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
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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