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John Grooms 
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Re: “The fight against North Carolina House Bill 2 has officially begun

Yes, liketofish, you have every right to speak out on moral issues. Everyone does. BUT, when the culture you're living in goes through changes, do not expect to be greeted with open arms if your views go against the "new normal." That's just how it works, my friend. For instance, you'd be surprised at how many Southern "Christians" fought like tigers against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And, you guessed it, they got mad when all of a sudden, people didn't want to hear them use the N-word anymore. Same thing here. Plus, hate to stretch that closed mind of yours, but there are plenty of Christians who think churches should leave LGBT folks alone.

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Posted by John Grooms on 04/04/2016 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Point: The City Overreached

My point, Jeff, is that readers have already been exposed ten million times to what anti-gay people think about things - our culture is soaked in that view and hardly needs a boost to bring it to people's consciousness. An alternative paper worth its salt would emphasize the, er, alternate views and stand for freedom and expanded civil liberties. As I said elsewhere, this city already has a "newspaper of record," the Observer, whose job is to tiptoe through all sides of an issue. Readers - or at least former readers of the more substantial version of CL - expect that from a real alternative newsweekly.

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Posted by John Grooms on 04/03/2016 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Counterpoint: The state overreacted

Ryan, can you send me your email address? I'd rather talk about this in a space that's not an open forum. Hopefully, someone at CL will still have my email address, who knows? If not, let me know in this space and I'll call you at the office. Thanks!

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Posted by John Grooms on 04/03/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Point: The City Overreached

As the former, and longtime, editor of CL Charlotte, reading this tripe in CL nearly turned my stomach. What the fuck, people?

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Posted by John Grooms on 03/30/2016 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Counterpoint: The state overreacted

Please put me on record as thinking it is appalling for CL to have published the anti-LGBT protections piece from the Triad. This city has a newspaper of record, that's what the Observer is there for. Alt weeklies, as I posted elsewhere, should be the ones poking the dragon, and not debating whether the dragon has a good point or not. This is what happens when clueless right-wingers buy out a formerly award-winning newspaper without even understanding their readers. Ludicrous. Just completely ludicrous.

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Posted by John Grooms on 03/30/2016 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Just vote, dammit

Great column, and a needed one. Thanks. "I'm probably not going to vote. It's just not exciting like it was last time with Obama." And "We don't really know how any of this works." Umm, maybe consider that voting is about the overall good of the country, not about your personal sense of excitement or coolness. And, you know, there IS a metric ton of info available on "how any of this works." Thanks again, and keep leading those horses to water.

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Posted by John Grooms on 03/14/2016 at 1:26 PM

Re: “It's time law enforcement got its priorities straight

Very good column, and I am glad you wrote it. The plight of 94-yr-old Mr. Ponischil is indeed a ridiculous, not to say insane, state of affairs. Police departments need to quit viewing pot as something that will increase their arrest rates and, if lucky, hand them a ton of stuff from the confiscation process. To spend $4 million a year even about pot, never mind arresting people for possessing small amounts of it, is a stupid waste of money, time and effort. Thanks again for the column.

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Posted by John Grooms on 07/15/2015 at 6:50 PM

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