When Tim Vanderweert saw our “Waiting for Good Dough” cover, he writes, he feared the accompanying story would feature “a transplanted Brooklynite who was going to lecture us rubes about pizza. But you basically nailed it, given two of my three favorite pizza joints were mentioned: Italian Pizzeria 3 and Pizzeria Toro, which to my mind makes some of the best pizza I’ve ever had (and that includes John’s of Bleecker in the Village and da Michele in Naples). You missed a really good one in Raleigh: DeMo’s on Glenwood South.” Vanderweert concluded by issuing a reminder that there’s life outside of Brooklyn.
Speaking of the Big Apple, a MAGA type writing under the pseudonym Rw0864 tells Voices columnist Jonathan Weiler that Donald Trump can’t be racist because he comes from New York: “Trump would not have made it in New York if he was a racist. Secondly, why didn’t you feel this same way in regards to the Democrats’ ‘silence’ in regards to Bill Clinton having sexual activities with an intern at the White House? In fact, Mr. Clinton went on several flights with Jeffrey Epstein in 2009 and 2011.”
Finally, Peter Aitken writes in with this take on our recent story about Duke grad students’ efforts to organize: “When I got my PhD, being accepted to a good university for this degree was an earned privilege. It was for people who were really interested in the subject and wanted to do something with an advanced degree. I was being invited to study in a field I loved, with established scholars, and to prepare for a fulfilling career that would hopefully benefit society in some manner.
“This was something I was happy to pay for, and while I received a small amount of scholarship assistance, my schooling costs were mostly from my own pocket and my family. I was paid a modest amount as a teaching assistant, but that was part of my education—I was taught how to lecture, how to grade papers, etc., all skills I used later. I did a lot of research, again part of my education, and this research helped establish me as a serious scholar. And the idea of benefits? Please, be real! When grad school starts to be seen as a four-to six-year all-expense-paid postponement of real life, it can attract students without the motivation or intellect to achieve excellence.”
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