Gosh, after all of these years, I thought Wendell Rawls Jr. had forgotten me (Desperately Seeking the News, May 12). I'm honored such a big-time reporter remembers little ole me. Good to see the bitterness you always had for the Nashville Banner and me hasn't gone away.
We're daft about Taft
Well, you fabricated all right. I wish you would have pity, though, on the hapless student who might not catch a fabrication within a fabrication, lest you cost someone points on a pop quiz in history class.
The May 12 Fabricator has "U.S. President Robert Taft" dedicating Fisk's Hayhonky Hall in 1911. Had you merely bothered to Google "Taft Bathtub," you would have found that the president was the 332-pound William Howard Taft, long a role model for statesmen, jurists and lard-asses like me. His descendants are the Roberts you're thinking of. Two senators from Ohio in the past century have been named Robert Taft (Taft-Hartley Act sound familiar?), and they were the father and grandpa of the state's current governor, Bob Taft.
E. Thomas Wood
The whole truth
In response to "Take that, Wild Oats!" ("Warming Trends," May 12): as a Tennessean by birth, but a Chicagoan for the last eight years (since graduation from UT Knoxville in 1997), I have not only grown accustomed to a variety of fabulous foods and restaurants, but also very dependent on the numerous Whole Foods Markets found all over the Chicago area. As my husband and I have family in Nashville and plan to move back there in September, we have been spending a lot of time in the area over the last six months. I must say that I have been seriously disappointed to find that, despite Nashville's financial and professional growth over the last 10 years, the food scene is lacking the sophistication and depth of many other Southern metropolitan areas (i.e., Atlanta, New Orleans, Charlotte, Charleston and Raleigh-Durham, to name a few). Specifically, although we look forward to coming home, the lack of organic and vegetarian food options both in restaurants and fresh markets is frightening.
As such, I just want to thank Kay West for staying on Whole Foods; I reiterate her praise for Whole Foods and all it will bring to the area. You will not be disappointed. I have traveled all over the world and nowhere else (outside of the farmers' markets in Europe and the U.S.) have I found more consistently beautiful produce (organic and nonorganic), whole grains, fresh fish and all of the exotic food many people have come to expect in today's kitchens. Not to mention the fact that those who work at Whole Foods love what they doit really is amazing. I could not be more thrilled. Thank you for keeping us informed.
Still more praise for Bernie
Bernie Sheahan's article ("A Beautiful Mind's Uncertain Future," May 5) had me weeping by the time I finished it. I just lost my beloved 48-year-old cousin, who died in a house fire. At the family gathering last weekend in Michigan, I learned she struggled with bipolar disorder and that her uneven behavior and untimely death were consequences of it. "Bright," "creative," "beautiful" and "challenging" were all adjectives used to describe her. "Challenging" was the adjective most used in life; "beautiful" was the adjective most used upon her death.
Bipolar disorder has a beautiful face I shall never forget. Thanks to Bernie for helping us all understand.
Another potential victim of TennCare cuts
Thanks, Bernie Sheahan, for telling it like it is. My son is bipolar with schizophrenia, and without medical help to pay for the expensive medications he would be on the streets. Our family has tried to help him during an episode and he will not let us; he fights to the point that he has to be restrained. Since TennCare and Medicaid came through for him, he has the meds and doctors it takes for him to have as normal a life as anyone. He has high energy and does not like taking the meds but has realized that it's the only way he can live outside of a hospital setting.
I live in Alabama, and my son wants to come here to live. But we do not have any mental health financial help such as TennCare, and I hate to keep telling him he can't come and live here, only because he can have the medicines paid for and the doctors at Cornerstone to follow up with him. I'm so thankful for the program and would do anything to keep it going. Even a co-pay is better than stopping everyone cold turkey and leaving them helpless.
Thanks for writing such a bold statement and telling your story. It sure helps with trying to understand what our son is going through.
ClaireChicagoans shouldn't be dissin' our driving skills
I loved Claire Suddath's view on "pop" vs. "soda" and the driving rituals of Nashvillians (Planet Claire, May 5). I myself am a Midwestern transplant and can't tell you how friends have just burst into laughter over my request for "pop." If not the beverage, then they can't stop laughing over my pronunciation of the word "aunt." Apparently it's pronounced like the bug here. I always saw a "u" in the word and pronounced it like "caught" or "ought."
On the flipside, criticizing driving is one thingbut not if you come from Chicago! Chicago residents have many specialized auto skills, such as being able to parallel park in an area the size of your average adult bike, and the ability to go from 1 mph to 65 mph in half a block, but it's a different world in that city. Folks from there have little business critiquing the driving skills of others outside of the Chi-town city limits. Since I'm from Minneapolis, allow me: Nashville drivers, you suck. Use your turn signaland you are not allowed behind the wheel if it's raining out.
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