In your Feb. 10 editorial, you made the comment that the issue of ”evil influence of lobbyists, campaign finance reform...,“ etc., belonged to John McCain. I agree and would like to add anothercharacter. I first met Sen. McCain when I was a U.S. Secret Service agent in 1992, waiting in the VIP lounge to board a flight, en route to another assignment. The senator happened to be in the room and apparently recognized us as agents. He approached us, introduced himself, and thanked us for doing our job. I had never been personally thanked by any other protectee, yet Sen. McCain, whom we did not protect, went out of his way to thank us for an otherwise thankless job. This showed his immense character. Sen. McCain is not just a man of honor because of his service to our country during Vietnam, he is a man of honor because he will tell us what he thinks whether we want to hear it or not. He will admit when he has been wrong instead of trying to spin his record into some twisted interpretation. I believe he will bring back that honor to the White House which we have sadly lost. The issue of honor in the presidency is his strongest attribute.
6th District Chairman/State Hispanic Coordinator
Tennessee Volunteers for McCain
Food Headline Hard to Swallow
My husband and I have been enjoying Kay West’s food columns for many years, and we have discovered several restaurants because we became curious to try them, and more often than not, we agreed with the reviews.
When I read the headline of the Feb. 10 dining column, I could not believe my eyes. I do not know who wrote the headline, but I felt like I’d been slapped in the face. It has been disturbing to me that the killing of ethnic groups has been downplayed in and by the media by calling it ”ethnic cleansing.“
To use this expressionnow synonymous with killing of hundreds of thousands of men, women, and childrenas a headline for a restaurant review is not only totally out of place, but it strikes me as being callous and disrespectful. I find it appalling.
Anna Lass Potter
UT officials can’t comment publicly one way or another on Jason Respert’s situation until he has signed a letter of intent with UT (”Sports,“ Feb. 10). So unlike those ”reputable“ institutions in Athens and Gainesville (who knew they had zero chance of signing him anyway), UT officials haven’t commented that they are withholding a scholarship offer until Respert’s exoneration nor have they made any comment whatsoever, in accordance with NCAA rules. Their stance is clearly one of ”wait-’n’-see,“ as it should be.
UT is waiting for the system to do its thing just like they would were Mr. Respert a 5-foot-nothin’, 100-’n’-nothin’ flautist. Upon resolution, UT will make its determination and thenand only thenshould Randy Horick critique UT’s decision in any way he sees fit, as is his right. But to prematurely indict UT or the athletic department or Coach Fulmer at this point is nothing but inflammatory tripe catering to the Vandy snobs and other Nashville elitists.
Respert, no matter how grave the offense he is charged with, is innocent until proven guilty, and judgmental media vigilantes such as Mr. Horick should bear that in mind when reaching for column topics. The case against Respert, so far as I can determine from various reports available thus far, doesn’t rise to the level of slam dunk by any stretch of the imagination. This is a young man’s life we’re talking about here. If he did it, he should unequivocally pay the price just like anybody else. But even more importantly, he must receive the same due process that anybody else should receive.
Just because Vandy can’t attract any prospects prominent enough to make a headline, good or bad, doesn’t mean it’s open season for clowns like Mr. Horick to go suspending the American justice system to take potshots at the University of Tennesseepotshots that are born of the perverted mixture of jealousy and elitist scorn that emanates from the state capital, in general, and Vandy, in particular.
R. Jackson Pope
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