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: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 10:08

Oh heck. I'm unappreciated and I'm not a cop so join the party pal.

BN: Yes, TN has the castle law it protects you from civil suits as well.

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 10:11

Blanket, a revolver is a good idea for those who are...vertically challenged.
You may want to consider a stun gun or taser to compliment your sidearm.

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 10:13

nazi, a pump shotgun is hard for a small person to manipulate, of course you could learn, but you won't. An automatic shotgun, is flat out dangerous unless you know what your are doing.
Get a revolver.

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 10:14

BN:
chief's right. It's not the police's job to protect us.
I mean, they will if they are there, but that's not their duty
even though it says "to protect and to serve".

It's OUR job to do that.

Get a used shotgun. If you're squeamish, you can make the
first round bird or rock salt. If they keep comin' after that though,
it's time to meet the Maker.

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 10:15

A man comes home early, only to find his wife in bed with another man.
He pulls out his pistol and aims it at his own head.
His wife chuckles and says,"go ahead".
The husband then says,"don't laugh, you're next".

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 10:16

Slacker's probably right about the strength to work the shotgun.

Both him and chief are saying "revolver" so I'd go with that.

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 10:17

house:
Makes you wonder how she could cheat on a guy like that :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 10:19

i guess i better try shooting both before i make a purchase.

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 10:19

It's supposed to be slanted towards Polish people.
I didn't feel like getting banned today, though.

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 10:21

It's that what they mean by Polish hot dogs ?

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 10:21

BN:
Just don't shoot'em both at the same time...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 10:24

dang, that takes the fun out of it, panda!

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 10:36

Blanket,

That sounds like a wise idea. You may be strong enough to use a shotgun and you may not. I have a hand gun for Ms. Chief which she keeps while I'm away...I don't think she could handle a shotgun...but she's pretty darn good with the Glock - probably a better shot with it than I am, given she gets more time to practise with it.

By: dargent7 on 5/20/09 at 10:37

The time it would take for any of you to fumble around in your Depends, waistban, holster, for your gun, the alledged perp would of shot you. So, instead of a minor, "Hand over your wallet", or "Gimme your keys", you now have a felony manslaughter/homicide staring at you. And the "Castle Law" is bs., any attorney for the plaintiff could waltz around that one faster than Fred Astair. If one of you happened to reach for your gun faster than a 19 year old, you'd be in court rooms for 10 years. Plus thousands of dollars in legal fees. Go ahead, arm yourselves, look for a fight, and shoot to kill. What else would you expect from this board?

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 10:38

If you knew they were comin' in the next couple days,
maybe you could get the Judge, shoot'em, and then
take it back for a refund before the 3 day federal limit
runs out

:)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 10:41

chief, i'm pretty strong for my size. i'm small but i'm athletic. i do 12 oz. curls every night to keep in shape. *joking* actually, i really am strong for my size.

panda, the judge is hard to find. not that many out on the market right now.

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 10:42

dargent7:
The castle law is to protect people who are attacked in their homes,
although I think it extends to also cover you in you're car.
If someone shots an intruder in their home, there is no attorney
in criminal or civil court who would win because it won't go to court.

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 10:45

BN: Then definitely try the shotgun.

I know the Judge is hard to find. No sweat, there's a lot of choices.
If you get a handgun, stick with a revolver.

When you pull the trigger, it goes bang.

By: house_of_pain on 5/20/09 at 10:46

Just have d7 write the guy a letter. That should confuse the guy so much, he won't be able to find your house. Heck, he may even commit suicide.

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 10:47

chief:
Does she shoot the G26 ?

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 10:49

house:
Just you saying it makes me want to shoot myself :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 10:50

yeah, if i do get a handgun it will definitely be a revolver. most likely a .38.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 10:51

rather than probation when he gets out, he should have to have one on one conversations daily with dargent for three years straight.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 10:51

better yet, they can start the sessions now since he would be a "captive" audience.

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 10:53

dargent got kicked out of Detroit.
That ain't easy.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 10:54

Dargent7,

"Go ahead, arm yourselves, look for a fight, and shoot to kill. What else would you expect from this board?"

