Letters To The Editor

Friday, May 23, 2003 at 1:00am

'Right stuff,' photo op different things


Your May 15 political cartoon, "The Right Stuff," was hilarious.

In spite of mediocre grades, George W. Bush was accepted into Yale as a legacy. In other words, several members of his family had graduated from or had been large donors to the school ensuring his acceptance over more qualified candidates.

Then, in order to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War, his family pulled strings to allow him to serve in the National Guard. An indifferent soldier, he went AWOL for 18 months of his required service apparently with no repercussions.

Was it 20 years that he didn't work until his father managed to find him a position?

I hope the American people have too much common sense to fall for such hollow stage-managed photo opportunities.



Make LES, URENCO link


The May 14 front-page story "LES chief resigns" mentions that Louisiana Energy Services (LES) Chairman Pat Upson is replacing George Dials as CEO. It also goes on to cite the Time magazine article that detailed how LES' chief project sponsor, the foreign-owned URENCO, was tied to the leaking of nuclear secrets to hostile nations such as Iraq and North Korea.

I would like to remind your readers that Upson is currently a managing director with URENCO and has been employed by the company or a form thereof for 30 years. It's an important connection to make.



Harding's fine without soccer field


As a resident of Belle Meade Links Triangle, I would like to share some thoughts. This neighborhood is historic in its layout, has been here for 80 years, and has a very unique flavor and makeup. I would like to preserve its integrity, and I believe that the plans of Harding Academy to tear down houses and build a soccer field will not allow this to happen.

This is why I favor a conservation zoning overlay for our neighborhood. This type of zoning does not limit adding on or enhancing any of the homes here. It simply allows us to maintain the unique architecture and feel of our triangle. We have well-planned and sufficient green space for our neighbors in our three neighborhood parks.

Harding Academy does not have the legal right to make a field under current zoning, and it purchased all of the homes it intends to tear down without knowing if it would ever have this right. They would have to obtain a zoning exception to do this, which they sought once while the neighborhood was pursuing conservation zoning but then withdrew only days before the hearing.

Harding has a fine school. My children attended there in the 1980s and '90s. A soccer field will not change the quality of the wonderful academic education its students seek.

A majority of our neighbors are seeking conservation overlay zoning, and we are unified in this. Our neighborhood has included Harding Academy in all its plans to do this since 2002. I only regret that being so forthcoming has not been mutual on the part of Harding.



Don't fight Harding and waste taxes


Why is the Metro government risking $3.5 million of taxpayers' money in a court battle to fight the creation of a neighborhood park for Nashville's schoolchildren? The city budget is lean enough without chancing this needless loss of funds just for the opportunity to participate in a controversy between Belle Meade Links' property owners.

This is the wrong move by our government. Let Harding Academy exercise its legal property rights, and spend taxpayer money on something that will benefit our city.



FCC changes put freedoms in danger


FCC Commissioner Kevin Martin's visit to Nashville certainly went by without a lot of fanfare, in much the same way that FCC Chairman Michael Powell is trying to gain approval for his proposed changes. Corporate lobbyists and government agencies have hijacked our airwaves to the extent that the FCC now uses customer/client terminology when referring to these institutions.

Our freedoms of speech and the press are in serious trouble already and will grow much worse if Chairman Powell's changes are adopted. The American public has not been adequately informed by the media on this issue for one good reason: The media giants stand to lose both billions of dollars and complete control of our airwaves if we citizens disallow these changes to the FCC's media ownership rules.

For all the songwriters and musicians in Nashville that will find it ever harder to get their songs on the air with few corporations controlling what music we're allowed to hear, the fact that this city - and especially its artistic community - has been so quiet on this issue is a tragedy. We will not easily regain the freedoms we're about to lose.



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