I am writing you today from New Delhi, India, where I have been working for the past month. I’m an avid reader of the Scene and enjoy visiting your Web site to read about current events back at home. After reading the article by Liz Garrigan and Phil Ashford about gubernatorial candidate Hilleary’s alleged secret agenda aimed at imposing the income tax on Tennesseans, I felt that I had to speak out (Political Notes, Aug. 29). Garrigan and Ashford are both obvious supporters of Bredesen and would love to see the ball and chain of an oppressive state income tax draped around the necks of our people. Garrigan and Ashford both know that the citizens of Tennessee steadfastly oppose an income tax, and they know that the majority of Tennesseans detest any politician who seeks to enslave our people to a gluttonous state bureaucracy.
Hilleary, through his campaign, is constantly reminding the public that Bredesen was one of those who ignored the people who elected him. Hilleary is reminding people that Bredesen tried everything within his power to thwart the will of the citizenry. Garrigan and Ashford recognize this, and they see that voters are listening to Hilleary. In my opinion, the ludicrous allegations contained within this article were nothing more than a feeble attempt to discourage Hilleary. Their motive is clear: “Let’s fabricate a conspiracy. Maybe this’ll shut him up.” (I can see them sitting at a table in the lounge planning out the scheme over coffee.)
My advice to Garrigan and Ashford? Try harder next time.
308 Candlewood Drive, Clarksville
She fell for it too
This could be the most unbelievable thing I have ever read in my life. The Scene has already proven the absolute hatred it has for Hilleary by jumping at the chance to print a cruel and despicable article by a Henry contributor before the primary. And now this article (Political Notes, Aug. 29). You know what? Keep writing crap like this. Because it just reinforces to everyday people who live in the real world that journalists are completely out of touch with reality. I can’t wait to read what you write after Van Hilleary wins in November. Orafter 8 years without an income tax. How about this:
FACT: Van Hilleary has always said he was against an income tax. He has never uttered one pro-income tax comment in his life.
FACT: People believe and trust Van Hilleary. And he will kick Flip Flop/ Me-Too Phil’s butt on Nov. 5.
Big fat criticism
It’s catastrophically ironic that Ms. Bowman has either overlooked or ignored the fact that My Big Fat Greek Wedding was written by a Canadian and is actually based on the experience of a first-generation Greek woman in Canada, as all the related media info has clearly stated (“Their Big Fat Success,” Sept. 5). Indeed, the very focus of Ms. Bowman’s piece is an examination of what appeals to “white-bread Middle Americans, for whom a warm, quirky ethnic identity is the stuff of lonely split-level dreams.” Guess it’s too dream-like, then, to mention the actual country of its origin? If she has entirely missed the fact, it is simply a case of yet another American quasi-journalist falling short of the mark. If she has chosen to ignore it, however, she rather intentionally undermines her cozy little thesis. Shame. But then, who cares if 25 million Canadians are laughing at you? It must sound a bit like the tree falling in the woods when no one’s around.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Toronto, Ontario)
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