Why not leave political correctness behind in Y2K?...Response from and to Style's Richmonder of the Year...Bad manners shouldn't be a federal offense...WRIC made bad call with millennium coverage 


Why not leave political correctness behind in Y2K? Of all the things to leave behind in the 20th century (Cover story, Dec. 21), political correctness should be near the top of the list. What a shame your writers were too busy wallowing in it to notice. Bruce Goldman Response from and to Style's Richmonder of the Year It is certainly an honor to have been selected as Style Weekly's Richmonder of the Year for 1999. I wish to extend my thanks to you and the entire selection committee for this recognition. I take great pleasure in joining the distinguished list of those similarly chosen during the previous 14 years. Working with the men and women of the Richmond Police Department, in collaboration with our countless partners in the public and private sector, has made my job truly enjoyable. My selection reflects the professionalism of our department; the renewed spirit within our neighborhoods; and the commitment of many business, community and government leaders to making Richmond a world-class city. I am proud to be Richmond's police chief, excited about the future, and very grateful for the honor bestowed in being named Richmonder of the Year. Jerry A. Oliver
Chief of Police
City of Richmond
Style picked the right person to be the 1999 Richmonder of the Year. Jerry Oliver is a man of vision. He implemented his vision in Richmond despite numerous criticisms. Figures tell the tale of his success. Now, the city should embrace his new endeavor, Project Embrace. It is the logical step after Project Exile. I wish him good luck. Cabell Goolsby West I would like to respond to a statement made by Chief Jerry Oliver in the article naming him Richmonder of the Year: Chief Oliver stated that the Richmond Police Department "used to bring in a lot of 25-watt people." I have to take offense on behalf of my husband (an RPD lieutenant) and other highly qualified supervisors and officers who were part of the RPD long before Chief Oliver's arrival. They are officers who have laid their lives on the line from the moment the badge was pinned on their chests. Yes, Chief Oliver has brought many successful programs to the RPD, but without the efforts of those officers and supervisors, none of those programs would have gotten off the ground. I ask that Chief Oliver and the citizens of Richmond give credit to the men and women of the RPD who leave home every day to face whatever dangers are ahead because they truly care about what they do. To me and to the other loved ones of these officers, they are 150-watt people. May they continue to shine! Janet Acampora Bad manners shouldn't be a federal offense Re: Your article titled "Ad Causes Calls From Clerks" (Street Talk, Jan. 4). I would like to make several corrections to your article about me. Your statement about the trespass and my firing made it look as if I had been fired, and then trespassed at DGSC (now referred to as DSCR), when this is not true. The crux of my entire complaint is that I was illegally charged with disorderly conduct, while I was expressing my opinions about DSCR's union, the AFGE Local 1992 (the American Federation of Government Employees) theoretically protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution, which led to my being wrongfully charged with trespass. As to my "crusade" being "dogged and puzzling," I appreciate your acknowledging that I have indeed been dogged, but you should not be puzzled, since I provided ample evidence of the injustice done against me. I have never offered movie rights to any TV stations, nor to The New York Times, although I have made them aware of my troubles. I am, however, a member of the East Coast Writers Guild, and have also made my situation known to Spike Lee's company, Forty Acres and a Mule Film Works. I was dismayed by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams' comment that he put me in jail for "the night to teach (me) some manners." I didn't know bad manners was a federal offense. I am very interested to know that Judge Williams now admits he had an ulterior motive in sending me to jail, because he said in court that it was because I had violated the terms of release, when that charge itself was flimsy, exaggerated, and brought by the probation officer to intimidate me. I want to make it clear that Judge Williams is not my enemy, but he did let me down in court when he failed to see through the transparent conspiracy between DSCR and AFGE against me. David P. Shurland WRIC made bad call with millennium coverage Regarding Style's article on WRIC's decision to locally preempt ABC's New Year's Eve coverage (Street Talk, Jan. 11), I can say that I was fortunate to have seen much of the telecast in the home of friends who own a satellite dish. I can attest that Tom Shales' Washington Post review of "ABC 2000" as an "amazing and enthralling global epic" was not simply one critic's over-the-top hyperbole. Much to my surprise, it really was that compelling. Regrettably, WRIC 's management opted to deprive local viewers of a truly momentous television event, in favor of sweet-to-the-bottom-line fare like "Curly Sue" and "Towering Inferno." That's their business. However, if WRIC continues to publicly posture that it made its choice solely in "service" to our community, one might begin to suspect that its management must have weighed the option privately of airing a 24-hour "Jerry Springer" marathon instead. I admit I surfed by Channel 8 after midnight, curious about WRIC's much-promoted, "community-spirited" Y2K coverage. I caught only its live remote filed by WRIC correspondent Ryan Deal, who had been dispatched to mine the reportorial gold in withdrawing a crisp twenty from a well-functioning Chesterfield County Texaco ATM . Still, it was enough on which to base my assessment that it compared poorly to what everyone else throughout the nation got to see. Stephen Long

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