In her column today, longtime New York Post writer Cindy Adams (www.nypost.com) expresses her biting opinions of Charlotte and North Carolina. Titled "Carolina in my mind," it opens with a zinger about how North Carolina is the home of nothing.
I have been a fan of the New York Post online for ages, especially its Page Six gossip column. And it's a paper that covers The City - I love knowing what's in the news there.
I did get a little steamed when I first started reading her most recent post, but then she mentioned her hotel room is in Rock Hill. She is going to be grumpy all week. I don't blame her.
Honestly, the fact that Cindy Adams is writing about Charlotte at all is kind of neat to a longtime New York Post fan like me. OK, maybe that's a stretch, but I'm trying to be gracious and think of something positive to say.
I just wish some of the Charlotteans and North Carolinians posting comments online would try to be gracious as well. Honestly, some of the responses are so rude, it's making us look worse than anything Adams could write. The world can read what they're saying. I hope their grandmothers aren't tech savvy.
You can still say what you feel without crossing the line. Sometimes you can even be bawdy while you do it. Need an example? Here's one of my favorite responses:
"You can kiss Queen Charlotte's..."
I love that the woman from Charlotte who posted it didn't write out the last word. That would have been rude. In Charlotte, going out of your way to be kind, friendly and polite is highly valued. It's so prized here, we even try to hold onto those ideals while fussing at someone.
But to all the North Carolinians going overboard in their online disdain for Adams' article, on behalf of your grandmothers I say please, mind your manners.