Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 11:47pm

National clean-up

We’ve been watching the documentary about the national parks on NPT. It is truly one of the most inspirational and informative shows on television.

They call the parks America’s best idea — to save and preserve these magnificent natural monuments for everyone, forever. But they also tell what it took to keep these places from being destroyed by people who wanted to cut down the sequoias, kill all the buffalo and dynamite the waterfalls.

It makes you think how fast we have to move to keep things from being used up — like our mountains being blown up for coal and what that’s done to towns in east Tennessee. It took a lot of regular Americans insisting to Congress that they didn’t want the Smokies logged and mined, and it seems like we’re going to have to get together and do the same thing right now if we’re ever going to get clean energy ways to run the country without ruining our rivers and hills.

Sen. [Lamar] Alexander seems to want to move in the right direction, maybe Sen. [Bob] Corker too — but nothing’s going to happen to clean it up if we don’t let them know we want it now.

Carol Caldwell, 37209

 

 

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145 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 9/30/09 at 6:03

Preserving something is not the same as inventing something that exists only in your idealistic fantasy.

Perhaps some day with advanced technology but that day is not today, or in the near future.

People move forward not backward. (unless you nuke them back to the stone age)

By: idgaf on 9/30/09 at 6:25

Think what will happen if Ineedajob nukes Israel and they put the Jerico plan into action and make the whole ME oil supplies glow in the dark?

Then the leftys will have their way by necessity not by choice.

They always fall into the trap of unintended consequences.,

By: Funditto on 9/30/09 at 6:47

good copy and paste id? where'd you get it???

"Nothing dollarable is safe." John Muir on natural resource preservation.

By: dargent7 on 9/30/09 at 7:02

I remember when the Alaskan pipe line was a controversial assult on the environment. People worried about the migration patterns of caribu.
Oil rigs off Santa Barbara got the coastal locals freaked out.
In LaJolla, CA, the cute monk seals sun themselves on "Baby Beach". There's a decades long court battle between environmentalists and locals who want little Johnny to swim there.
And, how many times do you hear about a frog, mouse, owl, or butterfly that's endagered and so we cannot drill for oil or log timber?
In Hawai'i, there's always "ancient burial ground" proclaimed to stop the expansion of hotels and roadways. Always a tough call.
I think I'm on topic.

By: sidneyames on 9/30/09 at 7:34

idgaf said: "Preserving something is not the same as inventing something that exists only in your idealistic fantasy." That is absolutely true.

So far we've heard nothing about the Alaska pipe line killing any caribou; I guess that project worked out fine.

And maybe if Al Gore would turn his lights off (or down) and save some of his $24,000 a year electric bill, the air would be cleaner.

I love Yellowstone; lived at the north entrance, Gardiner, MT for 2.5 years and am planning to retire there or at West Yellowstone. It's God's country. A friend of mine said his buddy sold 20 acres for 20 million last year. Land is at a premium. It's not over developed, though. Gardiner has the largest number of different species of animals than any city bordering Yellowstone. When we were there it was not uncommon to find bison (buffalo) or a bull elk on the front porch. I have a photo of a bull elk looking in my front door. Glad he discovered he was at the wrong address! ha, ha.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/30/09 at 7:51

Good morning.

By: idgaf on 9/30/09 at 6:03

People move forward not backward. (unless you nuke them back to the stone age)

_________________________________________________________________

Is this why you are you id?

By: Loner on 9/30/09 at 8:15

Good morning, Nashville!

Excellent LTE, and it's not by D'argent or Clouse...there may be hope for Nashville after all. The letter is well-wrtten and expresses a view with clarity. The author offers a suggestion - contact your US Senators and let them know how you feel. That's sound advice.

Idgaf wrote, "Preserving something is not the same as inventing something that exists only in your idealistic fantasy." I have no idea what that means, but apparently Sid understands such nonsense.

Ken Burns, the filmaker who produced the national parks film, will now be demonized by the developer-friendly, right-wing, talk show hosts. Expect trash talk that assails Burns' character, motives, his associates and even his sexual orientation - that's how the Republicans respond to anyone who suggests that they may be on the wrong track.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/30/09 at 8:16

Verbal Cartoon

A husband and wife are seating in front of the TV when the regular programming is interrupted, "News Flash!! chakracon hates dargent! Now back to our regular programming."

