Monthly Archive for July, 2013

Republicans Nominate Burket for BOV

Cindi Burket will be Republicans’ candidate for the last two years of Chris Dumler’s Scottsville seat on the Board of Supervisors, Brian Wheeler reports for Charlottesville Tomorrow. (Burket was the only person to seek the nomination.) The 60-year-old Glenmore resident and homemaker just stepped down as chair of the Albemarle County Republican Committee in order to run for the office. She says that economic growth should be Albemarle’s top priority. Burket unsuccessfully sought the at-large school board seat in 2011. (A little more information about her can be found on her application for the interim appointment to the seat.) Democrats have not yet nominated a candidate.

Farmer’s Market Study Yields Recommendations

The never-ending discussion about where to house the farmer’s market has started up again, Claudia Elzey reports for Charlottesville Tomorrow, in response to a study about creating a “market district” to house the weekly event. The company that conducted the study concluded that C’ville is too small to support a newly created area centered on a farmer’s market, and that it’s only realistic to create a simple, permanent location. That might be in the Water Street parking lot where it is now, or that might be in the gravel parking lot between South Street and Garrett Street (there are arguments for both), but the important bits are to establish both shade and permanent sheds for vendors to set up under. Right now, when it’s either hot and or raining, the setup can be inhospitable, and requires that vendors set up their own tents. Council is going to discuss the findings in April. If the past 40 years are any indicator, nothing beyond talk is liable to result.

C-Ville Weekly‘s Racist Rant

A recent issue of the C-Ville Weekly included a paragraph from “The Rant” that read as follows:

To all you black motherf#$%ers running up here to the Charlottesville restaurants looking for free food, we wouldn’t be known as a restaurant, we would be know as a food bank. So, from now on when you bring your black ass into a restaurant in Charlottesville and want free food, carry your asses to a food bank. Thank you.

This was received poorly, as Marcella Robertson reported for NBC-29 yesterday. Protesters gathered in front of the newspaper’s Downtown Mall office, resulting in editor Giles Morris reading a prepared statement of apology to them. The paper also ran an apology in the current week’s issue. (I would link to the original piece or the apology on C-Ville Weekly’s site, but I cannot find either.)

Unfortunately, the paper’s response is to simply keep a tighter rein on the section (“rants that are sexist, racist, or in any way espouse points of view motivated by hate will not run in the paper”), rather than to finally axe the execrable embarrassment that is “The Rant.” If they don’t publish any comments “motivated by hate,” there would be virtually nothing left. The very purpose of it is to provide a public forum for people to say things that they would never say with their name attached to it, comments that would never otherwise be printed in the paper. It’s been some years since “The Rant” was added to the weekly, and it has cheapened the publication markedly ever since. (Most tellingly, they’re happy to print nasty remarks about individuals, but they censor the names of businesses that are criticized. Businesses advertise in the newspaper, of course, while individuals do not.) Morris would be smart to go beyond sanitizing “The Rant,” and just kill it. The newspaper and Charlottesville would be better for it.