Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 1:00am

Do it for the tomatoes

My home, community, farm and city are in danger. There is a massive development [May Town Center] in the works for the last rural area in Nashville, where I grew up in the creeks and cow pastures next with some of the most beautiful people in the world.

Amazing things are happening there now — my family has started a biodynamic organic community garden, with plans for a CSA and donations to the local food bank. The pastures have been plowed, an eight-foot fence erected with the help and donations of many friends and neighbors, the heirloom tomatoes are in the ground…

I could go on and on, it's such a beautiful thing. This development would be terrible for Nashville for all kinds of reasons, but it represents much more.

This is an issue that is bigger than one place, one farm, one neighborhood — but that's how it happens, one small step at a time, and it could go either way. We can save our last green spaces, the places where our food is grown and the earth around us has a chance to recharge.

Please, because this is my family and community, and because you care, and because you love homegrown tomatoes, say ‘No May Town!’

Rachel John, 37218


Paper-thin argument

A free press compromises itself when it becomes agenda-driven.

On April 21 of this year, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) suggested that a bailout be given to the newspaper industry, in particular to The Boston Globe. Kerry said on April 22, “America's newspapers are struggling to survive, and while there will be serious consequences in terms of the lives and financial security of the employees involved, including hundreds at the Globe, there will also be serious consequences for our democracy where diversity of opinion and strong debate are paramount.”

All the bailouts have come with a caveat: At least partial government ownership and/or control. The decision to ask General Motors’ chairman and chief executive, Rick Wagoner, to resign highlighted the Obama administration’s determination to keep a tight rein on the companies it is bailing out.

Likewise, federal stimulus money sent to the states comes with strings attached.

Newspapers are indeed in financial dire straits. Most have a liberal agenda and either don't realize it or are too arrogant to care that their biased reporting is a major reason for lost credibility and circulation.

A newspaper bailout might mean the federal government gets to call the shots, setting policy and naming publishers and editors. If that were the case, the print media's chickens have come home to roost.

Kevin Edwards,
37214

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231 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 5/20/09 at 6:05

Good morning, Nashville!

Rachel John screams, "Not in my backyard!" If they could raze The Evergreens to build a big box retail unit, nothing is sacred. My advice to Rachel is to accept the money she will receive for the land and move into the countryside; there are some great bargains out there in rural real estate.

Kevin Edwards has been listening to too much right-wing propaganda. The nation's leading newspapers are going out of business for reasons other than those he mentioned. They are not failing because they are "too liberal" as Kevin claims. The advent of the internet, more than any single factor, has brought the big papers down. The cost of newsprint has gone up, as have salaries for personnel. Subscriptions have dwindled and advertising revenues have shrunk drastically.

Why subscribe to an expensive newspaper, which has to be disposed of, when Google News presents 4,500 online news sources, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – with no disposal problem?

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 6:16

I'm not a fan of eminent domain. Loner says R.J. should take the money and run.
Personally, I'd fight for my property. The big boys can be beat (happened recently on Music Row), but it won't be easy. On the other hand, does May Town have to mean the end of To-May-To Town?

By: Kosh III on 5/20/09 at 6:18

No to May Town.

By: dargent7 on 5/20/09 at 6:42

I don't really care about either LTE.
But, in Cannes, France Brad Pitt was interviewed on Today. He plays a Jew from Tenn. in "Inglorious Basterds" a film by Qintin Terrintino. Looks good.
Ann Curry said something about him playing a "hillbilly" from Tennessee. Where'd she get that idea?

By: Dragon on 5/20/09 at 6:43

You can disagree with the reasons behind the failure of many major newspapers, but Edwards' point on a government bailout is spot-on. With government money comes government control. Government control of the press is intolerable. Sorry Sen. Kerry.

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 6:58

d7, I thought we outsourced all our hillbillies.
Q.T. does put out some good movies. "Pulp Fiction" rocks.
Is this new movie coming soon (stateside)?

By: dargent7 on 5/20/09 at 7:06

d'Pain: It's being shown in France at the film festival. Didn't get your invite this year? ..."The Brad" says in 3 months to the States.
How about "Kill Bill" 1 & 2? Terrintino is twisted in a peculiar kinda way. Like Hitchock.

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 7:12

By accident, my invitation was filed with 'Important Messages from Ed McMahon'.
When I found this mistake, it was simply too late.
Besides, when asked, "who are you wearing", I tend to respond, "yo' mamma".

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 7:17

I was at Cannes, Uma Thurman couldn't keep her hands off of me.

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 7:19

I hear you, slacker. After a couple of 'bumps' & a $5 shake, she gets kinda grabby.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 7:57

Dragon on 5/20/09 at 7:43
You can disagree with the reasons behind the failure of many major newspapers, but Edwards' point on a government bailout is spot-on. With government money comes government control. Government control of the press is intolerable. Sorry Sen. Kerry.

Dragon, i'm with you 100% on this one!

