Love-Hate Mail 

Attaboy, Brantley
Nice piece of writing this past week in the Scene ("Death of A Rocketman," Nov. 26). Good to see a piece of writing from the Scene that was not politically or religiously biased. Good human interest story while sad. A piece of journalism that was not written with an agenda.

Brantley Hargrove, thanks and good job. Each week I look forward to your publication.

Larry Adamson
Franklin

'Rocketman' soars
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your article this afternoon as I ate lunch ("Death of a Rocketman," Nov. 26). I ended up going a little over my alotted time, just so I could finish the piece. Coming from a history/journalism background myself, I hope you know that you did an excellent job of weaving the history and the narrative together, which is not always an easy thing to do.

Good luck with everything you do at the Nashville Scene, and I hope to read more excellent articles from you in the future. 

Rod Jones
Nashville

Strange silence
Great article—it is suspicious why this story wasn't covered ("Death of a Rocketman," Nov. 26). I work on the field and never heard a thing about it. Thanks for bringing it to light.

Scott Mangrum
Nashville

Heat index
I just read Jeff Woods' excellent story on concealed carry, which cited Violence Policy Center research on the number of people killed by CCW holders over the past two and a half years ("Shot With Their Own Gun," Nov. 26). I just wanted to let you know that we have updated the study with a new web-based resource, "Concealed Carry Killers," and it includes incidents in which 85 people (including eight law enforcement officers) were killed by CCW holders. This new resource will be updated monthly (vpc.org/ccwkillers.htm).

Thanks for your great pieces on CCW.

Kristen Rand
Legislative Director
Violence Policy Center
Washington, D.C.

Speaking of heat...
I started to write a letter trying to explain why I carry a gun to protect myself and my wife and why I see no point in calling names like "a gunman," "a gun freak," "a gun nut" and "a firearms freak," but who cares what you think ("Shot With Their Own Gun," Nov. 26)? You are totally worthless in my life. I guess you are an insurance freak because you have health insurance, life insurance, car insurance and probably other policies to protect you.

If you chose to be helpless and lose a loved one, that's your choice. I won't lose mine for I intend to maintain the ability to protect them.

P.S. I am 76 years old. I have a perfect record. I haven't touched a drop of alcohol since I got saved in January of 1961. Why should I be deprived of the right to defend my wife no matter where I may be? Don't bother to answer.

L.L. Smith
Savannah, Tenn.

Get off the bus
An article by Jeff Woods in the current Nashville Scene states, "Of the 1,526 North Nashville students zoned last year for Hillwood`s schools, 1,094 have chosen to go to schools closer to home, according to the school district" ("Race in Dead Heat," Nov. 19).

It appears that rather than being bused almost two hours to and from Hillwood, two-thirds of the Pearl-Cohn students had rather spend that time in the classroom learning.

Jack D. Walker
Antioch

Manners matter
Thank you for your article on driving ("Driven to Distraction," Nov. 26). I would like to add that the younger generation, especially those who have young children, have no respect or manners for anyone other than themselves. It doesn't matter where you are, either in a department store or restaurant, the parents have little or no control over the children's behavior. This same behavior transfers to the way they drive without regard for anyone else. It's sad to think how these same children will raise their children in the future. 

We are all in big trouble. What happened to respect and manners? 

Michael Swiecicki
Brentwood

Don't read angry
I disagree: People aren't driving poorly because they are mad, they drive poorly just because they can't drive ("Driven to Distraction," Nov. 26). I've lived in Chicago for 10 years and I've seen angry drivers, bad drivers, good drivers, and all of the above. And I must say, people here just don't know how to drive. It's just that simple. I'm sorry to say that you have wasted precious moments of my life that I won't ever get back with your lame attempt at a news article.

Bob Truman
Brentwood

Correction
In last week's notice about Las Paletas moving from its new location, we misstated that it was moving to Hillsboro Village. In fact, it is moving next door to its current location in 12South. The Scene regrets the error.

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