Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 1:01am

Seeing red over lack of Blue Raiders

I was dismayed and disappointed in The City Paper for making another colossal mistake for overlooking MTSU again!

Middle Tennessee State University, which has 26,000 students, was not mentioned in the Monday edition [Dec. 14] ...as usual. Instead of writing about a 9-3 football team (which is the best college record in the state this year at the Division 1-A level) that will be playing a 7-5 Southern Mississippi in a nationally televised bowl game on ESPN [in] prime time Sunday night, they have Larry Woody's "That's Racin" column about "Good Ole Boy" local stock car racing from Highland Rim Speedway.

The City Paper has no problem covering the University of Tennessee athletics which is 176 miles from Nashville. Granted UT has many graduates in Nashville, but not near as many as Middle Tennessee State University. You won't omit the Music City Bowl. You will cover the University of Kentucky and Clemson University, but as usual you overlook the largest undergraduate university in the state right down the road.

MTSU is in the Nashville Davidson County MSA and should be covered in The City Paper. Murfreesboro has a population of 75,000 and a county population of 150,000. Highland Rim is a very small town and is NOT part of the Nashville MSA. MTSU will be going for its 10th win of the season, over $1,000,000 in bowl winnings, and a possible ranking in the final AP and USA Today Coaches Poll. What happens at a local stock car track 20 or more miles away is not suitable for The City Paper.

The City Paper published its demographics not too long ago. As I recall the average reader has a four-year college degree and a median family income of over $50,000 a year. This demographic does not typically follow racing, especially local "good ole boy" racing.

I am sure the 25,000 plus MTSU graduates in Davidson County would much rather have a MTSU Bowl Preview column rather than a racing column about local racing not many in Nashville or certainly your readership care about. Maybe next Monday you will cover the outcome of the game.

John Mathieson, Nashville
 

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150 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 12/16/09 at 6:02

Good morning, Nashville!

Another LTE from another pissed-off sports aficionado graces the LTE section this morning. John Mathieson prefers college football to auto racing and, dammit, the NCP ought to alter it's priorities to come into line with what John likes....or else.

It must be hellish to live in a world that is so shallow that the lack of coverage for your favorite college football team is enough to motivate one to write an LTE expressing one's outrage.

Chill out, John, and get a grip.

By: dargent7 on 12/16/09 at 6:35

I think Loner the LTE was meant to be a joke. Especially the "average reader has a 4 year college degree" part. If true, why then all the silly LTE's 3 out of the 5 days?
If they're not running ones from out of state lobbyists or infomercials, someone's upset Dick's ran out of pink soccer socks. Or the check-out lines at Kroger's are too long between 5:00pm and 7:00pm.
And the people that play "post-it"office here definitely haven't stepped foot on a college campus.

By: Kosh III on 12/16/09 at 7:05

Excuse me but I have TWO degrees.
And the checkout line at Sam's Club is even worse than Krogers.

By: sidneyames on 12/16/09 at 7:25

oh my gosh! We're discussing sports and grocery stores while Congress is discussing how loud t.v. commercials are. Oh my gosh. I'm flipping out. Who gives a flying frick how loud commercials are? Hasn't everyone gotten their training on how to use their volumn control on their remote control while they have their fat arses glued to their Lazy Boy Recliner 8 to 10' from their BIG screen t.v.? TURN DOWN THE VOLUMN STUPID.

These lazy arses won't call congress to complain about child abuse, criminals in Congress, or anything socially redeeming. They called about the volumn on their t.v. during commercials. How ignorant can they get?

Now, Congress is giving the FCC 2 years to get it fixed. OH MY GOSH! I'm freaking out.

Whew! glad I unloaded that. Bet I weigh 10 pounds less now. So how's your day D7?

By: house_of_pain on 12/16/09 at 7:38

Uh, Mr. Mathieson, this is the Nashville City Paper...not the Murfreesboro City Paper.

By: dargent7 on 12/16/09 at 7:46

K-3: Well, your two degrees and Sid's 5th grade education still lowers the board's median IQ to room temperature.
If we factor in BenDover's 165, we can hit the cut off so TCP still has an on-line edition.

By: Kosh III on 12/16/09 at 7:47

Yeah, it's far more important that we stop waging unnecessary wars, dismantle our Empire and use the trillions we save to improve the quality of life of our own. Not to mention climate change, discrimination, tax preferences for the super-rich, etc etc.

I think we need to impose a sales tax on stock sales.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/16/09 at 7:51

Good morning.

Lets changed the subject.

By: sidneyames on 12/16/09 at 7:57

Announcement: D7 said "Sid's 5th grade education "

The reason D7 knows so much about my 5th grade education is that he was in my class at Canusspellshutup Elementary and he was held back in 4th and 5th grade. So he's really a play ground bully who peeked under first graders' skirts in grammer school.

Shut up D7 and quit talking about me. It makes you look strange and sound even worse.

Now I'm going to work. Turn down the volumn on your t.v. commercials please; they are annoying me and Congress.

By: house_of_pain on 12/16/09 at 8:03

An MTSU graduate walks into a bar...

