Letters To The Editor

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 1:00am

The left needs to find its soul

TO THE EDITOR:

It's getting deep, and I don't mean just the water that is steadily rising from our recent storms. The liberal left is falling all over itself in pathetic attempts to snipe at President Bush.

It purports to looking into his mind and knowing what his motives are on every issue. Speaking up is the American way. But accusing someone of ulterior motives without any evidence is what makes these protesters un-American.

There is a small, vocal minority that can't accept that they are, in fact, the minority. They use doom-and-gloom hysteria to support their claims, and when that fails, they try throwing anything against the wall to see if it will stick.

The left lost the presidential election, lost the midterm elections, and lost the war. Now it is losing its collective mind with its hatred of its own president. Has it no shame? Where is its soul? All it will get from me is the sole of my shoe.

ROLLOW MICKLE

37212

Two approaches of USN, Harding

TO THE EDITOR:

I am struck by the contrast between the approach of University School (USN) and Harding Academy in their respective approaches to their neighbors.

When USN needed new athletic fields, it moved them away from its campus rather than disrupt its surrounding neighborhoods, although it certainly has the economic ability to buy and destroy the properties. Contrast that with Harding's desire to disrupt a neighborhood for its interest because it has the economic clout to do so.

It brings to mind the saying "just because you can do something doesn't mean you should."

JERRY NARRAMORE

37205

Mayor: Be aware of fixed incomes

TO THE EDITOR:

The Nashville economy has been tight the last few years, so our elected officials have asked our police, firefighters and teachers to go with little, if any, raises at all. The blue-ribbon panel assembled by the vice mayor to study salaries for our mayor, vice mayor and Council has recommended a $75,000 increase in pay for Mayor Bill Purcell. The silence has been deafening on this topic from the mayor.

Is Purcell really being silent hoping to get the cash? What is his position on this? Will he accept a raise when so many of our citizens have fixed incomes - seniors or single parents, one-wage households struggling from check to check? Purcell's own finance director said our budget was stretched thin due to "miscalculations" in the pension contribution required by our city - this after we just passed the largest tax increase in city history last year. Property tax assessed values were recently readjusted in preparation for the next round of rate increases expected to come immediately after the summer Metro Council elections. What's up?

The taxpayers gave the schools and city the biggest increase in history, and the mayor wants his salary doubled? Say it ain't so! Perhaps Purcell would consider an incentive pay plan where his salary is based on results and budget surpluses. Perhaps he's opposed to pay for results. Who knows?

I suggest the next time Purcell decides to put a desk in his yard and dress up like Mr. Rogers he put some real seniors and real single moms in the picture so he can better get in touch with the daily struggles of the people he serves.

JON CRISP

37221

There's integrity in property, parks

TO THE EDITOR:

To build a park, Harding Academy has conscientiously worked with its neighbors for a decade, received the appropriate permits, and openly followed the law. That a few activist neighbors and a Councilperson have convinced Metro to "suspend" Harding's permits is at best a dubious legal move and at worst political favoritism.

While disgruntled neighbors oppose the removal of houses, the creation of a park suits the historical intent of the original neighborhood. The covenant for the subdivision states that the property is for residential purposes, for schools or for parks.

Isn't there also integrity in property rights, education and parks?

JULIA H. WHITSON

37205

Editorial was wishful thinking

TO THE EDITOR:

I'm a registered dietician and the clinical research coordinator of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Your editorial on our review of fast-food salads was imaginative but inaccurate (May 13, "Public policy forgets we have common sense").

It's wishful thinking that most women customers would skip the high-fat dressings these salads come with. Research shows that, when dining out, the majority of people eat what is put in front of them (December 2002, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). McDonald's itself admits that only 22 percent of its patrons actually order the light dressing (May 8, Wall Street Journal).

And even if customers were to forego all dressings, these chicken-and-cheese-packed salads still contain too much saturated fat. The point of our review was not to discourage people from ordering vegetable-rich dishes when dining out; it was to highlight the healthier choices available.

BRIE TURNER-MCGRIEVY

20016

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