Regarding "Beyond Belief" (Vodka Yonic, Sept. 26): Beliefs are a poor substitute for direct experience and knowledge — we "believe" in something we have not experienced for ourselves. So it's no wonder beliefs are flimsy. We all seek the transcendent experience, whether in religion, or in something else — drugs, sex, food, drink, etc. From my experience, there is something seeking us as well, trying to live through us and calling out to us; whether we want to call this "God" or not — that is irrelevant.
Regarding "Beyond Belief" (Vodka Yonic, Sept. 26): Thank you for this, Ashley. Well said.
Regarding "Beyond Belief" (Vodka Yonic, Sept. 26): I find it interesting that atheists think that their belief there is no God is any more "correct" than a faith that can't prove that there is one. Just my two cents — I believe in a higher power but think organized religion as a whole is a crock.
Regarding "Chairman of the Board" (Sept. 19): Dee Ostrander is "Tennessee's only national skateboard star"?
You're missing a few. Ray Underhill from Hendersonville rode for Powell-Peralta skateboards in the '80s (same company that Tony Hawk rode for). Ryan Wilburn from Lenoir City was pro in the '90s. Beaver Fleming from Knoxville is currently on tour with Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus and has been to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Russia, China, etc. Not to mention quite a few other Tennessee skaters who have been pro, sponsored or in the magazines over the years.
J.R. Lind's Chuck Ross obituary ("Beat 'Em and Beat 'Em Bad," Sept. 19) was a moving tribute to a man who was never a household name in this town, but everyone knew him. I've lived in Nashville most of my life, and knew of Chuck since childhood. I don't think I ever went to a Sounds game when I didn't see him. There will never be another like him, and J.R. really conveyed that. Thank you for paying tribute to a Nashville original.
Margaret McDonald Pond
Unusually insightful piece on Nashville schools and the impediments to change imposed by the Central Office ("Lesson Learned?" Sept. 5). Nicely done.
Nashville's public schools are not very good. Each year, thousands of students fail to graduate, and of those who do, only a sprinkling learn a sufficient amount to succeed fully in college. To be sure, there is a smattering of successful boutique Metro schools. But only a few can gain admission to these highly publicized flagships. To an objective observer, the situation is alarming. However, for many Nashville residents, the status quo is acceptable because the power elite either rely on remarkably effective nonpublic schools such as Montgomery Bell, Harpeth Hall or University School of Nashville, or have relocated long ago to Williamson County. Remaining households, mostly the poor and disenfranchised, have little choice but to submit to the self-serving decisions of an overpaid and generally unaccountable Central Office bureaucracy that has but one objective — to satisfy a too often bamboozled school board and continue an upward trajectory of dollar resources.
The Tribal reports were generally on target. Hence, their low visibility.
James W. Guthrie
Professor emeritus, Vanderbilt University
Senior Fellow at the George W. Bush Institute,
Regarding "Hail Mary" (Sept. 5): She's not my district, but I would vote for Mary Mancini in a heartbeat.
Regarding "Hail Mary" (Sept. 5): Mary would be spectacular. Her heart and her head are always in the right place, and she would be an outstanding senator, beholden to no one but her constituents.
Regarding "Cuban Resources" (Sept. 5): I ate at Guantanamera couple of weeks ago. The mojito was great. I had churrasco — although it was not the typical skirt steak, it was excellent. I was there on a Saturday night and they weren't very busy. There was a good singer, and it was an enjoyable evening. I really hope Nashville supports the new restaurants popping up. But I have a feeling if it's not meat-and-three or all you can eat for $6.99, it's not on going to be on top restaurant lists for the locals.
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