Letter to the Editor

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 10:00pm

Members of the Metro Council, I found this quote from Ben Franklin over 200 years ago, and it is my opinion Franklin knew how the system worked even then. Please review the quote several times and each time the meaning will be clearer: “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” — Ben Franklin, April 17, 1787.

Let me state as clear as I can my position regarding our fairgrounds. This property does not belong to the mayor, or the council for that matter. It belongs to the people of Davidson County. To take something without approval of the party who has ownership is nothing short of stealing. The people of Davidson County elected each of you to represent them in the council. I do not believe there is one council representative who could truly say it is the will of the majority of the people to shut down our fairgrounds.

Council members, I read the story in The City Paper where Mike Jameson had said Metro Public Works had tried to use pressure in promoting the lease for the administration and referring to keeping yellow trucks in his district. Please do not let this type action steer you away from making the right decision. This is nothing short of extortion. Sounds to me like a stunt you would find the Mafia taking. I would have loved to have been in your position and he made that statement to me. I would have told him you better believe I would not support the administration, and I would have dared him to pull the first yellow truck out of my district. I believe he would have found out that he bit off more then he could chew.

This is my opinion but you must form your own as the final vote will be in your hands. I’m still hoping the will of the people will prevail.


Ken Jakes

Joelton, TN 37080


Filed under: City Voices

69 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 11/19/10 at 9:32

Good morning

By: Captain Nemo on 11/19/10 at 9:38

By: yogiman on 11/18/10 at 5:18
Captain Nemo,

My half brain works so much better because it has so much more space to think in there. All intelligent people know the more space you have the better your brain can work.

You may think that you have more space to think, but half a brain is still half a brain and you are missing the logical part of the brain.

By: bfra on 11/19/10 at 9:50

karlwithak - Is this long for karl, the spendthrift, pad my pockets first, mayor, speaking in favor of 1 of his suckups?

By: AmyLiorate on 11/19/10 at 9:53

"retired student"... lmbo

it's great to hang out with witty people and nit-witty people as well.

By: brrrrk on 11/19/10 at 11:03

yogiman said

"Hey, Community-carl-,

As an educator you should know better than to correct those brainers in their misspelling of words. Many of them don't seem to have learned much in their school careers. Or were they drop-outs?"

Hey, yogiman-,

There's an old saying, "When all you have is a stick, poking a bear ain't a good idea".

By: yogiman on 11/19/10 at 11:38

Depends on where you poke him, brrrrk.

Amy, would you be interested in a 78 acre farm with 5 br, 3 baths, barns and a store? Only $549,900.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/19/10 at 12:03

Poking a bear no matters were is not a good thing, unless you have only half a brain. One half thinks it is a good thing to do, the half that sees the end product is missing.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/19/10 at 12:59

only half a mil?! Yogi, that is too steep for me.

I guess I'll stay on my couple of acre spot for now. Ideally I'd go with just land, maybe a barn but my idea is to build a small house to retire in. 5BR would be too much.

Find me some wooded land less than $150K that will perc. Bonus if it has a year round creek.

By: brrrrk on 11/19/10 at 2:45

Here's something that should make all you Catholic tea partiers go ballistic....


By: AmyLiorate on 11/19/10 at 3:08

Oh, well now that changes everything Brrrk!

By: AmyLiorate on 11/19/10 at 3:09

Should we take your posting as an indication that you are OK with church and state intertwining?

By: Captain Nemo on 11/19/10 at 3:29

I don’t have a problem with state and church coexisting on ideology. The problem come when church leads and state follow or state leads and church follows.

By: brrrrk on 11/19/10 at 4:10

AmyLiorate said

"Should we take your posting as an indication that you are OK with church and state intertwining?"

Not in the least bit.... I'm just saying that this is a dilemma for those in the tea party that have a collision between their politics and their faith.

By: brrrrk on 11/19/10 at 4:12

And Amy, your statement implies that morality and faith (or religion) is mutually exclusive.....

By: AmyLiorate on 11/19/10 at 4:37

How on Earth do you arrive at that though?!

I asked you a question, my post at 3:08 was sarcasm.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/19/10 at 4:40

As long as the Catholic hospitals are charging money then I don't think there's much room for him to speak.

Anyone can claim that such and such is a right, but that doesn't mean it's free. Owning a gun is a right, but you don't walk down to city hall and hold your hand out.

By: yogiman on 11/19/10 at 4:59

Give me a few days, Amy. I know what you are looking for now. Are you particular about Smith county or would you consider a surrounding county; perhaps DeKalb?

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