The wife looks at her husband, "What is a chukka-con?"

Still looking at the TV the husbans says, "I don't know. What is a dir-gent?"

By: house_of_pain on 9/30/09 at 8:20

"What is a chukka-con?"
"What is a dir-gent?"
I think they're some kind of endangered species, Nemo.

By: Loner on 9/30/09 at 8:21

Idgaf, Israel has the abilty to nuke Iran, Iran does ot have the ability to nuke anyone. Where are you getting your "facts", from the Israeli Embassy? Id, you are a gullible fool, but dammit you're our fool....we love your humorous input. Please, don't ever stop posting here, your mean-spirited drivel is most entertaining.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/30/09 at 8:24

Yellowstone is a beautyiful park, but it on a Caldera. A good place to retire.

By: dargent7 on 9/30/09 at 8:30

Loner: Not so fast. The Vegas odds are 5:2 for one of mine or Dooleys printed before week's end.

By: house_of_pain on 9/30/09 at 8:31

I'll take those odds...we're due for an offering from Gower Mills.

By: dargent7 on 9/30/09 at 8:32

"House": They said my Lions were endangered too, and they won 1 last Sunday.
Lucky for the Titans they don't meet this year.

By: dooley on 9/30/09 at 8:32

Id is still nutty as hell!

Loner - clouse is taking a short respite from the letters to NCP so someone else will have to write. It gets boring being printed so much because everyone else just quits.

By: pandabear on 9/30/09 at 8:36

Thanks for the tip sid.

I've always wanted to blow up some buffalo or bull elks...

By: Captain Nemo on 9/30/09 at 8:38

house says I spade my dog. I hate my wife.

Now that is hilarious. Coffee out the nose hilarious.

By: house_of_pain on 9/30/09 at 8:41

I (club) my wife, Nemo.
You always hurt the ones you love...

By: Captain Nemo on 9/30/09 at 9:00

Speaking of Buffalo, I almost wreaked my car monday on north first. Someone has placed a small hear of bronzed buffalo in the traffic island.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/30/09 at 9:02

house I bet she clubs you back. ;-0

By: Loner on 9/30/09 at 9:08

Gower Mills and Tony Zizza are about due for an appearance, I quit sending letters in, xenophobia still reigns supreme in TN, or so it seems.

I'm off to a funeral this morning, my uncle passed away at 78. He was a Korean War vet who saw action on the front lines. He had a motorboat and lived on Oak Orchard River, I used to spend my summers at his house. We built and raced go-karts, when I was a teenager. He wasn't perfect, he had a lot of flaws, but my brother and I dearly loved our uncle Howard. May he rest in peace.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/30/09 at 9:11

Blanket did you ever get to read, The Earth Abides?

Yellowstone and it's caldera reminded me of that book.

I need to find my copy and read it again.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/30/09 at 9:14

I'm sorry to hear about you uncle Howerd, Loner. Take care.

By: house_of_pain on 9/30/09 at 9:15

Sorry to hear that, Loner.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/30/09 at 9:21

From yesterday

Blanket

The glory hole church center.

By: slacker on 9/30/09 at 9:22

pain, as long as you let the wife know its for her own good, and it hurts you more than her, clubbing is an excellent training tool.

By: slacker on 9/30/09 at 9:25

Loner, sorry about your loss.

By: gdiafante on 9/30/09 at 9:41

National parks are a national disgrace. There's no money in it. I prefer that skyscrapers for insurance companies be built in every park.

- Chief

By: Captain Nemo on 9/30/09 at 9:42

g-lol

By: Dragon on 9/30/09 at 9:45

How much land does the Federal government own? I believe it is on the order of 600 million acres (about 1/3 of the country). Don't know how much of that is declared to be national parks.

By: Loner on 9/30/09 at 9:46

Thanks, folks...I'm outta here.

By: brrrrk on 9/30/09 at 9:54

gdiafante, are you channeling? God, it must be awful......

By: MamaG on 9/30/09 at 9:55

Good morning, all. Happy Hump Day!

