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Re: “Love/Hate Mail

Mr. Oakwood has a valid point. The primary reason that the market value of horses has decreased to abysmal levels is the banning of horse slaughter in the U.S. While there were cases of stolen horses being fed into the slaughter market, the majority were those that had lost their value to their owners. With no one else to buy them as working animals for show, trail, logging, etc. these horses then became dog food and other products, including meat for human consumption in other countries - a perfectly legitimate food choice. I own horses and enjoy them as trail companions and pets. Those that become a part of the family are kept, even in retirement, until they are called to greener pastures. Those that, for one reason or another, do not work out are sold. Most have gone to owners that care for them. A couple have probably gone to slaughter. Other people are not so fortunate as to be able to keep their horses in these hard economic times. Without a vigorous marketplace these owners often find that they cannot sell their animals, but then cannot afford to care for them either. Rescue groups are overwhelmed. I've even heard of horses being abandoned in national and state parks. The only rational way to bring the horse market back into balance and reduce the incidences of abuse will be to reinstate the horse slaughter option.

Posted by HorseSense on 04/01/2010 at 2:42 PM

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While I agree with Ms Hobson that persons who grossly abuse domestic animals - whether pets or livestock - should be drawn and quartered (figuratively) I also understand the Farm Bureau's reluctance to support stronger legislation. I think the biggest fear is that special interest groups such as PETA and the Humane Society coupled with well meaning but ignorant non-farmers will have undue influence on such legislation. That influence could result in laws that are beyond what would be considered rational and fair. Remember the adage about the camel's nose under the tent. On the other hand, if the Farm Bureau doesn't try to be proactive and help shape such legislation instead of being only obstructionist they may find themselves howling in the wind against laws that will indeed be onerous to farmers and other animal owners.

Posted by HorseSense on 04/01/2010 at 2:25 PM

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Lindsay Ferrier's Nashville Scene piece, "Bike-Curious" is, at best, unfunny, irresponsible, and utterly vacuous. It is truly regrettable that the Scene chose to address this important issue by allowing an ill-informed blogger to pen an inane column based on 1) A distinct lack of facts and 2). Shock-value quotes from a controversial and notorious member of the Nashville cycling community. Many who know the cycling scene in Nashville know exactly who "Milo" is, but every reader of that article should know that he is not the appointed spokesman for the broad collective of cyclists in our area. Please relay to Ms. Ferrier that she should stick to blogging and leave journalism to those who can present an objective and factual overview of an issue without degrading into amateurish, Jerry Springer-style sensationalism; please relay to "Milo" that I respectfully request that he not speak on behalf of cyclists until he proves that he can exercise better judgment and restraint.

Posted by MTBer on 03/25/2010 at 8:16 PM

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I found your writers pre-opinion of the Eric Clapton performance more than a bit disturbing, and very troubling. Don't quit understand the venom over a commercial for a phone - who else would you pick to represent a Fender themed product? Eric Clapton's body of work over the years has been amazing, and his performance ( also kudos to Roger Daltry ) at the Sommet Center Saturday evening was just wonderful. ( My ticket was christmas gift from my son...thanks Brian! ) Please understand what Mr. Claptons' music has meant to folks over the years and lighten up a little. Peace....Jim Moles / Terre Haute, Indiana

Posted by Jim Moles on 02/28/2010 at 8:46 PM

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Hey there, we are a new shoegaze band from Northern, CA. I was wondering if you could perhaps help us out by giving us a feature and possibly a review for the blog. It would be very helpful and we would very much appreciate it. Thanks a million, hope to hear from you soon. -Nick. www.myspace.com/whirlband

Posted by Nick on 02/22/2010 at 1:31 PM

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Please pass the word along to Steve Haruch: it's "Philip Glass" with one L. Only it's not Philip Glass; it's John Cage.

Posted by Scott Smith on 02/12/2010 at 1:08 PM

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This may not be the right place to do it, but I would like to say Happy Birthday to Don Everly, world-renowned singer, songwriter, guitar player, and heart-throb! He and his brother are national treasures.

Posted by M. S. R. on 02/01/2010 at 12:37 PM

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Judge Kennedy needs to be removed from his bench. Have you ever sat in his court room and watched him belittle and destroy families? He and Karl need to go fishing together. Oh wait, knowing Kennedy he is in bed with this guy.

