Regarding "Unconventional" (April 4): Great piece as always, J.R. Lind. I thought everything you said was thoughtful and logical.
Regarding "Unconventional" (April 4): I wonder if the Nashville Scene will continue this line of articles to refute other items of "common knowledge," such as the popular belief that unicorns are behind all the child abductions. Sure, that article wouldn't have all the sexy pictures, but it would have just as much factual basis and reason behind it as this stupid, stupid article does. The complete lack of sources connecting strip clubs and convention planning — other than a strip club review message board — makes me wonder how this article ended up in the Scene, much less on the cover.
Regarding "Saved If You Do, Saved If You Don't" (April 4): I've always enjoyed reading the Nashville Scene and articles about the Predators, but J.R. Lind has lost his mind.
Evidently Mr. Lind has not been to a game where the fans' "hackles" are not raised against the Preds, but against this year's opponents. I know he was not at the game yesterday!
We still sing "I Like It, I Love It," and losing Ryan Suter was a non-issue. Roman Josi is already better than Suter. At least Josi plays defense and grinds away against opponents. Suter was afraid to hit or get in the game and risk hurting his pretty face.
I had not seen this issue of the Scene until a co-worker gave it to me, and he thought the article was rubbish also. Lind has no clue, so please assign him to another beat for which to write articles — maybe Metro trash pickup, homeless issues, or some other garbage, since that is what he writes.
The Preds may not make the playoffs this year, but they are still favorites of over 10,000 season ticket holders, The Loyal Legion. I'm one of those season ticket holders.
I'm writing in reference to John Pitcher's article about the Nashville Symphony's debt crisis ("Bank Run," March 21), and its reference to the Detroit Symphony's debt. It is my request that you print a clarification, but first allow me to provide you with a little background.
While it is true that the orchestra took a pay cut two years ago following a strike, the need to adjust the DSO's budget was independent of our debt on the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Even without the building debt, our budget had been unsustainable for decades, and the current administration is responsible for making the necessary adjustments to provide for a long future for the DSO. Also, musician salary reductions were not the only measure taken in doing so. The staff size was reduced, along with staff and crew salaries, all before the orchestra's compensation was affected. This is a long, involved story that I'd be happy to provide direct sourcing for, if you have interest.
Mr. McManus' quote implying that the quality of our orchestra was damaged as a result of our bank debt is a convenient narrative, except for one thing: It's not true. Unprecedented invitations to tour and record, webcasts and a double billing at Carnegie Hall this spring — not to mention record turnout for auditions — undermine this assumption. Following the orchestra's return to the stage in April 2011, we have attracted a dozen young and incredibly talented new players, including our new concertmaster Yoonshin Song, a world-renowned award-winning violinist. Our regular series of HD webcasts is the only product like it in the industry, and our new series of neighborhood concerts has added 2,500 households to our subscriber base. Not to mention, the number of donors giving to the DSO annual fund has doubled since the end of the strike.
This May, we will also become the first orchestra ever invited to play two programs at New York's acclaimed Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall, a suitable stage to display exactly how vital this organization remains.
In the future, if you seek a comment on the DSO, I kindly request you contact me directly.
Patron Communications and Public Relations Manager
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Your coverage of the Camden, Tenn., EWS landfill ("Something Stinks," March 7) shows how far a green city in a red state has to travel. Nashville landfills 200,000 tons annually in the other Camden landfill and 500,000 tons in Murfreesboro. Why? Why does Nashville landfill 700,000 tons of waste out of county? This is raw materials for jobs and business. Recycling and composting are no longer necessary just because Mother Earth is weeping — we need to recover energy and materials, and create jobs. This is solid waste. We do no better with human waste and chemical waste. We appreciate your blog coverage when BURNT (Bring Urban Recycling to Nashville Today) spoke at a hearing on Camden in July 2011. BURNT is active on solid waste and landfills, and we welcome questions on all things waste.
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