While we certainly appreciate Douglas Vuncannon's recent visit to Bodies...The Exhibition, we take exception to his acidic commentary that criticizes presenting human anatomy in medical terms ("Dawn of the dead," April 25).
From reading the author's comments, it is unfortunate that he was not able to appreciate the power and beauty of the human body and the lessons it can teach all of us. The author leaps to conclusions unsupported by the facts when inferring that the body specimens included in our exhibit may have been "executed prisoners" before they were obtained. To set the record straight, here are the facts:
We have legal documentation and representation which confirm that only the bodies of people who are deceased from natural causes have been included in the exhibition and have been acquired by legal means with the highest of ethical standards.
It is standard practice not only throughout Asia, but also here in the United States, for unclaimed and unidentified bodies to be offered to medical schools for education—the core of our exhibition.
Our intention is to showcase the wonder of the human body and to provide a superior educational experience that is respectful and awe-inspiring, without theatrics.
Rather then being swayed by rumors, we hope that individuals will see the exhibition for themselves and ultimately make up their own minds.
We ask your readers to judge for themselves. At the end of the tour, they can make their own assessments and share their thoughts and reflections in our guestbook diaries. I'm confident they'll tell a much different story than the highly biased commentary in your paper.
Roy Glover, Chief Medical Advisor
Premier Exhibitions INC., Atlanta
Thanks for McCormick story
I was so impressed that your cover article was Jeff Stern's inquiry into the disappearance of John McCormick ("In pursuit of John McCormick," May 16). It has been a puzzle to me why I haven't seen or heard more press about such an incredible story.
Stern's writing filled in lots of the fascinating details about the Chapel Hill/Carrboro history that fed into the mess McCormick created. Our communities are in need of more richly written and relevant local crime coverage.
The question that remains in my mind is regarding the "note" supposedly left by McCormick in his abandoned car the day of his disappearance. Hopefully, Stern can follow up with his investigative and thorough research.
Thanks for a great article.
Zork asked what the lieutenant governor does (May 9). I respectfully disagree with Bob Geary's reply that the LG's "real gig is figuring out how to get on TV and show folks that you are the perfect person to be their next governor." I could not find contact info for Zork, so please pass along my take on the job.
Greetings! My name is Hampton Dellinger. I am a proud progressive Democrat, and I would like to be North Carolina's next lieutenant governor.
If elected, I will:
Make sure that state resources are being deployed quickly and effectively whenever a community faces a crisis (natural or man-made) or an opportunity. And I won't just show up at extraordinary times. I'll hold open community meetings from Murphy to Manteo. (I'll explain the reference if we meet in person.)
Challenge state agencies when citizens are not served well. I've done it from the inside (while serving as a deputy attorney general, for example, getting overturned the decision to permit a rock quarry adjacent to the Appalachian Trail) and the outside (successfully fighting the decision to waste taxpayers' money by overpaying for office supplies).
Ensure that present actions benefit rather than burden succeeding generations. Having served as the governor's chief legal counsel, I know the daily demands on a governor's time. The lieutenant governor can think about not just the next meeting, but about the next generation. I'll use that opportunity to develop and promote progressive solutions to serious challenges such as: eliminating continuing racial disparities in our schools, health outcomes and criminal justice system; protecting reproductive rights; making sure our mental healthcare system works; and better safeguarding our spectacular natural environment.
For more on my ideas, visit www.HDforLtGov.com.
WXYC supports local music
Your May 2 article "No Cover" mentioned WXYC's promotion of local music, in particular the Backyard BBQ. To clarify, the Backyard BBQ is principally a local music show that airs on WXYC from 8 to 9 p.m. on Sundays. We also worked with Local 506 to put on a free concert series called the Backyard BBQ. It was usually packed, thanks to good line-ups and hard work from a few WXYC jocks, among them 506 owner Glenn Boothe, who also bought pulled pork and cornbread for everyone.
Whether technological and cultural forces are decreasing show attendance in Orange County, WXYC remains a steward of local music. We program lots of local records, we promote shows at local venues with ticket giveaways and announcements, and the Backyard BBQ hosts a local act for a live performance and interview most weeks.
Robin Sinhababu, Producer
Backyard BBQ, WXYC-Chapel Hill, 89.3 fm