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Uh, we don't get guvment subsidies

Uh, we don't get guvment subsidies

Before the Nashville Scene attacks Wal-Mart and its hiring practices, employee relations and employee benefits packages, the Scene, in all fairness, should open its own books for a fair and impartial analysis, particularly with respect to its editorial staff and reporters (Editorial, July 29). Does the Scene treat these individuals as employees (with benefits) or independent contractors (who don't get any benefits)? It seems an unfair use of power to throw stones outwardly until the Scene opens its own books for a similar internal review. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the Scene's demographics don't skew toward Wal-Mart shopping. Talk to the millions of people who do frequent Wal-Mart, and you will discover that it is not the enemy of the working man.

Wayne Halper (Nashville)

Obscure knowledge

Before unfavorably comparing Colorado's "fifth down" win in 1990 to Cornell's in 1940, there are a couple of important contextual things to consider (Sports, July 29). The first, and most important, is the game circumstance that allowed Colorado's win to happen. When both down-markers and the referees had indicated second down, Colorado took its final time-out to get its goal-line series together. They called one play, and then spiked the ball to stop the clock on what the coaches and players thought was third (actually fourth) down. Had the down markers indicated third down during the time-out like they should have, Colorado would have called two plays during the time-out, and certainly wouldn't have spiked away their fourth down.

The second thing to consider is the larger context. Cornell had come off of championships and a long undefeated streak. It was a little easier for them to look good by sharing the limelight and forfeiting. Colorado had spent decades in the shadow of Oklahoma and Nebraska and finally had a chance to give long-suffering Buff fans a little glory, less than two years after the death of their quarterback to inoperable stomach cancer.

Of course, as a student of CU during those years, and one who watched that entire game and season, I feel the need to defend them against those making moral judgments far removed from context. A Vol fan would do the same.

Garrett Parris (Nashville)

We feel the love

First off, I wanted to thank writer Dave Milner and athlete Tom Holland for letting us in on what it was like to actually complete a 100-mile run ("Trail Boss," July 29). I ran cross-country in high school and cannot imagine physically or mentally being able to finish such a race. It's articles such as this one, not to mention the gossipy pieces about such diverse topics as unwanted Wal-Marts and unwanted Karen Hoffs, that make the Scene the preferred guilty pleasure reading choice of thousands of Nashvillians, whether or not they'd admit it. As for the accusation of the newspaper's "general sense of trash" (Love/Hate Mail, July 29), I myself can only pray that the Scene continues to air the dirty laundry of public officials and money-hungry corporations. Who needs The O.C. when you've got such delicious lechery alive and well right here in our own zip codes?

Brian Tucker

1014 Moores Court, Brentwood

All publicity is good publicity

Roger Abramson seems to have gotten it all wrong in his piece about the Music Row Democrats' official statement about the Aladdin Casino firing Linda Ronstadt for dedicating a song to Michael Moore (Political Notes, July 29). For starters, he mistakenly attributes the statement to MRD media relations person Jim Havey. "Havey criticized," he wrote, and "Havey concluded." Mr. Abramson doesn't like the message, so he's unfairly picking on the messenger. Then he erroneously says the group thinks Ms. Ronstadt's firing was "a blatant violation of (her) First Amendment rights," ignoring the central theme of the MRD statement: a call for more civility, and a hope that Democrats would be far more tolerant than Republicans if the situation were reversed and an entertainer dedicated a song to President Bush.

Finally, in what appears to be a questioning of the group's legitimacy, Mr. Abramson refers to the 1,200-member organization as "Music Row Democrats," using quotation marks. Would he refer to someone as a graduate of "Hillsboro High School" or a member of "First Baptist Church" or the "Lions Club?"

I'm proud to be an active member of the Music Row Democrats, a six-month-old alliance of Democrats of every stripe: liberal, moderate and conservative. This is the third time Mr. Abramson has taken a swipe at us, so we must be doing something right.

Bobby Braddock (Nashville)

Rude but not illegal

As usual, Roger Abramson makes some very keen observations in his Political Notes column this week (July 29). But what I disagree with, not as a Democrat or Republican but as an American, is the overzealous tactics used by the management of the Aladdin. Sure, the audience also had the First Amendment right to leave if they wished, though by media reports less than 10 percent of the crowd did. What was troubling to me is that Aladdin felt it was necessary to escort Ms. Ronstadt from the premises without even allowing her to go back to her room to get her personal effects. I mean, what does this remind you of? Where else in this country is this type of behavior condoned? If the Aladdin management was unhappy with the content of Ms. Ronstadt's act, presumably they have the right to not ask her back, but she deserved enough common professional courtesy to be allowed to collect her things and check out with dignity.

Ed Pettersen (Nashville)


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