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Letter: Let Clyde be just Clyde

I am always happy to read Clyde’s letters and on Sunday read his column about time to get things right: “Salisbury started in 1755, not 1753.” Clyde has been and continues to be our history leader for our sweet city, along with his knowledge of education, the arts and theater.

This is my question:  Clyde abandoned his last name some years ago, but the Salisbury Post persists in labeling his letters and posts as, Clyde, “formerly Clyde Overcash.” Will this ever change?  Any student of literature knows numbers of writers have used names not connected to their family or gender. I think it is about time for the press to drop “formerly Clyde Overcash,” as he requested some years ago.

Clyde has such a presence in our little town, is so revered for his many talents, that no one needs any reminder that he was “formerly,” for he will never be anything but Clyde; he remains a jewel for our city.

Formerly Julie Singley, now Julie Pinkston

Salisbury

Editor’s response: We like Clyde, too, but the Post’s readership in print and online includes many people who do not know him and would wonder why we published a column from someone who does not give his last name.

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