Love/Hate Mail 

An early entry

An early entry

Thanks for the soap opera story on the Exit/In (“In Through the Out Door,” Dec. 5). The place certainly has a history worth perpetuating. Good luck to the new guy. The litany of owners and co-owners was enlightening. I realized as I read that in my eight years in Nashville I had managed to meet, either socially or through business contact, at least three of the previous owners, causing me to think, “You are so Nashville if you once owned the Exit/In.” Too early for the contest, yet, oh so true.

Joe Scutella (Kingston Springs)

He makes our point

Your editorial (“Think Globally, Shop Locally,” Dec. 5) was well-intentioned, but you ignore a couple of things. One is the sales tax. Anyone complaining about ’Net shoppers ought to address those responsible for demonizing and penalizing everyone who favored a fair, progressive income tax over what we got. It’s a shame that some local merchants and workers may be hurt by folks on budgets trying to save time and money, but tell it to Gill, Valentine and the Capitol-storming, politician-threatening Scrooges. Say hello to the Ghost of Christmas Future.

And you don’t mention big out-of-state businesses and discounters like Wal-Mart, the Grinch of workers’ rights and bulldozer of homegrown elf shops. Soon we’ll be giving all our shopping money to them, all be listening to Clear Channel Radio, paying our communications dollars to Comcast and Microsoft, and the rest to drug and insurance companies—and the Pentagon. It’ll be fun: the USA—just one big company store.

Meanwhile, maybe you should print a naughty/nice list of local merchants and their political leanings and let us decide whose stockings to stuff and who gets a lump of coal.

Robert Hutchison (Nashville)

Local is an attitude

I’ll take your Dec. 5 editorial (“Think Globally, Shop Locally) one step further—think, don’t shop. Instead of the gifts that many people really don’t need, give your time and money to charity to help those who are in need. Beyond that, what’s local? Last year, I moved from Middleton, Wis. This year, I’m proud to support its local economy with some of my gift purchases—American Girl dolls and accessories, which would probably fall in with on your list of computer purchases. My personal experience with their employees and their founder offers me a different perspective. Music Row is local business for Nashville, but is simply “Big Business” for someone in California. In this day and age, “local” is an attitude, not a location.

Don’t jump on the catchphrase bandwagon. Know what you are doing and why. Make informed decisions this holiday season and throughout the year.

Todd Liebergen (Nashville)

We’ll say it: Farley’s a nut too

In a Dec. 5 “News Briefly” blurb about the war of words between Jonathan Farley and members of Confederate heritage groups that were outraged by a Tennessean op-ed piece Farley wrote, the Scene described the Confederate heritage group members as “fruitcakes” and “nutcases.” Farley was merely identified as a Vanderbilt math professor and former Green Party congressional candidate.

Well, let’s see now, Farley was a candidate for the Green Party—a collection of eco-socialist wackos. He espouses the nutty idea that a bunch of people who have never been slave owners should pay tons of money to a bunch of people who have never been slaves as “reparation” for slavery. He called Confederate soldiers cowards—a nutty idea on its face since there never would have been a war in the first place if they had been. Cowards don’t fight battles. In short, Farley is a walking cartoon. Central casting in Hollywood couldn’t have produced a more buffoonish stereotype of a looney leftist college professor.

And yet the Scene thinks the people Farley antagonized are the “nutcases”? It seems the Scene’s notion of who is and isn’t a “nutcase” is pretty nutty itself.

Gilbert Martin (Smyrna)


Regarding the Dec. 5 “News Briefly” section, your notice on the controversy between Vandy professor Jonathan Farley and Southern heritage groups implies that both Farley and his opponents are fighting an irrelevant battle. Fair enough, I suppose. As you say, most people just don’t care about these issues anymore. What I have a problem with is your biased reporting of the matter. Those sympathetic to the Confederate cause are described as “Old South fruitcakes” and “nutcases still dressed in gray,” yet no similar insult is lobbed at Farley, whose essay is described as being about “the silliness of the Confederate cause.” Why not? Wouldn’t a “fruitcake” do something eccentric—perhaps launch a hopeless third-party campaign for Congress? Wouldn’t a “nutcase” write an editorial in which he calls for the mass execution of thousands of people? And what about major newspapers that keep printing articles about Farley’s bloodthirsty rant? What adjectives best describe their obsession with keeping the passions of their readers inflamed—at this time of year especially? The Scene’s liberal bias is unfortunate but understandable. The paper’s need to personally insult decent, law-abiding citizens who actually care about our region’s history is simply pathetic.

Jonathan Malcolm Lampley (Nashville)

In Pat’s defense

The Scene’s Randy Horick wrote an ultra-prejudiced piece on the nation’s winningest woman’s coach, Pat Summitt, naming her “Bonehead of the week” (Dec. 5). It’s patently clear that this Vanderbilt graduate is not only black-and-gold blind but surprisingly uninformed for a so-called sportswriter. He maligns one of our state’s greatest homegrown, innovative and honored women for newspaper folly and the exercise of his own biased opinion. Even novice sportswriters can understand that early non-conference games are intended to teach and practice and experiment with new plays and designs. How could Mr. Horick have missed this long-held understanding?

Christine Letson

2027 Convent Place, Nashville

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