Liz Garrigan’s piece scathingly belittles supporters of a “Draft Gore” movement (Political Notes, Jan. 30). If this movement is so insignificant and pathetic, one has to wonder why Ms. Garrigan felt the need to give it space in her rant. Yes, Ms. Garrigan, we supporters still believe in the power of the people. Thankfully, we have not yet grown as cynical as you.
I just wanted to thank Liz Garrigan for spreading the word about our Draft Gore movement (Political Notes, Jan. 30)! I find it encouraging to see writers, probably a lot of them, invest money and effort in such newsworthy idealism.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Virginia Beach, Va.)
It’s not just that Liz Garrigan left out a couple of key facts in her assessment of the Draft Gore 2004 movement (Political Notes, Jan. 30). Never mind that Gore got more votes than Bush in Florida and nationwide. Never mind the fact that it was only the Democratic establishmentnot rank-and-file voterswho were glad to see Gore go away (an establishment, by the way, that handed over control of Congress to Republicans). Never mind the fact that she actually seems to view loyalty to a candidate (and even idealism) as a weakness. What’s really sad about Ms. Garrigan’s decision to mock the Draft Gore movement is that she couldn’t find another topic to discuss in her column.
After another week of Bush’s lies about “evidence” against Iraq, a substantial drop in Bush’s approval ratings, a Republican scheme to gut Medicare and Bush’s laughable ideas to fix the economy with tax cuts for the rich, the best Ms. Garrigan can come up with in a busy political week is to ridicule Gore supporters.
Still, while former Vice President Gore’s illustrious and respectable career in politics may be over, it seems that Ms. Garrigan’s future as a political fluff columnist is just beginning. She has just what it takesvacuousness and a condescending attitudeto make it in the world of political punditry.
He’s got dry eye
The recent Scene article questioning the truthfulness of Dr. Ming Wang’s advertising claims about bladeless LASIK surgery just breaks the surface (“Double Vision,” Jan. 30). Dr. Wang performed surgery on my eyes in May 2001over 20 months ago. I’m one of the people who has long-lasting, serious LASIK complications, including chronic, LASIK-induced severe dry eye. Dr. Wang has been very aware of my dry eye complications. I spoke about them, without advance notice to Dr. Wang, but with his permission, at an “open to the public” LASIK seminar he hosted last July.
Dr. Wang and I have specifically discussed the ongoing and serious nature of my dry eye complications as recently as September of this past year. Yet, while Dr. Wang’s Web site concedes that the surgery can cause dry eye, it states: “This condition is temporary....” Not true. Dry eye is generally recognized among refractive surgeons as the most prevalent complication from LASIK surgery. Dr. Wang can’t help but be aware that dry eye, among many other serious complications, is a permanent, debilitating complication for many LASIK patients. Hundreds of refractive surgeons like Dr. Wang admit the same, and the FDA (on its Web site) as well as a nonprofit group called Surgical Eyes (www.surgicaleyes.org) warn of the potential permanency and severity of dry eye after LASIK.
There is no mention whatsoever on Dr. Wang’s Web site that dry eye, which sounds like no big deal until you have it month after month, can be severe or that there is no effective treatment for it. What Dr. Wang, his public relations and advertising pros, and the LASIK industry try to gloss over and to outright deny is that, while many people have had great results after LASIK, many people have had to deal with very serious, long-term complications. Maybe that fact, or the Hippocratic oath, is why some ophthalmologists will not perform elective LASIK surgery, much less advertise it.
J. Ross Pepper
A mayoral booster
Mayor Purcell is certainly long suffering, patient, unpretentious and amazingly modest for a person holding his office. So in this sense, I will agree with your recent editorial labeling Mayor Purcell as “Mayor Meek” (“Is the Mayor There,” Jan. 30).
But your portrayal of Mayor Purcell as weak-kneed and spiritless is not true. Perhaps you want him to be more defiant, stubborn, uncooperative or unruly? From your shallow portrayal of Mayor Purcell, I gather you are more interested in sizzle than in meat. I find Mayor Purcell to be an effective leader. This matters more to me than sizzle. One quick example: As mayor, he established new offices within the office of mayor that are greatly benefiting our citymobilizing government, nonprofits and businesses to work together in ways that improve the quality of life for all Nashvillians.
Mayor Purcell gets the big picture. His attention to detail and the order in which he leads are assets, not liabilities, for the city of Nashville. He is passionate about this city. He leads by enduring principles and is above the pettiness often found in the media, as evidenced by your recent editorial.
Message from a modest man
In her Jan. 30 letter to the editor (“Her Bible’s missing a few books”), Margie Phelps greedily seeks the media spotlight for the Phelps family once again. Phelps rebukes the Scene for taking a negative stance against the Westboro clan (shocking). And later, Phelps makes the absurd claim that homosexuals have more money than heterosexuals. Ms. Phelps, I’m a 28-year-old man who earns less than $25,000 a year. I won’t be living it up in the Bahamas anytime soon. Furthermore, I have read your selected Biblical passage, and the scripture makes generalizations about society as a whole. It’s a sad day when human beings use the word of God to promote hate.
Help for Margie
Thank you for publishing Margie Phelps’ letter for a good laugh (“Her Bible’s missing a few books,” Jan. 30). You have to feel sorry for someone as misguided in her thinking as Margie Phelps from Topeka, Kan. Her tirade regarding homosexual vs. heterosexual lifestyles is filled with innuendo, misconception and downright rambling. This poor woman needs to get a life outside Kansas or be put in a padded room in the local nuthouse.
2405 Chapman Dr., Nashville
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