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,

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231 Comments on this post:

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

Yeah, the Judge use to be $150, then judges around the
country started buying them and they got popular.
Now the stainless is about $560.

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

Hey that could be a good movie.

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 9:17

Better safe than sorry is exactly right.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:18

panda, i know. that's a bit out of my price range. plus, i like the sound of a pump action. that in itself could be a deterrant.

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 9:18

There's nothing like the sound of a pump action.

Criminals know it everywhere :)

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

yeah, the cops told me it was the universal sound understood by all shady people and that alone could convince someone not to kick in the door. and you don't have to be a good shot.

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

They guy teaching at Guns and Leather has been
doing it for 9 years and he's got a great sense of humor.
That course could be really dry without some humor.

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 9:21

Except the smell of cordite.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:22

yeah, some humor would do me good right now. 8~)

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 9:23

When encountering the bad guys,
do you think a grenade should be thrown before
you fire the 12 gauge or after ?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:24

nothing like the smell of cordite at 3 a.m., huh slacker?

By: dargent7 on 5/20/09 at 9:24

You Tennesseans are behind the 8 ball. Texas is passing a bill today, allowing all campus co-ed's to carry hand guns. Their logic was, "If everyone is armed, we can stop 1 nut who goes off". Brilliant. Is there some reason intelligence stops short of Missouri in the southern states? Why is it that southerners are comsumed with guns, overalls,facial hair, and chewing tobacco? And that's the women.

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 9:26

The doc calls his patient and says," I've got some good news and bad
news. Which do you want first ?"

Patient, "The good news"

Doc, "You've got 24 hours to live"

Patient, "Are you kidding me doc ? That's the good news ? What's the bad news ?"

Doc, "I forgot to call you yesterday".

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 9:26

nazi, you could go into the witness protection program like Sammy ( the bull ) Gravano.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/20/09 at 9:27

Hearing a pump action in the dark well make an intruder pee in their pants.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 9:29


Do you have a court protection order telling him he has to stay away from you too?

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 9:32


:When encountering the bad guys, do you think a grenade should be thrown before
you fire the 12 gauge or after ?"

Well for myself, I sort of like using the 12 gauge first...and making sure the first volley is LOW. And then working my way up.

After that, you take the grenade and put it...well, I'll leave that to your imagination...and pull the pin and walk away.

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 9:33

nazi, get your boyfriend to go kick his arse, like a soccer ball.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:33

yes i do, chief. but that is only a piece of paper. Nemo, that's exactly what a cop told me, almost word for word.

By: MamaG on 5/20/09 at 9:34

I know first-hand that an order of protection doesn't mean jack squat. If someone breaks in on you, the police don't know it until after the fact. An order of protection is only as good as the paper it is typed on. Ask any cop.

Blanket, I'll be thinking of ya! I hope nothing comes from this.

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 9:36

A man goes in for his routine check-up:
Doctor: Mr. Jones, I'm afraid you're going to have to stop masturbating.
Mr. Jones: Why is that, Doc?
Doctor: Because I'm trying to examine you!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:37

thanks, guys. i appreciate the good thoughts. it is a bit unnerving and i do hope that nothing comes of it.

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 9:38

An order of protection also indicates your fear of the person, and indicates that you attempted to avoid violence. Good in court.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:39

house, that's hysterical!

Q: Why did the baby cross the road?
A: It was stapled to the chicken.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/20/09 at 9:39

Never trust a piece of paper for protection. Pay attention to your surroundings.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 9:40


Granted the protection order doesn't do much if he's breaking in...but after you blow him away, it sure helps to get the law on your side and is good in court too.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 9:41


The paper would only be like an insurance policy...good only AFTER the destruction of the perp was done.

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 9:43

nazi, don't buy into the shotgun racking sound, its true, but I think you indicated you are small, and a shotgun is not for you. You would look silly racking a shotgun, wearing a little green visor.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 9:43


One other thing...if you ever DO have to shoot the slimeball...shoot to KILL, not to wound - just my advice.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/20/09 at 9:44

Doesn't matter if you got a paper or not. You shot him first and make sure he does not get up. Then get a good lawer.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:45

chief, that's exactly the advice i've been given. and yes, based on the court order and what's going on i'm sure i'm covered legally.

slacker, don't worry. i won't be wearing my visor.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:46

i've been told that TN has the "castle" law. that' helps. IL had the same law.

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 9:46

Wait a minute, I thought liberals could reason with people, and avoid violence.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:48

trust me, slacker. this has been a very hard decision for me. i have no desire to carry a concealed weapon, i just need to protect my home in the middle of the night from a psycho.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:49

i've already had the family harrassing me.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/20/09 at 9:49

That shows that you don't know anything about liberals slackers.

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 9:51

nazi, I was in the business, you do need to take it seriously.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:52

in the business of what?

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 9:52


I don't know...slacker does have a point. I thought liberals believed in non-violence and negotiation.

And BTW, the paper would help a lot, even if she shot him for breaking into her house.


I have no doubt you've been troubled by your decision...but if it makes you feel any better, I believe you've come to the RIGHT decision.

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 9:53

nazi, police.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:54

it has been a very troubling decision for me, chief. i don't like guns and am not happy that i pretty much have to have one right now. i'm not pleased.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:55

good for you, slacker. cops are very underappreciated. i have family members who are retired officers.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 9:57

slacker, you agree with the choice of a shotgun?

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 9:58

nazi, I don't know about underappreciated, its just a job, many jobs are more dangerous.
From what you said you do have a serious problem, talk to your family and get their help.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 10:00

my family all lives out of state. i've gotten a lot of helpful advice from them.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/20/09 at 10:01

Balnket, Forget what the rest of are saying and pay attention to what slacker has to say.

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 10:01

nazi, no, you are to small, the guy would probably take it away from you.
Go to a good gun school, get a revolver not an auto.
Get help from your family, and friends.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 10:03

you're the first cop who has suggested a revolver over a shotgun. reason being is that you'd have to be a good shot with a revolver. that's not such a problem with a shotgun.

By: MamaG on 5/20/09 at 10:06

Obviously, blanket, you're getting great advice. In this situation, the order of protection could very well be necessary, so glad you have it. Hope you have it on the family too if they are already harrassing you.

I have a couple of cop friends and agree, they are under-appreciated and under-paid for what they do. Thanks for your service, slacker.

Speaking of cops, did anyone hear what happened on Ellington Pkwy last night? I went to p/u my son from graduation and couldn't get on at Hart Ln. coming back, I had to get off at Trinity Lane and get right back on. I could see some debris and not much else. If anyone knows, thanks.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 10:08


Granted the shotgun would be more effective in scaring off an intruder...but a revolver is easier to get to, easier to handle and easier to load and reload.

It's really up to you...personal preference.

As for the police, if you have family in the force, then you know that most of the time, when they are called in, the crime has already been committed. Nothing against the police...they do their best but not even these guys can be everywhere at once all the time. If you don't have a way for self-protection, you're courting trouble.