Love/Hate Mail, Nov. 28, 2013 

Middle man

Regarding "Stuck in the Middle" (Nov. 21): At the end of this really good interview, I am left with how much I like Jim Cooper the man, but how I wish I had someone more moderate as opposed to conservative representing me in Congress.

But he's a really nice guy.

Angelique Golden

Right guy, wrong district

I've always said, I really like Cooper and I'm glad he's in Congress ("Stuck in the Middle," Nov. 21). I just wish he was in, say, Marsha's seat, so a liberal could represent Nashville.

Jennifer Foshee

Privacy guard

Mr. Cooper said that privacy is not embodied in the Constitution ("Stuck in the Middle," Nov. 21). What exactly does he call the Fourth Amendment? We have a right to privacy unless the government can produce a warrant with sufficient evidence backing that warrant!

Too bad he is so focused on the tea party crazies. Is he proud of Nancy Pelosi and her "let's pass it so we can know what is in it" type of leadership?

Ann Gehin

Cohen Head

Cooper probably does represent Nashville as well as anyone could ("Stuck in the Middle," Nov. 21). That said, I am glad I have Steve Cohen; no one could represent Memphis better than he can, and is doing.

Steve Steffens

Vanderbilt isn't the victim

Regarding "Opposing Sides" (Nov. 21): Groovy. Now when do we get to find out how a leading receiver mistakenly IDs his quarterback as an accomplice in moving an unconscious rape victim around the dorm that night? That quarterback is still playing football for Vanderbilt. And is Chris Boyd, who already cut his deal, still on campus? In class? On scholarship? I care less than a rat's gnat about either Vanderbilt or football, but I'm outraged as a human being that a leading university appears to value its sports program more than it does women on its campus. And if local feelings and sensibilities are offended because it looks like out-of-towners might bring Vandy to its knees if all the facts are known, so be it. Better that than the alternative, which is to perpetuate rape culture. Never forget the victim — and it's not Vanderbilt.

Norma Jones

Vandy Defender

Actually, Vandy has done a great job with this case ("Opposing Sides," Nov. 21). They have cooperated fully with the authorities and disciplined the students much more swiftly and harshly than many other universities would have.

Dustin Faeder

Don't Dis D-Town

Great writeup (Phine Dining," Nov. 14). I love Phat Bites, and Julie Buhler is great. Ellendale's Sunday omelette bar is fantastic.

But please ... spare me the nonsense about Donelson being the end of the earth. Really? It takes Johnny Urban longer to get from Porter Road to Richard Jones Road than any East Siders commuting from downtown to D-Town. And besides, D-Town is the only Davidson County 'burb whose residents can arrive by car, greenway, train or canoe.

Make sure that you set you clock to the proper time zone when you come back to McNamara's. The shepherd's pie is amazing. Come on your paddle board.

Mike Rose

The Fix isn't in

Christine Kreyling's opinion piece puzzles me ("Hot Waterfront," Nov. 14). It starts by stirring up an air of controversy, something about a fix in the mayor's office. But there's no evidence of a fix. All I can make of it is that Christine doesn't like the design and agrees with complaints by firms that didn't get the job. So what's her point?

Stephen Bryant

Close encounter

Just wanted to compliment you on the Randy Fox UFO article ("When You See Those Flying Saucers," Oct. 31). This was subject matter I was never interested in until my own close encounter here in Davidson County in November 2011. There have been several more since then — so much so, that I now facilitate a local support group for experiencers here. It was nice to read about some of the area's UFO/abduction history. It was enjoyable, interesting and appreciated. Thank you to Randy Fox.

Debi Tripp

Saucers full of secrets

I read the article "When You See Those Flying Saucers" (Oct. 31). I thank Randy Fox for not making a joke out of the subject. He did an excellent job of writing the article without adding his personal thoughts pro or con about the subject of UFOs.There are a lot of reporters in the mainstream media who ridicule and make jokes about this subject.

As a independent investigator and researcher of this subject, I again thank Mr. Fox for sticking to the subject.

James Henderson
Rural Retreat, Va.


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