I'm writing you to say that your music editor, Grayson Currin, has stepped beyond the bounds of decency and was negligent in the duties of a public critic with his recent review of Delta Rae's latest album [July 25]. Everyone has an opinion about what a music critic should do, and so here is mine. I believe a music critic has two jobs: 1) State their opinion about the music; 2) Since it is only their opinion, and likely to be different from many others, a music critic should also provide enough information and insight so that people might still be able to judge for themselves about whether they might enjoy the album.
A good example of someone who is able to do both of these things well is A.O. Scott, movie critic for The New York Times. I don't always agree with his opinions, but I can make an informed choice about the movie with regard to my own preferences by the end of his reviews.
Grayson Currin has fulfilled only the first of these two criteria. The only thing I learned from his review (and several others in the past) is that he hated this album. If you replaced "Delta Rae" with "Obama" and song titles with political policies, it reads like an editorial penned by Rush Limbaugh. I have no patience for these sorts of attention-grabbing tactics. I hold the Indy to higher standards, and I hope that in the future, you will too.
As an immigration attorney in the Triangle, I have young clients whose lives will be profoundly affected as a result of President Obama's decision to halt deportations for certain undocumented youth who meet strict criteria. For these children who call America home, this represents the opportunity to come out of the shadows and fully embrace the only country they know.
President Obama's decision is not the permanent solution our country ultimately needs, but it is a vital step, and it gives Congress the time to craft a long-term solution by taking the immediate threat of deporting these promising youth off the table.
I grew up in Durham County and went to high school with many young people who were not as fortunate as I, in that they were not able to attain a higher education. Peers with immigration stories such as my own were marginalized, and their dreams of college and professional careers were crushed. Now, these very students, and the community of youth that have called North Carolina home, some for more than a decade, can benefit from deferred action status.
This program is not amnesty and it does not confer citizenship or voting rights to these youth. I commend President Obama for this stopgap measure and call on Congress to pass a permanent solution, such as the DREAM Act, for these deserving youth.
Yesenia L. Polanco-Galdamez