Letters of the Law

Stress How Legislative Efforts Benefit Everyone

This letter was written to TBA President Cynthia Richardson Wyrick in response to her column, “Your Profession Needs You.”

Having just read your August “President’s Perspective”, I applaud you and the Bar for the proactive stance you are taking in getting lawyers more involved in legislative issues. In doing so I hope lawyers approaching their legislatures do not spend their time talking about how these laws hurt lawyers. Who really cares if lawyers are hurt, except lawyers? I hope the approach to the legislatures will be about the importance to all people in Tennessee to have equal access to the courts and properly educated, trained and selected judges. We must be well educated on the issues and go to our legislatures with accurate facts in hand when that time comes. In the meantime, I agree, we need more lawyers in the legislature and more “shake and howdy” on a regular basis with our own legislatures.

— Donna Davis, Knoxville

Good Ol’ Rocky Top

Over the years I have read many thought-provoking and controversial articles in the TBJ that almost prompted me to write a response to the Editor. Until now I have been able to resist that urge. Bill Haltom, however, has crossed a bridge too far. In his August column (“Football, Corn from a Jar … and Legal Fees”), Mr. Haltom accurately discusses the emphasis of moonshine in “Rocky Top.” Mr. Haltom, however, states, “The third verse reiterates the moonshine theme,” and then quotes the familiar stanza, “Corn won’t grow at all on Rocky Top …”

Mr. Haltom, that line is part of the second verse of “Rocky Top,” just as “ain’t no smoggy smoke on Rocky Top” belongs to the first verse. It’s commonplace for Notre Dame grads or other folks that live upwards of the Mason-Dixon line not to know the words to their alma mater’s fight song, unofficial or not. In my corner of this great state, not knowing the words to “Rocky Top” will cost you. By the way, Mr. Haltom, there is a third verse to “Rocky Top.” It involves city life, ducks, and a pen. Perhaps a future column could contrast the popularity of Duck Dynasty and incarceration levels of city dwellers.

— Ricky A.W. Curtis, Blountville