With your statement that "George Bush has the intellectual curiosity of a sophomore frat boy at a state university," you guys have finally crossed the line (Editorial, Oct. 21). This is an insult of the most egregious kind. I demand that you immediately issue an apology to all sophomore frat boys throughout the state of Tennessee and to the state university system itself.
The last Scene
Today, I picked up the Scene for the last time. Because you have ventured into the opinion-rendering business ("Kerry for President," Oct. 21) reminiscent of cheap underground leftist rubbish, instead of offering a publication for the advancement of arts, entertainment and the general good of Nashville (and the occasional humorous antidotal look at ourselves), I feel as though I can no longer support it or, by virtue of my decision, its advertisers. The inclusion of trashy "adult" ads in the classified section (of which many are obvious fronts for prostitutionbe honest with yourselves) only detracts from the real classifieds behind them. It is an insult to the hardworking people who pay for the Scene and allow for free distribution with their advertising dollars.
If the goal of the Scene is to be a liberal, alternative-lifestyle-promoting pulp periodical, you've succeeded. If the goal of the Scene is to promote Nashville and its corresponding good people in a positive light, providing them with informative articles and promotion of the arts in an unbiased journalistic fashion, you've failedmiserably.
A note from a political swinger
I vote for those whose past thoughtful and rational behavior give every indication that, when in power, their stewardship will indeed reflect their total dedication to act in the best interest of our country and its citizens. It so happens that I am a Republican; however, my voting record does not and should not differentiate between party affiliations. I therefore applaud you for your editorial (Oct. 21) and agree that a change in leadership is undoubtedly what is needed at this particularly critical junction in our history.
In regard to last week's editorial ("Kerry for President"), it's odd, isn't it, that the people most vulnerable to terrorist attack, living in places like New York City, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia and Seattle, overwhelmingly support John Kerry, whereas people in places virtually certain to be ignored by terrorists, such as Williamson County and the sand hills of Nebraska, profess themselves terrorized by George Bush's fearmongering and plan to vote for him. Remarkable, too, that a man who, at best, defended Alabama from the Viet Cong air force on a part-time basis when he wasn't AWOL defines himself a stronger defender of our nation than a decorated war hero who has faced enemy fire in Vietnam. Or that a man who wouldn't even face the questions of the 9/11 Commission in an unrecorded, unsworn situation without Dick Cheney at his side claims to have a stiffer backbone than an opponent who as an act of conscience in his early 20s gave sworn testimony before (and wowed!) a hostile Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. Odd, isn't it?
1217 5th Ave. North, Nashville
Per editorial, letter No. 5
I just finished reading your endorsement of John Kerry (Editorial, Oct. 21). Your analysis of the weaknesses of George Bush was better than any I have read in any other publication. And it also scares me that more or less 50 percent of Americans want this man to continue his "catastrophic successes" in a second term.
Carl J. Feher
email@example.com (Corvallis, Ore.)
I read Bruce Dobie's latest editorial ("Kerry for President," Oct. 21). I guess he slept at a Holiday Inn Express the night before he wrote it. I believe he's set a new benchmark for Dobie arrogance. Nevertheless, he might enjoy this "analysis": http://www.vdare.com/sailer/kerry_iq_lower.htm.
John M. Baird
Yes, we're still on presidential politics
In the recent Scene Article "Sign Wars" (Oct. 14), Walter Jowers reported a conversation he had with Hannah, a teenage neighbor, about political yard signs. My name is Hannah and I have been "guilty by association" in the minds of the many people who know that Mr. Jowers and I are next-door neighbors. To set the record straight, please understand that I am not the "teenage buddy Hannah" that had an obscene exchange with the sign-slashing Moped Guy, as Mr. Jowers reported. I have barely spoken to Mr. Jowers in several years, much less discussed something as important as the current political climate.
Hannah Koonce (15 years old)
3503 Richland Ave., Nashville
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