Love-Hate Mail 

Stranger things have happened
Well, imagine that. A reviewer from the ultra-left Nashville Scene reviewing a book written by a U.S. senator from the Republican side of the turf ("Dr. Feelgood," Oct. 8).

Your bias is in the open, for all to see. All, that is, but your constituency.

Your magazine is so in the pocket for the liberal left that the chance of an even-handed look at this book (even if it's as self-serving as you claim) is an impossibility.

Next time, why not try leaving your political views out of the review.

Rob Jason

Suit up, Bernie Madoff
I enjoyed Terry McCormick's thoughtful though unscientific study on NFL players' head injuries ("The Harder They Fall," Oct. 8). Seems most of the Titans interviewed couldn't care less about head injuries that may affect them down the road at 35 years old. "Go for the money now," they all say.

I seem to remember a rumor about Joe Namath. He couldn't walk a flight of stairs at 30, but damn it, he did win a Super Bowl.

Many of today's NFL commentators—Dan Marino, Steve Young, Boomer Esiason, Terry Bradshaw—all took hits that took their breath away, along with some brain cells.

They sound fairly coherent today, many years after retiring from the game.

Is the price you pay worth it, to become ravaged by dementia at 40? I don't know, but many on Wall Street are losing or have lost their minds without stepping on the field.

Paul D'Argent

Where's the spire?
I read your City Limits article with great interest ("The Phantom Skyscraper," Oct. 1). I was hoping to finally get the answer to a question I ask myself every time I look at this newest addition to the Nashville skyline: "Where's the rest of it?" I can't help thinking it looks as though they ran out of money to finish the thing. After all, it is called The Pinnacle, so where is it? The pinnacle, I mean. It looks as though the top 25 percent or so of the structure has been left off! 

I thought I remembered seeing early sketches of the building soaring above the Batman Building and converging to a piercing spire at the top. Do you know anything about that?

R.W. Nash

Tea and sympathy
As an attendee to the American Liberty Rally that evening, I appreciated your coverage of the event ("Tempest in a Teapot," Sept. 24).  However, the attendees did not "leave to their own separate Americas" as you suggest in your story—rather they left with the inspiration to make a difference and maintain our Freedom and Liberty. It's not about Democrats or Republicans, but rather about the nature of Freedom and the very wrong direction that our country is taking. We are as upset with Bush as we are with Obama for the path our government has taken with respect to manipulating free markets and overbearing government involvement in so many facets of our lives. Name the issue—Cash for Clunkers, Auto Bailouts, Bank Bailouts, TARP, ACORN, Cap and Trade, health care "reform," to name a few. 

It's a shame you didn't seriously quote or even interview any of the speakers, who would have better informed and educated your readers. Lastly, Bob Basso ("Thomas Paine") did not need to be "yanked off the stage" as you represented. He was originally scheduled for 15 minutes and went for nearly 45 minutes! The tea party movement is for real, and its power will be felt at the ballot box in 2010.

Michael Hershey

No Belle prize
We used to be Martha regulars...until she became more distracted by catering and let her restaurant slide (Oct. 1). We'd stopped going. So we tried Belle the other day and we're both incredibly disappointed. I wish them success, but it may not be easy with that menu—or those awful "homemade" salad dressings. They'll be rethinking their concept by spring. It's no wonder that Picnic down the road thrives. That's what Belle Meade folks want for lunch!

Ed King

Watch out, healers
Two things strike me about this column ("The Doctor is In...furiating," Sept. 24). Number one, is, why haven't we heard more stories like this in the health care debate? Maybe we don't want to pit "the people" against "doctors," but honestly, these stories are so horrifying! The second thing is, where are we at as a society when we put up with doctors like this! Bad doctors need to be reported! I guess what I'm saying is, I feel called to action!

Kathleen Newman

The brush off
I am gagging as I read Paul King's description of Nashville's media audience (Christian, conservative, etc.). As they say, speak for yourself, Paul ("Love/Hate Mail," Oct. 1). I shudder at the thought of being tarred with your brush.

Rita Tallent


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