South End complaint:
Case of deja (no) vu
I had to laugh when I read “Some South End residents worry their rooms may soon lose the view” (July 11):
When South End was still only a concept, some true urban pioneers bought lofts in Factory South, which was completed in 1997. For lofts facing north, the undisturbed vista of Charlotte's skyline was a main selling point.
Fast forward a few years, and the same developer erects a “Hubba Bubba pink” skyscraper right at the portal of South End.
One guess whose views it blocked completely.
The moral of this Tale of the City: No one owns a view, no matter how persuasive a developer's pitch!
Ulrike K. Hood
First the bad news:
What some will see …
Residents of the new apartment building have their own cause for complaint: having to look at the Arlington.
Jeff A. Gregory
Now the good news:
… others won't see
Anything that blocks my view of the “Pepto-Bismol” building is a welcome addition to the Charlotte skyline.
In response to “You have to understand: Mary Easley is an artist” (July 9):
mind of Mary Easley
Thank you, Mark Washburn, for your thoughtful and profound defense of Mary Easley! Now I understand that she took that trip to Europe for the benefit of all North Carolinians.
Maybe some day I'll have saved enough money to gas up the car and drive to Raleigh to see those wonderful works of art she worked so hard to bring to my unsophisticated mind.
Is N.C. State salary
typical for colleges?
How many of our state-supported universities without law schools have employees with duties similar to Mrs. Easley's? What are their salaries – and political connections?
Robert A. Tomlinson
In response to “Sorry, jazz fans, change may have you singing blues” (July 1):
is tough audience for jazz
Those of us who enjoy jazz may as well face it. NPR, National Prattle Radio, is much more suited for a city with as little substance and as little interest in the arts as Charlotte.
Until sports, mind-numbing chatter and oldies no longer dominate local stations, we will have to rely on satellite radio.
Suffering is product
of human beings
In response to “Spending on pets keeps food from hungry people” (July 10 Forum):
“Do pet owners not know people are suffering, or do they just turn a cold shoulder to it?” Most human suffering and all other suffering is created by humans.
I've spent thousands of dollars on my pets' health, and every penny has been worth it!
In response to “Wachovia names new CEO” (July 10):
Bob Steel is right choice
for Wachovia, city
We have seen Bob Steel lead at Goldman Sachs, at Duke and at the Treasury Department.
As much as I'll miss Ken Thompson, Steel will be great for Wachovia and – more important – great for Charlotte.
Steel's record at Duke
raises big questions
As a Duke alum and a Wachovia alum, I hope Bob Steel can do a better job at the bank than he did in the lacrosse case.
In response to “Helms often stood alone, but for what was right” (July 9 For the record):
Helms critic paid price
for standing for principle
Ed Feulner of the Heritage Foundation praises Jesse Helms for not being afraid “to stand alone for what he thought was right.” This is exactly what L.F. Eason III did (July 9, “Man retires rather than honor Helms”).
I take off my hat to Mr. Eason and urge North Carolina to reinstate him to his job for “standing alone,” a position for which Mr Helms was lauded. Mr. Eason's refusal was a rare profile in courage.
Don't credit Monroe
with Madison's work
The writer teaches history at UNC Charlotte.
Ed Feulner incorrectly describes James Monroe as “primary author of the Constitution.” While Monroe opposed ratification of Constitution (because it didn't contain a bill of rights), James Madison is widely recognized as “Father of the Constitution.”
Placing Jesse Helms' name next to those of Adams, Jefferson and Monroe (or Madison) is hardly appropriate. Perhaps a more apt comparison would be to North Carolina's Nathaniel Macon, U.S. representative (1791-1815) and U.S. senator (1815-1828).
Shepherd “Shep” McKinley
In response to “Courage of convictions absent in today's leaders” (July 9 Forum):
It's not just good guys who
‘stand up for convictions'
John Steward praises Helms for having been “man enough to stand up for his convictions.” So did Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. We should praise them?
Marcia and Gene Wilson
In response to “Did Helms want day all to himself?” (July 9 Forum):
I hope Helms saw light
toward end of life
No, Chuck Gardner, I'd hope old Jesse might have matured during his long career to the point of accepting people as people, not sorting them first by skin color.
Sen. McCarthy didn't
get such fond farewell
I was raised in a state that had a senator like Jesse Helms. Joe McCarthy was not glorified at his death.
Confederate flag fits
Helms' point of view
I am a native-born citizen of North Carolina whose needs and views were never represented by Jesse Helms. It would have been more appropriate to raise the Confederate flag over the state capitol to mark his passing, than to lower either the state or U.S. flag at any state office.
Columnists shoot, miss
in attacking Helms
Recalling the recent misguided columns by attack scribes Curtis, Betts and Tomlinson, I close my eyes and give thanks our state was blessed with such a public servant as Jesse Helms. If he could read said columns, I'm sure he would have a hearty laugh and quickly forget them.
During my lifetime Sen. Helms' influence and good work overshadows the Observer's.
Richard S. Greene
View from '72: Helms
wouldn't shake my hand
In 1972 I attended Boys' State on the campus of Wake Forest University. Jesse Helms was in his first campaign for U.S. senator. After addressing the delegates, Helms stood at the entrance to shake hands as everyone left. When my group – four African Americans – reached him, he refused to shake our hands.
For 30 years Helms played the race card. So did Lee Atwater, but at least Atwater asked for forgiveness before he passed.