Regarding your article "Tales From the Trenches" (April 1), I would rather read five pages that simply say, "We've got nothing" than that crap. If I wanted to hear Jonas Stein recount his scraps with Frenchies, I'd go ask him. Thanks.
David Camp, Nashville
I read with interest your compilation of "wild" road stories ("Tales From the Trenches," April 1). Boy, did you guys miss the boat. You needed to talk to veterans of the bands of old school country artists like Mel Tillis and Faron Young. They make these boys look like rank amateurs!
Andy Reiss, Nashville
All right, I'll admit I had my doubts about [Adam] Gold's "EC sucks because like he's not worthy" review. But clearly he's an authority on what's cool and what's not, based on his breathless, Tiger Beat-ready fratboy-wannabe account of who fucked who and what drugs were employed so righteously awarded the front-page spot in this week's issue ("Tales From the Trenches," April 1). Jeez, who could doubt you after such a display of ... journalism. Adam, dude, I look forward to your upcoming MTV VJ gig.
Oh, and hey editor, just what do you do in your job?
Jeff Pitcher, Nashville
This [article on The Art of the Steal] is a comprehensive, insightful review ("Livid Culture," March 25). I met a man recently whose story struck me as something that would have pleased Dr. Barnes immensely. This fellow was totally bowled over by the art from the moment he entered the main gallery, as most people are. But at the end of his visit, he felt as if the Barnes estate was his, too. And now, when he goes back, he feels it is to see "his" art collection. Dr. Barnes meant to bequeath something to the world that helps us to see things in a new way. To get really close, to feel like it has something to say directly to us and we to it. You can walk right up to within inches of those Van Goghs and Renoirs and see the brushstrokes. The authentic Barnes is very accessible and can be more so. It needn't be moved and shouldn't be. Please tell people to visit the Friends of the Barnes Foundation website and submit petitions and letters of protest to the donors of the fake Barnes project: www.barnesfriends.org.
Evelyn Yaari, Bala Cynwyd, PA.
Such a beautiful story you wrote ("Suburban Turmoil," March 25). It touched me so deeply, put tears in my eyes and shivers down my spine. Reading about your description of your grandfather was like reading about my own father, whom I lost a couple years ago. I had a similar experience when I brought home a ficus tree from my Dad's funeral and managed to keep it alive for quite some time despite my lack of gardening skills. When it died due to stupidity on my part, I cried. I have been unable to throw out the dead plant yet, but maybe someday. You've given me hope. Thank you for that.
Neda Johnson, Albert Lea, MN
It would be interesting to know the statistics on horse theft before the U.S. slaughterhouses closed and after ("The Final Solution," March 25). I wonder if making slaughterhouses legal in Tennessee — which raises the profitability on theft — would increase incidence? It is my understanding that killer buyers can clear $400 to $600 per horse depending on the purchase price. This net profit would rise if the killer buyers no longer have long transportation costs to other states and Mexico. My instinct tells me that if this passes, I'll need to keep my eyes on my horses.
Lee Holmes, Nashville
I have been a part of the agricultural life my entire life ("All the Starving Horses," March 11). I also helped with the horses at the fairgrounds as well as out of state rescues with HSUS. I have had a steak at the same table as someone eating a veggie burger. I don't push meat on them, and they don't push being a vegan on me. These are our choices in life.
However, we do agree on animal cruelty, and it stands for all animals. Do I care for the animals the same as my dad or his dad? No: There is far more education these days on feed, forage, medicine and equipment. This is a fight against old ways and new ways. The old ways of a handshake, manners, beliefs, family, etc. were better. The new ways of animal care, information, agriculture equipment, etc. are better. This law will pass eventually. It would be best if it was sooner than later. I will be the first to fight for the farmer as I see this as not a threat to them. If you make it harder on the bad apples, then we would be able to see the good ones. A TRUE FARM SHOULD NOT FEAR FOR THEY CHERISH THEIR LIFESTYLE.
Chip Burns, Triune
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