Letters to the Editor

Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 11:48pm

No job shortage here

Last week, my friend who works for the state of Tennessee sent 50 state jobs openings to his mailing list. I looked over the list and found just five jobs [I think] are critical to providing services to people.

This got me thinking: Why is the state is hiring 50 people to do jobs like wildlife manager when the governor is cutting important services like limits on hospital visits for TennCare recipients, and deleting speech therapy and physical therapy for patients on TennCare. I am an animal lover but I think people are more important than animals.

The government thinks it is more important for the prisons to have staff for a store where prisoners shop instead of helping 50 disabled people on the family-support program or providing services for people with mental illnesses.

I think the state should spend the limited money in the budget more wisely for the people of Tennessee.

Lorri Mabry, Nashville

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392 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 2/5/10 at 1:56

Its all a game to get people to accept more taxes.

If you told them you couldn't hire a wildlife manager people wouldn't care if it meant higher taxes.

What should be cut is his NEW program, pre-K (free baby sitting/day care) that spends a ton of money and has limited benifit which disappears in the second grade.

By: eastnashville37207 on 2/5/10 at 3:08

Lorri,
TN like most states do not want to help people with disabilities. They spend between $35,000-$45,000 per year housing and placating convicted felons, including illegals where those on disability are living way below the poverty level and are treated worse than felons when it comes to their needs.

What also irked me was that 90 some percent of those working for some railroad the are being paid disability checks along with their pay and they aren't even disabled.
The federal and state governments look at the elderly and disabled as unproductive individuals so eliminating them which ever way is one way they do not have to pay entitlements. Sad world we live in.

By: dnewton on 2/5/10 at 4:26

As long as spending is done on the basis of what feels good, we are doomed. Once the idea that something is for the children, the animals or the elderly, it becomes invulnerable to skepticism. It does not matter if it does not work as long as the tingle of excitement over the possibility of creating the perfect society persists long after the money is wasted.

We still believe that a collection of imperfect people can somehow create a perfect government. The fact that this is goofy is the main reason for limited government and a government that tries to provide general services for the largest possible group as possible rather than targeted services for particular groups that can be counted on to return their paymasters to power.

The state legislature is the worst offender and further entices local governments to borrow and spend their way to the perfect society. The cost of legislation is only based on start up costs for the next year, not the long term costs and there is very little effort to revisit the legislation even if something interesting and unanticipated happens during the aging process.

An example of this is the transportation funding formulas. These formulas are designed to send money from urban to rural areas. They work well at that too. No one seems to understand that since the distribution formula was cast in concrete Tennessee has moved from people mostly living in rural areas to 5/8 of the people living in urban areas. The people in Cumberland County, for instance, will send about $300 per capita to TDOT every year and will get back over $1000 per capita in road construction projects in the next three years. The six county Rural Planning Organization that includes Cumberland County will be getting back about $740 per capita in the next three years. Thanks Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Bristol.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 6:21

By: idgaf on 2/5/10 at 1:56

"If you told them you couldn't hire a wildlife manager people wouldn't care if it meant higher taxes."
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I am trying to understand id’s jumble message. If we don’t hire a wildlife manager then we will get higher taxes?

Then he goes on to spew....

"What should be cut is his NEW program, pre-K (free baby sitting/day care) that spends a ton of money and has limited benifit which disappears in the second grade."
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Does he understand anything about education?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 6:34

eastnasty jabbers

"What also irked me was that 90 some percent of those working for some railroad the are being paid disability checks along with their pay and they aren't even disabled."

Where does he/she get these statistic of 90%?

By: dargent7 on 2/5/10 at 6:35

Nemo: Some people are like hyenas in Africa. They cannot kill their own prey, they wait around for the leftovers of someone else's hard work.
I don't know what that means, but on this board, who cares?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 6:39

By: dnewton on 2/5/10 at 4:26
As long as spending is done on the basis of what feels good, we are doomed. Once the idea that something is for the children, the animals or the elderly, it becomes invulnerable to skepticism. It does not matter if it does not work as long as the tingle of excitement over the possibility of creating the perfect society persists long after the money is wasted.
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Does this mean that if we has a society kick children, animals and the elderly then denewton is happy?

By: dargent7 on 2/5/10 at 6:40

Cpt: Don't sweat it. Whereas Miami has the Super Bowl in town this weekend, Nashville has "The National Tea Bagger Convention", featuring Ms. Wasilla herself, ex-Gov. (quit) of Alaska, Sarah Palin. Where can you buy those tin foil hats around here?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 6:42

Good morning dargent.

