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Still a good one

You Are So Nashville If...your previously published contest entry (about believing that Channel 5 violated child labor laws when it hired Charlie Neese) wins again—in 2003—this time credited to someone else!

Stacy Harris

4215 Harding Road (Nashville)

Booster across the river

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the article “Renaissance East” (July 31). There is great architecture and an incredible sense of community in East Nashville, including Inglewood/Riverwood. From Victorians, Tudors and Cape Cods to unique shops and restaurants to neighborhood associations that truly unite, we have it all. If you’ve been afraid to cross the river, this article gives you a taste of what you’ve been missing.

Tabatha Thompson

tthompson@atkinsonpr.com (Nashville)

More outstanding pickers

Geoffrey Himes’ survey of new rootsy music releases by Australian artists (“Abundance Down Under,” July 31) didn’t sample the growing community of the continent’s outstanding pickers and fiddlers. Among this year’s national winners of Victorian Country Music Association awards in Melbourne were Karen Lynne and Martin Louis for Best Indie Release, and Greg Champion for Song of the Year and Best Bluegrass and Traditional Country Song. Acoustic music fans seeking to expand their auditory horizons can start by visiting the following Web sites: www.bluegrass.org.au, www.karenlynne.com and www.gregchampion.com.au.

Robert Erianne

nashbucket@iname.com (Nashville)

It wasn’t inadvertent

I read your issue about the district council races (Cover Story, July 24). I reside in District 15 but take an interest in all of the races because those elected in other districts also affect me when they vote on citywide issues.

I was particularly interested in what your paper had to say about District 6, both since that district is where I work and also because it is a liberal bastion that Eileen Beehan is vacating because of term limits. I’m smart enough to realize that Mike Jameson is the handpicked candidate of Citizens for a Better Nashville (read: liberals who want to push their agenda down our throats). This political action committee is headed by two of the “anti-biased” bill’s sponsors, Chris Ferrell and the aforementioned Ms. Beehan.

Kristina Wait appears to have a viable candidacy as well, but I also thought the same of Annette Crim. Your paper did an admirable job of covering the issues as described by Jameson and Wait, but Ms. Crim’s name didn’t appear in the article. Even in the districts in which the candidates didn’t respond to your efforts to question them, you gave them mention, sometimes going so far as to say that certain candidates weren’t actively campaigning. With all of the rhetoric I’ve heard coming out of the race in District 6, I was interested to see how the Scene would cover it. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that in a district race involving a candidate whom the Scene has endorsed and who would be the next banner carrier for the liberal cause in the council, all viable candidates couldn’t expect equal treatment. I’m sure it will be dismissed as an inadvertent oversight in failing to mention Ms. Crim. (Candidate Judy Bradshaw wasn’t mentioned either—another oversight?).

If your paper is ever to be viewed as “news credible,” obvious omissions such as this have to be eliminated. I do appreciate the hard work of the people involved in compiling this story, but I couldn’t help but be amused by the word “progressive” used throughout the story. Am I safe to assume wherever that word was used, the word “liberal” could be safely substituted?

Patrick Keohane

3029 Delta Queen Dr. (Nashville)

Editor’s Note

If you look in the back half of this week’s print edition, you’ll notice some subtle but significant changes: We’ve moved some of the content in our Critics’ Picks section, and we’ve transferred it to the Music Listings. The goal is to make our paper a little more user-friendly, so that you, dear reader, don’t have to flip back and forth between our picks section and our listings to find out about acts playing in town each week. At the same time, we’ve invited our esteemed music critics to beef up those items they’ve chosen to write about in the picks, so that you can find out more about why those critics’ picks are indeed Critics’ Picks. This is our first week making these changes, so expect to see more improvements and more added content in the Music Listings as the weeks pass.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Thom Storey, head of Belmont University’s journalism program, who generously offered to let us use the offices of the Belmont Vision, the school’s student-operated newspaper, when we arrived at our own offices on Tuesday morning only to discover that the power was out. We send our paper to the printer on Tuesday night, so Storey’s offer was a lifesaver. But just as we were arriving at the Belmont campus, loaded down with heavy computer equipment, we received word that the NES trucks were on their way. In the midst of so much crazy weather and so many fallen tree limbs, we are nonetheless deeply indebted to Storey and the university, who kept us from having some serious panic attacks.

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