Reader letters, June 26

Jun 25, 2013

Guide is wonderful

To the editor:

We’ve been gone for 10 days, so the Guide I’m reading is the June 12-18 issue.  And I am truly impressed.  What an attractive publication the Guide has become.

Not only is the content substantial and interesting but the design and layout are simply superb.  My eye is drawn in by exquisite photographs beautifully placed on the pages.  You and your GUIDE staff have a “fine eye” for what contributes, enhances (and never detracts) from the article.  Heck, even the ads seem designed-in and placed just right.

Your introductory article is beautifully written, piquing our curiosity and enticing us to each locale or event.  No adverb overload in nicely organized paragraphs.  Your photo’s of the Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration give us a real feel for what it was like to have been there.

Specifically, seriously:

1) Can you talk Kimberly Perry and Laura Barry into more fine outdoor articles. After reading their piece I want to be at Looking Glass Rock right now.

2) Might you be able to talk John Highsmith into leaving dentistry and turning professional photographer, with Guide exclusivity?

The quality is certainly there on both counts.

Please keep up the good work.  You have transformed the Guide and it had become a destination itself.  The columnists, the contributors (keep ‘em comin’, Mary Ann), and the layout designers (especially the layout designers) are teaming to inform and entertain like never before.  Beautiful work, just beautiful.

Ron Tingle



Parties should work together for change

To the editor:

I would like to thank the respondent for taking the time to reply to my letter concerning how the GOP can get more votes.

I agree with him that the Republicans are not likely to take my suggestions, but the Republicans are moving in that direction because they (in their own words) will continue to lose elections if they don’t. I think that citizens’ leading the politicians is good for America. The respondent claims that the Democratic Party “values people, not as unique persons, but as components of voting blocs.”

The GOP is the party that is altering its position on immigration to get more Latino support and is considering further changes to its platform to elicit votes. Both parties, being pragmatic, value groups as voting blocs. The bills introduced by each party indicate that Democrats value people in general, especially the middle and lower class, much more than Republicans do. The respondent points out that some Democrats were racists 50 years ago. Yes, George Wallace, Lester Maddox, Orval Faubus, and Strom Thurmond started as Democrats. When their party began to embrace civil rights, many conservative, pro-segregationist Southerners (including my father) made a mass exodus to join the Republican Party.

The respondent claims that Democrats want “centralized control of the nation by a self-anointed ruling class.” Yet the GOP leadership has instructed its legislators to “Just say no” and block any improvements while the Democrats hold the White House. Doesn’t this obstructionism reveal that Republicans want power more than they want people to be helped?

Both parties need to dialog constructively, evaluate differences in terms of merit, identify which policies and programs need to be changed, and work together for the good of all people, rather than name calling, petty bickering, and obstructing needed actions.

J.A. Gregory