My only answer to this is: I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 10:56

Blanket,

"rather than probation when he gets out, he should have to have one on one conversations daily with dargent for three years straight"

Um, wouldn't that be judged as cruel and inhuman punishment???

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 10:56

an even better punishment would be to make him wear headphones with dargent in one ear and id in the other! yeah, that's what i'm talkin' about!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 10:57

true, chief. he probably wouldn't care about being shot after that.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 10:58

Pandabear on 5/20/09 at 11:47

"Does she shoot the G26 ?" Yep...darn good shot too. Like I said, probably better than me.

BTW Blanket, my daughter is dealing with a stalker as well. She refuses to have a firearm so I'm getting her a taser. That and mace are the only things she'll carry.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 11:00

i had a stalker several years ago too. i refused to carry a firearm too. let me tell you how i got rid of him. the cops found out that he was using his mother-in-laws car when he was out stalking women so they just called the MIL and let her in on what was going on then showed up at the guy's work to tell him what they had done. he broke down in tears and i had no trouble after that. lol!

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 11:00

Blanket,

"an even better punishment would be to make him wear headphones with dargent in one ear and id in the other! yeah, that's what i'm talkin' about!"

Now, now Blanket...I thought you were against torture!!!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 11:01

you're right, chief. that would be unreasonable punishment. but it is a good daydream!

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 11:02

Blanket,

"true, chief. he probably wouldn't care about being shot after that."

Most likely, he'd take the gun and do it himself, just to stop the noise.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 11:03

Blanket,

"you're right, chief. that would be unreasonable punishment. but it is a good daydream"

Now that's COLD, Blanket. LOL

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 11:04

nazi, what did the guy do to go to prison, if you can comment?

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 11:06

Forget it, its none of my business.

By: dargent7 on 5/20/09 at 11:20

I stand by my former remarks. "You' all" have no freekin' idea what you're talking about. Arm yourselves to the teeth. "Carry" into Walmart, Shoneys, church, Percy Priest, Jimmy Kelly's, LP Field, St. Ann's. Instead of growing a pair of cohones, you have to buy and carry a gun to equalize the misfortune. As bad as Detroit was, you meet a better class of people.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 11:21

probation violation. my charges are going to the grand jury.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 11:22

my charges are assault and felony vandalism.

By: slacker on 5/20/09 at 11:30

If its an ex. he won't let it go.

By: pandabear on 5/20/09 at 11:32

Here's a good misquote for d7:

"I'd rather have one and need it than not have one and not need it :)"

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 11:34

Dargent7,

"As bad as Detroit was, you meet a better class of people."

Yeah...especially at the cemetary.

By: brrrrk on 5/20/09 at 11:42

Anyone see David Simon (creator of The Wire) on Bill Mahr last Friday? He addressed the failure of newspapers pretty well. From his perspective, the Internet is only a small part of the story.

By: MamaG on 5/20/09 at 11:50

dargent, assume someone would be dumb enough to marry you. Next assume she was assaulted when you were, say, visiting Detroit one week. Would you want to take the chance of her being assaulted again or defend herself, should the situation arise?

You achieve your goal of getting us riled up every day, don't you.

By: MamaG on 5/20/09 at 11:54

As for Detroit, one must be insane to want to live in the slums, filth, drug-infested, crime-ridden, squalor of that city. No wonder you currently live in Nashville...you should count your lucky stars you live here.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/20/09 at 12:13

MamaG,

Whew! Remind me never to get on YOUR bad side.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/20/09 at 12:14

i've read that the median cost of a house in Detroit is about $11K and that the city is so short on cash that they have excluded certain neighborhoods from city services (such as police and trash pick up) because they simply don't have the money. now those neighborhoods are ghost towns because folks moved out.

By: MamaG on 5/20/09 at 12:17

You know, chief, it's all in good fun..or mostly, anyway! LOL

By: MamaG on 5/20/09 at 12:18

Blanket, that must've been where darge came from!