Hyenas are a better class of life form that the first two posters.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 6:49

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin defended her involvement in the first-ever Tea Party Convention, saying in a column that she will not "benefit financially" from the $100,000 fee she's earning as the keynote speaker.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/02/03/palin-defends-tea-party-convention-says-speaking-fee-cause/

Don't you just love her.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 6:56

She is everywhere

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2010/02/sarah-palin-endorses-the-other.html

It is time for idgaf to come back with..."She scares the hell out of liberals." Lol

By: dargent7 on 2/5/10 at 7:01

Cpt: Looks like today we have our own personal chat room. Whatever you do, don't mention the "Sid" word anytime soon, 7 years of bad luck, and that's the upside.

By: house_of_pain on 2/5/10 at 7:04

Redrum...

By: dargent7 on 2/5/10 at 7:09

House: No, shower scene in "Psycho". Much more how I feel when I read "Sid's" posts.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 7:11

Could this be eastnasty?

http://trueslant.com/michaelshermer/2009/12/04/ufos-government-conspiracies-and-the-2012-huckabeepalin-ticket/

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 7:14

You just did d7, TWICE for God sakes.

By: dargent7 on 2/5/10 at 7:17

I'm using my "cloaking device" so I'm protected. That, and the pyramid tin foil hat with rabbit ears, and I'm good to go.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 7:23

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By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 7:29

I uses to do that too d7, when I watched scary movies at night when I was a kid. I would grab a sheet and through it over my head. I would watch the TV from a tiny peep hole. No monster or ghost could ever find me that way.

By: Loner on 2/5/10 at 7:37

Good morning, Nashville!

Well, this LTE is only slightly better than the vapid missive we discussed yesterday. Again, this is a whining voice of disccontent and jealosy.

The author, Lorri Mabry, may not understand that a Wildlife Manager does not really serve the game animals, he/she is there to insure that game animals are there for hunters and trappers to kill, for fun and profit. The WM serves the gun-toting public, doesn't that mitigate things for the right-wingers?

For those posters who are enamored with the idea of limited government, I suggest that they take a good look at places like Haiti, Liberia, Belize and Somalia. In places like that, taxes are cheap and so is human life. In places with limited government, it's survival of the most corrupt and ruthless. Is that what the Teabaggers want for us all, here in the USA?

With a secessionist as their leader, the dissolution of the American union may be the teabaggers ultimate goal. Perhaps the leaders should ne rounded up now, before the shootimg begins. The charge: Sedition.

By: dargent7 on 2/5/10 at 7:45

Nemo: Didn't Norman watch Janet Leigh shower thru a tiny peep hole?
And that stalker guy photo'd Erin Andrews thru the hotel door peep hole. Maybe peep hole are making a comeback?

By: gdiafante on 2/5/10 at 7:46

They want what they don't have right now, Loner...control.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 7:48

Good morning Loner and well said as usual.

I wonder if I was to sale tin foil hats on the street corner could I make a good living in Nashville. I could even meet id or eastnasty.

By: Dragon on 2/5/10 at 7:49

"Perhaps the leaders should ne rounded up now, before the shootimg begins. "

Isn't that what Iran is doing now? And don't forget Hugo Chavez. In other words, to ensure freedom, the government will assume absolute control.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 7:52

That gives me another idea d7. I could sale peep holds too. Thanks!

By: house_of_pain on 2/5/10 at 7:52

Reverse peep holes are where the real money is, Nemo.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 7:56

By: Dragon on 2/5/10 at 7:49
"Perhaps the leaders should ne rounded up now, before the shootimg begins. "

Isn't that what Iran is doing now? And don't forget Hugo Chavez. In other words, to ensure freedom, the government will assume absolute control.
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Dragon comes out in support of a right-wing fringe dictatorship.

What is "ne" ?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 7:56

Good to know house.

By: Loner on 2/5/10 at 7:58

It seems that our Prince of peace President is listening to the War Lobby again. Obama has managed to irk the Chinese, our greatest creditors, by OK'ing the sale of 8 billion in arms to Taiwan. Now the Chinese are saying "screw" the sanctions against Iran. Still, the US is demanding that China re-evaluate their currency so as to benefit the US. That's world-class chutzpah.

As for Russia, Obama again is heeding the advice of the War Lobby. It seems that Romania has agreed to host US missile batteries that would threaten the Russians. This stupidity will naturally effect the sanctions proposals.

It seems as though Obama is provoking the Chinese and the Russians in order to serve the War Lobby interests, not the public interests. Obama means well, but he is a pushover for the special interests.

