Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at 2:05am

To The Editor:

Scholarly advice

It was with great disappointment reading about the Governor's plan to change the Lottery Scholarship program [Dec. 1]. He doesn't seem to understand the purpose.

Phil wants to penalize a hard-working high school student simply because his/her parents make, what he may deem, too much money! The scholarship is based on individual performance from an academic standpoint. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with his/her financial background. This is discrimination!

My son has received the Hope Scholarship for the past two years. I believe it gives him a sense of pride and accomplishment. It has been a great incentive not only for my son but many other college-bound students as well.

We don't need to change the program but the students themselves. How about starting with the public education system for starters? Think about it, Phil!


Kim Trama

To the Editor:

Bob, meet Dean Charlie

I am confident that if [The City Paper’s] Alexa Hinton asked him, Bob Oermann would be the first to admit that, contrary to her characterization, Bob is not "the 'dean' of Nashville's music journalists."

That title rightly belongs to Charlie Lamb. Though now retired as a pioneering Music Row trade reporter, Charlie arrived in Nashville decades before "Honest Bob" hit Music City.

And, if Alexa references currently employed music journalists, a few others I could name and I have a good decade's experience covering Music Row on Oermann.

Not to say Bob doesn't know his stuff, though...


Stacy Harris

To the Editor:

Pearl of wisdom

[Friday marks] the 66th anniversary of the Dec. 7 bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese which precipitated the last defensive and moral war fought by our nation.

Our brave fighting forces met the challenge and with a thirst for vengeance and victory over the axis enemies won the war to ensure our peace and safety.

This was a true initiative by our government unlike the wars that our brave young warriors have been called on to carry out since that time, with the exception of Afghanistan, some of them to satisfy nothing more greed and power lust with manufactured evidence to support their claims by a small circle of old men.

I think that all our fighting men dead or alive in all our wars, real or fabricated, deserve our deepest gratitude for giving their all to fulfill their duty for the love of country. After all it's not theirs to make policy but to obey commands given them even if by an inept commander or a top-notch warrior.

I pledge to fly my American flag, as always, and salute every American soldier that has ever served or fallen in the U.S. armed forces in the defense or perceived defense of our country. I think that this Dec. 7 anniversary is a good day to remember and honor them for everyone.



Filed under: City Voices
By: Fundit on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I wonder what the Moron in Chief will have to say for himself on Pearl Harbor Day. Will he dare to compare that war with today's so called "War on Terror?" Will he attempt to explain the fact that the one who struck us in 2001 is still on the loose? How will he defend continuing this idiotic fight in the wrong country with our American sons and daughters dying on the same streets and dodging the same attacks day after day after day??Had enough? Vote Democrat in 2008!

By: global_citizen on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Wow, sounds like Ms. Harris has some seriously sour grapes. Mr. Oermann is probably the most notable music journalist in Nashville today.Ms. Harris' self-serving letter will prove to embarrass her. I can only imagine the eye-rolling going on among her colleagues around Music Row.She is only seething that the praise Oermann receives isn't being said about her. Let's face it, she may have more years of experience, but it doesn't necessarily trump superior talent.

By: HokeyPokey on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Global, meet our Stacey. Sour grapes tend to rot when you drag them behind you, however a bag of chips for your shoulder will stand the test of time.

By: theplantsman on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Fundit it was Democrats (FDR) that got us involved in World War Two and Viet Nam (JFK) along with several involvements around the world. As to your offer to vote for Democrats; thanks, but no thanks. I believe that most Americans feel the same as I that we have had too much of the Democrats and Republicans at all levels of government. The Japanese launched an attack not on the United States of America, but on our American military based in the Hawaiian Islands. Remember, Hawaii did not join the United States of America until 1959. “Had enough? Elect Conservatives!”

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Wow Plant, so we shouldn't have declared war on Japan because it was just an attack on our military, not us??Lay off the weed will ya?

By: BuckyDent on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Hawaii was a territory of the United States at the time, not an independent nation, thus an attack was launch on the United States.

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

AH Gdiafante,If you feel that way, why didn't you tell Clinton to go after the terrorists when they blew up the USS Cole in 2000?

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Bucky,Well, not exactly but close enough.Frankly, I have no problem with us being in Iraq at this point. If we train their soldiers well, get their government up and running and then setup and maintain a permanent post there, I think they may have a chance to succeed at a Republic.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Well Chief, considering that I have a hotline to the White House and carry on conversations with the President all the time, I have no idea, maybe I was distracted.

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Too bad gdiafante...might have saved a lot of lives, including those lost on 9/11.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Right, it's my fault. You're a tool.

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Gdiafante,I did NOT say it was your fault. Anyone can email the Prez. The point was, we did nothing after they attacked our military and because we did nothing, the enemy got braver.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

"Too bad gdiafante...might have saved a lot of lives, including those lost on 9/11."Doesn't sound like it.Trying to put a partisan spin on this is ridiculous, our government failed and that failure was bipartisan.

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

gdiafante,I agree...BOTH sides failed. Clinton failed because he was President and the Republicans failed because they controlled Congress and didn't call him on it.But no matter how you slice it, we WERE attacked on 9/11 same as Dec 7...just to a lesser extent but with a more heinous purpose to specifically target civilians. At least the Japanese were trying to attack the military targets.

By: theplantsman on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Gdiafante though the Hawaiian Islands had been annexed due to greed and power, as a “territory” that is not the same as being a state as is New York state. More over, if it is your contention that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was justified in dragging the United States into a world war in the Pacific, then how do you justify our not counterattacking those who have attacked our embassies and/or military bases? Why is it justified when a Democrat plunges us into war, but unjustified when a Republican does the same?

By: Fundit on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Anyone can email the pres? Are you serious? I wonder how many for and how many against GWB has received regarding Iraq? I wonder how many he got before we set foot over there? If he did, do you think he would have listened? He's not listening now (except to the voices).

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

email? he's still learning "the google."

By: dooley on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Plantsman just can't get any smarter. I can't remember a single instance when he's ever been right .The dementia is really working on him now.