Letters To The Editor

Friday, July 11, 2003 at 1:00am

Let's honor our soldiers with cash

TO THE EDITOR:

I recently watched When We Were Soldiers, and it brought home the bravery and horror of war on the soldiers and their families.

I could not help contrasting that story of sacrifice for country with the $1.5 million that were guaranteed to the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, by our government with our tax dollars. As far as I know, the government still only carries a $10,000 life insurance policy on each brave U.S. soldier.

If the Dixie Chicks and other entertainers that speak against war but still claim to support the troops are sincere, let them come together and do something positive instead of negatively criticizing. Let them start a movement to raise the insurance level to at least $100,000 to those that give their lives for their country.

God bless America and all of its heroes.

WALTER CUOZZO

37138

Radio station confused about goal

TO THE EDITOR:

I have recently started hearing different sounds coming from Cumulus station STAR 97 and figured it was trying to kick-start its play list. If Cumulus still uses the old "The Best '80s and more" slogan, its contemporary music is contrary to what it started.

STAR 97 seemed to be getting a respectable audience base with the '80s format, but it now seems confused about what its ultimate goal is. Cumulus also seems determined to push WSM FM as a country format. But with two powerhouses like WSIX and WKDF already in the top 10, that seems to be a losing battle.

Cumulus should target the older demographic with oldies from the '70s, which is a format currently not available in Nashville, not a tired format like country.

DAVID HAMILTON

37216

Harding puts cart before horse

TO THE EDITOR:

As part of their opposition to their Belle Meade Links neighbors acquiring conservation zoning for their homes, Harding Academy officials have been guilty of putting the financial cart before the horse.

In their zeal to demolish between $1.5 million to $2 million worth of property, Harding Academy has not even bothered to find out if its plans for its athletic fields will even be approved. It canceled a public hearing with the Board of Zoning Appeals and has not even met with the agencies that must approve the uses of a park or the other half-dozen or so offices that have a say in the matter.

Before Harding Academy spends more money on lawsuits and public relations, it would seem prudent to find out if it can do what it plans - put athletic fields in an area in apparent conflict with Nashville's zoning laws - before it calls in the bulldozers.

JERRY NARRAMORE

37205

Can't pick, choose who gets freedoms

TO THE EDITOR:

First it was the "Choose Life" license plate, and now we have the one from the Sons of Confederate Veterans. There are now those who, for their own personal reasons, find these objectionable, and they want to refuse these plates to those who want them. Isn't it ironic?

The State of Tennessee should have been prepared for this when it voted to allow the first specialty plate. To come along now and attempt to pick and choose what plates we allow is contrary to the very foundations of this country.

There are those, mainly from the left, that really seem to trumpet for the cause of free speech until what is said is objectionable to them. That is not how it works.

The Dixie Chicks used their right to criticize the president - the new definition of patriotism by those on the left - but when the American people used this same right to criticize the Dixie Chicks and not buy their CDs, they were condemned.

The First Amendment states that the right to free speech will not be abridged by the government,

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