Letters To The Editor

Friday, June 20, 2003 at 1:00am

Keep on fighting, Vanderbilt football


Your June 17 editorial, "One sure way to fill Vanderbilt Stadium seats," was very educational. Clearly Vanderbilt University's football program is very gutsy. I respect its tenacity.

Every year Vanderbilt takes on Alabama's Crimson Tide - just imagine! Remarkably, in 1969 and 1984 the Commodores achieved victory. Fight on!



Wires on poles work just fine


About the recent push to have Nashville Electric Service (NES) take power underground (June 16, "Metro Council should take power underground," p. 3), the move would be seriously expensive and not all that much better.

It would cost millions to carry out this job. Broken down individually, it would cost thousands of dollars per customer.

Regarding safety, have you seen what happens when underground high voltage gets water into the system? It explodes many times. Would you want your children walking along the road to have it suddenly explode under them?

Furthermore, underground power has to have access points, and they are aboveground. If someone were to hit one of these boxes with his car, he might be in for a thrilling fireworks display.

The only thing wrong with the present wires-on-poles system is the people that plant trees under the rights of way. NES should not take the power underground. It should take the trees along their rights of way to the ground, virtually eliminating storm-interrupted service and yearly tree trimming.



Finding WMD: all about timing


There is a lot of talk now about there being no bad weapons in Iraq. Skepticism is rampant except for President George W. Bush, who is adamant they will be found. This sounds like another setup orchestrated by the president's public relations man, Karl Rove.

When the presidential race heats up and Bush is being blasted, bad weapons will start popping up everywhere in Iraq. The Bush administration probably already knows where they are but is keeping it a secret until the critical time. Then Bush will go on national television and, with a grin as wide as his ego, announce to the world, Americans and especially Democrats, "I told you so. I told you so. I told you so." And vulnerable Americans will fall for Rove's scheme, just like they did that hokey aircraft carrier landing stunt.

It is all about making Bush look brighter than he actually is. When will America wake up and smell the repugnant odor seeping from the White House?



How can person throw kitten away?


The phrase "special place in hell" comes to mind when I think about the subhuman creature who dumped a kitten into the busy intersection of Rivergate Parkway and Gallatin Road June 13.

I had just picked up my own cat from the vet and was sitting at the light at Myatt Drive and Gallatin Road. I happened to look across the intersection right before the light changed and saw a poor black kitten struggling to get to the median.

The kitten apparently had already been struck by a passing vehicle. It had trouble walking and couldn't make it to the median. It then turned around and headed back toward traffic.

I was frantically thinking how I could maneuver through traffic and rescue this poor creature. The kitten continued to struggle as a man closer than I darted from his car and ran across Gallatin Road to the kitten.

I'm sorry to say as I pulled away it looked like the man was picking up a lifeless little kitten. I had tears in my eyes all the way home as I drove my 15-year-old cat, Bob, from the vet. Bob had been dumped at the Rivergate Mall parking lot in October 1988. Thankfully, my wife and daughter found him before he was crushed to death in traffic. He's been a part of our family ever since.

It's beyond me how people can be so heartless as to toss aside a living creature like it was an empty beer can. To the man who tried to help, I commend him for having a heart. To the sorry excuse of a human that dumped the poor kitten, I do hope that special place is extra warm and waiting for you.



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