I just wanted to say thanks for putting out a great publication. The piece on the "creative class" ("Creative Class War," April 20) contains important information for this community. As a manager of an art house theatre, I know how much films and other creative outlets can enrich people's lives.
For several years I've really enjoyed the Indy, and it keeps getting better. Keep up the good work.
Derek Jennings' rant against the lottery is a must read for the masses ("Hoes for healthcare," May 4). However, he missed two points. First, tax cuts are only half the problem; Jennings failed to mention increased spending. Second, with regard to math skills, I will agree that the odds of 2:12,000,000 is really no better than 1:12,000,000; however, 1:12,000,000 is still better odds than 0. Which would you rather be walking around with? Zero odds of winning the lottery and 1:240,000 of being struck and killed by lightning, or 1:12,000,000 odds of winning the lottery and 1:240,000 of death by lightning?
James E. Robinson III
As one of the "Whole Gang" at the Independent, I was offended by your choice to run faux ads disparaging the lottery on my behalf ("Lottery ads," May 11). Last month, I and 12 other Independent Weekly employees pooled our money to buy chances in Virginia's Mega Millions drawing. As a whole, we are well-educated, progressive-thinking, thoughtful North Carolinians--exactly the opposite of who your ads imply will be playing the lottery. In all likelihood, the lottery bill will pass this summer and nothing you can write or draw will change that.
Instead of crying over spilled milk, why doesn't the Independent commit to closely watching where and how lottery money is spent and what effect that is having on education in our state. We'll read the story and make up our own minds.