How Rhio Hirsch could bring himself to play the race card in this issue over the illegal immigrant invasion shows the disingenuousness of the pro-illegal immigrant invasion crowd (“Love/Hate Mail,” July 19). By bringing the color of a person’s skin into this debate—where it previously was not an issue—he demonstrates that those who support the invasion will say any words, smear any defender, play any cards and tell any lie to advance the cause of the invasion.
If he’d actually read about me on my website, he’d have found that I love my family. A family that includes a former command chief master sergeant, who just incidentally happens to be a black man. A family that includes an aunt who is a proud Mexican national who routinely enters the U.S. quite legally. A family that includes my Asian wife, who is immigrating to the U.S. through proper legal channels. A family that includes my daughter, who is of mixed race and who is a product of my wife and I, who love, honor and respect one another.
Joseph Goebbels would be very proud of Rhio for his ability to so subtly shift the facts in this debate and create a dark racial undertone. For Mr. Hirsch to bring race into this issue shows just how racist he is.
WILLIAM JAMES (JIM) BOYDfaq@votejimboyd.com (Nashville)
The latest issue promises election coverage, but I failed to find any mention about council races, including any examination of the candidates and their positions (“Election 2007,” July 19). Is it any wonder voters are apathetic when the only info they can find is from yard signs?
BILL HENNESSEEbillhennessee@yahoo.com (Madison)
His bitter half
Jeff Woods forgot Kenneth Eaton in the “Election 2007” story (July 19). The voters of Nashville are getting tired of this behavior. But thanks, because voters are telling us every day that they are voting for him because of the way the media is treating him. That is not a good reason to vote for someone, and there is more substance to him than is being shown. If you really knew him, you would know that, but you are too busy trying to make him look stupid to see the real man. All the other candidates have had their time and not done the things that they are promising, so what makes us think they will be any different as mayor?
TONI EATONtceaton@bellsouth.net (Nashville)
The article on Leonard Slatkin was very comprehensive and well written (“Maestro of His Domain,” July 12). I studied as an undergrad at Georgetown University and regularly read Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Page’s columns in The Washington Post. This article equals any of his work.
I attended many of Slatkin’s performances during my time in Washington, D.C., and your assessment of him is right on the money. But while you say that Slatkin probably isn’t on anyone’s short list for an important post now, the Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein recently wrote that Slatkin is among the top seven candidates for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s music director.
Though Slatkin is inconsistent, he’s the greatest conductor on the planet if you’re lucky enough to catch him on a good night. I walked away from the Kennedy Center many nights feeling as if I was floating.
STEPHEN CHUNstephenemail@example.com (Iowa City, Iowa)
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