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Indy errs
I feel the need to let you know, in the interest of the Triangle, that your cover story on sports fashion ("Sport your style," March 30) was sub par at best. I was surprised that an article of its quality made it to the ranks of your pages at all, let alone the cover. It had the journalistic style, skill and maturity of a high school newspaper editorial on the "hot new prom styles" or the "happenin' after-school hangouts."

The lists of uninspired, formulaic questions read like survey questionnaires rather than actual human-to-human interviews. And of course, with questions like these, all interview subjects ended up sounding like people trapped in their respective fashion fishbowls, still trying to reassure themselves of their originality and uniqueness. So really, Independent Weekly, why do we care about these cookie-cut stereotypes who can only pride themselves in being more like everyone else than anyone else?

If we wanted to find out what the latest storefront mannequins of Hot Topic, Pacific Sun and Gap were up to these days, we could have taken a five-minute walk through Cary Towne Center; we didn't have to read about them in the paper.

Perhaps the err of editorial judgment was due to a dry spell in the news. But in that event, it would have been better to leave the unused pages blank than soil them with useless stories like this one. In conclusion, as a devoted reader who looks forward to Wednesdays for their fresh stacks of Independents, I really hope this article was just a mistake in the mostly admirable history of an informative, challenging and enriching newspaper. Thank you for your time, and I hope that you will take my comments under consideration.
Simon McGorman

Family time is sacred
Gabrielle Charbonnet complains that she found many stores shuttered and dark on Easter Sunday afternoon ("Is Nothing Sacred?," March 30). Yet for workers at these stores, the very infrequent days when the stores are closed are a real treat.

A husband and wife I know both work at Wal-Mart. In order to care for their children and for the invalid grandmother who lives with them, they work different days and times (often including the midnight shift, which is when Wal-Mart's shelves are stocked). Other people in their extended family also work at places that are staffed 24/7. Thus, Christmas and Easter are typically the only days when (almost) everyone is off from work and they can spend time together as a family. Those of us who work more traditional, 9 to 5 hours would do well to remember the workers who make it possible for us to shop for extended hours on most days.
Margaret F. McCann
Chapel Hill

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