I enjoyed reading your update on the proposal for a Nashville Sounds downtown ballpark ("Sounds Like a Plan," Nov. 18). I think the new location would play a significant role in revitalizing the downtown area. I'm not sure how the plan would affect the efforts to bring a major league team to Nashville at some point in the future, but then, I enjoy minor league baseball significantly more than watching the multi-million dollar teams playing in the big leagues.
But there's one apparent issue that concerns me. The article includes what I would assume to be a rendering of the proposed ballpark. If this is the official design, then someone needs to tell the developers that the orientation of the ballpark is all wrong. From what I can tell, the outfield would be looking directly into the sun on summer evenings (which I assume would be when most games are going to be played). More importantly, all of the paying fans would have a wonderful view of the Coliseum parking lot and the junkyard on the other side of the Cumberland River. Although I'm not the one getting paid millions of dollars to design this thing, I would think that a better plan would have the fans facing north toward the Nashville skyline and the outfield facing south keeping the setting sun out of their eyes during the games. Just a thought.
Hey, writer's license
Kay West's Holiday Guide piece was a hoot ("A Sexy Santa Day," Nov. 18). But she really should look up the meaning of Immaculate Conception. It is not, as so many seem to think, a religious term for asexual reproduction.
T. Mark Hodges
In our defense
I've already forgotten the specifics of Matt Pulle's comments on Nanci Griffith (Desperately Seeking the News, Nov. 11). But I do have an opinion on Peter Cooper's letter regarding Pulle's comments (Love/Hate Mail, Nov. 18). First, Peter, your defense of Ms. Griffith consists only of unsupported ad hominems against Pulle (boring, sanctimonious, sloppy, twerpy, half-cocked) and the observation that Pulle misspelled her name. All clearly irrelevant, as is her tenure as a Nashvillian, as is her very real talent as a novelist, songwriter, musician, performer, etc. We all have a right to our opinions and are free, thankfully, to speak our minds.
But by choosing the role of Cassandra as a public personality and further choosing the high drama of promising to leave the country, Griffith also chooses to make herself fair game as a subject of others' public opinions, even uncomplimentary ones. Gandhi might have been able to bring about positive social change through a hunger strike, but Griffith's self-referential threat to leave the country invites all the ridicule it's received. And she compounds the disgrace by her failure to follow through. At least her male contemporaries who avoided the draft by fleeing to Canada actually left. Her empty threat matches that of Janeane Garofalo, on whom I'm still waiting to crawl across broken glass and apologize. So when Ms. Griffith gets back to the emerald isle, I hope she looks up Sinead O'Connor, another artist who's long on symbol and short on political substance. And Peter, I hope you receive the invitation to the Griffith cottage that you seem to be angling for. And I haven't spell checked this letter, dude, so go for it!
Barking up the wrong tree
I had to laugh when I read your editorial in the Nov. 18 issue championing property rights in your battle with Metro Council member Vivian Wilhoite. I laughed because for the past seven months you have extolled the virtues, beauty and wonder of the Shelby Park Dog Park that surrounds our neighborhood. You certainly didn't champion our property rights and their subsequent devaluation, when this "experiment" was plopped down 55 feet from our bedroom windows without benefit of written notification, citizen input or public meetings. But then I forgot. ReDiscover East dictated all those rights for us, and told us how they, in their quest to "improve" East Nashville and "raise quality of life" were better suited to make these difficult and intellectual determinations. Now we have tons of daily deposits of dog feces in our yards, the odor of urine wafting over the barbecue grill, and a cacophony of dog barking accompanies our blissful moments of peace seven days a week from dawn until midnight. Why, we even have people stopping their cars in front of our houses to contribute to the piles of lawn fertilizer we step over trying to get to our front doors. Fear not Nashville. You too will soon enjoy this delightful experience, as five more are planned in a neighborhood near you, and the Scene will tell you how blessed you are to have this marvelous facility. You'll be the envy of all Davidson County! Now, how much did that dog park really cost and just who were you experimenting on? Bet you won't print this one.
How proud we should all be of Nashville's (Cashville's?) own Young Buck, who was recently given a wonderful story and dashing cover shot in this very paper! He is an inspiration to all, especially the youth, for his brilliant musical expression, work ethic and, most importantly, for coming to the aid of friends in need. We need more like him, and I hope the city of Nashville will have a parade in his honor, just as soon as he gets out of prison!
email@example.com (Nashville, a.k.a. Cashville)
A letter in last week's Love/Hate Mail was incorrectly attributed to Abbie Huxley when its author should have been identified as Rita Tallent. Many apologies for this error.
Also, last week's Holiday Guide listed the wrong phone number and ticket price for Tennessee Repertory Theatre's Holiday Memories. To purchase tickets to this and all TPAC Broadway and Tennessee Rep shows, call 255-ARTS (2787). Prices for this show range from $15 to $42.
Finally, the adult sex toy company referenced in last week's piece, "A Sexy Santa Day," is not Babes in Toyland but Toys in Babeland (www.toysinbabeland.com).
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