Diana Ronald-Szabo's Letters to the Editor

Enterprise Mountaineer, Waynesville, NC, Monday, Aug. 9, 1999

Keep Times Square out of Haywood County

To the editor:

Concerning the public hearing on July 27 dealing with Faze 3, the Enterprise Mountaineer failed to report that Alderman James Williamson made a motion to raise the license fee from $500 to $1,000 to open such an establishment -- a motion which was unanimously passed.

I have witnessed firsthand how this low form of entertainment can tear down a community and how it can demoralize residents living in surrounding areas.

Back in the ’60s I joined the picketing of Times Square, N.Y., on a monthly basis for about two years. We helped to bring attention to this depraved area.

As we marched through this Devil's Den our voices lifted up in prayer, attracting the hard stares and the ridicule of some of the unsavory characters there. In one instance we were spat upon. We walked past stores where pornographic books and magazines were blatantly displayed. We walked past peep shows and massage parlors, and we walked beneath a row of marquees carrying the words, "Girls," "Girls." We saw dirty-faced, unkempt young boys who couldn't have been more than 9 or 10 years of age, standing in doorways of buildings which housed who knows what? Their faces were devoid of that fresh-faced appearance. Their eyes lacked their luster and that innocent look which children at that age usually have. The peddling of flesh could be seen everywhere, particularly that of women.

There was an eerie, uncomfortable presence of evil in that Devil's Den and each time we left that area we felt a sense of relief.

What a terrible letdown it is, then, to find that the influence of Times Square and Las Vegas has crept into our area. We never expected to find this in the Bible Belt, which we thought was a refuge from the corruption of big cities.

We strongly resent the presence of this club, which is a blight on our county and which exploits women for lustful and monetary gain. We don't want it here and I'd like to say it again: Let's stop it! Let's keep Times Square and Las Vegas out of Haywood County!

Diana Ronald-Szabo



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