Five years ago, I moved from Raleigh to Birmingham, Ala., and am a contributing writer and employee at Southern Living and Cottage Living magazines. Every Thursday, I read the Indy online to stay abreast on happenings in the Triangle and to get ideas for stories. Some of my best cues come from the ads that are posted for local businesses.
I have come to look forward to the Onion Head Monster cartoon by Paul Friedrich. I've noticed that it has been cancelled and wanted to express my disappointment. I don't know Friedrich personally and am not sure if it is because he's decided to take his career in a different direction. Regardless, I will miss the cartoon, as it and the ads are my primary draw to the magazine.
Thank you for your work on a fantastic publication; I hope you will reconsider the discontinuation of Onion Head Monster.
Bring back OHM
I am somewhat distressed that Onion Head Monster is no longer going to be published in your magazine. I am at a loss as to why you would drop the comic strip; it surely cannot be from lack of reader interest. OHM is the first and sometimes the only item I read. As a new arrival to Raleigh from New Zealand, I greatly appreciated a magazine like the Indy when I moved here to help me find the local hotspots and the local artists such as Paul Friedrich. I hope the absence of OHM is temporary and that you will bring him back soon.
Thanks for coverage of Judge Chaney
Thank you for continuing to bring attention to the alleged inappropriate actions of former Durham District Court Judge Richard Chaney ("More questions about Judge Chaney," by Mosi Secret, Jan. 30).
Too often, the sexual assault and harassment of young women at the hands of their more powerful male overseers and employers is accepted as a quiet blight, something that should be kept quiet and a necessary evil, placing more value in maintaining an untarnished political face for the perpetrators than in maintaining the physical and emotional safety of their victims. The fact that this kind of outrageous behavior allegedly went on for more than a decade and a half (if not longer) and that it required investigative research and reporting to bring it to light is an astounding testament to our society's tradition of "looking the other way." I can only hope that your continuing research into this topic will provoke enough attention to spur adequate public outcry. As it stands, Chaney has been allowed to "step down" with each new report, to maintain some grace and even to argue that these accusations are false, avowing his "character and integrity."
I would like you to know that continuing to report on Chaney is important not only to me and to others who would like to change the acceptance of sexual violence in our culture, but to the numerous victims of it in offices like Chaney's every day.
Durham officials all wet on drought
I was under the impression that the purpose of government is to serve and protect its citizens ("Thirsty? Dirty? Sorry," cover story, by Cat Warren, Jan. 30). If Durham Deputy City Manager Ted Voorhees is sincere in his notion that Durham "is not going to be in the business" of helping provide water if the taps are turned off—that is, if Durham is not going to be in the business of doing its job of serving and protecting its citizens—then I don't think I understand why we citizens of Durham should be in the business of paying the most ridiculous and incompetent members of its government. Pay those who do their jobs, don't pay those who fail so utterly.
Maybe this is too complex of an issue and I'm missing something, though.
Desalination: A good solution
What is so strange about Beverly Perdue's and Fred Smith's idea of a long-term plan of creating desalination plants as an answer to the drought ("Thirsty? Dirty? Sorry," cover story, by Cat Warren, Jan. 30)? Many countries in the world use the ocean as their water source.
Put wind farms on the Outer Banks, and desalination would pay for them and itself without using fossil fuel. In the long run, it would be an excellent way to cope with our long-term water needs.