Cut our losses
I am one of those rabid conservatives that do consider the Nashville Scene to be largely just another print media outlet for liberals. But I thought your editorial in last week's edition was spot on ("Iraq Gets Uglier Still"). We, as a country, do not currently possess the manpower, money or requisite ruthlessness to be able to change a culture forged by decades of internecine battles between Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis. While well- intentioned, our attempts to forge a democracy in a few short months in a country dominated for years (or decades?) by an educational system that has largely taught its citizens to hate Western culture, is misguided.
The argument that as long as we fight terrorists in the Middle East, we forestall their arrival in the West now falls flat in light of the recent train bombing in Madrid. Better we should leave now and let them resume their fights with one another (which they are almost certain to do). That should keep them busy for another decade or so.
Looks like they're letting any old, doddering fool write a novel, huh ("The Battle For Nashville," May 13)?
Dobie. Novel. Sad.
Reading with a monocle
I'm confused. You write in your May 13 editorial that the Scene "is generallyand incorrectlyviewed as a liberal mouthpiece...." And then on page 35 of the same issue, I read that you, Music Row Democrats and others are sponsoring a benefit for MoveOn.Org, a known liberal mouthpiece. How do you reconcile this apparent contradiction?
Yeah, we'll get right on that
Information about the article posted on your www.nashscene.com Web site has been sent to me by a relative. Lacking a direct e-mail address for author Bruce Dobie, I am responding to your Web site link. General John Bell Hood was my great-grandfather. I object to your writer's fictitious and slanderous description of General Hood as being "laudanum-addicted." I request a full retraction of this statement, and expect it to appear on the site promptly. If the author is planning to publish this in any other format, I wish the statement and similar errors expunged beforehand.
Donna Hood Pointer
310 Gralake Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich.
A first for everything
I'm glad to see the Scene gave some time to the Rhea County Gay Day event ("Rhea County Blues," May 13). I was there, and while the number of attendees was significantly smaller than anticipated and no famous faces appeared, those are mistakes of inexperience. If media persons attending were truly surprised about that, I'm surprised at them.
Come on, give Kristie Bacon and others a break. In Rhea County, in a very short period of time, they put together an event that people enjoyed. Political speakers should be no surprise. The article failed to mention other speakers, the music, vendors, picnics, etc. Conversations with attendees revealed this was a very big deal for them, and a big success. The day was for the attendeesthe gay community that does, in fact, exist in Rhea County, and every other Tennessee county. The day wasn't for the purpose of meeting media expectations to avoid the "raw disappointment in the(ir) eyes."
I'm guessing Mr. Abramson learned and improved his writing over the years. Give the Rhea Counties and their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents some time to do the same. For 2004, a few courageous people did a tremendous amount of work that made a significant statement and provided a positive experience, and I raise my rainbow flag to them.
Joyce L. Arnold
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Hams and jams
Loveless Cafe, purchased last year by Tom Morales, owner of TomKats Catering, has been closed for a deep cleaning and extensive remodelingincluding a new kitchen and new bathrooms. The restaurant, which will hold additional seating for the droves expected during the busy summer season on Natchez Trace Parkway, is set to reopen next month. On May 21 and 22, the Loveless is holding hiring days, looking for "big hearts and smiling faces" to spread the love. Interviews will be conducted 8-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. both days at the cafe, 8400 Highway 100; no appointment is necessary. For more information, call 646-9700 or visit www.lovelesscafe.com.