Watch our language
I just saw the article on lap dancing and group sex, and I am very disappointed that you chose to use such explicit language and descriptions (“Why Lap Dances in Nashville Are Illegal but Group Sex Isn’t,” Aug. 23). The issues you raised are important, but there was no need to use some of the words that you did. Considering this publication is free to the public and anyone can pick it up, including minors, this was a very bad decision.SHANE SCOTTfullvoicetenor@gmail.com (Nashville)Stripping away the fun
It is a shame what the city of Nashville has done to strip clubs. One of the measures of a major city is the quality of the strip clubs. With the three-foot rule, Nashville is now bush (no pun intended) league (“Why Lap Dances in Nashville Are Illegal but Group Sex Isn’t,” Aug. 23). In the past, I frequented Déjà Vu and Ken’s. They were well regulated by the management. At no point did you harass or molest the girls unless you wanted to be asked to leave. Now I do not go because they are no fun. On occasion I go to Atlanta, a major player with real strip clubs. No one forces an individual to go to a strip club or to an establishment such as Dawn’s, which was also clean, safe and well regulated. The bouncer frisked you on entry for drugs or weapons and the girls required you to use protection. Judging from the article, the same cannot be said of the TSC. The puritanical police need to leave morality to the individual. How ironic and what a waste of taxpayer money to hold a hearing on an alleged infraction at a club that had gone out of business a month earlier thanks to the SOB board—is that acronym appropriate or what? Question: was the tragic murder of the girls in the massage parlor ever solved?LLOYD WILLIAMSwilliams976699@bellsouth.net (Murfreesboro)
I have no interest in patronizing any of the establishments described in your article on sex clubs in Nashville, but I think you have done a profound disservice to the people involved in these subcultures (“Why Lap Dances in Nashville Are Illegal but Group Sex Isn’t,” Aug. 23). Your article sensationalized the clubs it described and presented their patrons as two-dimensional sex objects rather than real human beings. This will only inflame the sexually repressed element in our society that believes anyone having fun in a way they don’t approve of should be punished. These puritans, alas, have considerable political clout, and this will probably lead to more civic time, attention and money being wasted on something that should not be the business of anyone other than the consenting adults directly involved.
Your article was a cheap shot that is just going to complicate the lives of people who are only guilty of not feeling guilty. Shame on you.MARTIN HOLSINGERmartinholsinger@nashville.net (Nashville)
Proving Holsinger’s point
I read the Nashville Scene all the time with my children. But now I am appalled that you would have such a story in it about sex (“Why Lap Dances in Nashville Are Illegal but Group Sex Isn’t,” Aug. 23). I do understand that it happens. I think that places that allow free sex to go on in public are horrible. I think that Metro should be ashamed of itself for allowing this to continue. They say that they can’t do anything about it because it is a private club and people are not being paid. That is total bull-you-know-what. I think this is a disgrace. I know that Metro has said several times that they want to clean up Nashville—well here is a good opportunity to clean it up.KIM HAMMOCKkbha37122@yahoo.com (Mt. Juliet)
A worthy honor
Here we go again, values and respect being flushed down the toilet to make way for the mighty greenback—in this case known as NFL football (“Veterans Day Delay,” Aug. 23). I agree that Veterans Day is Nov. 11, not the Monday following it or another day, but that’s a whole other issue. What I can’t believe is why the two events can’t be combined on the same day? We can send a man to the moon, we can have thousands of fans in the city for “Fan Fair,” but we can’t do this? I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to all veterans who have served this country, guaranteeing our freedom and rights we all take for granted, by having the parade on Sunday, Nov. 11, and having it end in LP Field just before the game in front thousands of people singing the national anthem, together, united—as in United States of America!
Honor these men and women and in a big way. If our city leaders and whoever else is involved can’t do this, then they are all disrespecting the veterans who made it possible for us to have an NFL, to have a football team and to be able to attend a Titans game on Sunday. Give the veterans of this country the respect and honor they deserve in front of the biggest crowd this city can assemble. Show the nation that Tennessee respects its veterans and truly cares for them.DON PICKERTdjpickert@yahoo.com (Nashville)
Freedom and football
I am strongly opposed to the idea of Nashville putting Titans football before the veterans who have proudly served and those who have died for our freedom to watch football (“Veterans Day Delay,” Aug. 23). I cannot understand why we cannot share the day with another function in town. I am quite sure this would bring more money downtown, which I feel is what it is all about. Once again, veterans are pushed aside without any consideration for what we have done for our country.
I am an Air Force veteran and the Chaplain for Post 1291. I say shame on Nashville.SUSAN PELLsusan.firstname.lastname@example.org (Nashville)
Last week’s review of Resurrecting the Champ implied that writer J.R. Moehringer falsely reported the Los Angeles Times story upon which the movie is based. That is not the case. The Scene regrets the error.
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