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He who cries racist is racist
Jeff Woods' article is wrong on a number of fronts ("The Big (White) Tent Party?," Sept. 17). This ongoing effort to paint every criticism of Obama the sainted one as racist is getting tired. Compared to the vitriol directed at Bush he hasn't been touched. What is racist is an article titled "Big 'White' Tent Party" calling the legitimate battle over health care angry "white" men on the rampage and referring to states trying to maintain some control over their future as the "racist old South." The very existence of a black president negates the racist claim against whites and the 95 percent black vote for him would indeed suggest voting by race (but it's racist to say that, right?). Let's stick to the issues and leave the race baiting to the Al Sharptons of the world.   

Greg Grafelman

Is busing really the answer?
"But to win, as Vanderbilt law professor Jim Blumstein explains, the plaintiffs don't have to prove all that. All they need to prove is that, in adopting the rezoning plan, school officials were at least partly motivated by race." ("Behind Closed Doors," Sept. 10)

If so, then how is going back to a plan that was 100 percent zoned out of racial consideration any kind of remediation? Court-ordered busing was remediation for systemic, institutional racism. That order ended several years ago, and since then we continued to take racial makeup of schools into consideration (primary consideration) for mapping school zones without a court order for cover. Until this year, that is.

So I'd like to know from Mr. Blumstein if he feels, in rejecting neighborhood schools as resegregation because of what one person reportedly said, that the court will be comfortable in reverting back to the previous plan that would bus the plaintiffs' child past the neighborhood school and on to Bellevue Middle solely for the expressed desire that more black children go to schools in white/affluent neighborhoods?

Or a better question would be, wouldn't the only way to get the tainting of race out of rezoning be to do away with zoning completely? Given the book shortage fiasco affecting 68 schools, it's not as if zoning kids gives MNPS the ability to start the year without overcrowding and misdirected resources anyway.

David Shumaker

Check Nashville Cream
[D. Patrick] Rodgers' article on "Best of Bread" and its controversial dismissal is fair and informative ("Best of Bread: Toast?," Sept. 17). Thursdays are not the same without the show—and where is Newt's new home? We have a bathtub available but never eat mashed potatoes.

Barbara Conway
Norwalk, Conn.

Define 'most dads'
Nice to have you back in the Scene ("Suburban Turmoil," Sept. 17). It is troubling to me that in our culture most dads don't seem to feel the way you do, that you can't spend too much time with your 5-year-old. I also think that you have a platform in your blog and in your other writings that might satisfy your need to connect with other adults, and even report, that your "old job" might have satisfied. Arguably, given the state of TV news, what you write about now might be more relevant, and more useful, to a lot of people's lives. I think one perspective you offer in this column, however, is how fleeting our children's childhood will be. That's something that as a relative newcomer to the mom business is easy to forget.

Kathy Newman

The ball's in your court
David Boclair points out that in tennis's major events women get equal pay with men ("Lady Looks Like a Dude," Sept. 17). Yes, they get equal pay...but it's not for equal play.

Men play the best three out of five sets while women only play best two out of three. Ask your readers if we have gone too far with making everyone equal.

Jack D. Walker

The accepted term is 'jubblies'
Serena Williams' tirade "was invaluable as the latest step toward true athletic balance" ("Lady Looks Like a Dude," Sept. 17).

Really? David, you go on to comment, "We'll show more interest in Natalie Gulbis' two hooters than any number of birdies she can possibly can produce."Hooters?" Maybe we haven't come a long way, baby!

Brenda Vaughan

You should see our parking lot
Whatever you do, please revamp your website ("Change of Scenery," Sept. 17). It is almost impossible to navigate.

Andrew Gore


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