The Jan. 15 review of the movie “Gran Torino” should be an embarrassment to the management and ownership of the newspaper. It certainly was an embarrassment to me as a citizen who is proud of the local community.
The language used in the review was offensive by any standard and inappropriate for general readership. I have been taught that if one cannot express oneself without swearing and using gutter language, then there is something missing in that person's education. The writer of the review clearly needs remedial work in the English language and the editors were negligent in allowing it to be printed.
Your newspaper is distributed complimentarily in many locations and it is frequently used by visitors to obtain information about local activities and events. The language used in this review projects a low and inaccurate image of the standards of the community.
L. Dickson Flake
Does Derek Jenkins (“Gran Torino” review) actually read his own drivel? I don't really care that he oozes bile towards conservatives, but if I were as miserable as he comes across in his writing I'd put a bullet through my head. Life is way too short to waste being an ideological (or any other kind) bigot. His hypocrisy is amazing. I'm guessing if you disagree with him politically that's hate speech in his eyes. Fortunately there is no right to not be offended in the Constitution and Mr. Jenkins will continue to find things that offend him.
Most (and I emphasize most) miserable people choose to be miserable. Conservatives are seldom offended as we tend to be happy people. Liberals ... oops ... progressives ... are the ones who always seem to be angry. When is the last time conservatives rioted or tried to shut down a liberal event? How many conservatives have been attacked on college campuses? I think the answers to these questions will show where the real hate lies. It's even worse for a conservative person of color as they've strayed off the ideological plantation and are seen as traitors.
Mr. Jenkins has a lot to be thankful for. He has a job surrounded by other socialist ideologues who are all feeling oppressed by the man.
I'd like to share with you the comment I posted on your website regarding an article Derek Jenkins wrote, which, among other things, describes my home in Fayetteville where we frequently put on house music shows to encourage free, live and good music. It's called the Ameroplace and its run by Autonomous Vernal Recordings, our music collective. Without further ado:
“let me first say that I enjoyed your article; it gives good local music some positive attention, which is something that happens rarely. I don't mind being made fun of about ‘hipless': (whatever that means anyway) - it's just a label, so essentially, I say, “whatever.” but to portray me and my roommates as inexperienced when it comes to organizing arts events, I believe, is not only unjustified, but entirely irrelevant. We at the ameroplace are, in fact, trying to liven up the music scene in Fayetteville, which we believe has not even come close to living up to its full potential. I'll have you know that we discussed cutting the set short with David's Pegasus before the set even started and that Barry, at least, was more than cooperative and understanding. The police, too, were very courteous and we'd appreciate you portraying them accurately, whether or not you share our skepticism about common tactics of law enforcement. Thank you, mr. Jenkins. good day.”
Please forgive the super-duper casual capitalization. Believe me when I say my intent is not to punish Mr. Jenkins in any way whatsoever. We at The Ameroplace would simply like to maintain our good reputation and can do without unsubstantiated opining, especially when it is published in a publication such as yours, which is widely read.
Happy day/dark day
Today is Jan. 21, 2009, the first full day of the administration of President Obama. Last night, somewhere in Texas, a village found its idiot.