In Patrick Sharbaugh’s “State of the Arts” piece (“Unscripted,” Arts, Oct. 26), he so gratuitously gives credit to Michael Bloomberg for revitalizing the New York arts scene and keenly characterizes him as a Republican who actually cares about the arts. Mr. Sharbaugh has completely excised information regarding the damage the New York arts scene sustained after the 9/11 attacks destroyed much of the Lower Manhattan arts and culture organizations. The lack of recovery since these events is the buzz in the New York arts scene; not that Bloomberg is giving out special awards.

Mr. Sharbaugh’s only source here appears to be a single New York Times article. He fails to recognize that nearly half of the arts and culture groups in Lower Manhattan no longer exist since 9/11, forcing many New York artists and enthusiasts out of jobs and out of the city. Besides a few grants immediately following the attacks, the $45 million that is dedicated to reinvigorating Lower Manhattan’s arts scene has remained untouched to this day. Sharbaugh completely ignores this evidence. His basis for commending Bloomberg seems to lie in the seemingly odd fact that he is a Republican showing interest in the arts scene.

Ian Wheeler



Bill Davis needs to find some actual subject matter to discuss before he writes his next article (“The Pig’s Face is White,” News, Nov. 9). I realize gentrification is a popular buzz word around Charleston lately, but does that mean a grocery store chain can’t update a downtrodden and neglected facility to modern standards without some journalist crying gentrification and trying to make it out to be a black and white issue? I wonder if Bill Davis has ever been to another Piggly Wiggly? Apparently not, because if he had, he would realize that the Meeting Street Pig’s interior now looks more or less exactly like all the other Piggly Wigglys’. What would you rather have Piggly Wiggly do? Should they have intentionally planned a more urban or minority-themed Piggly Wiggly?

Maybe they could have consulted Bill Davis about this. He seems to be familiar with perpetuating stereotypes, as he has identified Meeting Street minorities as a bunch of malt liquor and Kool-aid drinkin’, pork eatin’, shoplifters.

     Bill, I hear there’s a gas station on Upper King Street that might remodel next week. There’s your next story.

Ryan Norgart
James Island



Who are the geniuses who want to put 5,000 more homes on the already overcrowded Hwy. 61 corridor?

That’s easy.

They’re the geniuses who know how to get development pushed through come hell or high water. Any idiot knows that Hwy. 61 can’t support the load. That’s not the point.

The real idiots are the ones who can’t see the long-term strategy playing out again. All those folks moving into those new expensive suburbs will form the kernel of momentum for change over the coming years. They aren’t moving out to the new suburbs only to be stuck in the sticks without a Publix close by. The developers know it.

The trees are coming down. Forgetabout it.

Jon Hartley


Thanks to Patrick Sharbaugh for mentioning our cult film fests in his recent article, “Starless Nights” (Arts, Oct. 26). Media services staff members Peter Paolini and Arora Nitin deserve the majority of the credit for that program.

In regards to indie film, we also host the Film Movement series on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.

The Film Movement provides award-winning, first run, independent and foreign films from the top festivals, and each selection is curated by leading voices in film, including Christian Gaines of the American Film Institute (AFI) and Nate Kohn of Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival.

You can get the skinny on the Film Movement at Or you can check out what’s showing at the library at

Kevin G. Crothers
Media services, department head
Charleston County Public Library

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