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Forget Green Cards,How About Gas Cards?

Scott Bass' cover story ("Alienated," April 26) held my rapt attention from beginning to end. Well-written and refreshingly unbiased, the article offers an insightful look at the challenges surrounding the immigration issue.

I'll be the first to admit, there are no easy answers. I did, however, reach one overwhelming conclusion: I'm a lot more concerned with our government regulating the ridiculously escalating gas/fuel prices than I am with immigrants trying to eke out a living in America.

As fees at the pump grow ever higher, I imagine more than a few homegrown citizens may head for foreign borders themselves, though probably not by car.

F.M. Johnson

How Dare You Forget White Dog

One glaring lack of any information on one of the Fan District's best restaurants is totally lacking and appalling ("State of the Plate 2006," Cover Story, April 19). You named 50 best restaurants, most of them serving garbage. A few are decent, but the one restaurant that I find the best is White Dog, which I frequent on every visit to Richmond.

Not only are the owners terrific people who have been in the business for many years, but the food is par excellence and high above most restaurants that I have eaten at throughout the world. The place might be a bit small, but its atmosphere is delightful thanks to the wonderful paintings by Roslyn Pruitt, one of the owners, and the good taste of the owners when it comes to music, which gently enters one's ears.

The service is impeccable, and the food in a class all by itself — superb. Its bread pudding is the best I have ever had anywhere. I have not seen a review of this restaurant in your magazine for at least three years, and now you have not even put them on your list of 50 restaurants to visit in Richmond.

I am completely flummoxed by this omission and must tell you plainly that you are not doing your job. If you worked for me and made such a glaring error, your job would certainly be in jeopardy unless you corrected your error.

Paula Mandel

Slavery Reminders: Time to Let It Go

I am a bit puzzled as to why, in a historical article detailing the exploits of past Richmond criminals ("Burgles and Bungles," Cover Story, April 12), your writer(s) would choose to include the phrase "prices for everything, including slaves, plummeted." As the article had nothing to do with the abomination of slavery, this statement seems superfluous at best. I suppose another reminder of the bad old days is always a good idea.

I think it is safe to assume that all of your readers are aware that Richmond was a very different place 149 years ago. Must every reference to this time period include a mention of or a history lesson regarding slavery? (On April 20, 1867, there was an accident in front of St John's Church involving a carriage and a bicycle. The bicyclist suffered a broken wrist. The horse, although initially startled, was calmed by a passerby with an apple. The price of slaves that day was up 7 percent with moderate trading.) Seems a bit out of context, no?

I believe that in a city as racially divisive as Richmond, constant reminders of past injustices serve no purpose other than the perpetuation of divisiveness. Maybe it's time to (respectfully) let it go. …

And another thing … while I'm at it … would Style print the following restaurant review: "Andre's Pizza serves this Italian favorite as best as black/Hispanic/Asian/space alien folks can cook it"? I don't think so. Yet in the April 19 issue ("16 Favorite Dishes," "State of the Plate 2006") the collard greens at Jacqueomo's are served "as best as white folks can cook it."

Double standard? Yep! Racist? You betcha!

Thanks, I feel much better now.

David Shelton

This Is the Ticket

Kudos to Barksdale Theatre for bringing back Jill Bari Steinberg in "The Syringa Tree" ("Swinging a Second Time," Arts&Culture, April 19).

I was blown away by the original TheatreGym production two years ago, and I am still mesmerized by the simple power evoked by one very talented actor channeling a poetic, thoughtful and compassionate script.

I implore anyone who missed this marvelous production of "The Syringa Tree" the first time to take full advantage of the latest opportunity to see it. You won't be disappointed.

Scott Wichmann

Editor's Note: "The Syringa Tree" runs Wednesday-Sunday through May 21 at the Barksdale Theatre at The Shops at Willow Lawn. Tickets are $22-$28. Call 282-2620 for details.


We misspelled Chad Hornik's name ("State of the Plate 2006," Cover Story, April 19). (Read about the owner of the Melting Pot this week in Side Dish.)

Style regrets the error.

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