By: house_of_pain on 12/16/09 at 8:04

...then he clocks in, and begins washing glasses.

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/16/09 at 8:20

Dargent,

I'm hurt! I expected to at least get an honorable mention from you!
:-)

By: slacker on 12/16/09 at 8:23

If an MTSU graduate falls in a forest does the CP make a noise?

By: Captain Nemo on 12/16/09 at 8:23

From yesterday.

Page two

I have come to the conclusion the sidneyames and chiefpayne must come from the same gene pool of drama queen and just plain dim-witted.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/16/09 at 8:24

We know what chief will say.

By: Loner on 12/16/09 at 8:33

Howard Dean, DNC Chair, thinks that, w/o a public option or Medicare eligibility-age reduction, the current healthcare reform bill is too flawed to support. In its watered-down exemption-riddled state, the bill is actually counterproductive to the original goals.

Chairman Dean suggests dumping the whole thing and starting over from scratch; he ought to know; remember, Howard Dean is also a physician. On this issue, I tend to agree with Doctor-Governor Dean.

The herdlike instincts of the Congressional Republicans and the fear of alienating the special interests - the lobbyists who dole out the campaign-financing cash - was just too much to resist.

The Democrats gave it a shot; if this thing goes down in flames it is because the special interests trumped the public interest....once again.

IMO, without genuine campaign finance reform, any and all reform is quite unlikely.

By: dargent7 on 12/16/09 at 8:39

Chief: I figured the insecure will tell everyone of their scholastic prowess.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/16/09 at 8:40

I too think Dean is correct in his assessment of the situation. The insurance companies and Joe Liberman have water down health care once more.

By: Kosh III on 12/16/09 at 8:42

yeah, god forbid the head of Aetna has to cut his 30 million a year salary.

Dean has a good point. I'd like to know what Sen Sanders has to say, he's one of the few decent ones in the Senate.

By: Loner on 12/16/09 at 8:48

Here's a link to Dean's statements:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5irPOJsLck6oxp2-eAE8h9-xaJcZQD9CKEC3O0

Here's a snippet:

"This is an insurance company's dream," the former Democratic presidential candidate said. "This is the Washington scramble, and it's a shame." (end of snippet)

Sooner or later, a tipping point is reached...this bill may be moribund. The finger-pointing... the hand-wringing.... the gnashing of teeth.... the alligator tears.... the endless post-mortems... the political haymaking.... prepare for all of that, if the healthcare reform movement is defeated in Congress.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/16/09 at 8:49

The bill at it stands right now is a coup for the insurance companies and has little to do with healthcare reform. Dean is correct.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/16/09 at 8:50

so much for the "pro-life" right.

By: house_of_pain on 12/16/09 at 8:51

I'm surprised that Congress can even agree on what time to go to lunch.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/16/09 at 8:52

"The discrepancy between both wanting to plan pregnancy and having unprotected sex may have something to do with a focus in recent years on abstinence-only education, said Laura Lindberg, senior research associate at the nonprofit Guttmacher Institute.

"Abstinence-only curriculums have gone explicitly out of their way to teach misconceptions about contraception," she said. "This generation of 20-somethings have missed many opportunities to get medically accurate and correct information."

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/12/15/sex.report/index.html

By: chiefpayne568 on 12/16/09 at 8:56

Dargent,

Probably so. I don't feel the need to do so myself. Frankly, I always figured if someone has to brag about their credentials, it's probably because their education isn't apparent otherwise.

By: slacker on 12/16/09 at 8:58

The flaw in abstinence-only education, is it fails to prevent erections.

By: dargent7 on 12/16/09 at 9:01

Chief: I learned that lesson a long time ago when applying for jobs and dating women. Always downplay yourself so if you produce and come out ahead, you appear to be a genius. No one likes a braggart.

By: dargent7 on 12/16/09 at 9:03

Slacker: You really want to prevent an erection? I got the solution. I'll mail you an 8x10 glossy of my ex-wife and inlaws. Viagra and NASA scientists cannot produce a boner looking at this family.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/16/09 at 9:05

dargent I am still laughing about chief's bragging about him haveing balls of steel.

By: Kosh III on 12/16/09 at 9:06

"I'm surprised that Congress can even agree on what time to go to lunch."

As long as it's being paid for by a deep-pocket lobbyist........

By: Loner on 12/16/09 at 9:14

I find it ironic that both Joe Lieberman and Bill Nelson are both huge fans of Israel and everything Israeli, yet they would deny American citizens that which every Israeli ctizen is entitled to.

Thanks to American generosity - Israel is the number one recipient of US foreign aid - the Israelis can afford a very generous and comprehensive, state-sponsored healthcare system. The Israeli system even covers abortion services. According to relable sources, something like 40.000 abortions are performed in Israel every year.

Thanks to Israel-loving guys like Liberman and Nelson, we now witness a peculiar case in which a nation receiving foreign aid has a much more comprehensive, generous and liberal healthcare system than that available in the donor nation.

