"I appreciated the In Memoriam article on Tom Robinson (March 3). It was well done."
Beverly Harrington Falls
Dave Delcambre writes ("Worms Are the Words at Lump," March 3): "The artists call upon Wicca, paganism and other unsanctioned nature-based religions, deeming them all equally fair game for exploration."
I try not to take umbrage at every bumpkin who displays their ignorance in print, but this sentence—simultaneously parochial, dismissive and patronizing—made my blood boil. Unsanctioned? Fair game? Would Mr. Delcambre have used those terms in discussing art—even kitschy art—based on Pentecostalism, Catholicism and other "sanctioned" sects? And if he did, would his editor have let it pass? I rather doubt it.
And "sanctioned" by whom, pray tell? America does not have "sanctioned" and "unsanctioned" religions, since "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion."
Wicca and other forms of paganism are not "fair game" for Mr. Delcambre's minuscule wit.
Anderson Island, Wash.
Lovely to see a cover story on Bruce Thomas ... terrible to read the inaccuracies about Nathan Milian as well as the racial makeup of our town ("The reincarnation of Bruce Thomas," March 3). Nathan does not own Carr Mill Mall, as reporter Lisa Sorg infers; he manages it for owners who live in Virginia. In banning Bruce from dancing (an act I protested vigorously), Nathan was following direct orders from his boss. Nathan would be the first to admit that diplomacy is not his strong suit. But in my dealings with him, Nathan has been honest and fair. Time and again, he has expressed unwavering support for Carrboro and the people who work and live here.
As for parking: rightly or wrongly, Carr Mill Mall does not allow anyone to park for hours at a stretch. We have free town parking across the street from Weaver Street Market. And Nathan offered Bruce unlimited free parking in the mall's employee lot—a fact left out of the article.
Separately, I was quite disappointed by Sorg's description of Bruce at the start of her article as a "black man bobbing on a swell of white people." Bruce isn't black to our white ... he's a free spirit in contrast to our conformity. Race has nothing to do with it, and using race as an underlying source of tension in the story was a cheap shot that's not only inaccurate but also rather unhelpful.
Bruce's story is certainly worth telling. It's also worth telling correctly.
Owner, The Jesse Kalisher Gallery