Ramos a deserving choice
To focus only on English-Only is to miss the importance of Gregg Ramos to this city. ("Meet Gregg Ramos, Nashvillian of the Year," Jan. 7.) Gregg Ramos has long been a deserving man who puts into action his love for his community through hard work. I worked with him as NBA president on the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines, and found him a tireless leader for all causes. One would be hard-pressed to find a more honorable person in this city. Thank you for choosing such a deserving person for the 2008 Nashvillian of the Year.
Cynthia M. Odle
Vote no on English-Only
As a former resident of Middle and East Tennessee who spent the bulk of his growing years in Nashville, I hope the citizens of Nashville will have the good sense and decency to vote down this English-Only measure. Although I certainly want everybody to learn English to enhance their job opportunities, this English-Only proposal will simply kindle xenophobia and frighten away well-educated, highly skilled citizens from our city and state, thereby endangering our thriving commerce.
Even more disturbingly, the proponents of English-Only, when they travel to parts of the globe where the majority of people don't speak English, refuse to learn their non-English languages. They would expect their foreign hosts and hostesses to bend over backwards to them. Do the right thing and strike down this bigoted piece of legislation and make the world proud of Tennessee and Nashville!
Vote yes on English-Only
I'm delighted that Mr. Crafton is pushing this issue. (Is Eric Crafton California Dreaming?" Pith in the Wind, Jan. 12.) When I was growing up in Boston, there were many Polish, Italian, Irish, German, etc., who were proud to speak English and insisted that their children speak English. If you want to live and function in the U.S., then learn the language. I've spent several vacations in Mexico, and they made no attempt to accommodate me. So learn English. If this keeps going, English will become the second language.
Barbara C. Ferguson
Take that game to Texas
Why doesn't Eric Crafton pick on Texas for a change? ("Eric Crafton on Fox News, Now With More Intentionally Vague Scare Tactics," Pith in the Wind, Jan. 13.) I found an old Tom Tancredo quote where he alleged there are some Texas border towns where Spanish is the "official" language. Naturally he didn't name any. But I mean, my God, the horror. There are no words.
What a maroon
So Mr. Crafton pushes and pushes until he gets a special election on the issue, then he might not even show up for the debate? ("Eric Crafton Pulls Out of WNPT Debate?" Pith in the Wind, Jan. 12.) In the words of the ever-so-wise television personality Bugs Bunny, "What a maroon!" I think it is telling that no group or association has come out in support of this hate-mongering piece of trash, while there is a wide and diverse coalition of groups and individuals against it.
Poor taste in irony
Cut these people some slack! ("Middle Tennessee's First Darwin Award Recipient of 2009," Pith in the Wind, Jan. 9) I knew Joe too, and he was an avid outdoorsman. This was an accident that had nothing to do with stupidity or being "less evolved."
It wouldn't be the first time that a gun accidentally discharged, and he and his family don't deserve this! There are real people left behind due to this tragedy and they don't need you calling him stupid!
I want to add that "killing yourself in an ironic way" has nothing to do with Darwin.... Sounds like the writer and some readers are not so intelligent themselves.
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