Love/Hate Mail 

Great 'State'

Just wanted to pass along my sincere congratulations for the very fine article on Cheekwood by Laura Hutson ("State of the Art," Aug. 4). It was very interesting and well-written.

Please extend my thanks to Ms. Hutson for her fine work.

Thane Cauldron
Nashville

The other Cheek(wood)

Totally disagree with the author on this one. Rather than Cheekwood clinging to its past as a contemporary/modern arts patron, why not cede that role to downtown galleries and the Frist, thereby giving Nashville one place for pure beauty and history. There are enough edgy places elsewhere.

Aaron Dalton
Brentwood

Keeping the world safe from aspiring doctors

Regarding "Perchance to DREAM" (Aug. 4): Unfortunately, U.S. immigration laws make no sense at all. Visas cost an extraordinary amount of money between filing fees and attorney's fees. Visas to stay for more than a few years take even more money and years of waiting for government approvals. Mexicans in particular have a harder time, and must wait longer, than citizens from any other country.

I'm sure everyone involved in the arrest and pending deportation of Mercedes Gonzales can be proud that they have saved this country from the horrible harm a teenage doctor wannabe might wreak. I, for one, feel safer.

Wait a minute. Make that angry and humiliated that my government hasn't got anything better to do than harass high school girls.

Karl Walden
Nashville

Mercedes driver

Since when is driving without a license (and, you have to assume, no insurance) a "ticky-tack charge" ("Perchance to DREAM," Aug. 4)? Some Metro taxpayer paid for her education. It would really be sad to get in an accident with her and pay for that too.

Greg Grafelman
Nashville

The lack of wisdom of Soloman

I was deeply engrossed in your article "The Wisdom of Soloman" (July 28). I went through 15 months in Judge Soloman's court, and they were indeed the worst months of my life.

She screamed and yelled and insulted others so much during the cases before me that by the time I walked to the stand, I was a nervous wreck. I never felt like I was given a fair hearing and was never allowed to say more than a few "yes" and "no" answers during the entire 13-month process. My lawyer was terrified of her and would remind me not to make her mad.

My lawyer fees for a simple divorce (no real assets) were over $12,000. We came before her five or six times during those months. Although my ex-husband was in contempt for child support, took approximately 95 percent of all marital property, made almost double my salary, broke a restraining order on having our young daughter around his girlfriend, and presented handwritten receipts for house repairs (of which the judge made me reimburse him for half the cost — even though he admitted in court that he wrote them himself), she still seemed to have a very strong partiality for him and his attorney. She would congratulate his attorney for doing a good job for her client after some of the sessions. She would also break into personal conversations with the attorney, laughing and asking about her family, her health and how things had been going.

I just had to write to express my concern for what goes on in that courtroom. Thank you for letting me vent about something that has bothered me for months. 

T. Young
Nashville

A Solomanic solution

Finally, it's time for Judge Soloman to reap the consequence of her actions ("The Wisdom of Soloman," July 28). Her behavior as an 8th Circuit Court judge is appalling. During my divorce trial, her behavior was unfair, unprofessional, self-serving, self-absorbed, disrespectful, shortsighted, narrow-minded, narcissistic, and at times, manic. I am certain that her one-sided judgments have hurt hundreds if not thousands of children and families.

Judge Soloman's removal from the court should have taken place years ago. It is finally time for her to be a civilian and out of our judicial system.

Mary DiVittorio
Nashville

Editor's note

This week marks the first byline — and a cover story at that! — for Jonathan Meador, who joins the Scene as our new City Hall correspondent and staff writer. He'll be covering much of the same territory as our former colleague Brantley Hargrove, who moved back to his home state of Texas for a job with the Dallas Observer. We're gonna miss that tumbleweed. (Brantley picked up two first-place AltWeekly Awards at last month's Association of Alternative Newsmedia convention in New Orleans, for feature writing and investigative journalism, as did the Scene's Eric England for his photography.) Jonathan comes to us from Louisville's LEO Weekly, and he's already won us over with his knowledge of arcane superheroes and his karaoke prowess.

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