Letters To The Editor

Friday, May 2, 2003 at 1:00am

Here's prime spot for Supercenter


To the East Nashville woman who's in favor of an East/North Nashville Wal-Mart Supercenter:

Your well-written letter (April 29, "Forget groceries; choose Wal-Mart") expressing little support for the concept of a downtown grocery store because of the Farmers Market, Kroger at Eighth Avenue South and Jefferson Street, for examples, and asking for support for a North/East Nashville Wal-Mart Supercenter elicits the following response from me.

North/East Nashville is ready, willing and fully zoned for a Wal-Mart Supercenter to be located at Interstate 65 and Trinity Lane, Nashville's gateway. This location is passed by more cars than any other piece of interstate in the great state of Tennessee, has great access to the interstate, is close to all parts of Nashville, and is priced right.

So far, the powers that be have not seen the light for this location, preferring to locate a new Supercenter in the Ashland City market along the well-traveled Highway 12. Go figure.



Death row inmate's family: victims, too


With regard to the April 30 editorial "Paul Dennis Reid lives and eats his cake, too," I must say I am not only offended but also surprised that your paper would allow someone to write such an editorial who obviously knows nothing about the death penalty or the consequences of its use.

The death penalty has been proved time and time again to be riddled with errors, and time and time again inmates who have been sentenced to death have had their sentences either overturned due to prosecutorial misconduct, ineffective assistance of counsel, mental illness or unfair sentencing practices. Further, there are over 100 people across the country who, with the use of DNA evidence, have been completely exonerated of the crimes for which they were originally convicted. This is evidence enough to demonstrate more than adequately this system is riddled with errors and should be abolished immediately before any more innocent lives are lost at the hands of capital punishment.

I have heard it said over and over again that the victims are forgotten. I beg to differ. The forgotten victims are the family members of the inmates on death row. There does not seem to be anyone willing to look into their eyes and explain to them what their crime was and why they will be subjected to the murder of a loved one at the hands of a state who hides its crime under the name of justice. There are no stories of how their lives are constantly in turmoil, and there are no stories of how the execution of their loved one will forever haunt and destroy them. They too are victims and should be acknowledged as such.

True justice can be accomplished without the taking of another's life and the destruction of another family. "

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