Hang Your Hat: August 16, 2012
Responses to last edition’s Slice of Life Column
To the Executive Editor
Dear Mr. LaPelusa,
I am writing this to you because I am so disgusted, upset, and highly offended by the article about Edgewater by Judi Tepe in the Sun [Day] paper. It is so degrading to all women in general and specifically single women. I can’t believe that you, as editor, would allow such an article that portrays the single women of Edgewater as desperate, sex-crazed, man-hungry fools that can’t survive without a man, and that we pounce on any single man that moves here. The article implies that we are all like that, and that is certainly not true at all. First of all, the article was written by a married woman who apparently knows nothing about most (at least 95 percent) of the single women here. According to that article, if I were looking for a nice senior community, I certainly wouldn’t want to live in Edgewater, especially if I were a single man. The article not only put women in a bad light, but the entire community of Edgewater. I have also heard from some married couples here that are also mortified by the article. You have done a grave injustice to the people of Edgewater by allowing this article to be printed.
Perhaps the author thought that she was being funny at our expense. I, and many others, do not think so at all.
Mary E. Andrea
Mr. Chris La Pelusa,
I have received your latest news and am very upset with an article by Judi Tepe…this is a gross indignity to the single Women in Edgewater. I live in this association and feel this should have never been shown in print. This person is not a single woman and has no right to assume we are looking for a man. The article was not funny; it is an insult to singles. I think she should print a retraction.
The Sun Day offers response to readers
Upon the publication of the Slice of Life column “When a single man comes to town…” printed in the August 2 edition of the Edge, we received several calls and emails from residents who were upset with the content of the column.
I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that the message of the column came across in the wrong way to some of our readers. What was intended as a light, humorous take on life in Edgewater caused offense and insult to some members of the community. This is, of course, never an intended result of anything we publish.
By printing columns from residents, we are trying to either inform or entertain our readers. Columns give their authors a chance to write their opinion or views, which is something not found in the rest of the paper. I would like to make it clear that, as it says on page 2 of every edition, views expressed by columnists are strictly their own and not those of the Sun Day or any other staff.
When I read through the column, I did not find anything offensive. To me, it was a light, exaggerated view of a situation. That being said, everyone sees things differently, and we at the Sun Day regret that it upset some of our readers. As columnists have the right to write about what they want, readers have the right to respond with their own thoughts. While we are sorry to know the column offended some readers, we ask you to read take the Slice of Life columns with a grain of salt, because as with most jokes, they require a stretch of the truth.
We appreciate the feedback from readers and will use it to help the paper better serve your community.
Is the Route 47 boulder an erratic rock?
Below is a link to a website which describes the definition of an “erratic” rock, which I would guess that large rock by the oak tree might be. As soon as I saw that rock when we moved out here to Del Webb, I told my husband that it must be an erratic rock brought to the area by a glacier, which we learned about in geology class. Since this whole area seems to have lots of glacial evidence, such as the Freeman Kame (also a glacial deposit), as well as lots of rocks in the top soil.
This is just our observation, but it seems quite likely.
Sun City resident
What about the oak tree?
I was so happy to read the article by Dwight Esau regarding the rock next to the lovely oak tree on Rt. 47. The article and the letter accompanying it was quite informative. I work next to the open field and have always enjoyed the view of the rock and the tree from our office window. Last year, I took a photography class and used the rock and tree as the subject for a photo essay. I am dismayed to learn the developer plans to keep the rock but the oak tree’s future is less certain. It is a pity that such a majestic tree would be disregarded. Many of my clients have remarked they hope the tree and rock remain.
A farewell to pine trees
How ironic for Kathleen Carr to write an article on “Making your garden a little more private” (Sun Day, Gardeners Forum, Aug. 9) just a week after our Del Webb landscapers dutifully cut down perfectly healthy branches on all the green and blue spruces and pine trees bordering Del Webb’s eastern property from Farm Hill Drive to Black Oak Trail to Tulip Tree Lane. We are not supposed to have unsightly-looking tomato plants on the sides of our houses, but now I am looking at bare trunks as high as 53-, 57- and 63-inches high in my backyard.
O Tannenbaum! O Christmas Tree! How steadfast were your branches!
Your boughs were green in summer’s clime,
And through the snows of wintertime…