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God bless Becca Stevens

God bless Becca Stevens

Kudos to the Scene for recognizing Becca Stevens as Nashvillian of the Year (Dec. 21)! Your piece was so inspirational and brought tears to my eyes as I read. This woman is, with God’s help and guidance, living out the gospel of Christ. You can preach all you want to at people, but they’ll always respond to love. It goes right to the bone. The whole story can be summed up in Becca’s own words: “They don’t need to be saved by us, God will do that.” Are you listening fellow Christians? Like Toby Keith sang: “A little less talk and a lot more action.” May the work that God is doing through the Magdalene project inspire us all to reach out in 2001.

Michael Gregory

GregoryHouseofG@cs.com. (Nashville)

Shine the light on yourself

Regarding “Seeking Buzz: Tennessean’s Dave Green gets onto the Scene” (Dec. 21), may I respectfully suggest that instead of obsessing about the potential hires of a free alternative weekly, Mr. Green devote as much or more time to attracting and keeping qualified, talented writers for his own newspaper. It might slow down that circulation slide and the ongoing newsroom exodus.

Gina E. Fann

gefann@mindspring.com. (La Vergne)

A tale told wisely

I picked up the Dec. 21 issue of the Scene at the Rutherford County YMCA. The feature by Kay West on Becca Stevens and the Magdalene project was the best story I have ever read in the Scene. I was greatly moved by it. You are absolutely correct in picking her for Nashvillian of the Year. These are the kind of stories we need to hear more [of] rather than puffing up politicians, entertainers, and sports people. Becca Stevens is the kind of person who makes a difference in [her own] time and eternity; may her tribe increase.

Kay West did a great job telling the story. While not glossing over the reality of the lives of the women, she still revealed their humanity, dreams, and aspirations. Thank you again for such a sensitive and moving story. God bless Becca Stevens.

Tom Brown

TbbandHrb@aol.com. (Murfreesboro)

As good as the national pukes

I write in reference to two opinion articles in the Dec. 21 issue: “Through the Veil” by Bruce Barry and “All Too Human” by Randy Horick. I have read via the Internet dozens of op-ed-type articles on the election. These two are as good as any. I think they are outstanding in their lucidity and their cogency. Please pass this message along to them.

Stephen R. Jordan

stevepat@vfimail.com.

Revisionist history

Randy Horick’s attempt to rewrite the facts leading to the election of George W. Bush as our next president (“All Too Human,” Dec. 21) would be commendable, if it weren’t for the facts of the case that he clearly got wrong.

Revisionism No. 1: “The equipment sometimes makes clean punches difficult, and machines invariably fail to count some properly punched ballots.... Because the machines are fallible.” The fact is, even Gore’s own legal team could not and did not prove this fact in a court of law. To state it as fact here is nothing more than wishful thinking.

Revisionism No. 2: “Florida law allows for manual recounts.” True, but only slightly. To get to that point, under Florida Law, machines must be checked for malfunctions; if there are no malfunctions then the ballot must be run through the machine (not hand-counted)...and since no one ever proved Revision No. 1, under Florida Law, there was no legal way to call for hand recounts. And that takes care of the next six paragraphs.

Revisionism No. 3: “Five justices of the Supreme Court...ultimately declared that a uniform statewide standard must apply.” If Mr. Horick had taken the time to read the opinions (posted on CNN.com, FOX, etc.) he would know that seven of the nine stated this fact. Two of the seven were in disagreement as to how to carry this out; thus, a 5-4 split [resulted]. And it should be noted (however little it’s been reported), in response to the final decision by the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Florida unanimously agreed by written opinion. Which takes care of the rest of the story.

Except for...Revisionism No. 4: “Essentially, the majority reversed not the Florida Supreme Court but the Florida Legislature...usurping the Legislature’s role and imposing new rules after the election.” This is absurd revisionism. The laws in Florida as written before the election still stand. The date for certification still stands as seven days after the election. The deadline for absentee ballots still stands at 10 days after the election. The secretary of state still stands as the ultimate arbiter of the election, from certifying the election to interpreting the laws on the books at the time of the election. Hand recounts still come last in a three-step process of determining votes. Dec. 12 still stands as the date to select electors. And as far as “the broad standard” of counting votes, it was on the books before the election, and it’s on the books now.

Nice try. Now, can we have the truth for once?

Paul King

sarsip@c4.com. (Murfreesboro)

Correction

Last week’s Annual Manual listed Blast magazine’s Web site as www.blastmag.com. The magazine’s site no longer exists

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