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Anyone who doubted the spirit of democracy or the tradition of American entrepreneurialism need only have read "Low Power to the People" (April 14). The best of both worlds could hardly have come together with greater impact.

What makes this situation particularly inspiring is the fact that Ginny and Greg Welsch, along with all those involved in the birth of Radio Free Nashville, worked entirely within the law—a law that was not always on their side. But while others may have blocked traffic or kicked in shop windows in an effort to grab attention, the people of RFN committed years of their lives to the creation of something lasting—and legal—that will hopefully enhance the community for years to come.

Regardless of whether or not you agree with its political bent, RFN has brought an entirely new perspective to radio in Music City—not because of corporate underwriting but because of individuals who donated time, money and sweat equity. If that's not democracy in action, I don't know what is.

Bob August (Nashville)

Artist responds

I would like thank you for your support of our exhibit "Trust Me. I'm Telling You Stories" in your article "Gender Specific" (April 14). It was unfortunate, however, that you viewed our work as merely "feminine," which seemed pejorative in the context of your article, and that you suggested gender issues have been "a bit played out."

Our work is, in fact, well situated within a current paradigm and contemporary aesthetics. Two examples I can cite are Amy Cutler at the Whitney Biennial 2004 in New York City, who explores domestic stereotypes that she inverts, or Su-en Wong, another New York artist who is widely exhibited in Los Angeles and New York, who utilizes herself to critique and exploit stereotypes of Asian women. These are just two people who are part of a much larger cadre of women artists working today in the contemporary art world.

Also, M.L. McCorkle, a Los Angeles artist/curator had this response to the article: "...I was rather surprised to learn that gender is a non-issue now.... Maybe Nashville is an oasis of gender neutrality."

Leslie Kneisel (Atlanta)

Bart Durham misplaces the blame

As one who has suffered through a decade of life with a serious drug addiction problem, I found "Unlucky Numbers" (April 7) to be both poignant and heart-wrenching.

Think about it, though. Jack Whittaker wins $314.9 million in the lottery, goes off the deep end and enables other addicts, inadvertently leading to the death of Jesse Tribble.

As much as my heart goes out to the Tribble family (especially the father who desperately tried to save his son), I think the $100 million wrongful death suit brought against Whittaker and commandeered by Bart Durham is somewhat misguided. Sad to say, but the truth most likely is that Jesse Tribble was exactly where he thought he wanted to be shortly before his death—just moments away from his next major high. Unfortunately, it was his last.

I often wonder how close I've come to dying myself after pushing the plunger or devouring my next hit. God only knows. I can say though that if I had died while getting high, only one person would have been to blame. I'm sitting here with him now, broke and hungry, in my van, my home since Easter Day.

DJ Justice

The streets of Nashville

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