Re: Spence’s Farm

The INDY‘s cover story this week is base, yuppie fear mongering (“Camp fear,” Jan. 8). The author devoted attention to so little: fear over farm owner Spence Dickinson’s apparent eccentricity, something about being oddly but briefly telecommunicative with a 40-year-old woman, his admitted impropriety of sexual metaphor with a young employee and common dangers on a farm that, according to the author’s own inquiry, intentionally exposes children to everyday challenges like nonpoisonous snakebites, broke-down old work trucks, horses and risks of slipping and falling.

What controversy is there from this article other than base character assassination? Why did the INDY decide to run this shallow piece? I knew nothing about Spence’s Farm. But now, if I had kids, I’d want to find the families who enjoyed Spence’s Farm. His mentorship sounds intriguing and challenging for yuppie kids, if not complicated and imperfect as everyday life.

John Griffin, Durham