Response triggeredIt’s refreshing to hear someone in the Tennessee press consistently point out the state’s recklessness concerning mental health records and gun rights (“Walking Wounded,” March 27 and “Gun Nuts,” May 17, 2007). I agree. This dirty little secret is going to bite the legislature on the butt—it’s just a matter of when. Between the mental health industry and the NRA, we here in Tennessee are getting a raw deal.
On the flip side, “Walking Wounded” said that the one proposed (and defeated) bill was designed “to restore gun rights to the mentally ill if they go seven years without being hospitalized.” Your statement is misleading. The bill was designed to return the right to carry a handgun to law-abiding citizens who where already legal handgun owners.KEVIN MATTHEWSmatt146@aol.com (Hermitage)
Not itWho the hell died and made Pastor Edward Watson God (Love/Hate Mail, March 27)?MARK B. LEEDOMwfbblueduke@hotmail.com (Nashville)
Job securityI found your article “Security Breaches” (March 20) fascinating, yet very disturbing. I am a branch manager for a local contract security officer service. Often, companies and individuals like the ones mentioned in your article give the security industry a terrible name—to the point that security officers aren’t taken seriously. There are many security companies out there that are doing a great job for their clients and citizens of this county. It is a shame that there are not articles written about the successes in security, which we are a part of every day.
Just last night, one of our officers worked in conjunction with a patrol officer from a different security company to stop an individual from stealing several thousand dollars from a very well-respected company here in Middle Tennessee. It is too bad stories like that are not written for the public to read what a great job some security officers and companies are doing. I would be glad to sit and spend some time with you to develop an article to help get some recognition of good officers and companies out there.LANDON MORGANlmorgan@whelansecurity.com (Nashville)
Astral weakThanks for telling it like it is (The Spin, March 20). No audience should have to endure a bunch of brand new songs from a performer from the ’70s and ’80s, no matter how good or bad or how well delivered. The vast majority of us went for the classics, or at least songs from the earlier days. A little Saint Dominic’s Preview would have been nice. But alas, as you said, Van Morrison was not willing to give what his fans and album buyers deserve. The concert was not worth a quarter of what I paid.DOUG WAREdougandamy23@gmail.com (Thompson’s Station, Tenn.)
How long were you at that light?One thing that I don’t understand is, why doesn’t the city just increase the length of the yellow light so that motorists have more time to stop (“Yellow Light Blues,” May 11, 2006). Sure, there will always be people who just don’t try to stop, but most of us do try to stop. I would never intentionally run a red light, and the reason has very little to do with getting a ticket. I don’t want to get T-boned by someone coming from the side street.KENNETH W. VANDERGRIFFkvandergriff@gmail.com (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.)
CorrectionsThere was a mistake in last week’s theater review, “Ruff and Ready.” Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory are the co-authors of the stage adaptation of Go, Dog. Go! We regret the error.
In the dining review, “Institutionalized,” the Scene was told that Mad Platter purchased its pasta from Lazzaroli Pasta in Germantown. In fact, the restaurant gets its pasta from Alfresco Pasta at 1138 Fourth Ave. S.
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