All Your Printing Needs and More
I was thrilled to see Scene's feature story about Jakprints owners Dameon Guess and Jacob Edwards ["You Don't Know Jak," June 23, 2010]. From the moment I met them (for my 5,000 business cards) I knew I was meeting people who were different — destined to succeed. Not only did I know then that they would be successful (it was their "vibe"); I knew that they were two decent and hardworking guys. I enjoyed just being around them.
Years later, when our paths crossed again at a chamber of commerce, and I toured their plant on Carnegie, I couldn't have been happier for them. The whole scene — the cool digs, the energy of hard work and creativity, and the dedication to being "green" — it was that same vibe I encountered when I first met them in their tiny space on Lost Nation Road. Bravo, Jakprints...well-deserved kudos. And the best is yet to come, I am sure of that.
What You Can't Learn in Art School
As a teacher of college art, this article makes me again doubt what I teach to my students. I too make people draw "apples and sandals." I think much needs to be rethought to keep people interested and show the applicability of art to people's lives.
Kansas City, MO
Victims of a Downsizing Bishop
I am sickened by the heartless behavior of Bishop Lennon since his arrival from Boston ["Gone, Not Forgotten," June 2, 2010]. He has targeted the very institutions that maintained a sense of community in this city. I am afraid that many of the apologists for Lennon are suburban residents who long ago abandoned the city and have lost the sense of community that was maintained within these targeted parishes. Consequently, many may wonder what all the fuss is about. These inner-city churches offered a rich community life, transcended geographical constraints on community — many drove in from distant suburbs — and offered a living faith community that did not simply consist of rushing to a half-hour mass and trying to sit in the back as anonymously as possible. It's sad that the actions of such a business-oriented bishop can so quickly destroy what was painstakingly built by our ancestors over many years.
Perhaps even more troubling: The word "downsizing" has been applied to this process as if it were a natural law and therefore inevitable. The American people have been trained to believe this in other areas of life — the workplace, most notably — and behave as if there is nothing that we can or should do.
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