Letter To The Editor

Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 1:00am

Tired food needs judgment


I think your letter writer Bart Arnold (June 16, "Restaurant patrons don't mind garnish," p. 3) should reread Danny Solomon's Deer Park Grille review (June 11, "Deer in the headlights," p. 21) to which he took such offense.

Bottom line, not to downplay the creativity issue, Solomon was referring to the quality of the food - from the garnish and crabcakes to the salad greens, and so on.

When the food, especially at an upscale restaurant, appears commonplace and/or tired - regardless of whether the carrots are grated with a "mandolin grater" or procured from Sysco - you make a judgment, and rightfully so. I agree completely with Solomon that presentation is extremely important. It is a good barometer of a restaurant's pride in product.

And incidentally, I think Solomon certainly implied, if not made it abundantly clear, how she thought the crabcakes stacked up, nestled as they were "next to a nest of pathetic greens and a pale hunk of tomato."

When I go out to a nice restaurant, I expect the vegetables to be fresh, not "anorexic"; the potatoes not tasting "right out of the box"; the mussels not "putrid." Ugh! Solomon's review was scathing alright. She sounded disgusted and mad - as I certainly would've been, first visit or not.

I, for one, appreciate a candid review, especially at those prices. Keep it up, Ms. Solomon.



Health Department should look at Levy


I just read about Dr. Charles Harlan and the Tennessee Department of Health (June 19, "Harlan faces ME board," p. 7).

It looks to me that Dr. Bruce Levy is a better candidate for unprofessional, dishonorable, unethical conduct, than Dr. Harlan ever was on his worst day. Levy is the one who should be before the Department of Health.



Schools using 'mental mush'


I see where Metro Schools director, Dr. Pedro Garcia, is interested in utilizing The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, a bestseller by Stephen Covey, as a training tool for employees and students in the Davidson County school system (June 20, "Students get Covey success training," p. 6). I have read the Covey book. I put it in the same class as Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun by Wes Roberts.

I would like to say that our school employees and students are being exposed to a wonderful form of enlightenment through this book, but I can't, as it is simplistic garbage generated by a salesman out to make a buck. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.) In fact, most of the so-called "success literature" is just that - garbage. I hope that when young people are presented with this information, they are told "not to believe everything they read" and "caveat emptor."

Approaching a book, any book, should be done in a critical and skeptical fashion. In this case you will find that you are eating mental mush. As alternatives I would suggest Parkinson's Law by C. Northcote Parkinson and the Functions of the Executive by Chester Barnard. These two books give a much more realistic exposition of how the world works and how best to deal with it.

A posting of Murphy's Law over the classroom blackboard would be a good idea, and remembering the aphorism, "No amount of planning will ever be a substitute for dumb luck," is something everyone needs to keep in the back of his mind, be he or she a student, teacher or school director.



Take power line cue from the Brits


My wife and I had just returned from a three-week vacation in Britain when I read the June 20 letter to the editor "Wires on poles work just fine" by George Reynolds. Very interesting. I was just thinking to myself how we saw virtually no power lines at all throughout Scotland and England, and how wonderful it was not to have them marring the aesthetics of the United Kingdom's exquisite scenery, both rural and urban, frequently with trees overarching the roadways - cooling the pavement and providing more oxygen for the atmosphere.

If the Brits can do it, why can't we? Are Americans too poor? Too uninventive? Just too used to the way things are? Or have we been hoodwinked into believing aboveground power lines work best? (And amazingly, there were no reports of explosions.)

Too, while I'm at it, let's get rid of those ugly billboards defacing so much of our landscape - another scourge virtually absent from the British landscape. If it works so well there, I'm sure we Americans can find a way to do it too. Write your representatives on the Metro Council and state legislature.



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