Laurie Notaro came to our writers' group using a fake name (Laurie Upton) and representing herself as a writer looking for feedback and critique ["Words to the Wolves," WW, Sept. 12, 2012]. We welcomed her; we're a friendly bunch. (Her feeling "nothing but complete terror" and being "frightened beyond belief" might have been a result of her conscience troubling her over the fraud she was about to perpetrate.)
But she certainly did not tell us the truth about her real motives. She had been recruited as a reporter for WW, as we all found out when we read the article. In that article, attempted humor was pursued at the expense of truth. She chose not to mention the considerable amount of time we spent critiquing her work.... She ridiculed other writers...in [her] attempts at humor....
I wish the sarcasm and mean-spirited attitude had not been aimed toward the other writers. As the group leader, I don't mind laying myself open for criticism (although this dishonest behavior wasn't exactly what you'd call "criticism.") Yes, I'm a longtime NC-17 Harry Potter fanfic writer. That part was true, and I'm proud of it.... I have an email database of over 3,000 readers who have sent me fan letters.... There are also several other self-published writers in the group, a piece of news that did not make it into the article.
This isn't an article this paper should feel particularly proud of, and Notaro, as a published writer, should not have stooped to these techniques. Yes, it was easy to do. But to paraphrase Dumbledore's words to Harry Potter: We should do what is right, not what is easy.
So what was the point of this article? WW sends a published author into a group of unsuspecting amateur writers to what? Make fun of them? Is there supposed to be a point to this story? Was it supposed to at least be entertaining? It just comes off as arrogant and insulting. I vaguely recall when WW had articles that were actually worth a damn. Seems like a distant dream.
GAMBLING POT = GRAVY TRAIN
As usual, it's never about how evil gambling is, it's about who gets to control the gambling, be it the natives or the Oregon Lottery ["Crapping Out," WW, Sept. 12, 2012].
It's all about the money.
Gambling income is more stable than income tax. Well, that's great. Even when the economy goes in the crapper, people will still gamble.
So in the end, anyone who currently has their finger in the gambling pot wants to keep everyone else out because it threatens their gravy train.
FILL A HOLE, BUILD A PARK
The property should be condemned under eminent domain and turned into a public park ["What Are You Going to Do About the Moyer Hole?," WW, Sept. 12, 2012]. [We're] moving toward the day when the North and South Park Blocks can be joined into a true inner-city park!
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