Your letters, July 28: Dogs, Curves and the dark side

July 27, 2013 


Ron Stutts


Ron rolls with it

We love Ron Stutts! In your Rose about Ron’s well-deserved North Carolina Association of Broadcasters’ 2013 Personality of the Year award (CHN, July 24,, you neglected to mention that Ron is also a strong supporter of homeless dogs and cats. He helps find loving homes (even for the scraggly critters, or those with so-called big personalities) by spotlighting them on his weekly Adopt-a-Pet segment.

Each month Paws4ever, a guaranteed adoption center and sanctuary located in Orange County, brings over a homeless dog or cat for Ron to interview on the radio. Interviewees have included a 70-pound dog that tried to sit in Ron’s lap and kittens that wanted to sit on his head! Ron just rolls with it, with great patience, kindness and compassion.

On behalf of the animals at Paws4ever, congratulations and thank you, Ron Stutts!

Paws4ever Staff


Thrown a curve

In your article about the closing of the Women’s Only Workout Club (CHN, July 21,, you state in the very first sentence that the closing “marked both the loss of the last women’s only gym in the area and ...”

As longtime members of Curves Carrboro, we wanted to address this factual error and premise for your article. We believe this article did a great disservice to our women’s only club that many of us have been members of for the last 12 years. This club and the women who work out here represent a wonderfully unique and diverse community of women ranging in age from mid-teens to 94. Our club and community are also reflective of our owner, Camille Andrews who has throughout her lifetime been a strong and loyal member of the Carrboro and Chapel Hill community.

Curves in Carrboro has a long history of supporting women, through strength-training, cardio and community, this women’s only club has made an enormous difference in all our lives.

We would appreciate you not only setting the record straight but devoting an equal amount of time and words to telling the story of this club, its members, their commitment to fitness and each other.

Thank you.

Lucie P Branham

Editor’s note: This letter was also signed by Elisabeth Curtis, Trish Verne, Betsey Granda, Ginny Turner, Anne von Amsberg, Barbara Brownell, Susan Van Fleet, Janet Borel, Judy Guiteras, Rita Proctor, Frances Maness, Katherine Greene, Meredith Lewis, Cindy Henry, Lois Davis, Jennifer Turner, Janie Switzer, Lisa Perry, Debra Davis, Linda Manor, Anne Marie Fassler, Frizi Ross, Gwen Waddel-Schultz, Annabel Stehli, Renee Rosiek, Janet Thomas, Gwen Konsler, and Tijuana Goodwin, Lani Cartier, Toby, Karen Long, Barbara MacCalman, Dot Loescher, Carol B. Byron, Merichristi Craft, CraJulie Carsaro, Amanda MacDonald, Cheryl Kozel,Rebecca McCulloh, Rachel Coley, Pat Ashley, Michelle Rivest, Lou Ann Craven, P. Royster, Jennifer Lockhart, Paulette Wilkie, Patty Pinto, S. Williams, Sheri Randell, Anne. L. Sessoms, Linda Lee Heizer, Barbara Nettles-Carlson, Judy Johnson, Terri Herndon, Kay Hammond, Cynthia Risley, Sharon Hanson, Mary Horton, Sally R. Bassett, Rose Dixon. Lorraine H.Hoyt, Pat Neville, Tanisha Wright, Nannie Johnson, Toby Spears, Susan Resnik and Pat Owen

Plea for patience

As longtime supporters of EENP (Eyes, Ears, Nose and Paws), we have had great regard for the organization and its gifts to the larger community by providing service dogs to people with disabilities.

EENP’s executive director, Maria Ikenberry, and the program director, Deb Cunningham, bring remarkable training, dedication, and devotion to dogs and to the clients they serve. Clients have come to them with difficult medical issues, not knowing whether a dog could help. Deb and Maria have taken on these challenges with remarkable success, helping with conditions that have not previously been addressed by the use of a dog.

Deb Cunningham brings to EENP an impressive background of experience, training and formal education. As a trainer, she has had the respect of the community of breeders and trainers for her excellent training skills. Anyone who has worked with Deb knows her profound commitment to the dogs – to their health and well being. That she loves dogs is an understatement, and her allegiance to EENP’s mission is steadfast.

The rapid success of EENP has inevitably brought about strains on a small staff and group of volunteers who have continued to take on the challenges of very demanding work. This is not to explain away or negate the tragic loss of a much loved service dog-in-training, but we do need to keep in mind the tremendous gifts of skill and energy given in the pursuit of excellence and the lives that have been forever changed for the better because of the dogs trained by EENP.

EENP’s staff, board, and volunteers are devastated by the death of Worthy. Everyone associated with EENP is committed that this kind of tragedy will never happen again. As they plan for the future, they ask for the public’s patience and understanding during this very difficult time.

Thank you very much.

Gretchen Aylsworth

Lisa Price

Cathy Wells

Chapel Hill

Good and evil

The value of the Rolling Stone cover lies in the total honesty of its portrayal of the younger Tsarnaev brother. It is tempting to believe that people who commit crimes like his are not fully human, but are instead some sort of monsters from the outset. It is harder to accept that there is a dark side to human nature and understand that the capacity for both good and evil choices lies within us all.

Historically those who become involved in extremist, violent activities are less well educated, less well off economically, and desperate. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was none of these. The Rolling Stone cover begs the question we might rather not ask; why did someone who seemed to have his life on track make such a horrible choice? The answer to that question may have significant value in preventing future terrorist attacks.

The value of understanding the huge discrepancy between what should have been (the medical doctor who helped his fellow human beings) and what actually was, lies in the fact that he is not likely to be the last promising young man to make such horrible choices. We can choose to remain ignorant of what factored in to the awful choices Tsarnaev made at our own expense. That photograph points out, painfully well, the discrepancy that we need to delve into.

I hope that what is learned from looking further into why Tsarnaev made the choices he did is not an oversimplified reference to either his religion or the fact that he is an immigrant. We are a great nation precisely because we continue to be a nation of immigrants. And it was Pat Robertson who was calling for the physical destruction of the U.S. State Department while G.W. Bush was president some years ago; it is fundamentalism, not any particular religion, that is problematic.

Jacqueline Allen


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