Monthly Archives: June 2009

Augusta Ballet

I wrote a fairly pithy letter to the editor at the Metro Spirit. Recently, the ‘Augusta Ballet’, announced a party celebrating the retirement of their debt. The first sentence uses the weak construction, ‘Some people say…’ without telling us who are ‘some people’. This is a celebration of what exactly? Below is my letter:

Dear Editor,

I just read the news of the Augusta Ballet’s emergence from debt. Indeed,
operating in the black is laudable; still, I ask, at what cost? The sacking of
the entire creative staff, i.e. the professional ‘local talent.’ What remains?
A couple of folks occupying an office, conference-calling presenters to pick
touring companies. Big deal.

Benjamin Westafer