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Sex? No, Thanks

To The Editors:

Re: Sex and the Queen City (by Elizabeth Chapel). Do you seriously intend to keep running this unsavory, semi-pornographic column? I've read more insightful and interesting (not to mention tasteful) scrawlings on men's room walls.

Jeff Beamer

Charlotte

Get Lottery Facts Straight

To The Editors:

Teaching is a very commendable profession and I, too, dislike budget cuts that affect our children's education. However, Lucy Perkins managed to turn the education lottery into a plea against the marketing of gambling (or anything "bad") to the poor. This concern has been around for a long time and excellent statistics are available within a few clicks on the Internet. I respectfully refer you to two of the most relevant published studies: a national one by John Lightfoot and a state one for Colorado. The bottom line is that the fear that the poor and uneducated spend beyond their means on lotteries to the benefit of the middle-class and wealthy is totally unfounded.

The average expenditure is under $5 and the mean income is likely more than Perkins makes as a teacher. Just be realistic. Do lottery promoters really think the nation's most destitute are their target market? Ever stood in a lottery line and surveyed the crowd? Same mix as any other place. Why not speak out against companies that manufacture cheap wine and beer? Or the home shopping channels that brainwash elderly ladies into spending tons on knick-knacks and Beanie Babies? Lucy Perkins should get her facts straight before she gets on her soap box next time.

Nicole H. Auger

Charlotte

For God's Sake, Leave

Me Alone

To The Editors:

Regarding Lucy Perkins' "All Work and No Pray" (CL, May 29), people come to my door and approach me in public wanting to tell me about their God. I see pushy Christians, annoying Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons on bicycles, and even some Moonies in the 80s. I tell them all the same thing, "Sorry, but I am not superstitious." This is what freedom of religion means, the right to be free from superstition. Please feel free to believe anything your mind will accept. Just allow me the same freedom.

William Reaves

Charlotte

Getting Scarier

To The Editors:

I am writing in response to Tara Servatius's astute observations on the recent guideline updates for protection against terrorism ("Protected From Who?" June 5). It's a scary time, but these kinds of so-called protection make it more frightening still. Whenever we're in times of war, the federal government expands its powers and is justified by bureaucrats and politicians in doing so, for the sake of "the public good." Yet was it in the public's best interest to ban teaching of the German language in public schools during World War II? What's deemed necessary at times like this limits us all in more ways than one. Well said, Tara.

Meghan Burns

Charlotte

Right On Track

To The Editors:

Misty Herrin's article was dead nuts on target! ("Hunks On Wheels," May 22) I am 26, and was brought up in a racing family. I was forced to go to the track, to dirt tracks all over the US. What I discovered was that in some parts of our beloved US of A, the gene pool was very, very shallow!

So at the onset of puberty, I wrote off the race car drivers. . .all of them, because of the inbreeding theory. So I thought the cool thing was to date musicians. . .another story! When I was 17, I went with a friend to a Slim Jim All-Pro series race and met Jeremy Mayfield. He was pitted next to us, and well, nothing against Jeremy, but he was the epitome of hick, nothing against hicks. So once again, my theory stood the test, and nope, drivers were from the hills or the swamps of Inbred, USA.

A couple of years later, my buddy asked me to fly to a race to see his friends who worked on one of the pit crews. Anyhow, Dale Jr. was two pit stalls down from ours, and his friends or crew who were with him were hot! This was the turning point in my interest in racing. After that, I was up for any Busch race, anytime, and had to wear the Jr. ACDelco gear, or the Dale Sr. gear; and of course, as media coverage is growing, well, it's just unacceptable for these guys to look like they just walked out of the doublewide (nothing against doublewides). So everyone kind of cleaned up and took on the appearance of normal, and were forced to deal with the public.

I learned, and it seems like everyone has discovered, especially the girls/ladies/women, that not all drivers yawn a drool string and have an uncontrollable tic. NASCAR drivers have the cash to dress nicely, have running water to take daily showers, and don't have time to tend to 32 dogs on the outback. Not to mention that the young ones are mostly single. . .

Julia Evola

Charlotte

Old But Hot

To The Editors:

Regarding "Hunks On Wheels" by Misty Herrin, I hate to tell you, but you failed to mention one of the biggest draws in the NASCAR fan world. . .Dale Jarrett, driver of the #88 UPS Ford. He's in the "veteran crowd," but he still has quite a fan following, especially among the ladies. DJ is tall, has gone from blond to dark brown hair and now to distinguished gray. He works out and runs every day, and boy can he fill a fire suit. He has quite the body for a 45-year-old. Most of all, he's always pleasant and gracious, no matter what bonehead play Kevin Harvick has tried, or what stupid move Tony Stewart has pulled. Perhaps one day in the not too distant future, these "Young Guns" will learn that there is a certain amount of respect shown on the track, that you don't need to bump or spin an opponent into the wall or race dirty to win. At least the experienced drivers don't have to. Hopefully soon the young guys will learn that too, and NASCAR will return to what it was -- talented drivers in finely tuned machines competing cleanly, not a bunch of yahoos trying to bump everyone else before they get bumped themselves. Go ask anyone who's the finest (in a hottie way) of the veterans. They'll tell you -- DJ.

Tracy Ransome

Charlotte

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