My name is Kim Cates and I own Shooters. I have lived in Durham all my life. I am a female entrepreneur and, under my ownership, Shooters has been a part of the Durham community for over 20 years. As a Durham business, Shooters employs 30 local individuals. Three of them have been employed by me since 1996, longer than some of the students who slandered me and my staff and my club have been alive. By publishing an article with a headline calling Shooters “Rotten to its core” the Chronicle hurt, personally and professionally, each of the local residents who works at Shooters. Shooters is our second home and we care about every guest who crosses our threshold. We know so many of our patrons by name, and we know their families, and I want to state publicly that I sincerely appreciate all of the current students and alumni, and their family members, who have reached out to support me in this difficult time.