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Missed chance
I appreciate your efforts to keep concerned voters informed about the various political races around the state. While I applaud your endorsement of progressive politicians, I'm disappointed that your support for Democrats seems to blind you to other candidates who believe in giving power to the people ("Indy Endorsements," Oct. 20). In particular, your two-sentence dismissal of Barbara Howe as a candidate for Governor was unfair. To say that under her leadership "important public programs would be gutted, starting with the schools" implies that she is somehow anti-education, which is of course false. Rather, true to the Libertarian philosophy, she believes that "one size fits all" government-funded education is mired in inefficiency, while the proven power of free market forces is the best way to provide dynamic and innovative solutions. For a true perspective on her stance on education and other issues, I would encourage your readers to visit .

At the very least, the Libertarian party offers candidates who will support the freedom of all citizens to choose their own way of life, including what form of education they feel is best for their children. For that, they deserve more support from media sources that claim to believe that alternative voices should be heard, and more serious consideration from socially liberal voters.
Jason Hurst

Endorsement inaccurate
I must strongly disagree with your characterization in the article of Oct. 20 ("Indy Endorsements") that I've "run no campaign at all." I've attended every candidate forum that I've been invited to except one. I've responded to countless questionnaires. And I guess I should tell my volunteer team that the hundreds of yard signs they have put up all around the district and the thousands of flyers handed out door-to-door and at community events are also "no campaign at all."

The endorsement in the N.C. Senate District 15 is also curious. I have great respect for and have gotten to know my opponent very well at the numerous forums we have both attended (part of that "no campaign" I've run, I guess).

We agree to a significant degree on fiscal issues, but we are stark contrasts on social issues. I support a moratorium on the death penalty; my opponent does not. I support the right to civil unions for gays and lesbians; my opponent does not. I support a lottery to keep our dollars in state; my opponent does not. I support a woman's right to choose; my opponent does not. Aren't those the political views we need in the legislature?

I was very happy to receive your endorsement in 2002 and hoped for it this year. Who knows, maybe I can be the "surprise" you're hoping for on Nov. 2.

Lee Griffin
N.C. Senate candidate for District 15

As a lifelong NY Yankee fan, I am accustomed to vitriolic anti-Yankee speeches. I generally let these sob stories slide on by without comment, because I have sympathy for them. But Barry Jacobs' bitter, sour grapes column ("The Yankees, the GOP and me," Oct. 27) demands a response.

Equating the Yankees with contemporary Republicanism is a lousy analogy. BJ's list of comparisons is inaccurate. Yes, the Yankees are quite rich and powerful. There are many Democrats who are also rich and powerful. If you want to compare the Yankees to another behemoth that demolishes its competition, the United States or Microsoft would be a more apt analogy.

The Yankees play by the same rules that govern the rest of baseball. You want a level playing field? Get the rest of baseball to insist on revenue sharing! Steinbrenner can't be so powerful that he can control the pocketbooks of 29 other owners. When a truly objective look is taken at the Yankee dynasty, it becomes apparent that most of their success has come from hard work like scouting and farm team development. Put the rest of baseball under the same microscope and see how well they stand up to BJ's idealism.

All you Yankee haters, I feel your pain. Believe it or not, there are many Yankee fans that hope the revenue imbalance is fixed pronto. Winning all the time takes the mystery and suspense out of the game for us. As to the Boston Red Sox, congrats, and see ya next year.
Mike Dempster

Off base
My husband and I saw Jekyll & Hyde on Sunday, Oct. 24 by the North Carolina Theatre at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. We were blown away by the performance of Sebastian Bach. His singing and acting were excellent and riveting, and his supporting cast was superb. We could easily compare the musical to plays we have recently seen on Broadway. We applaud the North Carolina Theatre for their production and the outstanding performance of Sebastian Bach and Co. Bravo to both!

The review by Byron Woods ("Reviews," Oct. 27) does not give an accurate appraisal of this production. His opinion and the audience's response are in sharp contrast. We think NCT should have received many more accolades.
Don and Florence Forman
Chapel Hill

The Dish issue on Oct. 13 contained an old listing for Enoteca Vin restaurant. The correct one follows:

Enoteca Vin
410 Glenwood Ave., Suite 350, Raleigh 834-3070

Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Brunch: Sunday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

A casual and sophisticated restaurant that's a highlight of the nightlife that has turned South Glenwood Avenue into Raleigh's hottest scene. Chef Ashley Christensen uses local and organic products to create seasonal dishes, artisanal cheeses and cured meats. Wine list features 55 wines by the glass and received Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence 2004.

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