Love-Hate Mail 

Letters from readers.
Torture exposed Thank you for the splendid article by John Spragens regarding the bloody decades in El Salvador (“Righting History,” March 2). The Memphis trial of Nicolas Carranza, a military leader of the El Salvadorian army, for his part in these atrocities was described in vivid and frightening detail. Thank you, John, for bringing this to our attention. It was a privilege to learn of the work of attorney David Esquivel and colleagues in this case. We make modest efforts to make history right, often just forgetting. But when people like Mr. Carranza can engage in torture or terror with impunity, without any cost, we trash history. While it sometimes seems distasteful, memories of events such as those in El Salvador are vital to understand because they do happen again. Last November, 19,000 people gathered at the gates of Ft. Benning, Ga., in an effort to close the School of the Americas, a U.S. Army school that trains military officers in many Latin American countries, officers often caught in atrocities similar to those described in the trial. The Scene has done a splendid piece of investigative journalism. DON BEISSWENGER (Nashville) Strap one on In regard to “Down with Dildos!” (March 2), I must say I’m up in arms. Even if I set aside the fact that there are homeless living under every bridge in Nashville and, as mentioned in the article, Tennessee being a literal state of obesity that lacks adequate health care and is failing to educate its children, I find, on principle alone, the proposed dildo ban to be, well, offensive. How dare Sen. Burks and Rep. Swafford attempt to ban a product from the marketplace that harms no one and is most generally used in the pursuit of happiness. Personally, I’ve never met anyone violated by a dildo who didn’t want to be. In all seriousness, how far will we let state government into our bedrooms? How much will we let them control harmless products in the open market and shelter us from them? And, if it’s a law designed in support of a common moral standard, who do these people think they are representing? So, to the people of Tennessee, I say, don’t let this bill become law; strap one on and let your representative know: dildos don’t kill people, people kill people. BONNIE WILLIAMS (Nashville) Sadly, not a joke It’s pretty sloppy editing for you to put a Fabricator article under the heading of Political Notes (“Down With Dildos!” March 2). No one in this progressive state is going to believe that, with all the serious legislative bills needed, lawmakers would sponsor a bill to outlaw dildos in Tennessee. They would become the laughing stock of the state. Next, you’ll probably tell us that there is a bill to outlaw condoms because they are used for S-E-X. Maybe that’s a little too unbelievable, but maybe banning studded or ribbed ones would make a good urban legend. Anyway, your joke gave me a good laugh. CHARLES SUMNER (Nashville) Road (builder) rage I wish to thank Christine Kreyling and the Scene for her article on the pending TDOT legislation (“One-Way Lawmaking,” March 2). The underhanded power and money grab proposed here is disturbing and, unfortunately, business as usual in the General Assembly. GREG GILES (Nashville)


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