Readers respond to the May 19 issue

The art of words

Thank you to Jayson Whitehead for covering developments in the current plans for the Old Crozet Elementary School [“Could Crozet Elementary be reborn as an arts academy?” Development news on, May 12]. A couple of clarifications: The photo of the building that appears in C-VILLE is not the Old Crozet School; the photo on is the actual building.

Concerning C-VILLE’s statements, “Residents want to locate arts academy in the former Crozet Elementary School” and “Could Crozet Elementary be reborn as an arts academy,” we would like to clarify that we have never used the word “academy” to describe our plans for the Old School. Old Crozet School Arts is a nonprofit school for arts instruction. Our goal is to offer a wide range of classes in dance, movement, music, theater and visual arts for students of all ages, including pre-schoolers, homeschoolers, elementary/middle/high-schoolers, adults and seniors.   We aim to offer a unique opportunity in Albemarle County where students may participate in a broad spectrum of arts classes at a school dedicated to arts instruction. Our hope is that the intermingling under one roof of students and artists from various arts disciplines will promote further growth, awareness, and integration of the arts into our community. Pending the Board of Supervisors’ approval of our lease and Special Use Permit we hope to open for classes in September. More information about OCSA may be found at our new website

Thank you.

Sharon D. Tolczyk
Artistic Director, Old Crozet School Arts

Not fade away

Dan Catalano: Reading your article, “Elephant graveyard” [The Odd Dominion, May 12], I couldn’t help thinking of the Mark Twain quote, “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” But, then again, exaggeration is the forte of the party in power. They love to think of the other party fading into an early morning fog.

But, as in the days of Reagan when the Democrats were searching for a vision (even Ted Kennedy admitted Reagan had it and the Dems did not), the pendulum swings.

And a lot of those “…forward-looking, untarnished conservative voices…” that were not able to show up at Eric Cantor’s event were probably out there doing their jobs in the government arena.

As for Arlen Specter, shouldn’t that be elephant to jackass? When the whimpering old fool’s only reasoning boils down to “gosh, I couldn’t win my primary” as a reason to quit the pachyderm ranks…wow! There’s the kind of loyalty  to have, right?

And with the Reid-Pelosi dog and pony show waving its true colors and an Obamatrocity in the deficit nailing our great grandchildren to the wall, do you honestly think some form of Republican loyal opposition won’t be galvanized?

Brian Holsopple
Verona, Virginia

The long view

Regarding “Downtown Mall finally gets a new lease on life” [Government News, May 12]: I would rate it SUPERB! I have never seen men work so hard and accomplish so much in my 88 years of life. They were always polite and always very hard working. I salute them.

Easter Mary Berryman

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