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And the liberals call us conservative

And the liberals call us conservative

Regarding your editorial "The Day Property Rights Died" (July 7), I agree that the Supreme Court did the citizens of this country a gross injustice. But there was a glaring omission in your editorial—the decision was rendered by the five most liberal judges on the court. These liberal judges are the ones who sided with "corporate scum suckers," as you called them.

It was the conservative judges who sided with the American people and dissented against this ridiculous decision. Your failure to credit these judges shows your bias and how the reporting of half-truths to suit your purposes is standard operating procedure for left-leaning publications such as yours.

This decision is exactly why we need judges who will actually read the Constitution and understand why what it clearly says is so vitally important. For far too long, we've had a group of liberals who make it up as they go along to suit their political agendas. This constant rewriting of the Constitution has got to stop. Otherwise, why do we need it to begin with?

Gary Redden (Hendersonville)

That wacky Metro Council

Regarding "When Council Members Compute" (July 7): I see that our esteemed council member, Charlie Tygard, continues to live up to his reputation. How you came into possession of the email trail, I'm sure I'll never know. Keep up the good work.

Sharon Smith (Nashville)

Let the work speak for itself

We can all agree that it is wonderful that the Frist Center for the Visual Arts has presented such a handsome and interesting show in "Fragile Species: New Art Nashville."

In his review of the exhibit, "Local Species" (July 7), David Maddox suggests the show appears to be a survey of contemporary Nashville art. I disagree. While the Frist clearly wished to engage the local art community, particularly the alternative segment of that community, it evidently wanted to do so in a thematic context. Therefore, I think the theme should be accepted at face value and the exhibit discussed in that light.

The theme, which encompasses fragility, the body and mortality, is a familiar one. There have been numerous such exhibits over the past two decades in the wake of feminism and AIDS. These ideas are not new, but continue to feel relevant as our relationship to the body and environment become increasingly distanced.

How well does the work selected illuminate these themes? To really respond, we need to step back from the insistently explanatory wall text accompanying the exhibit. When viewed independently, does the work itself speak to the tenuous nature of contemporary life? Each of us will have a different response to that question. For me, some of the works do quite well; others do not.

The show leaves an impression that its theme, the work selected and the artists included require a great deal of explanation and justification. Perhaps this is no more than an extreme example of the educational style we see in museum exhibits today. Or maybe there' s some provincialism at play. Be that as it may, I think the work of Nashville artists can and should stand on its own merits. I would like the Frist to think so, too.

Carrie McGee (Nashville)

Courageous David, eloquent John

Great reporting by John Spragens in his article "Rape of Faith" (June 30). David Brown is a courageous man for telling his story and John wrote eloquently. All the rapists and the Church want is our silence so things can get back to normal. Without the bravery of men like David, without the skill of a reporter like John, and without a newspaper like the Nashville Scene, they would get their wish.

Michael Hitch (Broken Arrow, Okla.)

Just don't mess with Marymount

Camp is in session as I write, and the counselors and support staff at Marymount are working very hard, dedicating many long hours to ensure the well-being and positive growth of every child within those gates. It is difficult to read "Rape of Faith," a negative article about a place we all love so much. The lack of clarification in this article was offensive.

I sympathize with David' s story, and I do not wish that experience upon anyone, ever. I am glad he has the opportunity to tell his story, and I hope he is to able help in the fight against the abuse within the Catholic Diocese of Nashville. I am not writing to desensitize anyone to his story at all. This letter is about your lack of research and verification. I want you to stress the fact that David's experience occurred while camp was not in session and by someone who was not a staff member of Camp Marymount. It is a very simple and truthful statement that would settle the nerves of many happy campers and their families. There is a strong, positive bond between former campers and their Marymount experiences. I was a camper there for four years and a staff member for five. Camp Marymount is my safe place; many other campers and staffers feel the same. Please consider the image of Marymount you portray with incomplete articles.

Lindsay Gillon (Breckenridge, Colo.)


Last week' s letter entitled "Cognitive dissonance?" was not, in fact, written by Pam Comeaux, but by someone using her email address.


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