by the lifestyles Hollywood seeks to support as mainstream. Richard Smith Vienna   The definition of “cheap” Dictionary.com lists several meanings for “cheap,” including: Worthy of […]

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More free for you Thanks for mentioning the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in your article “Something for nothing” [January 3]. The Monticello Avenue Computer Lab is indeed a wonderful place to get free Internet access. Your readers might also like to know that Central Library has free wireless service for those patrons carrying around their laptop. […]

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Kudos to the Breedens   Regarding the new Fox Ridge project on Fifth Street Extended south of town [“Southern exposure,” December 6], it’s interesting how much folks have been focusing on the integrity of the Breeden family in their sale to Forest Lodge LLC.    Without knowing much about the Breedens, their history in Charlottesville, or […]

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Fair and accurate? It seems that C-VILLE missed one in the “Cheap Shots ’05” story [December 20]: The “Fox Bias in News Reporting” Award to C-VILLE Weekly.    C-VILLE’s coverage of the last year’s Charlottesville School Board issues and the City Council’s ultimate responsibility for the fiasco bordered on biased propaganda for the leadership of the […]

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Ace of clubs I have a suggestion for someone with more money than I can ever imagine. How about buying the Terrace Theatre building featured in the “Love me, build me” box in C-VILLE [The Week, December 6] and turning it into a rock club/movie theater. It could fill the void that Trax’s closing left […]

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Bully for Bowers  Recently I had the opportunity to review the documents that prompted UVA to fire Dena Bowers [“Supporters rally for Bowers,” 7 Days, December 6]. A reasonable individual could only conclude that the e-mail that led to Ms. Bowers’ dismissal was personal in nature. The e-mail is brief, informal and bears no resemblance […]

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Words to the unwise I’ve written before about the use of gutter language in C-VILLE Weekly. From the words used in your latest issue, I can only conclude that you employ mostly uneducated people. Why not use the word “tree” instead of “sucker” [Big Picture, November 22]? Why use the phrase, “If she refuses to […]

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Tri, tri again The name of the colonial man’s three-sided hat is actually spelled “tricorn” (alternatively spelled “tricorne”), not “tricorner” [“Court Square now officially tourist-friendly,” 7 Days, November 22]. You must have heard the same misinformation in school that I did many years ago when I was told that those hats were called “tricorn” because […]

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She’s got our number I’m not sure who would be the most appropriate recipient of this e-mail. I just want to tell someone at C-VILLE Weekly that I’ve really enjoyed the Sudoku puzzles that are now included. I look forward to them every week. Thank you for having them in addition to the crossword puzzle! […]

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Count on Ten When Region Ten Board Chair Barbara Barrett says the controversy between Region Ten and the Little High Area Neighborhood Association (LHANA) was a “comedy of errors” she’s not kidding! [“High tension on Little High Street,” November 8] However, it’s important to keep in mind the important changes going on at Region Ten […]

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Project logic “Censored—or bogus” should have been the headline over your recent cover story instead of “The people only need this much news” [November 1]. Claiming there are stories that are “too controversial, or too much of a challenge to the rich and powerful…” to be carried in the mainstream media is itself a claim […]