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Don't spare the rod

My daughter is expecting our first grandchild in October so I am saving your article for her ("Triple Threat," May 20). To be politically correct, I suppose you all used some form of timeout after little Bruiser did his version of 3-year-old cursing and hitting his dad rather than relinquish those eyeglasses? What I am really hoping is that Hubs taught Bruiser swiftly the reality of consequences by paddling that little bottom and setting him down in a boring timeout location to scream and sob till he fell asleep. It is not abuse to use his thick little bottom, for kids' bottoms are designed for something beside sitting down, and you'd better get a handle on this little one before he becomes the Genghis Khan of preschool.

Lorene Lambert
Nashville

Help a helper

The events of the past three weeks have shown exactly what the people of Nashville are made of. The reputation of this city has grown 100-fold with the tragedy of the flood and the outpouring of support for and between complete strangers. There have been several events, with more to follow, at various venues all over town. I would like to mention one of these events that happened this past weekend (May 16th) and simply proved that size does not matter.

Writer's Block was originally designed to help Chris Blair promote and draw customers to his venue, The Listening Room. It was to be a block party featuring many of Nashville's top singer-songwriters. A portion of the proceeds was to be donated to help victims of the 2010 flood through Hands On Nashville. The weather reduced the potential number of attendees and Chris moved the party indoors to LRC's stage, where when all was said and done, over $1,500 dollars was raised for flood relief. About halfway through the event, Chris got up on his stage, explained the genesis of Writer's Block, and announced that all of the proceeds from the event would be going to Hands On Nashville instead of the portion promised. Chris stated that at a time like this, supporting and giving back to the community was more important to him than keeping his venue afloat (so to speak).

Chris Blair has shown that you don't have to be a giant corporation or a nationally recognized company to make a difference in a time when making a difference should count the most. I know that the people of Nashville have shown a great deal of love and support for their community and I think that Mr. Blair should be recognized as being near the top of the list as one of those with the biggest hearts in town.

This is where I am asking all of you out there to help me out if you can. The kindness and friendship that Chris has shown me personally, shown to all of the songwriting community, and no less, to all of Nashville, deserves a response from you. I am asking you: as an artist ... please come to The Listening Room and play for Chris's customers; as a fan of music ... please come out and support the artists and The Listening Room, so there will always be a place for someone to play ... and finally ... please come out and show Chris Blair that we are all part of his extended family and we want to thank him for everything he does for his community and friends as well as the strangers who walk in the front door. Thank you.

Michael Riley
Nashville

Hate makes a great mobilizer

Before Martin Luther King in the 1960s, blacks were considered second-class citizens. They did the work no one else would do at wages far below that of white people. Now Hispanics are in the same positions as blacks were before 1960. Under the guise that some of them might be illegal immigrants, Hispanics are being pushed down by white racists who have a new race to oppress.

Sarah Palin fueling this racism is saying that, "We are all Arizonians now." Actually, every human on the continent is the descendant of someone who immigrated from somewhere else. White people are not native to America, so the way I see it, we are all immigrants now.

I'm not sure what the Republicans have in mind by trying to organize America into "us vs. them," because they are giving Hispanics more motivation to vote than they ever had before. I don't see how alienating more voters is going to help the party of Bush win elections.

Marc Perkel
Gilroy, CA

Flood benefits and notices

• On Saturday, May 29, J. Michaels Clothiers is teaming up with Bellevue Baptist Church, 7400 Highway 70 S., for a clothing handout from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The West End clothier contacted its vendors and secured what online sales director Miranda Priest describes as "50 huge boxes of dress trousers, casual pants, jackets, sport shirts, knits, polos, socks, belts and shoes sitting in our back office specifically for flood victims." Call 321-0686 for more information.

• Nashville Christian School is offering an encore production of The Miracle Worker 5 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre. The performance is free and open to the public, but donations can be made to the Disaster Relief Fund sponsored by Nashville Christian School. For more information, call 356-5600 ext. 192.

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