Bringing to light
Thank you for the coverage of Winnie’s story (Cover Story, June 22). It means a lot to me and many other people who are not mentioned in the story. I appreciate you mentioning me, but on Winnie’s memory is where the sun really needs to shine.
Winnie did indeed shower Second Avenue with smiles, and she unselfishly loved people who maybe no one else even cared for at all. But now someone has taken that warmth and light away from us, who also loved her in return, and also from her children, who counted on her to be there for them.
Thanks to P.J. Tobia for writing the story and giving her memory a degree of widespread recognition that we on Second Avenue could not have accomplished on our own. Also, many thanks to the Scene
itself for printing the story. I will always keep her memory inside of my heart, as will many other people, but as for the one who so coldly and maliciously destroyed our dear sweet friend, I would be thinking very hard about what God might have in store for you.
SAM WILSON firstname.lastname@example.org (Nashville)
Getting the word out
P.J. Tobia’s cover story last week was the best article I’ve ever read in any newspaper. It was most informative and passionate for the victim and her family. He’s a great writer. Thank you so very much for helping get the correct information to everyone. You do your job very well.
“BOOTS” HILL email@example.com (Nashville)
A glimmer of hope
Your cover article (June 22) touched me deeply. To hear of Freweini Gebremicael’s lifelong struggles in and out of the country, and to hear that the community came together to help her children, gives me such hope that there are still good people out there. It reminds me to make the most out of what little we have. Is there any way to send a donation to the children? I send my prayers and thoughts to them.
JASON TSUI firstname.lastname@example.org (Sunnyvale, Calif.)
The family of murdered Nashvillian Freweini “Winnie” Gebremicael has established a trust fund for her two children. Donations can be made to the fund at any SunTrust bank location. Make all checks payable to the Freweini A. Gebremicael Funeral Fund.
Beauties of a free press
It’s bad enough that someone would stoop to writing a letter to the editor insulting someone’s mother (“Potty mouth,” Love/Hate Mail, June 22), but it’s even worse that a newspaper would print it.
KIRSTEN MCKNIGHT email@example.com (Fredericton, Canada)
Thank you for such a lovely article about my son (“Will ClenDening, 1980-2006,” June 15). You really captured him. As I am sure you have heard by now, Will’s birthday is June 19, 1979. He would have been 27. It was a hard day, going over my thoughts and the wonderful experience of holding him for the first time, followed by the horrible images of holding him for the last time. Thank you for all you have done for William. May his spirit live long in all of us.
LISA UZZELL firstname.lastname@example.org (Nashville)
Vote now online
I still think the best entry in “You Are So Nashville If...” was “You are so Nashville if you think the mini-Viny refers to shrinkage,” by Jay Collins. I think it got honorable mention that year. It should have won.
CAROLYN JEFF email@example.com (Birmingham, Ala.)
Thanks to the Scene
for its consistent reporting about death penalty cases in Tennessee, where the state (as of this writing) is preparing to execute two death row inmates this week. Meanwhile, there is no evidence to suggest executions prevent homicides. Is anyone with common sense in the legislature or judicial system paying attention? I would hope Tennessee doesn’t follow the lead of a state like Texas that has executed over 350 Americans in recent years, or follow the wider national policy that has recently made our country seem increasingly barbaric in the eyes of the world.
What kind of message are we burying into the heads of American youth when the state itself says that the way to resolve a situation is through killing? It perpetuates a nationwide culture where killing is seen as a solution for a problem. This country and the states that take human lives are now implicitly educating the impressionable minds of America that killing someone who is problematic is not only acceptable, it is desirable. It is sanctioned behavior. This is worse than any violent video game, because it makes killing look matter-of-fact. We have developed a culture where the desire for another person’s death has become officially acceptable. Capital punishment is a terrible, outdated and unintelligent social model, and statistics do not even demonstrate that it is an effective deterrent. It has no function other than to perpetuate a culture where state-sanctioned vengeance is confused with morality and truth. It is like trying to heal the ills of the collective body via bloodletting and amputation, rather than setting up healthy initial conditions in order to prevent societal illnesses from ever developing to begin with. It will take remarkable common sense, vision, leadership and political courage to take our country out of this state of modern barbarism.
ANDY VAN ROON AndyvR@MusicCityMovies.com (Nashville)
The thinking-person church
Sunday night after Mass at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, I found a flier on my windshield asking for a boycott of all businesses that participate in the distribution of the Scene
. Curious as to what the fuss was all about, I obtained a copy of your May 25 editorial (“About Pelvic Orthodoxy”) cited in the flier as the offensive act necessitating the boycott. As a conservative Catholic, I can’t say that I agree with much of what you wrote. But more disturbing is a trend within our church to suppress opposing views as a way to win the battle of ideas.
I am a convert who ended my affiliation with a Protestant denomination because of the shallow thought and circular logic I encountered whenever I questioned that denomination’s theology. I found Catholicism to be more learned, its ministry more educated—and that I could not go deeper into the Church’s beliefs than its ministry was willing to discuss or than its theology could find scriptural foundation for. Because the Church is so institutional in its thinking, and its membership full of cradle Catholics for whom their faith is sometimes engrained and unquestioned, people often miss that this is a thinking-person church. Because of that, we can be persuasive in most any discussion of theological ideas with liberal Christians, Protestants and non-Christians.
That’s why it pains me to see us become intellectually lazy and attempt to suppress those ideas with which we disagree rather than engage in the broader social and theological debate. Just like the Church’s Da Vinci Code
criticism drove many to see the movie out of curiosity, boycotts bring attention to material that would otherwise go unnoticed. Explaining why we believe that some liberal Catholicism is in error, in a convincing and loving way that respects all in our church and makes all feel welcome, changes hearts and lives. That, not suppressing speech, should be our goal.
JIM THOMASON firstname.lastname@example.org (Old Hickory)