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Don’t Drive Drunk Editors’ Notes
Recently I was sent the following letters concerning an ad which I made for a
local attorney, Clarke Dummit. After reading the ^etj^rs 1 felt compelled to bring
the thought of drunk driving to everyone’s attention the same way it was brought to
The ads in question don't support drunk driving, but they make it sound
innocent. It is far from innocent. The ads ( as Mr. Dummit states) are trying to bring
those who have received a DWI or had drunk driving accidents to a realization that
there is help available both judicially and emotionally.
It is when we stop thinking about drunk driving that the problem occur.
It is our responsibility to remember not to drink and drive or to let anyone else do
so. Drunk driving is usually well remembered at Salem even in the merriest of
times, this editorial and the following letters are a reminder that while you are out
celebrating the holiday it is not a time to drive home merrier than you left.
Dear Mr. Dummit,
As a victim of a DWI crash, I find the enclosed ad printed in The Salemtte offensive.
I do understand the need for those accused of drunk driving to have lega
representation. 1 do object to the lighthearted manner in which the subject is treated.
Dmnk driving is never "okay," no matter how good the legal representation is. I hope
your future ads will treat DWI more responsibly.
• Heather Register
After receiving a copy of your letter to Mr. Dummit I felt it necessdry to respond
to your comments. . • , •
First I would like to clear Mr. Dummit from having any connection with making
the ad you enclosed. In September, I sold Mr. Dummit an ad subscripHon for the fall
semester, after that it was my job to make the "Feature Horoscope" ad for The
Salemite . The reason for running the ad, in the form it is in, was an attempt to move
away from the type of ads seen on television.
In this past ad my attempts, obviously, went much farther to the joking side than
they should have, and for this I give you my sincerest apology. I also assure you that
upcoming ads will not carry the same lighthearted tone. It was an oversight on my
part and I will keep your letter in mind while making any ads concerning the subject
of drunk driving.
I do appreciate your bringing this situation to my attention. I hope that you will
continue to respond to matters in The Salemite which concern you.
Dear Ms. Register,
Thank you for contacting me to express your concern. I apologize if you have
taken any offense. I do appreciate an opportunity to address anyone who feels that
I treat my profession, my clients or the judicial system irresponsibly. However, I do
not believe that my advertisement does.
Anyone who drives while intoxicated is extremely irresponsible. They are not
nec^;ssarily the type of person who would address their problem head on by hiring
an attorney, going to counseling, or participating in the Step One program;
especially in the college campus atmosphere where the students are from out of
town, younger, have few ties to the community and will not have experience with our
Given these factors I believe that it is much more effective (both for my
advertising dollars and for the benefit of the community) to bait the medicine with
"just a spioon full of sugar." I personally believe that the young first time offender
(those to which the ad, in question is addressed) need more guidance, counseling
and constructive rehabilitation rather than having their wrist slapped and then
having the underlying problem ignored. "Things will turn out okay if they address
their problem and learn from their mistakes.
I have given Ms. Earnhardt and her colleagues on The Salemite the instructions
that the ads are to be lighthearted and catchy. I believe they are doing a fine job.
If you would like to review future ads before they run please feel free to contact
Ms. Earnhardt or myself. I welcome your input. Thank you again for expressing
E. Clarke Dummit
by Amy Cass and April Edmondson
It's that time of year again! Can you
believe we're faced with the Christmas
season again so soon? .,^here does the
We've often wondered this, especially
now as we have been participating in
the special events that take place
during the holiday season. As seniors,
we cannot believe we are finally in "the
shoes" taking part in candle trimming
and Christmas caroling.
We recall as freshmen not knowing
what was actually entailed in the
Christmas events that make this season
so unique at Salem. After experiencing
the infamous Christmas dinner, tree
lighting, and candle light service we
soon became aware of the importance
of Salem's traditions and the need to
continue them in the future. For these
are the special times at Salem that we
will retain as memories forever.
However, we must continue by
making one complaint. By the time this
season rolls around, we are so
bombarded with papers and
assignments that we can't see the light
to enjoy the the season here at Salem.
But this year, our final year, we are
making time to attend the traditional
Perhaps one day Salem will adopt the
policy that all papers and various other
projects are due the week following
Thanksgiving. If this policy were
implemented we believe everyone
would benefit. This would allow
students to participate in the Christmas
festivities as well as begin their diligent
exam studies earlier.
This holiday season we wish you the
best of luck on exams and a Merry
I know you've received lots of
requests in the mail this year, so
I'll try to be brief.
I am a senior at a woman's
college in North Carolina. We
really need some things to make
our college a better place for
learning. Some of these things
include more space for professors,
a new office for the security
communications professor and
more diverse communications
classes, more classes to be offered
for all students, a moving van for
residents of Strong Dorm, senior
seminars in all majors, a hunter to
catch the THING living in
Sisters’ attic, lots and lots of cash
to restore Sisters' and more
I know this may be a hard
request to fill, however I
especially wish for everyone a
nice vacation and a safe journey
I hope you will remember those
most in need and bring the
holiday spirit to everyone.
Winston~SciCcrn., Nortfv CcvroCitwi 27108
Co-Editors-in Chief Amy Cass
Copy Editors Susan Cheshire
Editorial Editor Paige Parker
Sports Editor Galen Miller
Advertising Editor Patricia Earnhardt
Headline Manager Diane Davis
Business Manager Laura Brooks
Photographer Lesley Stokes
Faculty Advisor George McKnight
Caroline Horlbeck, Hope Lamm, Katherine Livermon, Jenny Savage, Gaither Sm
Caroline Swope, Tammy Taylor
Contributing Writers - Libby Brown, Catherine Davis, Denise Decker, Michelle Dufffe
Lttilde Dumond, Sarah Edwards, Trisha Forbes, Jennifer King, Kathenne
Donna May,Jennifer Morgan, Strat Newitt, Sally Pierce, Lisa Phelp, Heather S
Lauren Strain, Mary Bradley Thompson, Anne Tucker, Mindy Worrell
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