With all respect, Kemp: How many out LGBT writers and, or staff do you have at Creative Loafing? It's hard to be informed about a community from the outside, looking in. Spataro demonstrated this in her article. She does not know our community and failed to understand what she was reporting. Your article dealt with something we discussed 4 years ago and she merely rehashed it in a disingenuous, sensational way. The basis of news is that it is "new" information. Nothing in her article was new.
Take the criticism Kemp and let it sink in. If you have been consistently and strongly supportive of the LGBT community, then listen to our LGBT leaders. Ask yourself what it means to be a paper that reflects the diversity of the community you serve and do you really have that diversity present in your leadership, your writers, etc. You heard some very harsh criticism about Spataro from some of our most involved, notable community leaders -- and I think you should show some concern, rather than be dismissive.
Lastly don't miss my point: Its 2013 -- time to diversify your staff and your reporting on our LGBT community. We are more than fancy dinners, nightclubs, drag shows -- where is CL at other LGBT non-social events, community forums, actual news? I invited Spataro to a young adult leader panel in early February where QNotes showed up -- and so did about 20 of our LGBT community organizations (about 50 people in total). LGBTQ young adults shared about being in Charlotte and what it is like -- sometimes feeling silenced/invisible. Where was Creative Loafing? You know the answer: CL is largely absent in our LGBT community unless its a party, a club or nightlife.
So stand by your story, but until you diversity your staff and where you show up in our LGBT community, you don't "stand for us."
Where does it say that government is required to protect people from their poor life choices. We talk about freedom, well if you use your freedom in a maneer that is detrimental to you and/or your future, why does anyone else owe it to you to make it better? Where is personal responsibility and accountability?
All this " job fury" by Mayor Pat whilst his cronies eviscerate unemployment benefits and seek to gut workers compensation. Guess we can train lots of laborers for the 1% who will have to work no matter the pay.
Oh, and since govt does everything wrong according the the Republicans, how the heck is it supposed to spot job trends - unless, again, we are not talking about real, good wage jobs?
Thanks for the comment, Bathroom Attendant. However, if you don't think that at least 90% of NC's past governors were just as caught up in the commerce fetish as Lil' Pat, I have to question your sense of history. As far as good-paying jobs arising from the commerce fetish, don't forget all the businessmen who've received big fat incentives from the state so they can bring their low-wage jobs to town. That's part of what I mean by kowtowing to businesses over and over while the common citizen does without.
We tried "another way of seeing things" for a hundred years and the only well-paying job it got us was Mary Easley's.
I'd say the same goes for civilizations. Don't be "that civilization" either.
There will always be people who hate other people for reasons that make sense only to them. What I find difficult to comprehend is how that irrational hate gets written into laws and why a police officer or a court would enforce such a law.
We are seeing the same mentality today as the xenophobes focus on Hispanic immigrants.
What you're describing sounds like a parasocial relationship. Kind of like what celebrities have to suffer, except when they complain...no one will sympathize. @nowhereman is correct in that it's not gender-specific.
Anytime someone becomes overly involved in your personal life without invite, it's creepy.
i'd say the same goes for girls too. don't be "that girl" either.
While it's true that I can't guarantee my kid will be a good student, I can assure you that I will be an involved parent who will do anything in my power to make sure he performs well and his school improves. Parental involvement is key to the success of a school.
"His neighborhood school needs children like mine to improve - children from middle-income families with involved parents who will work to make the school better."
What if your child ends up being a horrible student and actually a black eye on the magnet school? Seems awfully high-hoped on what your child will become. Desiring better opportunities makes sense, but because of legitimate accomplishments and not your personal feelings? TBD.
I don't know why anyone is suprised. The Republicans make no effort to hide what they are and who the represent.
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We won't be fooled again....yeah right. Everybody needs to push their Congressman for an audit of the Federal Reserve. It's not a partisan issue. Like you pointed out, it's an us versus the "too big to fail, too big to jail" bunch.
The only group that made $$$$$ on this was the consulting group - who (surprise, surprise) were all former Controller of the Currency employees.
The banks originally asked if they could just send everyone $10,000. The CofC said no. And, the CofC mandated that the banks use this particular consulting group. The consulting group spent more than $10,000 per case - and wasted 3 years. And, they were never anywhere near complete. No one ever saw a dime paid out under that consulting group!
So now, the banks finally convinced the CofC that $$$ had to be paid to those who deserved the money and not just to their buddies.
This was not a case where the banks got away free. It is a case where the bureaucrats managed to skim hundreds of millions of dollars for their buddies.
tv can suck it. just give me an internet connection and ill have more info on the news of the day than any tv news station could provide.
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Heh. Pepper Potts ain't got a thing on me!
Trying out for Pepper Potts' job, Des?
I saw this post shortly after it came out and failed to comment, but my brother in law, Bill, sent it again and I must.
The reference to the Maalox above is absolutely true, I was lucky enough to have been driving JJW to the show from the downtown hotel with the Gonzos following behind us. Fletcher booked the acts and I was one of the social committee members and was therefore given the assignment. As I drove the UNCC Fury III with Jerry Jeff at shotgun, he was not a happy camper, maybe a bit hungover, so I offered him a buzz which he turned down. Then Mr. Bojangles comes on the radio but the Nitty Gritty version and I smile at him and ask if he is flattered and he looks at me and says, "pull into that 7/11", nothing else. He comes out with a 6 pack of ginger ale and large bottle of Maalox, proceeds to gulp the Maalox and chase it with ginger ale, wow I thought "is this cool or what?"
I remember the day was beautiful but also that Tom Waits and his bus left with a stunning girl in black leotards that probably was about 16, a lasting memory. Tom Waits is looking at her and keeps saying "it's up to you, get on the bus or don't, it's up to you". She did.
But the best thing about reading your article is that it was a snapshot of a time in our lives when the friends that were with us during those college days are still the closest friends I will ever have.
Thanks Mr. Grooms for helping me relive the memory of that day.
John, I won't speak for the "jack-legs" or "wingnuts" but as a conservative I read your column and other liberal columns and follow liberal leaning blogs like Huffpost to keep abreast of the topics liberals are focusing their energies on and to hear the arguments they are using. Why would I listen to Fox? I know what they are going to say. Extreme viewpoints, left and right, tend to be emotional and short of facts and spend a lot of energy name calling, so I generally avoid them as well. Your column is usually well left of center but your arguments are clear. You and I will seldom agree, but that is the nature of our system. Where I don't agree with you or other liberal viewpoints, as on an "assault" weapons ban, I occasionally try and point out what I feel are the relevant and factually supported counter points to authors and their readership, and where there is common ground, as there is on background checks for private sales, that's a signal that we should both push for action from our legislators.
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