Aug 26, 2016 - Things to Do

Mailbag: Electronic feedback letters about country clubs, hiking and South End



This is part of an ongoing series titled Mailbag, items readers submit via email or our feedback form (not social media, everybody already sees that). We get a ton of feedback — this is not close to everything (it’s about 5%), but it’s a good sample.


“Do you have something against charts, i.e. organized information? These “lists” are horrible and unhelpful. The latest is the list of fitness activities at breweries. Why not put it in a grid? A better example was the HORRID article/list of beach alcohol laws. Again, use a freaking GRID. It would be so much more user-friendly and readable.” – A

In response to Katie’s newsletter intro on August 19

“I wanted to THANK YOU for the story of Elizabeth Lowe and timing with Charlotte Gay Pride this weekend. As an avid reader of your newsletter and website, and as a gay man, I appreciate the recognition this is Pride weekend and insight into the issues we face. I enjoy the daily updates and tone/writing style. The information is timely and interesting – love the things to do on the weekends, new developments, etc. I have decided to become a member and support the CA and your team. Thanks for all you do.” – J

In response to: What sandwich should you order at Laurel Market in Eastover?

“Ted, you are basic. Of the 14 sandwich options at Laurel Market – you choose the turkey with lettuce and tomato? I mean, come on. I’d go wheat.'” – D

In response to: Wow. Here’s what the new Common Market street corner will look like in South End

“Charlotte’s newest apartment developer: OH DEAR LORD…….STOP ….concentrate on the horrific traffic…work on bike lanes and getting people out of cars… parks not apartments.” – P

“I read comments such as ‘Boo. Gross.’, ‘STUUUUUPIDDDDDDDDDD’, and ‘eeeeew’ on the Axios Charlotte Instagram account. I do want to acknowledge that there were also constructive questions and comments, but so many of them were pure idiocracy. I want to ask a question to Charlotte residents: Is ‘eeeeew’ all you have to add to the conversation? Do you really think this building is detrimental to the growth of Charlotte, or are you just agreeing with the seemingly ‘popular’ opinion? Have you given much thought to the hundreds of jobs this project will bring to the community? Not even the financial jobs. Think about the landscaping crew that will need to maintain the land. The janitorial crew that will take care of the building. The fact that many of these people will eventually become homeowners in the city. The hundreds of people that want somewhere to exercise, or eat lunch or drink a beer in the area. Not to mention the 20,000 square feet of retail. Most of this lot was empty before. Why not make it a place for people to work, live, shop and eat? Because you don’t like the design? It’s not ‘Charlotte’ enough for you? Those things really weigh higher in your opinion than creating good jobs for the community? Exactly what are you expecting the city to do in this situation? Tell the business ‘no’ you can’t build a structure that will bring immense positive growth to the city, because it looks too ‘boring’ or ‘modern’ for you?” – A

In response to: Not your typical Saturday in the S.C. mountains

“I’m planning to section-hike the Foothills Trail in South Carolina over the next year. So Evan Parker’s article ‘Not your typical Saturday in the S.C. mountains’ caught my interest. I’m very glad to know that this nerve-wracking experience ultimately worked out for the best for Evan and his dog. As a hiker myself, I will point out two tips: 1.) Always, always let someone know your plans – friends, family, etc. I hike alone quite a bit, but I always let my wife know my plans and my expected itinerary ahead of time. 2.) If you frequently hike ‘off grid’ where cell service is spotty at best, then I highly recommend investing in a device called a DeLorme inReach (Google that product name to learn more). The price is equivalent to buying a cellphone, but it’s well worth it. It uses a satellite network that lets you send and receive texts from virtually anywhere on the planet, even where cell service doesn’t exist. And you can also radio emergency responders for help if you get into serious trouble. I used this device while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to text back and forth with my wife in Charlotte, and it worked great. I also use it on other hikes around the Carolinas. Hike safely!” – T

“I’m glad Evan and Fitz are okay… but c’mon man! Unless you’re in a fenced, safe area, don’t let Fitz ‘run free.’ Use the leash. Injuries happen all the time- a ‘well-behaved’ dog darted into the street the other day off-leash and now his owners are looking at $1000s in bills. You cost emergency responders time and money, and it could have been worse had you been injured. Fitz is like a toddler: restrain and supervise him for his own safety. (Also, those of you who let your pups go off-leash tend not to pick up after the dog, and never keep your dog away from other dogs who are responsibly ON leash who may not want Fitz so close.) Keep Fitz and others, including yourself, safe and just use the leash like the law requires.” – N