By: MamaG on 5/20/09 at 8:07

Rachel John could be sidneyames the way she gushes over tomatoes and sharing them with others. (not saying that's a bad thing.)

Darge, I have to agree with you about Kill Bill 1 & 2...those are 2 of my faves.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 8:18

Mama, the letter is too cohesive to have been written by girlie girl.

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 8:31

Can we get started discussing unpatriotic, baby-killing, ditch-fornicating, pro-waterboarding, alcoholic athiests?
I'm assisting a Post hole Digger (PhD) candidate with a clamp study @ 12:00.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 8:39

house, i'm here posting today so we can start the discussion if you want. hey, what's the advantages of a 12 gauge shotgun vs. 20 gauge?

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 8:43

Dunno. What?

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 8:45

I can tell you a 20 gauge needle is much smaller than a 12 gauge.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 8:45

one is a better shot at killing babies!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 8:45

seriously, which one is better for home protection?

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 8:46

Ha! What's worse than finding 10 dead babies in a trash can?

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 8:47

12 gauge nazi, for short accountants 20 gauge.

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 8:49

I'm thinking of becoming a Universal Life church minister.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 8:49

House,

Well, it looks like California will be cutting programs and taxes pretty soon...whether they want to or not.

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 8:50

Finding 1 dead baby in 10 trash cans.
I'm no shotgun expert. Ask Loner.*cough, cough*

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 8:50

Blanket,

A 12 gauge kicks harder than a 20

By: MamaG on 5/20/09 at 8:51

blanket, the 12 gauge is more popular, I think. I'm thinking the 20 gauge has less of a "kick" to it when shot. It's been a long time since I've had any dealings with guns and don't know that I knew much to begin with. LOL

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 8:57

nazi, go to a good gun instruction class, or move to a safe neighborhood.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 8:57

funny, house......i'll get back to you in a minute.

chief, then since i'm on the smaller side a 20 might be a better option?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 8:58

i plan on going to a gun instruction class. the neighborhood isn't the issue.

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 8:59

There hasn't been any real reporting since Jim Carry in Bruce Almighty.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 8:59

what's funnier than a dead baby? a dead baby in a clown's outfit.

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 9:00

BN:
I went last Saturday and should get my permit by August.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 9:01

So there appears to be an exodus from New York as well as California.

ADIOS, NEW YORK
TAXED OUT OF THE STATE

http://www.nypost.com/seven/05202009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/adios__new_york_170074.htm?&page=0

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:02

slacker, i was planning on going to a class at gun city. do you have any other recommendations?

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 9:02

BN:
Google "The Judge"

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 9:05

BN:
Do NOT go to Gun City.
Go to Guns and Leather in Greenbrier.
It's the same class for $60, it's the best indoor
range in the area (25 miles from downtown and just
north of Goodlettesville) and they have a wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide
selection of weapons. You can even use theirs for free.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/20/09 at 9:06

Good morning.

I disagree with you on this Loner.

I have been watching this May Town project for sometime now. It looks good on the surface, but I an afraid it is in the wrong area at the wrong time.

First the area is one of the last areas of Davidson County that is still rural and has working farms. If they pave this lovely piece of land over, then Nashville will lose.

The timeing is wrong because it will likely stunt the redevelopment of down town Nashville. The City Center is under development and having another city center so close could be disastrous to both areas.

I agree with you Loner about the news papers.

The reason news papers are going out of business does has a lot to do with the internet. I also think that they have been taken over by the Capitalist Money Barons that has no idea how to run a news paper.

Take the local Ganett owning most of all the news papers in the area. There is no competition now like there use to be, when we had two.

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 9:06

chief:
They're all moving to China on a slow boat.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:06

panda, someone here at work recommended The Judge. he's a bit pricey.

how much is the range, panda?

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 9:06

Gun city has been in business a long time. You should also consider a burglar alarm.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 9:09

Panda,

No, the article said they were moving to Florida...until Florida is lost to taxes. Then another state. Then another until they have no where else left to go but overseas.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 9:09

Blanket,

Why all the interest in self protection?

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 9:13

Good one, Blanket. You got a loan shark after you?

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 9:13

nazi, when the carry permits were legalized, those gun classes started popping up everywhere, a lucrative business. Check around, find one that provides the firearm, in case you change your mind.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:13

already have an alarm system.

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 9:13

BN:
Guns and Leather charge $10 a day to shoot
and it's the best range around.
Far better than Gun City, the most over priced place in town.
If you take the course, that's all included.

Don't BUY a weapon at Guns and Leather, however, unless you dicker.
They are overpriced and you need to haggle or just buy
somewhere else.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:14

because of the person i had to testify against. he may get out in july.

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 9:14

chief:
You crack me up you're so serious.

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 9:15

Had a feeling that was the problem. C'mon guys, time to posse up!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:16

i may not even need it, but better safe than sorry at 3 a.m., right?