All of us who spend time and energy to guard the Cumberland River watershed are beholden to author Michael Sims and to Bruce Dobie’s Nashville Scene for the May 4 cover story, ”The River of Life.“ To Michael for his astonishing talent for exact phrasing of a complex story into such sensitive proseahhh. To the powers-that-be at the Scene for recognizing the importancethank you. Building awareness of every person in this enormous watershed is key to its salvation.
Shirley Caldwell-Patterson, chair
Cumberland River Compact
I am a weekly Nashville Scene reader and have been since the publication’s beginning. I was disturbed by the irresponsible reporting in the May 4 article ”Blood on the Tracks“ by Jeff Woods.
Beginning with the subtitle, ”They hate the commuter train in Donelson“ and ending with the forecasted statement that Bob Clement would ”run for cover,“ deserting the project if it became a political liability, Jeff Woods misrepresented, in my opinion, the majority of the population in east Davidson County and west Wilson County that are in full support of the commuter rail service to Nashville.
The article leaves the reader with the impression that there would be monumental traffic jams around the train stations. This could not be further from the truth. The stations in many small cities that are suburbs of major cities in the Midwest have proven that the train depots are a source of pride for the local community and increase the community’s revenue.
Christine M. McCarthy
Snooty in East Nashville
What? East Nashville has been wrongly sullied by stereotypes in the whimsical Scene ”Fabricator“? Some people living across the river may be too sensitive or even too snooty. East Nashville is not a place for snooty.
After living near Shelby Park for a year, let me say it is very ”colorful“ in East Nashville. Our local market was robbed by gun-toting punks. My car was broken into by a woman at the Shelby Bottoms Greenway in broad daylight, and at 8 a.m. Easter Monday morning, a woman in a rental house down the block was arrested in her house coat and bunny slippers for God knows what.
Rather than being offended by East Nashville stereotypes, I’m out walking my dog and picking up all the litter constantly being thrown onto our pretty streets and sidewalks.
P.O. Box 50684, Nashville
In defense of Brentwood
Well, OK, you win. I cannot help but be frustrated. I moved here four years ago from New York state to open my business. I chose Nashville, due to its ever-growing economic development and bright outlook in the area of culinary growthmuch needed, I was told by many. I chose Brentwood to place my business due to the obvious need for independent restaurants.
In these past four years, our business has grown 30-35 percent consistently every year. Our audience reaches across many county lines. We contribute to many charities regularly, to give back to many of the communities that support us.
During these past four years, the Nashville Scene and Kay West, specifically, have singled out Brentwood and Williamson County in a most unfavorable way. I will concede some subtlety is used, but the fact of your grossly obvious dislike for this part of Nashville still remains. It comes across loud and clear. In your article on the Orchid, dated May 4, you said in reference to the lack of dim sum in Davidson County, ”I wonder if it might do better among Nashville’s more ethnically diverse and culinarily curious population than in Cool Springs, where chain restaurants are embraced so enthusiastically.“ Poor Kay cannot have everything she wants at her fingertips. To cross the county line would be just so inconvenient. Your loss, Kay. You and those who love to mimic your selfish attitude are the ones missing out on culinary gems like Wild Iris, Miyako, Quails, East India Club, Nick of Thyme, Magnolias, and Copelands, to name a few.
You can continue to knock Williamson County in your trite, small ways, but guess what? Williamson County is growing and growing strong, with or without your blessing. Stop being such a bunch of snobs.
Cathy A. Lewis, president
Nick of Thyme, Inc., Brentwood
In last week’s article about low-power radio, we noted that U.S. Rep. Bob Clement missed a House vote Apr. 23 on an LPFM bill he cosponsored. As it turns out, Clement had to leave unexpectedly because of a death in the family.
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