In response: The family of a deaf man who was shot and killed by police in Charlotte is calling for a change

“Having grown up beside a family who was deaf it made me think about them in the situation that happened to Daniel.” – A

“Stop the cheap pandering, Katie! Daniel will NEVER, let me repeat, NEVER be a ‘hero’ to the deaf or to anyone else. For not the first time in his short life, he did his dead-level best to evade and resist arrest with a 6+ mile car chase through several neighborhoods, where he could have hurt an innocent bystander. Once he finally stopped, he made a conscious decision to approach the Law Enforcement Officer in a perceived aggressive manner, where a struggle ensued and he was shot in self-defense. Two things I offer you for consideration: first, the fact that his family is begging for donation to make his funeral and cremation something that they don’t have to pay for out of their own pocket is sickening, in my opinion. To dress it up as an effort to educate or start a foundation of some sort is insulting. It smacks of nothing more than a cheap money-grab. If the “foundation” is eventually set up, I would be interested to see an audit of their distribution. Second, if he is capable of obtaining a valid driver’s license (assuming that his was), then he is capable of understanding the rules of the road. You stop for a blue light at your earliest opportunity and you stay in your car until told to do otherwise. Your article and implied approval and support for this family’s efforts to simply pay for their son’s funeral and cast more blame on our Law Enforcement Officers is more aligned with the slanted reporting of the Charlotte Observer than I am accustomed to reading from Axios Charlotte. Perhaps one of your partners can write a rebuttal to your piece, providing insight to what actually constitutes a HERO and extolling the virtues of the lawful since most of what I read in the press is decidedly in favor of the lawless….you blew this one hard.” – D

In response to Andrew’s newsletter intro on August 23

“I was one of those who balked at the idea of spending millions on a mode of transportation that only runs a few miles (if that)… Then my son started CPCC over the summer and with that came fees (one of which is parking)… So I decided since I had to pay for the parking, might as well use it and thus began my disastrous experience with The Gold Line. In the course of one week it MAY have run add scheduled one day. I can’t begin to tell you how many mornings I received a tweet saying The Gold Line will be running every 30 minutes until further notice. Do you know how frustrating that is? Especially when they don’t even tell you if it’s 30 minutes on the hour, quarter hour, etc… and when you check the CATS always up to date brand new rolled out app… it still shows the trolley running every 15 minutes… Maybe they need to get their act together on this small stretch before trying to get too big for their britches…” – R

In response to: Should Myers Park Country Club merge with Carolina Golf Club?

“If you could get it to come to fruition, I might pay for your membership! You nailed the pros/cons of CGC even if you did get the members (some) mad! I agree wholeheartedly.” – K

“You’re probably a good guy and fun to play golf with. But based on this article it is my hope that you don’t ever join at CGC, for fear that you could find your way onto our governing board. The sensibilities you express in your article are far removed from the mission statement that guides CGC. In fact, MPCC is a good example of what we wish to never become. I assume this idea was born during a vigorous 19th hole somewhere. I believe it should stay there.” – J

“I am a long standing member of Carolina Golf Club and find your article to be written without merit and knowledge of the strategic plans of both Myers Park CC and Carolina Golf Club. The strategic plan for Carolina specifically EXCLUDES amenities such as tennis, fitness facilities, accommodations for large parties and events, and other things that a ‘country club’ looks to offer such as Myers Park. We are not, and do not want to be a country club. We are a golf club. Other then the fact that both courses were designed by Donald Ross, there is nothing else these clubs have in common.” – J

“Queens College has a pretty solid little MBA program, they could probably teach you some good stuff about merger analysis. The consultants you are speaking with are clueless, have zero idea what they are speaking about.” – D

In response to: Top 10 country clubs in Charlotte, ranked (including pricing data)

“It would be interesting to include more data on members. Are women allowed to join? Are there members who are not white Protestant men? Jews, African American, people from Asian countries etc. Catholics? It can be difficult to gather info on such and I realize this is not your focus but I find the topic fascinating. I have lived here 29 years and some aspects of our city have felt stuck in ‘the good old days’.” – S

“It would be more helpful to the majority of your readers (i.e. not the 1% that can stomach the initiation fees of the Top 10…) if you provided more insight into the courses listed as Honorable Mentions.” – K


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