Word play Your excellent, “Corporate co-opting of ‘local’” [July 14] alerts us to the semantical games employed by business entities in their search for profit. Concerning the definition of “local,” my Merriam-Webster Dictionary includes (inter alia): “of, relating to, or applicable to part of a whole.” This permits national corporations to use the word “local” […]
When the cops arrive to break up a party, people typically give each other high-fives and get the hell out of there before it’s their ass.
Dirty water Your June 30 feature [“Gas guzzling”] describes dangers to drinking water in Albemarle from UG petroleum leaks. Half of the County residents (and some businesses) depend on wells for their water, and perhaps a similar percentage depend on septic systems to dispose of their untreated waste directly into the ground. With the average […]
Change is gonna come Want to know why true Charlottesville locals have “a distrust of come-heres?” Take a look at all the people who have moved here in the last 20 years and tried to change this once-beautiful county to closely resemble northern Virginia. Need we say more? P.S. Adding to your list of what […]
Signs o’ the times Regarding your question, “What would you like to see on the site?” [“SoHo comes to Fifeville," Development News, June 16], we live on Nalle Street, which is one block long, beginning on the open triangle property. Children play on this block, and there is a school bus stop at the end […]
Here come the Sons Regarding your question whether Sons of Bill has what it takes to make it [“No country for old men,” June 16]: Yes! They have what it takes to make it. Finally something new, different, original and exciting. “Something real, something with a cure…” as one of Sam’s songs goes. Their music […]
Poetry free for all I am writing to thank you for publishing Sam Witt’s very fine article on poetry [“Who cares about poetry, anyway?” May 26]. Not only does it showcase the many talented local folks with national—and international—reputations but it also proves that poetry is one of the most democratic and accessible genres. During […]
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 […]
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 c-ville.com, May 12]. A couple of clarifications: The photo of the building that appears in C-VILLE is not the Old Crozet […]
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 […]
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 […]
Thanks for writing a fair article regarding the tea party [“Hundreds protest federal spending on Tax Day,” Government News, April 21]. Much to my dismay, our new President is turning out to be a severe disappointment. It is now abundantly clear that he had absolutely no fiscal experience in the real world prior to becoming […]
Free lunch I am responding to a rant in the April 7 issue of C-VILLE regarding our local Meals on Wheels program receiving stimulus money from the federal government. While I cannot speak for any Meals on Wheels organization but our own, I can assure any and all concerned citizens that Meals on Wheels of […]
Off label I just read your collection of articles and reviews on the work of Warren Craghead and enjoyed them very much [“Here, there and everywhere,” March 31]. Craghead’s How to Be Everywhere and A Map’s Little Spell are some of the strongest “comics” of the past few years, strong enough to make the label […]
Fighting words J. Tobias Beard: You suggest in your opening paragraph that the second knockout by Liston resulted in Patterson “ending his career” [“Lords of the ring,” March 17]. As a boxing historian, former NYC Golden Glover, recent trainer, certified referee and often-published boxing commentator and radio guest on the subject, let me correct you: […]
Squash, courted Forever enshrined in my memory is the wonderful fried zucchini I had at a celebratory lunch at Ristorante Amalfi, after a successful presentation on Madison Avenue, over 30 years ago [“Crush to become Tavola,” Restaurantarama, March 17]. I never could find it again until suddenly, I looked down, and there it was on […]
Your roots are showing When I was a lad living at the end of N. First Street our neighbor, Mr. Sam Fitch, whose property ran all the way to what is now McIntire Road, kept a nice coop of chickens along with an appreciative rooster [“Chickens raise concerns when barnyard is backyard,” Development News, February […]
November dreams So our brain dead supervisors want to increase our taxes [“Will proposed county tax hike ruffle city-county relations?” Government News, February 24]. I presume they can’t read, since they apparently do not know that the country is going through its worse recession since the Great Depression. Have they been to school? Oh, and […]
What’s wrong with this picture? Let me get this straight… The only expression of black devotion that you and your photographer can find in all of Charlottesville is the love of a black servant for the child of her employers? [“Heart & Soul,” February 10, 2009] The city’s loving black couples, caring black parents, and […]
Grading on a curve I enjoyed seeing C-VILLE’s take on Ash Lawn-Highland’s inauguration day/MLK celebration [“Timid feeders on the lagoon,” January 27, 2009]. While it may be a somewhat odd venue for such an occasion, I was nonetheless a bit disappointed to see such criticism directed towards President Monroe and the event in general. Certainly, […]
Mr. Beard: I apologize if my reply to your “Sour Grapes” edition of The Working Pour [January 6, 2009] is late, but on the other hand,
I don’t have any comments on the safety/health issue, but find it interesting that the argument for the fake turf is saving money.
This most recent article is a “Dis” service to the Virginia Wine Industry, and an insult to thousands of consumers of Norton.