Arts school students, instructor deserve praise
To the editor:
As a 2010 graduate of the visual arts program at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, I wanted to express my appreciation for the artwork that this year’s seniors produced and exhibited at their senior art show. Their art was exceptional in both craftsmanship and originality, and they deserve high praise for their work, as does their instructor, Teresa Roberts.
Roberts was a wonderful teacher to me, and takes her teaching seriously while always encouraging her pupils to be creative and do their own work. As a result of her patience and persistence, all of the art students at Barbara Ingram have exceeded their former skill levels under her guidance. Congratulations to Roberts and the talented seniors in the visual arts program for an art show well done.
Headline missed the mark again
To the editor:
Once again, The Herald-Mail headline writers missed the boat: “W.Va. candidate for governor offends some.” The headline should have read: “W.Va. candidate for governor tells offensive joke.”
When is calling the president of the United States, who happens to be African American, “Sambo” not offensive? It might be better to ask who was not offended by (Larry) Faircloth having used that term. I wonder if we think that it was not offensive because only “some” people found it so and remarked on it.
One thing I do agree with Faircloth on, however, is that he is definitely not a feminist. When you call the past Speaker of House, who is female, a “bimbo,” I would conclude the same.
Rowland was unfair to Parrott in May 1 column
To the editor:
After reading Tim Rowland’s dramatic, biased and inflated tirade against Del. Neil Parrott, I felt compelled to respond to some of the more outrageous comments he ventured in his May 1 column.
The number of bills a sponsor has passed does not necessarily indicate his quality as a representative. In fact, watching testimonies and hearing the critiques is more reminiscent of a high school popularity contest than it is a hearing to represent the wants and needs of the state.
The implication that Parrott and like-minded voters are prejudiced against those with “brown skin” and don’t want to see them thrive is entirely baseless. All of our ancestors were immigrants to this country at some point or another, and people that don’t support this new law aren’t always racist, as Rowland insultingly implied. There are many immigrants in this country working hard to progress through the proper channels in order to become U.S. citizens, and many who have done this in the past. Was all their effort in vain? Kids who love this country and love its opportunities most likely will have no objections to becoming citizens, like many of their predecessors.
The paragraph that particularly incited me to write asked if the “Parrotts of the world feel better about themselves by beating down someone smaller,” because shortly after that statement Rowland condemns Parrott and others for “inspiring fear,” which is exactly what Rowland is trying to do with his broad and radical generalizations. Parrott, in fact, sponsored “Justice’s Law,” which would impose tougher penalties for those that actually do beat down children, physically, mentally and sexually, and cause death. He stands up for the children who cannot go to college or enjoy American opportunity because their lives, not just a potential college scholarship, have been taken from them.