Posted by Donovan on 01/31/2010 at 8:58 AM

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Dear Scene, Once again, Nashville Scene readers voted the downtown public library as the second best place in town to meet intelligent men and women (Readers' Poll, 2009). I can only assume that your readers are referring to me. Don't get me wrong, I'm not bragging on myself. I consider myself to be of average intelligence. However, after two straight days of harassment in the library, I'm beginning to wonder if I have the word "genius" tattooed on my forehead or if your readers haven't visited the library in a while. Yesterday a man called me "precious." Who can blame him? I was wearing that slouchy, come-hither sweatshirt, baggy jeans, and a wedding ring. And the group of young men who spent several minutes staring at me while discussing fellatio? Clearly, I was asking for it by sitting quietly and working on my homework. I wish I hadn't needed to use the computer in the library today, or I might not have noticed the young man with the scantily dressed lady dancing across his computer screen. I also might not have heard another man at the computers exclaim "Jesus!" suddenly and loudly. I still haven't figured out if it was a happy "Jesus!" or a mad "Jesus!" and frankly, I don't want to know. All this has left me wondering what has happened to the Southern gentleman and what has happened to my beloved library? What happened to the days in elementary school when anything over a whisper in the library yielded detention? To be clear, I don't begrudge the homeless who come into the library on cold or rainy days. I don't know if the men who bothered me live in a house, an apartment, or at the Rescue Mission. I only know their behavior was inappropriate. If this happens to me again, I might consider dropping the largest copy of an Emily Post book on the lap of the offender. Then again, I am a lady.

Posted by Frustrated Student on 01/21/2010 at 10:30 PM

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Apparently, John Roberts has read just enough history of the US Constitutional Convention and The War Between the States to be dangerous. An humble suggestion: take the time to thoroughly review the contentious debates regarding State sovereignty that took place before and during that Convention. When the US Constitution was adopted, there was absolutely no prohibition against secession. Had there been, the Constitution would never have been accepted. Each of the original States feared a powerful central government, for good reason. That is why The Articles of Confederation preceded The Constitution. The default was to establish a very weak national government. When that government proved incapable of functioning in an adequate manner, it was replaced by the result of the Constitutional Convention---a government intended to be INCREMENTALLY stronger. Additional reading will probably surprise Mr. Roberts with the facts that (1) New England States threatened to secede in 1814--The Hartford Convention, and (2) that those same States actually supported the concept of Southern secession, early in the process. The simple point is that each State joined the Union voluntarily and DEFINITELY presumed that it retained the right to leave in the same manner. The fact that the US government claimed, after The War, that the Union had been indivisible ab initio DOES NOT make it so. There never would have been a "United States of America", under the original Constitution, had such a precondition existed----period. The current "Tea Party" movement is seismic. Whether the State Sovereignty movement takes on those characteristics remains to be seen. An aggressive, wasteful, extremely intrusive, and--a rapidly increasing number believe---incompetent national government is at the root of these initiatives. Confederates firmly believed they were following in the footsteps of their Patriot Forefathers, by fighting a Second War for Independence. A quote from that earlier period might well be applicable today--"If this be treason, make the most of it!"

Posted by Arlie O. Pritchard, Jr. on 01/05/2010 at 2:25 PM

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Matt Bonner writes, in his case for guns, that "the only thing that will stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun." Is he aware that it was a woman who stopped Nidal Hasan at Ft. Hood? A woman with an impressive body of firearms training and experience, who herself was shot multiple times and nearly killed? She was a police officer, her daily work dedicated to understanding and defusing the very situtation in which she found herself. But Mr. Bonner expects me to believe that he or some other "good man" would perform as effectively or rationally? If he quits his communications job and goes through years of police and firearms training, I might believe that.

Posted by Ashley Moore on 12/23/2009 at 8:56 AM

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Mr. Bonner, Thank you, thank, thank you! For your artical. This county, state, and the whole country needs MORE MEN like you. I'd rather have you as a friend and neighbor than those sissy no gun law cowards. Robert Hagood

Posted by Robert Hagood on 12/18/2009 at 8:29 PM

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Since you don't know the heck what you are talking about read this review it is one of many that are prasing this movie. As for the budget they it was 29 million and since they made 34 million the first week guess they have got their money back. In is being reported that this is going to hit over 100 million. Review from the Austin paper Grade A All the performers in this film rise to occasion. It is said that this is an Oscar-worthy performance by Sandra Bullock and that’s not exaggerated. Hancock’s Jae Head steals every scene as elementary school kid, S.J. (Sean Jr.) Touhy and will make you laugh every time. Also Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates and Ray McKinnon as Coach Cotton are phenomenal in their roles. http://weareaustin.com/content/entertainment/story?cid=38741#tvg

