In memory of Juri Austin Bunetta (1991-2011)
Dear Nashville Friends & Family,
The past few weeks have been indescribable for our family. Losing our beloved son Juri Bunetta was a tragedy like no other. But through this event, we found out so much more about him, the rest of our family, and even ourselves.
We learned that true friendship has no limits or boundaries. It is timeless. And we learned of the lasting and large impact our son had on the lives of not only his family, but also his peers at school and at work. We will take solace in these stories and memories for the days, weeks and years to come.
To all of you who have comforted us and helped our family navigate through this unknown, we thank you. We are truly humbled by your sustained love and prayers. Let us all move forward with love and forgiveness for one another. We will turn this sorrow and anger into joy and understanding. Thank you.
Al & Dawn Bunetta
Editor's note: Donations may be made in Juri Austin Bunetta's name online at www.swa.net or by mail to Small World Adoption Programs, PO Box 1109, Mount Juliet, TN 37121.
An idea worth considering
I have never written a letter to an editor before. I feel compelled to do so now because I really don't know what else to do. In the last week I have read your heartbreaking article about the work that still needs to be done in Bordeaux Hills to recover a flood-damaged neighborhood ("Flooded and Forgotten," Feb. 3). I have also attended a graduation ceremony at Operation Stand Down. The ceremony recognized unemployed veterans who had just completed training for new technology in home construction and repair. If we have trained men and women who are willing to work, displaced residents who desperately need work done and money reserved for paying for cleanup and reconstruction, isn't there a fairly simple first step that could be taken? What has to happen in a community to bring these forces together? I don't know, but maybe you or someone you know will.
Thank you in advance for any consideration you may give this matter.
You got served, Jack White
Nothing in Nashville ever changes ("The House That Jack Built," Jan. 20). Fame and success have nothing to do with great art. And Jack White is famous and successful. I enjoyed the Jack White article and he seems like a cool guy. Then I stumbled on Sean Maloney's insightful paragraph about a DRIVIN N CRYIN show. Then I realized ... Kevn Kinney (of DRIVIN N CRYIN) is twice the songwriter Jack White could ever be. And DRIVIN N CRYIN rocks! If THE WHITE STRIPES stormed out with "Honeysuckle Blues" as their comeback single it would be Jack's finest hour. "Straight to Hell" is a timeless song. "Seven Nation Army" was an MTV video. Jack could never write "Let's Go Dancing," "You Mean Everything," "Telling Stories," etc. "We Are Gonna Be Friends" sounds like it was written for a sitcom. But DRIVIN N CRYIN have never been cool. And Jack White is famous for being famous. So good for Sean for showing some balls. Shame on Adam for kissing Jack's.
The rationalizations for local rock's decline in the story "Under Cover" (Jan. 6) are numerous, and each taken by itself is perhaps compelling, but ultimately inadequate. Is it because local rock bands are so competitive? There's too much talent! Or maybe because the Internet prevents people from going to shows they wouldn't want to go to? There's too little talent! Or maybe because, unlike that silly dubstep music, we don't have enough lights? We need some lights! And smoke machines! It's not rocket surgery, guys: People pay money to go to dubstep shows because (gasp!) they are actually interested in dubstep.
In last week's story about a split between progressives on the Metro Council ("Mood Fight," Feb. 3), a processing error deleted a line that properly attributes the concluding quote to Councilman Mike Jameson. The version online is correct. The Scene regrets the error and is glad to set the record straight.
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