Obviously, Lieberman and Nelson are serving their respective masters - AIPAC and the Right-to-Life lobby.....they continue to get away with this duplicity and hypocrisy while ignoring the interests of their own constituents....it's a sham, a scam and a flimflam.

By: slacker on 12/16/09 at 9:14

dargent, that 8x10 glossy should be included with a Viagra sale. Some old guy may go past his 6 hr. allotted time, and need a good scare. Its not the erections fault, it has no conscience.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/16/09 at 9:14

By: Kosh III on 12/16/09 at 9:06
"I'm surprised that Congress can even agree on what time to go to lunch."

As long as it's being paid for by a deep-pocket lobbyist........
_________________________________________________________________
Congress does not have to agree on what time to go to lunch. The lobbist tells them. lol

By: Funditto on 12/16/09 at 9:15

RE: LTE: I've been here for more than 20 years and know more people that go to UT Knoxville than MTSU.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/16/09 at 9:19

got that right, Nemo!

By: Kosh III on 12/16/09 at 9:58

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-weber/gains-and-losses_b_393765.html

What we've learned this year; sad but true.

By: idgaf on 12/16/09 at 10:02

Hey now you know how us Conservatives feel. :)

By: Captain Nemo on 12/16/09 at 10:07

That is right id. Conservatives have no feelings. They just do what Rush tells them.

By: Dragon on 12/16/09 at 10:17

Obama controls the White House.
Democrats control the House.
Democrats control the Senate.

"Forces" who opposes them are evil, terrible, heartless meanies. Oh, woe for the poor Democrats. All hope is lost.

By: brrrrk on 12/16/09 at 10:17

Loner,

While I feel your frustration over the whole health care reform issue, I'm not sure that Dean's feelings towards the bill are completely justified. Don't get me wrong, I'm not completely happy about what's going on, but I'm a pragmatist. Would I have liked to have seen the public option? Hell yes. Would I have liked to have seen Medicare at 55? Hell yes! Would I have liked to have seen single payer for all? HELL YES, HELL YES!!! But politics are politics... period. And you're absolutely right when you say that there are people "representing" us who put corporate health before public health... but that's been a fight that has existed since the days of the Boston tea party. Do yourself a favor and check out Tom Harken's interview here...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show

...you might feel a little better about what we may be getting.

Oh, and by the way, all you would be tea baggers out there should really do some reading on the Boston tea party. You might be surprised to find out that it was really a revolt against the influence of corporatism more than anything. They were basically revolting against the Walmart of their day. But DANGER, researching the tea party may clash with your ideological view that all that comes out of corporate America's ass is solid gold.

By: MamaG on 12/16/09 at 10:25

I agree the CP could do more to cover MTSU sports but write that letter to the Sports Editor. We don't need it crowding up our precious space here! lol

Good morning everyone!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/16/09 at 10:27

hey, MamaG!

By: brrrrk on 12/16/09 at 10:29

Dragon said

"Obama controls the White House.
Democrats control the House.
Democrats control the Senate.

"Forces" who opposes them are evil, terrible, heartless meanies. Oh, woe for the poor Democrats. All hope is lost."

Will Rodgers once said, "I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat." You see, Dragon, it's a lot easier for the GOP to be unified when the only constituent they represent is the Older Wealthy White American Christian Male. And before you go all "mavericky" on me, point out one thing that the GOP has done in recent years to represent any other constituent. Really... Democrats should have it so easy.

By: slacker on 12/16/09 at 10:32

In my opinion, if a health care reform bill is passed in any form, the Camel's nose is in the tent. As Dragon says, the Democrats control the White House & congress, they will pass something. The Democrats have a victory. If they can maintain power, they will make gradual adjustments to the bill.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/16/09 at 10:35

here's an interesting article regarding how man affects the cleanliness of the water supply:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/16/opinion/16greenberg.html?_r=2

By: Dragon on 12/16/09 at 10:35

"You might be surprised to find out that it was really a revolt against the influence of corporatism more than anything. They were basically revolting against the Walmart of their day."

The Tea Act was an attempt to institute a monopoly (and save the East India Company) on the colonies who didn't want to be forced to buy only this tea and pay the associated tax to the crown. BTW, the East India Company was failing in part due to the massive taxes it was forced to pay to England.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/16/09 at 10:40

Words of Wisdom

It is true that the people that take the time to "Smell the Roses" are really sniffing the chemicals. -Granny Hutch

By: slacker on 12/16/09 at 10:42

Hi MamaG, I agree with you. I'm keeping it classy with my erection information.

By: MamaG on 12/16/09 at 10:45

LOL Slacker! A little hard-learned information can go a long way!

By: brrrrk on 12/16/09 at 11:02

Last night I was watching a show on the search for Noah's Ark. During the show I heard one of the best lines ever concerning the Bible and it's interpretation. The question at hand was whether or not the story of the flood was true or not. To this question a Catholic Priest (this ought to set Chief's hair a blaze) responded in defense to his less than literal interpretation of the flood story, "In regards to the truth, the Bible is like a person. If you torture it enough, it will tell you anything".