Loner, sorry for your loss.

I've been flipping to this miniseries on occasion and think it's pretty interesting. I think Ken Burns is a good story-teller in his series'. Today's LTE at least makes sense, unlike id's first post, which doesn't. What is the harm in trying something new? I guess if no one strove for new ideals, nothing would get accomplished. Look at electricity, indoor plumbing, pizza, for examples.

By: slacker on 9/30/09 at 9:58

gdiafante, don't invest in Yellowstone, its sitting on a volcano, that will probably erupt the day Sidney retires there.
Put your money in a t-shirt store in Gatlinburg like I did.

By: gdiafante on 9/30/09 at 9:59

Yes, look at electricity, you can get electrocuted. Indoor plumbing? Hello, drowning victims. Pizza? Three words: Pizza the Hut.

- glass half empty

By: Captain Nemo on 9/30/09 at 9:59

MamaG, when has any of id's post made sense? However you are about Ken Burns.

By: gdiafante on 9/30/09 at 10:01

I bought a shirt in Gatlinburg that had "WWJD?" on the front and "Sell his home in Tuscon, Arizona for some California grass" on the back.

Darg would appreciate that shirt.

By: brrrrk on 9/30/09 at 10:03

As some of you know, I recently took a trip to Colorado. While there, my wife and I drove up into Wyoming, to Cheyenne and across to Laramie. There are wind farms everywhere just crankin' away. On top of that, the Denver airport is now using solar panels to power the underground that they use to shuttle people from one terminal to another. People like id, sid, and chief.... you're wrong. And your inability to step into the future, in all ways, will eventually destroy this country.

By: Captain Nemo on 9/30/09 at 10:04

If civilazation ever came to an end, I for one would miss eletricty and toilet paper.

By: gdiafante on 9/30/09 at 10:05

If civilization came to an end, I would miss civilization.

-Jack Handey

By: slacker on 9/30/09 at 10:07

gdiafante, sorry but that ''WWJD'', actually meant: ''What Would Jerry Do''?
Answer: mine a 8oz. bugger from his left nostril on nationwide tv.

By: gdiafante on 9/30/09 at 10:08

Wow...over a week later and you still aren't over that two second shot...let it go man...let it go...

By: Captain Nemo on 9/30/09 at 10:10

If id, sid and chief ever take over then it would be the barbarians in charge.

By: gdiafante on 9/30/09 at 10:11

Slacker will let the "pick" video fester until his entire world will center around picking boogers and he will open a booger museum and legally change his name to Snot Bubble and die in a green room filled with slime.

- Gdiafantus

By: MamaG on 9/30/09 at 10:13

g, your glass may be half empty but, at least you have the choice now to be electrocuted or drown or buy pizza! LOL If it weren't for the pioneers of these things, you'd still be crappin' outside in the dark eating a boring, plain piece of bread. LOL

Neme, you're so right about id. What was I thinking, just this first post? ha!

By: Captain Nemo on 9/30/09 at 10:13

A week later and it is still disgustingly funny.

By: gdiafante on 9/30/09 at 10:16

"If it weren't for the pioneers of these things, you'd still be crappin' outside in the dark eating a boring, plain piece of bread."

Well Jesus did say man cannot live by bread alone...but if pooping in the dark was good enough for our saviour, it's good enough for me!!

Oh crap, who left my pants there??

By: slacker on 9/30/09 at 10:19

gdiafante, I'll let it go when the Titans win a football game.
That booger museum, ain't a bad idea, open with: ''The Jerry Room'' historic booger displayed like the ''Hope'' diamond in the Smithsonian.

By: gdiafante on 9/30/09 at 10:21

Jeez, so you're going to be talking about it for at least another month...great...

By: gdiafante on 9/30/09 at 10:27

You could slacker, but just because we saw him digging, you can't assume that the "Hope" booger exists. We didn't see him retrieve it. In fact, it could have just been an itch, or a bug that flew up there.

Or, he could have been rehearsing a magic trick, pulling scarfs out of his nose...he could have been attempting to knock out his conjoined identical twin that exists in his left nostril or he suffers from hallucinations and believed that a punt deflected off the jumbotron into his nose.

There could me many explainations...