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So not Nashville
You should go ahead and get rid of your fantastic writing staff and their great articles. Go on and let them go and declare yourself a far-right Republican rag. You have gotten rid of everything else good in your paper: Brezny's Real Astrology, News of the Weird, the personal ads. Hell fire, there's not even a Dilbert cartoon or an Advice Goddess anymore.

What's the friggin' point? Oh, I know, you need all those advertising dollars from the trendy restaurants so you can keep you your Williamson County taxes and not even drive into Nashville. "You Are So Nashville"? Not you guys. I get more from a Gallatin newspaper.

Blake E. Webster
Old Hickory

Good God
Over the seven years my wife and I have been in the greater Nashville area, I have always looked forward to the weekly issue of the Scene. I have noticed over the years the paper's take on religion, people associated with religion, churches, etc., has generally been a negative one. I would like to suggest that sometime in the near future an article be done by the paper doing a positive take on religion and churches. I would be glad to suggest a few.

My wife and I moved to this area after living 25 years in the New Jersey/New York area. We have never seen or experienced so many religious groups/churches trying to aid in the community as we have seen here. Again, thank you for your publication.

Larry Adamson
Franklin

The moron brigade
Great! This is awesome! The restaurant owners are making their own choice regarding whether or not people should be allowed to have guns in the restaurants. Before it was completely illegal, the government had gone so far as to say what people could and couldn't do in a restaurant. Now the restaurant owners have the right to do as they please regarding the manner in which they decide to handle guns. Why is this bad? Why are so many people trying to paint it in such a horrible light? Give people freedoms and everyone screams bloody murder. Scare them into the Patriot Act and everyone thinks it's for "liberty." Morons.

Chris
Hermitage

Armed citizens
Regarding the new park gun laws, I see absolutely nothing wrong with carrying a weapon ("Gun Bills Backfire," Pith in the Wind, July 1). The police and park rangers do a fine job, but if they are not on the spot when something bad happens, I would appreciate a citizen with a weapon there.

Norman Aaron
Nashville

Protect yourself
Nah, it couldn't be the TSSAA having a knee-jerk reaction to a law that actually acknowledges the inherent right of law abiding citizens to possess the means to protect themselves. It's those evil Republicans. Roll eyes.I'm four-square for these types of gun laws. The police can't be there every time you get attacked. Your safety is your responsibility.An armed society is a polite society. Just you watch: The places that will have crimes in the future won't be because of these relaxed gun laws. They'll be because of criminals violating the laws.

Jeff
Lebanon

Boycott restaurants
I agree that it is our right to carry. That is why we go through all the background checks and classes. There is a simple answer to fix these restaurants and get them to change their minds. It must be followed by everyone to work. That is simply boycotting anyone who does not want you to carry.

There are a lot of gun owners who spend money, so they need to spend their money with a business that supports their rights. They tried restricting our rights at several places here. Once they saw the drop in what they made, they changed their minds. If gun owners don't stand up for themselves and their rights, they will find themselves without them.

Steven
Oak Hill

Impolite society
Wow, the NRA has obviously pulled their membership together quickly. It's just what I want—bar fisticuffs turning into bar gunfights. Pissed off parents shooting the umpire at their little league games instead of simply shouting asinine insults.So, armed societies are polite societies? Why is our society so rude while Japanese society and British society are so steeped in manners and politeness?Polite society means those with the guns make the rules for politeness. That's called bullying where I come from.

Brian
Nashville

Bulletproof vests for kids
I breathe a little sigh of relief realizing there are some folks and organizations that see the insanity and danger of these new gun laws. I have been thinking of starting a charitable foundation that would provide bulletproof vests for children so that families may continue to eat dinner at O'Charley's with less fear of stray bullets taking out families. Or that children may be able to still visit public parks.

If the adults in Tennessee are not bright enough to realize just how crazy this is, and demand their legislature repeal this downright stupid law, then they probably are not fit to raise children anyway.

I am sure a lot of Tennesseans are hoping that freak in Alaska ends up president and then Tennessee can legalize shooting from helicopters.

Michael Smith
Vancouver

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