Posted by Bonnie on 11/25/2009 at 4:49 PM

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What a sorry excuse for a review. Is Nashville jealous of Tim McGraw's success I wonder. What was that comment about Tim and a wig, in all the reviews and comments I've read from people that have seen the movie, NO ONE has mention that. All the cast including Tim McGraw have been receiving awesome reviews. Word of mouth is making it a big hit. The movie not only was the highest first week sales of Sandra's career but the highest first week for a sports movie. The movie is amazing and NO ONE excpet cares about Tim's hair. What a joke you are.

Posted by Bonnie on 11/25/2009 at 4:35 PM

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Well, I'm not a frequent visitor to the parks, I'd rather be deep in the woods at a hidden lake or nice size pond fishing. :-), But back to the Parks issue, Nashville is naturally a beautiful city, with it's Bradford Pear Trees and always allowing the trees to line the inner city streets in the right places, Melrose, Greenhills, West End is my favorite, but it don't take rocket science to know how to lead the things that are naturally God given. Centinial Park can be improved, anything that man has his hands on can be improved, simply because we are not perfect. But given the fact that we are all given different gifts and talents, well, leadership may be lacking in quite a few places where the job was given due to a friendship, relative, or prejudice. Whatever the problem, it needs to be corrected yesterday. We have more pressing problems in attracting tourists to Nashvillle than for them to see parks lacking artistic flavor. We are blessed beyond measure here in this beautiful city to be counted as less than in the top 10 cities in North America. Therefore, I'm submitting my apl. for the position of overseeing the parks. I majored in Fine Arts for 4 years at Jackson State University, learned persuasive rhetoric, and served my country honorably in the Marine Corps for 3 years and 9 months. I know leadership, " you have to love what you do in order to do a great job, while treating your staff and associates right and just, the job will be done right everytime ". This I know. Thanks for reading my comments. God bless all yall Happy People of Nashville Tom 11-22-09

Posted by Tom Broadwater on 11/22/2009 at 11:13 PM

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Brett Lashlee's LTE reflects this now Independent Voter"s thoughts very well. I've voted for both parties over the last many yrs in both state and national elections. While my roots belong to the Democratic Party I've had a tough time going along with the Leaderships social agenda, and now that both parties are so endured to Wall St and hugh Global interest I'm giving up hope on both parties serving America's interst and freedom!

Posted by SouthernIndie on 11/01/2009 at 7:15 AM

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What a pity that Mr. Martin chose to fire off his scathing criticism of Alice Randall’s stirring new novel "Rebel Yell" after (by his own admission) reading about three paragraphs. If he had read Rebel Yell cover to cover as I did a few Sundays ago, he would have been moved by the intimate human portraits Ms. Randall paints of all the characters in this serious work of fiction. If novelists were not allowed to draw upon their real life experiences for inspiration, sadly very few novels could or would be written.

Posted by Lucie Carroll on 10/31/2009 at 12:57 PM

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Well Ias I see it it's all unconstitutional all of it.. matter of fact most everything done by OUR government has been. I say the one who know OUR constitutionalright and yes our GOD given rights and uses them without hurting there people should be the only one running... and the ones who are in there now (our government need to read up!!)because the dumming duown of the people really hasn't work =) We are out here and we know our true rights and we will take a stand. okay enough babble I just woke up ...where's my coffee =)

Posted by mdo on 10/12/2009 at 9:15 AM

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Mary B's comment was interesting: '...Is it even possible for the right wing to act like Christians (they always claim they are) and do what Jesus would do? That is, help the least among us. Give to Caesar what is his, give to God what he commands. What a bunch of hypocrites!' Nowhere in the entire Bible does God command the state to coerce wealth from its citizens and give to the poor. Christians are told to do so, but not by means of the state's gun. Everyone has an obligation to support honorable charities and take care of those within their own associations and abilities.

Posted by Charles Gillihan on 10/10/2009 at 2:14 PM

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Just because you call Marsha Blackburn a conservative doesn't make it true! Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman. She is no conservative. See her unconstitutional votes at : http://tinyurl.com/qhayna Mickey

Posted by Mickey on 10/08/2009 at 11:51 AM

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