Letters / Extra

In this month's letters: the government's role in the financial meltdown? And a plea for more smart architecture criticism.

Guilt by Omission
Just finished scanning the "Guilt by Association" story in the last edition of Charlotte magazine. I am wondering why there was no mention of government intervention in a stable market anywhere in the story as a cause for the financial meltdown. Is the writer familiar with the long story starting with the Community Reinvestment Act, then the forcing of banks to lend to people who could not afford a home? How about the repeated attempts to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that were shot down by congressional Democrats? Personally, I am tired of hearing one side of the story, and I am losing respect for those who can't admit that government greed might be a problem in this country. The gross omission ought to warrant a correction. Thanks for letting me share this with you. Great magazine.
Shawn Overcash

Refreshing Design
Richard Maschal's essay and architectural critique "Gone Blue" is such a refreshing way to help us appreciate this New City of the South ("The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly"). He brings together fashion, function, and availability of raw materials in a way that helps us understand design. We'd love to see Maschal make regular contributions to Charlotte magazine just as The Skyline columns appear in The New Yorker.
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For the Record
In our May issue we incorrectly listed the address and phone number for Beaux Belly and the address for Sleepy Poet Stuff. The correct address and phone number for Beaux Belly is Specialty Shops on the Park, 6401 Morrison Boulevard, Suite 4, 704-366-9007. The correct address for Sleepy Poet Stuff is 4450 South Boulevard. We regret the errors.

The Taste of Charlotte Festival is here. Head to our Web site to register by June 1 to win a family pack of coins for the 11th annual Lowes Foods Taste of Charlotte, June 5 to 7 in uptown. (Valued at $60.)

Can't get enough of our cheap-eats package on page 50? Check out our Web site to see a slideshow offering an inside look at our favorite cheap-eats restaurants and some of their most popular dishes. Plus, look for an interactive map of all the spots.

Look for a contest this month on our shopping and style blog, Charlotte Shop Talk. Starting June 1, we want to know who your celebrity style icon is and why. Our favorite answer will receive a bottle of Hampton Sun's newest fragrance, Privet Bloom (valued at $50). For details on how to enter the contest, which begins June 1 and ends June 30, check out Charlotte Shop Talk, which you can find at our home page.

On June 14, an NBA team will select Davidson's Stephen Curry as its number-one draft pick. "See Stephen Go," a Web exclusive by Michael Kruse, takes an inside look at Curry's decision to turn pro. It was an agonizingly difficult decision, but not for the reasons you might think.


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