Free Speech 3/22/11

Bravo art!
This is a great article and certainly makes me want to go to the opening and see the heartfelt works of art and creative energy that is being generated. I am familiar with Tom’s art and journey. So glad he is featured.
Sue Brezine
[RE: “Creative Healing” by Nicole Wroten, 3/15/11]

Dear Editor
People who are observing Lent may want to consider giving up behaviors that harm animals, namely eating meat, eggs and dairy products. Cows, chickens, pigs, and other farmed animals are made of flesh, bone, and blood, just as you and I are. They form friendships, feel pain and joy, grieve for lost loved ones, and are afraid to die. By giving up foods that cause animals pain and suffering, we can become kinder, more merciful individuals. And since mock meats and other vegan foods taste great, you won’t feel as if you’ve given up a thing. Simply choose veggie burgers instead of hamburgers, soy milk over cow’s milk, faux chicken rather than chicken flesh, and eggplant, not eggs. For free vegan recipes and product suggestions, see
Heather Moore
Norfolk, Virginia
Much Appreciated
Great article! Thanks for including my art and thoughts in it too! I especially liked the three steps of using one’s art as therapy. I whole-heartedly agree, and have thought these same ideas about it for years now but it’s nice to see someone else put it down in print so well. I have put a link to this article on my Facebook page so others can enjoy it too.
Tom Watson III
[RE: “Creative Healing” by Nicole Wroten, 3/15/11]

Old farts
There’s also the fact that everything in Congress is based on seniority. It’s not as harsh in the Senate as in the House, but the new kids on the block generally get no influence whatsoever. That’s another kick in the old ego.
Kevin S.
[RE: Blog: “Tea Party whining begins somehow not unexpectedly” by Ben Tompkins, 3/15/11]


  • Last week, we incorrectly printed a last name in the story, “Creative Healing” by Nicole Wroten. Sarah Strong is the exhibit curator of the event, not Sarah Stone. We regret this error.
  • In our February 2 issue, we incorrectly implied in the story, “’Tis the Seasons” that chef Keith Wicker worked with Seasons Bistro in Springfield. That is incorrect. We regret this error.

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