Many thanks to the Nashville Scene for keeping the Tabitha Tuders story alive. I continue to be shocked at the disgusting treatment the police department has given her disappearance. This week’s story (“Criminals Down the Street,” Aug. 7) once again illustrates scenarios that police should have red-flagged from the beginning, and that should have convinced them early on that they weren’t dealing with a runaway case. I credit the Scene’s coverage with the resurgence of attention given by police and the media, and the refocusing of the case. This situation, along with other crime issues affecting our neighborhood, has made me lose confidence in interim police Chief Deb Faulkner. I encourage Mayor Purcell to aggressively continue his nationwide search for a new chief of police.
816 Woodland St. (Nashville)
Iron man on Iron woman
Great article on Shelby Sheffield (“The Iron Woman,” Aug. 7). She’s a truly amazing competitor and a very nice person. I’ll be going to Hawaii to compete in the Ironman too. There were two errors in the article. First, the Ironman started in 1978, not 1979. Second, the first Ironman took place on Oahu. It didn’t move to Kona on the Big Island until 1981. The time given as the winning time was the actual winning time in 1978. I know because I won that first race on Oahu.
Gordon Haller, 1978 Ironman winner and 19-time finisher
I believe your publication has set a new standard for incredibly poor taste with the Aug. 7 List. Since when is mass murder funny? ( “You’ve been gassed” and “They found your father in a mass grave.”)
A critic’s critic
I was disappointed to read Danielle Dreilinger’s review of Tywanna Jo Baskette’s new album (“Blank Expression,” Aug. 7). Normally, the Nashville Scene sets the bar for music criticism in the city, but in this instance, you let your standards slip. It’s clear the reviewer knows little about the artist. She attaches meanings that are way off base to a number of songs, as anyone familiar with the artist would know. Case in point: Ms. Dreilinger states the song “Pinky” is about “a titillating/traumatizing childhood experience when someone saw [Baskette’s] underwear,” when in fact the song is about her parents’ first date. There were at least two other such instances in the review, which is unfortunate, since the reviewer used those inaccuracies to support her unfavorable critique. Don’t you think a local artist such as Ms. Baskette, whose album is being released nationally and internationally and who is getting significant attention from the national music media, deserves better than an uninformed, misinformed critique from her hometown newspaper?
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