Will the Taubman column controversy ever end?
Three wise men of Roanoke with gifts of “time, talent and resources” bid us to ingratiate ourselves to their demigods with “applause, admiration” and “gratitude.”
And while these wise men dress their sovereigns in sparkling clothes for all to see, they chide a herald for seeing their beloved emperors undressed.
In their commentary “Parody can be useful; disrespect never is” (Nov. 1), Warner Dalhouse, Bittle W. Porterfield III and James M. Turner Jr., while wallowing in “self-indulgence,” arrogantly dismiss Dan Casey’s exercise in free speech with “disrespectful” and “obtuse” rhetoric (“Dream a little dream of the Taubman,” Oct. 28 column).
Well done, gentlemen, well done.
It is all a matter of perspective. From the perspective of this lower class, uncultured, Roanoke County hick, it’s all about free speech, that pesky old right that’s in the Constitution.
“It is there; it isn’t going away … get over it.”
Constance A. Wright
Taubman, Fralin deserve much better
While I normally enjoy reading Dan Casey’s columns, his dream about Nick Taubman and Heywood Fralin was a tasteless attempt at humor and was denigrating to two of Roanoke’s most outstanding and generous citizens (“Dream a little dream of the Taubman,” Oct. 28).
Their business success has provided employment opportunities for thousands of people.
They have generously supported schools, colleges and charities too numerous to mention. People this very day are being provided food and shelter thanks to their gifts.
The Taubman Museum can be a great asset to Roanoke; our challenge is to be supportive of the efforts of the talented leaders who are working to accomplish that goal.
Casey would have been more accurate if he had labeled his negative column a nightmare instead a dream.
James B. Gurley