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Wow! Ethnocentrism is alive and well at the Nashville Scene. In last week's cover story ("George Bush's War"), one Scene writer suggests that the almighty U.S. "may yet accomplish some good for Iraq and the Arab world." Another calls Iraq a "still primitive and very sad nation," not to be "left to its own devices." Another believes that "their depravity is now boiling over" and that "grungy bands of insurgents...will rise out of the sand to kill our kids." (No embellishment—you printed it.) And another: "...the Taliban are coming back like weeds." Finally, we read that "The Mideast is mired in medievalism."

Americans, meanwhile, lead the world in diseases of colon impaction, certainly an indicator that we are "full of it." Our nation spends $7 billion annually on antidepressants, yet the people of Iraq must suffer our attitudes and our bombs cold turkey. While the tears shed by the people of Iraq are just as real as our own, I trust that as Saddam Hussein prepares for trial, our own president can measure up to the same standards of judgment for crimes against a nation. My opinion: Leave your opinions to the one journalist who knows what he's talking about, Bruce Barry, and who sums it up best: "The war in Iraq is today just as appalling an idea as it was at the start."

Scott W. Webb

511 Chesterfield Ave., Nashville

On our IN-county top educator

I read your article "Thoughts on Pedro" in last week's Scene with great interest. As one of Pedro's friends and associates, I agree that he is one of the nation's most sought-after educators. We should expect that someone of his talent and experience will be approached by other districts that want to make the kinds of changes and progress that we are making here in Metro schools.

While for the most part I found your article fair and accurate, I was dismayed to see your comment that Pedro and his wife live in Brentwood. While we might excuse the U.S. Postal Service for its almost inexplicable designation of part of Davidson County as Brentwood, it is hard to excuse the Scene—a newspaper that I'm sure prides itself on being up-to-date-on all things Nashville—for not realizing that Pedro's new address is well inside the Davidson County line. Pedro and Priscilla live in Davidson County, and you can be assured that they pay taxes to the county that employs him. A statement that they live in Brentwood is unfair and misleading. A correction, if not an apology, is in order.

In the meantime, I will check with Pedro to see about inviting perhaps one of the Scene's editors to my next movie party.

Sarah L. (Mrs. Walter) Knestrick

903 Bowring Park, Nashville

Hope prevails

Kudos on the Tabitha Tuders editorial ("Failing Tabitha Tuders," April 29). I pray every day for the family of this missing little girl. I'm outraged that there hasn't been more assistance for this family to find their little girl. Somebody knows what happened to Tabitha. Actually, more than one person has to know; a person doesn't just vanish into thin air without a little help. I challenge the police department to take time to care again. I know in this world of crime and drugs and murders every day, it's easy to become hardhearted to the plight of one person. But what if this was one of their 13-year-old daughters, or what if she was the daughter of some well-to-do Nashville official? Tabitha most likely would already be home if that were the case.

For Tabitha's family, I pray for peace in this time of a void in your lives. I pray that she is safe and will eventually be returned to you. I know with each passing day the hope grows dimmer, but just keep the faith in miracles. And I pray that whoever knows where Tabitha is will come forward and end this family's grief. Tabitha, wherever you are, know that there are people who love you and pray you are safe. No one has forgotten you, and we will never give up hope that you make it home safely to your family.

Heather L. Aldrich

heatherlaldrich@hotmail.com (Cookeville)

Mixed messages

Your editorial on teacher tenure ("End Teacher Tenure," April 22) starts with a premise about "those of us who support the mission of public education." Unlike the Scene's editor, those of us who support the mission of public education actually send our kids to public schools.

Megan Barry

megan@meganbarry.com (Nashville)

In perhaps the best proof yet that journalism does pay, Newsweek columnist Howard Fineman was spotted with Meg Ryan at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Here's what the star of When Harry Met Sally was thinking:

♦ Gosh, this guy might actually be more arrogant than Russell Crowe.

♦ Acting out fake orgasms will surely come in handy now.

♦ I just had to make that stupid bet with Judy Woodruff.

♦ Well, I guess he's better looking than Billy Crystal.

♦ Hey, look! Brit Hume!

♦ Geez, is my career in the toilet now. What's next? A movie with Ben Affleck?

♦ Tell me that's not Dennis with Greta Van Susteren.

♦ The things I'll put up with just to meet Fareed Zakaria.

♦ So much for blondes having more fun.

♦ OK, Howard, now you have to sit through Against the Ropes.

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