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Several branches, one theme
As a postscript to your review of The Vagina Monologues ["Equal Time," Jan. 23], I wanted to clarify a couple of commonly misunderstood issues for your readers.

1. The off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues is a commercial endeavor that travels from one city to the next. It features three "stars" who share the monologues. V-Day ( is a nonprofit, global grassroots organization that uses The Vagina Monologues to raise money and consciousness about violence against women. As a community theater production, these shows are significantly different than the off-Broadway series, even though the content is the same.

2. V-Day has two distinct groups. One is the College Campaign, in which Meredith and UNC are engaged. The other newer arm of V-Day is the Worldwide Campaign. More than 200 cities around the world are participating in this effort. Only four cities in North Carolina are participating this year and two are in our area.

As the founder of V-Day Chapel Hill and V-Day Durham, our community theater benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues will be presented on Feb. 23 in Carrboro and March 1 in Durham. Funds raised in these events go to local organizations that support efforts to end violence against women in our community. Readers can purchase tickets at one of our outlets (Weaver Street Market, The Ink Spot, Green Tara Gallery, Ladyslipper Music, or Beggars & Choosers) or learn more about our productions at www.PraxisLearn

More unhappy sons
I read with interest your recent article "Uncivil War" [Jan. 16] and was impressed by your research into the issues and parties involved.

However, you did miss one opportunity to nail down exactly what "Dr." Neill C. Payne, executive director of the Southern Legal Resource Center (SLRC) and Kirk Lyons' brother-in-law had to say on behalf of himself, his SCV Camp, and the SLRC as regards several rather odious concepts that he obviously holds dear. Payne sent a message to me in 1997 after he became aware that, as the originator of the Southron Ring, I had taken action to remove the Web site of the Tennessee Division of the SCV from my Ring following their statement of unconditional support for a renowned racist who was serving as their heritage officer.

The message (on the bottom of the specified page) has been posted for some time on the 37th Texas' Web site exactly as it was received, despite several threats of legal action by Kirk Lyons and an accusation by H.K. Edgerton that the "Organization" line had been added post-receipt. No editorial changes have ever been made: www.37thtexas. org/html/racists.html.

Elementary lift
I am a teacher in Chatham County and I read the short article Victoria Wentz wrote about teaching [Taking Notes," Front Porch, Jan. 16]. It was the best laugh I had all week. I intend to get my sister a subscription to The Independent if Ms. Wentz has another article. My sister would appreciate the good laugh too! I am still smiling and it has been three days since I read the article. Thank you.

The guy next to you
This letter is in response to Godfrey Cheshire's review of the movie, Black Hawk Down ["Home and Away," Jan. 16]. I am a disabled Vietnam veteran, the son of a World War II vet and the father of a Navy petty officer. That said, on what do you base your statement that the only reason that the Rangers killed the Somali militia was just because they were black? If you remember from the movie, one of the Rangers was black. The mission that the Rangers found themselves on was ordered by your President Bill Clinton. He authorized the raid. He was the one who denied the Rangers the use of armor and an AC-130 gun ship. If you would remember, this was the Alamo with saviors. What would you have wanted the troopers to do? Put down their weapons and surrender to the mob?

Something civilian people will never understand is that troopers fight for each other; it is your buddies who are the ones you fight for. Not country or ideals, but the guys you are with. William Shakespeare called it the Band of Brothers. If I had been with the Rangers and my own mother had picked up a weapon against them, I would have shot her dead.

This movie was made as a memorial for the 19 soldiers. By your disrespecting their memory, you have no honor and "a man without honor is not a man" according to an old Apache Indian saying. As you live your comfortable life with all the benefits, remember that brave young men died so you can live.

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