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Friday, July 12, 2013
I thank you, enthusiastically, for Karen Hager’s column (“Growing inspiration,” June 29) on two Blacksburg artists: master gardener Elissa Steeves and Roanoke Times photographer Matt Gentry.
Steeves is an imaginative sculptor of the Earth and it’s floral progeny, as well as being someone who generously shares what she knows with those who don’t. We have all witnessed Gentry’s talents in The Times for years. Those who have been the subject of his camera lens will know how kind, patient and appreciative he is in his work.
What your newspaper allows for, however, is the pure pleasure of scanning your prominent and extensive display of their talents. Placement in the paper lends weight to our understanding of how important these two are to our community, something an online treatment of the material cannot accomplish.
Occasionally, you demonstrate an intuitive understanding of the strength that newspapers have to survive the sucking sound of the Internet: reminding us of the joys of living in this region. It is a pleasure to greet the news quietly in the morning, enjoying the visual presentation that allows us to thoughtfully contemplate the virtues of our neighbors and neighborhood.
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