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Dogwood Parade Vendors

writes: Being new to Charlottesville, I attended my first parade here Saturday. I was impressed by the floats and many other sights, but was extremely bothered by the vendors patrolling up and down the streets with overloaded (and probably stolen!) shopping carts. Is this a common practice for the City to allow these vendors to “interfere” with citizens being able to enjoy a parade without dangling flashy “toys” in front of childrens faces to get them all wound up to have us produce the almighty dollar? This is a poor practice that I certainly hope City management will take into consideration for the next parade. Is the money the City gets for the temporary vendor permits really worth pissing off the citizens that are already agitated by not being able to find a place to park? Advice, comments, please!

What Happened to WINA’s Programming?

Anonymous writes: I had been a great admirer of WINA news. However, I’m curious about the support that WINA has for their afternoon programming. Clark Howard is interesting and educational. But the rest of the afternoon programming is really one long hateful outpour (I’m thinking particularly of Neal Boortz). I keep accidentally having to hear him when all I want is the weather. So what’s up with the afternoon programming? I’m told that this is what people want. How do they know this? The station manager says it’s ratings and that’s why advertisers sign on. But do they listen to this stuff and how hateful it is? Is there any way to talk to advertisers and say that contrary to rating books, the programming stinks and makes me want to send a note to the advertisers?

Strange Graffiti

Cecil writes: This is not news, but rather a question: what is _up_ with some of the graffiti appearing just north of town? Read on for the terrifying details…

I’ve seen graffiti-style references to Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (I am not making this up) in the following places: on a parked trailer near the intersection of Greenbrier and East Rio and on the side of that small strip mall just north of Kmart on 29 (the mall with the Mailboxes etc. in it).

I have also seen spray-painted renditions of Charles Bronson’s face (I am not making this up) on the backs of street signs that can be seen as you drive southbound past Albemarle High School.

I have to think that these phenomena are related. Please, for the love of God, can anyone enlighten?