Since the Pew Research Center began unveiling a series of studies on income disparities in the U.S., I’ve been reading about the death of the American Dream.
I’ve been watching the Occupy movement with great interest. The bootstraps activism of the ‘60s is something I’ve always romanticized, on the one hand, and been haunted by, because I missed it.
I’ve always loved the movies, but I can’t remember the first one I fell for. Was it the trippy cartoon version of The Hobbit?
This week’s feature is about Vaughan Wilson, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, our war in Afghanistan, which is 10 years old this month. It’s also about the fact that a decade of war has created a generation of men and women directly affected by its costs and that, as a country, we’re really only just beginning to learn what that means.
Food is the most direct connection between necessity and art in culture. Whether you are an Oglala who prizes a salted slice of raw kidney from a fresh kill, a Basque with a taste for reconstituted salt cod in pil pil sauce, or a Virginian with specific thoughts about Surry County ham, our cuisines show how we adapt and ultimately exalt the foods that keep us alive, and in the process create a shared identity.
I’ve led a pretty nomadic existence since my college graduation in 1997. In just under 15 years I’ve lived in 10 places––spending three months at the shortest stop, Eugene, and four years in the most permanent, Boston, where I still managed to bunk down in five different neighborhoods.
Growing up, we sang the Johnny Appleseed song before dinner. I don’t know where the tradition came from in our house. Since my mother was Catholic, I’d guess it came from my father’s side. Not that it makes a whole lot more sense theologically for Alabama Presbyterians to be singing a Swedenborgian anthem, but the hymn […]
I spent two years teaching high school English on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and the way I look at the world will never be the same
Women and war I liked the intro to the Perspectives on 9/11 piece in the September 13-19 issue of C-VILLE, but was disappointed, though not surprised, to see that none of the perspectives offered came from women. It seems that the narrative C-VILLE wishes to perpetrate is one devoid of women’s experience. Pieces like this […]
Not so nice A response to Chiara Canzi’s story “Making nice,” August 30, which looks at Charlottesville’s Democratic City Council candidates and their efforts to create a unified election ticket. Mr. Nix, Potentially skyrocketing water and power bills ARE an integral part of the big picture for a city whose home ownership numbers are below […]
Mr. Wood Hopefully, the writer of the ugly article about Wendell Wood’s mansion [Best of C-VILLE p. 123] will live as long as Mr. Wood and have the health, energy, and initiative to keep working seven days a week. With that same perseverance, the writer may even earn enough money to build a mansion of […]
Bypass a bum deal “All the other communities along US 29 have bypasses [‘Albemarle road race,’ August 2]!” “All the other kids have needles sticking out of their arms!” Lemmings jump off a cliff too. Just because other entities are doing something stupid does not mean you should. VDOT should have bought up the rights […]
Root the market Should the City Market stay put and expand? Indeed it should! We are dismayed to read that the City wants to sell the site of the present City Market for development [“An unmoveable feast,” July 12]. The City Market is a unique establishment which benefits farmers in the surrounding areas as […]
Sweet release In regards to the recent publication of “The Sweetest Thing” [June 14], I would like to comment that I am in full agreement of the sugar ban. While I pack my child’s lunch daily with fresh fruits and vegetables and organic foods as much as possible, the appeal that cafeteria lunches be healthy […]
In Kluge’s defense J. Tobias Beard reports on Patricia Kluge’s failed wine business in the story “Patricia Kluge: Her fruitless bid for wine royalty” [May 24]. As one proceeds to read the story, however, one realizes that it is not about Patricia Kluge’s failed business venture at all; it is all about the contempt the […]
I am visiting for a few days in Charlottesville and by chance picked up the latest issue of C-VILLE.
Land preserver I appreciated your article on the ACE program and am writing to say I strongly support ACE and its efforts to preserve rural land. Rural land is a prime asset to Albemarle and while the initial benfits of preserving it may be less clear than those of some other programs in the near […]
In response to your March 8, 2011 article “Cry for Help,” we would like to correct the statement that the community’s Safe Sleep program provides mothers with car seats to hold infants while they rest. The Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department offers two separate programs—the Child Safety Seat program and the Charlottesville Area Safe Sleep program. The […]
Open your park to me We should build the Meadowcreek Parkway [“Parkway Update: If the suit fits…,” Government News, March 1]. because it will give us access by foot to the park on two sides, whereas now there is none. The acreage taken for the road will be replaced by VDOT. We can redesign the […]
Cuccinelli is sending a message that state colleges should think twice before fostering an environment hostile to academic and intellectual freedom.
Freedom’s call I was just reading your article “Gun Crazy” by Don Catalano [Odd Dominion, January 25] and was stunned to hear how liberal Virginia is relative to gun laws. It is truly disgusting. My wife and I attended the screening of the film Freedom Riders last week at the Paramount. It was amazing to […]
Big box, big impact Erika Howsare: I appreciated your “mea culpa” in the “Green Living” column of December 28, about the US29 North corridor. The US29 North Corridor is in fact our region’s main commercial boulevard, all pluses and minuses aside. Shopping local is indeed a great idea as many of our local area businesses […]