The cockroach would disagree
I read with interest last week’s cover story (“Kitchen Confidential,” Dec. 8) story. Pam Wilson does a very important job of rating and enforcing, but I think she has enough to do without having to train the kitchen staff as well. Other cities have mandatory training for food industry workers (run by the county health department), where you take a test and “get the card.” You can’t be hired to work with or around food without the health department card. In Seattle, I worked for Domino’s Pizza as a driver. I never handled food, but I had to understand about temperatures and sanitation. I was shocked when I moved here and worked in a restaurant but didn’t need a food worker’s card. The ignorance around me was unbelievable. And very scary, if you think about it.
3624 Central Ave., Nashville
A shout-out from our buddy Dolph
Joe Sweat’s piece on Will Campbell was a pure joy to read (“Nothing Sacred,” Dec. 1). During my 37 years at The Tennessean
, I got to know Joe well. My only regret is that I never got to meet Will Campbell.Dolph Honickerdjhonicker@msn.com
OK, we’ll humor you
Thank you so very much for printing my letter about Will Campbell that outlined why his reason for being against the death penalty was without merit. I did not express an opinion one way or another. Unfortunately, the heading (“Praise God and the death penalty,” Dec. 8) gives a misleading impression of the article. Hope you can clarify.
Will Campbell’s argument against the death penalty is completely appropriate. Last week’s letter (“Praise God and the death penalty”)—seeming to defend the death penalty because the Bible includes individual calls for execution in instances of keeping an ox that is known to gore people and working on the Sabbath (as well as adultery, drunkenness, and disobeying your parents, by the way)—is only an example of the distorted thinking that we see so frequently in the conservative religious community. It is true that there are individual verses in the Bible that seem to support capital punishment, but can anyone deny that the overall message of the Bible is one of love and forgiveness? Can anyone imagine Jesus Christ (whom we all, as Christians, claim to follow), urging the killing of a human being? Our society possesses the means to protect itself, in the form of prisons, that the societies of biblical times did not possess. When we can impose
sentences such as life without the possibility of parole, it is impossible to reconcile God’s loving and forgiving presence with the calculated murder of capital punishment. “Thou shalt not kill” means exactly that. We should not usurp God’s role as the sole arbiter of life and death.
Thank you for continuing to offer insightful honest stories no other news outlet in this town has the balls to cover (“Faces of TennCare,” Nov. 24).
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