This kind of counter-productive war-mongering and meddling may cause the Israelis to act unilaterally against Iran, especially if Russia and China balk at more sanctions. In that case, the War Lobby will be ecstatic; war with Iran will be good for business. The Israelis may start the conflagration, but Uncle Sam will have to finish it.

By: dargent7 on 2/5/10 at 8:00

"Peep Holes" are vastly underrated. And "Peeping Tom's" have been replaced with "stalkers". Society is going in the wrong direction.

By: dargent7 on 2/5/10 at 8:04

Loner: Please stay on topic. We're discussing voyerism, naked women in the shower, naked women drying off, and just plain naked women. The going's on in Bulgaria is of no concern. And what does "conflagration" mean?

By: house_of_pain on 2/5/10 at 8:07

What is the naked women to peep hole ratio in Bulgaria?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 8:07

Is this the story you are talking about Loner?

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/21/missiles-threaten-nuclear-pact/

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 8:12

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 8:11
Is this the China story?

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/02/04/china.relations/

By: Loner on 2/5/10 at 8:14

Nemo, "ne" S/H/B "be", it's a typo. Working w/o a safety net here.

Dragon, that was hyperbole, used for rhetorical effect. But hey, if they are talking secession, yeah, round 'em up.

The Teabaggers don't get it, with the Electoral College in place, 3rd party presidential candidates are nothing more than spoliers, at best. Both major parties are very happy with the staus quo, even if it bites one of them on the ass occassionally, as it did in 2000.

The major parties would rather endure a 2000 type of debacle as opposed to eliminating the EC and going with the more democratic popular vote alone.

The recent SCOTUS decision to allow unlimited corporate donations to candidates will set back electoral reform many decades. Without electoral reform, all reform is doomed to failure.

With individual states going bankrupt and Uncle Sam in hock up his eyeballs, the great American experiment is starting to unravel at the seams. Dissolution of the union may be inevitable.

By: dargent7 on 2/5/10 at 8:15

I've never seen a naked Bulgarian woman. It's a religious thing in my family.
We only view vapid, vaucous, vacant bleached blondes who excell in superficiality.
Like Carrie Perjan and Sarah Palin types who vote straight Republican every time.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 8:16

How about this, house, sex in Amsterdam and peep holds.

Is this better d7?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 8:19

With individual states going bankrupt and Uncle Sam in hock up his eyeballs, the great American experiment is starting to unravel at the seams. Dissolution of the union may be inevitable.
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That is what happens in the movie The Fall of the Roman Empire.

By: Loner on 2/5/10 at 8:21

Romania, not Bulgaria, D7.

From Merriam Webster:
Main Entry: con·fla·gra·tion
Pronunciation: \ˌkän-flə-ˈgrā-shən\
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin conflagration-, conflagratio, from conflagrare
Date: 1600
1 : fire; especially : a large disastrous fire
2 : conflict, war

The stories about Roman(and US missiles) and the Taiwan arms deal are all over the net, Nemo.

Naked women? I've been to Brushwood, need I say more?

By: gdiafante on 2/5/10 at 8:25

Tea baggin' is a gimmick, nothing more. And for the poor people who buy it...**slap upside the face**...wake the hell up...these people don't give a damn about you any more than the idiots in Washington.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 8:26

A straight Republican walks into a gay bar.

By: Dragon on 2/5/10 at 8:26

Loner, I recognized your hyperbole but suspect it went over others' heads. The rounding up of the opposition might even sound good to them.

By: Loner on 2/5/10 at 8:28

As I said before, when it comes to teabags, there's usually a string attached.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 8:29

Did Dragon call Loner a hyper ho?

By: Loner on 2/5/10 at 8:32

Amen, Dragon. No, I don't like the idea of any American(s) being "rounded up" simply for expressing their views or for organizing. But, if violence is part of their modus operandi, then public safety trumps individual freedom. There is a lot of angst out there, and there are demagogues fanning the flames of passion 24/7. I fear for Obama's safety.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/5/10 at 8:37

I can remember protestors being place in cage like areas so Bush or the public could not hear them.

By: Loner on 2/5/10 at 8:42

Yeah, the "free speech zones" of the Bush-Cheney era is a good example of the GOP's interpretation of the First Amendment. With the Republicans in full control, everything would be illegal, a permit would be required for anything.....this is what the right-wingers have in mind when they talk about "freedom" and "liberty".

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/5/10 at 8:43

Mornin' Nemo.

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By: house_of_pain on 2/5/10 at 8:44

TGIPF, Blanket.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/5/10 at 8:46

you got that right, house!