Letters To The Editor

Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 1:00am

NashvilleREAD turned away cash

TO THE EDITOR:

I was distressed to read the May 15 article in The City Paper regarding "under-achieving and non-compliant" programs cut by the United Way ("United Way distributes $8.1 million," p. 1). NashvilleREAD was listed among these programs, and as NashvilleREAD's president and CEO, I would like to take this opportunity to make a clarification.

NashvilleREAD, an agency whose mission is to equip children and families with literacy skills necessary for lifelong success, made a difficult mission-related decision to eliminate its workplace literacy program so that it could concentrate on preventive literacy initiatives for children and families. The workplace literacy programs actually met all their United Way targets and were on the automatic renewal list. It was NashvilleREAD's decision to turn back the money due to a change in mission focus.

Our agency is working diligently to be responsible decision-makers in this difficult economic environment. NashvilleREAD is deeply grateful to the United Way for funding support we continue to receive in our family literacy initiatives. However, to imply that our workplace programs were cut by the United Way due to non-compliance and underperformance was misleading.

BETSY MCWHIRT

37203

Women welcome to join PGA Tour

TO THE EDITOR:

I must preface my comments by stating that I do not have a problem with Annika Sorenstam playing in the Colonial. However, the May 19 editorial on Sorenstam and the PGA Tour ("PGA Tour might need a mulligan this year") evidences a complete lack of credibility on the subject.

First, you state that the players entered in the Colonial are "probably scared to death [Sorenstam will] beat them." While there is no doubt Sorenstam is one of the top women players in the game, it is highly unlikely she will be able to compete on the highest level, and she certainly would not be able to do so on a weekly basis. Colonial likely suits her game better than any course the Tour plays, but it is much more difficult than any track the LPGA Tour sees all year.

Second, you express your desire to see more women break the gender barrier to the PGA Tour and other all-male "bastions" in the future. In the case of golf, this is nonsensical. Women are welcome to join the Tour, as long as their abilities warrant it. The fact is, it is a different game, much as the NBA and WNBA are different. If Sorenstam proves she belongs, more power to her. However, she should not be given a free ride without proving herself simply for the sake of political expediency.

Finally, if you are going to criticize Vijay (not V.J.) Singh, get his name right. He is only one of the top five players in the world.

DAVID CHANGAS

37067

Enough civil rights have been taken

TO THE EDITOR:

The proclamation of yet another round of "Click It or Ticket" police roadblocks supposedly to check for drivers violating the seatbelt law has once again been issued. How the courts have determined that this is not a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution is beyond my comprehension.

To me, any kind of police roadblock not put in place for the specific purpose of capturing a fugitive criminal - and that doesn't include someone who has neglected to fasten his or her seatbelt - is an unreasonable search and a thinly disguised fishing expedition. Such roadblocks are also a colossal waste of tax dollars being paid by an already overburdened populace.

What is the percentage of crimes solved by the local police agencies?

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