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Scene as "sophomoric"

You are so Nashville if you finally win this contest by pandering to the Scene's sophomoric political agenda ("You Are So Nashville If...," July 22). Congratulations, Joe. You can stand back up now.

Brian Moore (Nashville)

Yes, yes you are

Am I the only one in town who's intrigued by that little sound bite at the end of the Brookstone ad? "Ha ha ha...I LOVE this beer!" (I guess you're so Nashville if you think your entries are by far the best but you continually dominate the "weird

" category.) But I still don't understand why two or three people always have the whopping majority of the entries, particularly this year when so many of them are reruns.

Bill Renfrew (Nashville)

Bow your head—and read our smut

I was looking through your magazine yesterday at the Hilton, and I was so disappointed to see so much smut in your paper. It involves open sex ads, homosexuality and a general sense of trash. I am a member of Cornerstone Church here in Nashville, and I am taking your paper to my intercessory prayer group, and we will pray for changes in the format of your periodical. It's not acceptable in my backyard.

Denise Wallace (Nashville)

This chic don't need no day glow

This Ain't Your Boyfriend's Guitar" (July 22) made me cringe. The writing's fine. The subject matter, however, makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I've been a guitarist since I was in single digits, and now I've got two granddaughters. They will never be encouraged to ignore fine tonewoods for day glow, mass-produced, uh, "instruments" to compensate for female physical differences. The idea that Daisy Rock's founder felt she had to "change society's view" to make "her daughters feel welcome in music stores" makes sense only if you're defensive about being a female musician to begin with. It's true that some music stores have a condescending macho air when it comes to dealing with female customers, but those aren't the stores where smart women shop. In Nashville, we're blessed with some of the finest dealers in the world, none of whom have ever treated me badly or tried to dumb me down to a plywood guitar. Smart businessfolk don't treat 51 percent of the population like dummies. (Dumb ones very well may.) There are perfectly made, three-fourth-body, short-scale, thin-necked guitars that beautifully suit folks with smaller frames, male or female. The Daisy Rock approach is patently sexist. (And the idea that a Daisy Rock could rip "as well as any Les Paul"...oh, my. Let's let that one just lay there.)

Nancy Liebl (Nashville)

Dish it out and take it too

Cheap shot, Roger, even for your campy reporting style (Political Notes, July 22). You seem to have a knack for leaving out relevant parts of conversations. What I said to you was (1) that in phone calls to the HRC they would not give me the names of local board members, and (2) I couldn't find the information anywhere on its Web site or on publications. You told me the information was "readily available to the public" when I asked you whether it was. Question: As an HRC-friendly reporter who had to make a phone call to get the info, don't you think there just might be a bit more likelihood that they would give the answer to you than to me? If I didn't know you better, I'd think you were just jealous that you don't get invitations to our flagrantly bourgeois parties. (Truth in labeling: That last sentence is 99 percent sarcasm, 1 percent margin of error.).

Maybe you should attend Metro Council member Lynn Williams' upcoming seminar on journalistic ethics. I'm sure you'd find much in common. Incidentally, CommonGoode's arguments against Ms. Salas' reappointment never changed from the first letter to the council to the last; the difference was that we provided much greater detail in the Tuesday letter than we did on July 7.

Jerry Flowers (Nashville)

Constructive criticism

The Scene's recent article about the status of school director Pedro Garcia's contract and his letter to the school board were beside the point, as far as I'm concerned ("Still 'No Excuses' "). On the issue of student achievement, I would be much more interested in learning from Garcia what has been tried to help students improve, what has worked, what hasn't and why, and what he proposes to do better. Such a demonstration of educational leadership would make me feel better about his administration if he stays, and, when he leaves, would give me some hope that the next community and group of students he encounters as superintendent will benefit from what he has learned here.

Norman Tenenbaum

703 N. 12th St., Nashville


Please tell your sportswriter to check his facts before publishing his column (Sports, July 22). The Titans could not sign Corey Dillon, as he is not a free agent. Moreover, he's not even with the Bengals anymore, having been traded to the Patriots in the off-season for a second-round draft pick.

Joseph Habshey (Nashville)

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