Your daily Letter to the Columnist — Jan. 31, 2013
You do have a talent for something.
Not sure yet what that might be but I, personally, have a talent for spotting someone who has no business extolling the virtues or sins of our public officials and people in the community who are trying (but failing) to add some culture to this beautiful city. (Taubman Museum?)
When did it happen that newsroom reporters, which, as you may have forgotten, you are, are paid to JUDGE the news rather than report same?
The only part of The Roanoke Times more irritating than your constant judgmental attitude is that thing called style something or other.
Who in their right mind gives a flying fig what some student in Blacksburg is wearing today. I and my peers would like more news, less judgment and far less meaningless photos of who wears what where.
Thank you for the email. I pay close attention to the feedback I get from readers of The Roanoke Times.
Fyi, I’m a columnist, not a newsroom reporter. Often part of my work requires traditional reporting by visiting places and events, and talking to people and gathering information. But as a columnist, I’m expected to write provocative things for the newspaper, including opinion. It’s part of my job description. Your argument seems to be with that, not with me.
I have written positively about the Taubman Museum. In fact, a couple of years ago I joined it and wrote a column urging others to do so as well, in order that it could be saved. Last summer, I wrote a column praising Heywood Fralin and his efforts to “right the ship” on UVa’s Board of Visitors.
It’s true I made fun of the museum takeover this past fall by Nick Taubman and Mr. Fralin. That was a reflection of an awful lot of talk that was in this community at the time. I got more positive feedback on that column than any I had written since April, when I decried the monkeying around that the state of Virginia was doing with teacher pensions.
Thank you for reading my columns, and for taking the time to write.
The Roanoke Times