Fix it anyway
A recent "You Are So Nashville If" contest entry stated that I am bankrupt (July 17). I am told this was meant to be a joke purposefully confusing myself with "Boots" Del Biaggio. Since the entry was published, I have received numerous phone calls from family, friends and acquaintances expressing their concern for my financial well-being.
For the record, my wife and I are far from wealthy, but we ain't broke. My wife says that we should simply reassure everyone that we are solvent in order to stop the phone calls, but I would rather pose a question that's been nagging me: If you people seriously thought I was broke, why didn't you offer me any money?
When Briley called us, he was fine with it
Regarding the first place winner in your 2008 "You Are So Nashville If" issue ("You are so Nashville if your DUI arrest gets a five-star rating on YouTube." —Roy Moore), you state "we laughed...at Moore's pithy skewering of state representative and world-class" f----up "Rob Briley" ("And the Winner Is...," July 17). Nice, real nice! Mr. Briley made a public apology and is no longer in office. Is he the first person to ever be arrested for DUI and have it recorded? Must you keep on pushing the incident in his face and everyone else's? And since when is using the "f" word considered to to be even remotely close to decent journalism? It's too bad that Mr. Moore is "happy to be among the winners" due to his extremely unkind treatment of the subject of a worn-out news item—it's old, let it go. I would have loved to have seen something genuinely humorous receive your award for first place.
Oh, and why don't you totally support discounting the philosophy of remorse and amendatory behavior as well as the teachings of Alcoholics Anonymous? I'm sure no one at the Scene has ever had a substance problem. Maybe a staff member could make the cover of the Scene as the butt of a public joke in very poor taste.
Tony Giarratana needs to be ridden out of town back to Atlanta ("Road Kill," July 10). Oh, wait...they drove him out of Atlanta too. His buildings are bland, his units are tiny, and they are only half-occupied. People cannot get rid of them near as fast as they were led to believe. He has taken the wonderful L&C out of our skyline and came within a hair of razing Belle Meade Theater. He does not understand Nashvillians. His Signature Tower is a failure—just go see downtown that the sales office is closed, and the proposed site is a parking lot again. So now he has set his sights on Bells Bend. One failure after another. Why in the hell does he think he can succeed there? He cannot even pull anything off downtown with promise after promise. This man does not even live in Nashville. Why is he allowed to build anything in this city? His only interest is lining his own pockets. Watch out, Belle Meade: He is building in your neighborhood. But he will not be there when all is said and done. Ride 'em, cowboy...all the way back to Atlanta.
Tell the satanists to go to hell...
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