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Not yet, anyway

Not yet, anyway

Sheryl Crow hasn’t moved to Middle Tennessee? So I guess what your telling me is that the thin fellow on the Trek that I dropped on Three Mile Hill in Warner Park was not Lance Armstrong. Dream killers.

John Brownlee (Nashville)

Unconstructive screed

I was intrigued to find a piece in a mainstream paper that calls into question the election year carnival created by the very same media (“Consumer Abdicates,” Feb. 26). But the final tone of your article left me disappointed: What’s the point? Where do “we,” the people who “buy it—literally—without question,” turn? The very problem of the power of corporate media to so directly influence the “lazy citizenry” is its ability to make most people who use it as their primary source of information feel ultimately powerless. Editorials that criticize this, but then offer nothing but wordplay and shoulder-shrugging in the end, do nothing to influence people or help to change this. If you’re excited or upset enough to sit down and write something that thousands of people will hopefully read and be influenced by, then consider focusing that energy on something that isn’t going to make “us” feel as insignificant in the end as we might have thought we were to begin with.

Shaun Slifer

1509 Sweetbriar Ave., Nashville

Here here!

I don’t have an opinion regarding the propriety of the house ad Scene publisher Albie Del Favero began running last week (Desperately Seeking the News, Feb. 26). But I do believe that my friends Del Favero and Bruce Dobie deserve credit for running the only newspaper in America, alternative weekly or otherwise, to consistently allow their writers to criticize them at length in the paper.

Richard Karpel, executive director

Association of Alternative Newsweeklies

1020 16th St. NW, 4th Floor (Washington, D.C.)

Spoilproof with instant runoff voting

I appreciated the column by John Spragens about Ralph Nader’s candidacy (“Consumer Abdicates,” Feb. 26). While I don’t intend either to vote for Nader a second time, I am really disturbed by Democrats’ sense of entitlement to half the country’s votes (as evidenced by charges that Nader “stole” or “siphoned” votes from Al Gore in 2000). Most critics of third-party spoilers have shown little interest in spoil-proofing elections through the use of instant runoff voting. This method, in which voters rank candidates according to preference, has advocates ranging from Howard Dean to John McCain. The Democratic Party should show us its commitment to the spirit of democracy and the value of competition. Join the fight to relieve citizens of this dilemma whereby supporting the best man may risk victory by the worst.

Tom Johnson

P.O. Box 121486 (Nashville)

Comment says a lot

In “Consumer Abdicates” (Feb. 26), John Spragens refers to journalist Greg Palast as a “goofy-looking Brit.” Mr. Palast is in fact a California native, which lends a degree of irony to his success at the BBC. He has courageously and tirelessly reported stories that are taboo in the mainstream American media, i.e. the long-standing business relationship between the Bush and Bin Laden families, the savaging of California’s economy by energy companies connected to the White House and a crooked governor, and the illegal manipulation of voter rolls during the 2000 election.

With the current proclivity of our government, media and electorate toward selective amnesia, it is hardly surprising that the work of this patriot is mostly ignored in his home country.

Chris Donohue (Nashville)


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