In response to Patrick Sharbaugh’s Nov. 9 “Unscripted” column (“Hub-Bub Hullabaloo,” Arts), I couldn’t agree more with him. Contemporary culture demands contemporary art, which demands support of contemporary artists. Charleston has a thriving arts community, and to a certain extent Charleston does support that community. But, call me an idealist, or perhaps just the director of a new arts organization — but we can always do more.

I strongly believe that community is created through organization, and what better way to organize the arts community of Charleston than to create a truly comprehensive Center for the Arts in Charleston? The recently acquired Trolley Barn on Meeting Street could be just that. Just imagine Redux Contemporary Art Studios, PURE Theater, The New Music Collective, and other arts organizations of our city all housed under one roof! Gallery Space, Performance Space, Rehearsal Space, Studio Space, Teaching Space — all in one explosively creative location.

But, as I said, organization will be key. The task would be up to the arts community itself to show Charleston how much it needs its “innovation incubator.” So what say you, artists of Charleston?

Nathan Koci
Director, New Music Collective


On page 15 of the Dec. 7 edition, you ran a headline “Ich Kenne Nichts” (City Blips, News). Problem: kenne, from the German the verb kennen, does mean “to know,” but only in the sense of knowing somebody or where something is, as in “are you familiar with?” As in, kennst du Ingo? (Do you know Ingo?) The verb you’re looking for is wissen. Ich weiss nichts.

There, now that I’ve come across as an über-blowhard … I wasn’t sure if I liked the new layout/look when it first came out, but now I’m used to it and rather fancy it. Shame I can’t say the same about most of your columnists.

Scott Walls


Let us dispense for the moment with truth, and right from wrong. Last month, three seventh grade girls were suspended from Buist Academy for making death threats in journals against a teacher, a teacher’s aide, and a student, who was then permanently withdrawn from the school by his parents. The spokesman for the Charleston County School District condemned the students’ behavior and said publicly that the three girls were facing expulsion. Fast forward a few days and a few high priced lawyers later, and everything was OK, mistakes were made, and it was all just “child’s play.” Not even a week later, the students were back in school at a motivational get-together party that only the parents of the three girls and the rest of the students were notified about in advance.

Kim Alsbrooks’ recent letter “(“Mere Child’s Play, Dec. 7) was dead right about one thing, Sallie Ballard, the principal of Buist Academy. If she had called a meeting of the students, parents, and teachers involved and mentioned in the journal, we are sure it would all have been settled amicably and quietly. Instead, in an appalling lack of leadership, she chose to surround the whole matter in a veil of secrecy in hopes that it would all just sort of go away. The episode would have never reached the point that it did, the news media would have never followed the story, a police report would never have been filed, and the parents of the three girls involved would have never had to hire lawyers.

As the parents of one of the children mentioned in the journal, we were, and are, understandably concerned. When we called the school to inquire, Mrs. Ballard at first denied our child was in the journal, then admitted it, then laughed. After denying she had a copy of the journal for our inspection, she then proceeded to refer us to a nonexistent person at the school district offices on Calhoun Street. When we spoke with someone there, they also refused to allow us to see a copy of the journal. Mrs. Ballard then sent out a letter implying misinformation on the parts of certain entities, and then she scheduled the meeting that we referenced above, once again neglecting to inform us.

We have no axe to grind with Buist Academy. Mrs. Ballard can tell you that we have so far 15 years worth of children at Buist and have always supported the school.

There have been several articles and letters in your paper, and we initially thought to just let the whole thing go away. Paranoia it’s not. Right from wrong? Your choice, we guess, depending on the way you were brought up.

Oh, and that party at Buist? The only thing missing, amid the clapping, ’60s feel-good symbols, and clue words was the child who left because of the threats made against him. We guess he wasn’t invited.

Carolyn and Johnson Hagood
Folly Beach


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It was reported in the Dec. 7, 2005, edition of the Charleston City Paper that College of Charleston tennis player Bastian Moldehnke pled guilty to charges of filing a false police report. Mr. Moldehnke’s attorney has advised us that Mr. Moldehnke has been charged with filing a false police report, but that there has not yet been a trial, pleading, or conviction. The City Paper regrets any error.

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