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Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 1:53pm

[The sales of The Contributor] is not a First Amendment issue. The Contributor is entitled to pursue their newspaper interests as a media entity. Issues here are thoroughfare and traffic safety. Have you noticed when entering an interstate you see restrictions against bicycles, pedestrians, motorized bicycles and non-motorized traffic? Are these restrictions a a "red herring" against environmentally friendly means of transportation? No, it is to prevent pedestrians and low power transportation from being run over by faster and larger vehicles. A thoroughfare, while public property, has a primary purpose of serving pedestrians and traffic. If newspaper sales are allowed on street corners and intersections, why not have a flea market in the middle of the interstate? How about neighborhood yard sales vendors taking their goods to the curb and selling at a four-way stop?

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By: yogiman on 4/24/11 at 3:47


The times they are a changing. And to many it isn't for a "better way of life".

The interstate was developed to open the routes because of war time. Fortunately, it has been further developed since WWII.

And yeah, they used to peddle papers on the sidewalks and stop signs. The main element that stopped that was transportations advancement and people being in a bigger hurry than they used to be.

Ah yeah, the times they are a changing... every day now.

By: dargent7 on 4/25/11 at 5:25

I tend to agree with the LTE. All over town there are always a homless/ recovered person hawking that paper.
Many times some idiot will slam on his brakes on a Green light and the guy will come out into traffic to sell him a paper, narrowly avoiding getting hit.
Some intersections have 4 vendors, one on each corner. Always tying up traffic.
Very dangerous situations.

By: on 4/25/11 at 6:50

The people who are selling the Contributor are trying to earn a living. I submit that those who oppose the sales (particularly in upscale communities) on "non-constitutional grounds" can come up with "reason" after "reason" why they should not be permitted to do that.

The Contributor limits the number of vendors who are authorized to see the paper, so it is difficult to understand why there would be multiple vendors on one street corner, since there thousands of potential locations. It certainly could have happened, but it would be nonproductive for so many to be at the same location.

Let us hope that if the people who are so critical of everything done by homeless people never find themselves in that unfortunate position. If the resistance and hostility were directed toward them as homeless people, I doubt they would be able to survive as well.

By: BenDover on 4/25/11 at 7:59

The confirmation bias on this issue is just astounding.

"reason"... "hater!"

"reason"... "you're clueless!"

"reason"... "bigot!"

geezzz... I don't want the homeless to die in the streets but they don't get a freebie to f*ck up traffic and become a safety hazard either. Especially if it's to 'sell' a left wing propaganda rag like the 'Contributor'. At least when the girl-scouts and school fund-raisers shake us down they aren't backing up traffic and have something of value to exchange.

By: girliegirl on 4/25/11 at 8:33

It's the "where" the street vendors (paper sellers) are located that is spooky. I've nearly hit 2 of them just recently, and not because of their behavior, but because another driver was distracted and I found myself having to dodge their vehicle, nearly hitting the pedestrian/peddler. Will you allow Girl Scout cookie sales to do the same? I think not.

By: yogiman on 4/25/11 at 9:04

By reason, the population growth should be considered an issue at this point.

In the "old days" they was not near the traffic there is today. Nor was there the danger on the street corners as there is toady.

I agree, there needs to be better control over sellers "working" on the corner.

By: global_citizen on 4/25/11 at 10:08

Well to respond to two skeptics here with my own concrete experience, I've seen multiple vendors working one intersection. Routinely at the intersection of Murfreesboro Rd. and Spence Lane, there are usually at least two vendors on each side of Murfreesboro and sometimes a third standing in the median.

Another part of town that I pass through often is the I-40 offramp going to Broadway. The left lane, turning south on Broadway, has a very short green light. When even one person stops to get a paper, two, three, or four cars are stuck sitting at a red light when they could have made it through the intersection if traffic had kept flowing.

This is no small consideration during rush hour when people are frustrated anyway. I've seen traffic backing up all the way to the interstate.

By: Antisocialite on 4/25/11 at 12:25

I have a great idea guys, lets routinely denigrate homeless people for not going out and getting a job, and then when the homeless community bands together to raise money in an positive way, in the face or rampant delegitimization (anyone remember the 'Please Don't Give' campaign) lets find ways to make it as hard as possible. All because we can't stand to wait another five minutes in the car or don't want to be bothered to actually pay attention in traffic.

Gee, I wonder if anyone on this thread is feeling entitled today?

By: Antisocialite on 4/25/11 at 12:28

Let's cut out as many Federal, State and Municipal aid programs as we can too!

By: global_citizen on 4/25/11 at 1:28

I think it's great that they're doing something with initiative and responsibility, Anti, but let them do it where they're not tying up traffic at rush hour at just about every busy intersection in town. I don't think that's an unreasonable expectation whatsoever. And it has nothing to do with entitlement.

By: Antisocialite on 4/25/11 at 2:18

I wasn't really trying to call you out specifically global_citizen, I just wanted to highlight how callous our society really is. Most of us would rather get home five minutes earlier than even provide an opportunity for someone (or many) to get back on their feet. Of course we could make it a national priority to care for the downtrodden and destitute among us, but far too many would rather line their pockets with just a little more money than help their fellow man. A strange mentality in the so-called 'Bible-belt,' considering what Jesus spoke most about in the Bible. (Hint: it wasn't homosexuality)

By: dargent7 on 4/25/11 at 3:00

No, AntiS: It's just I don't want to get into a fender- bender so these guys can make a dollar. They constantly STOP traffic on GREEN lights.
I also do not want to hit one, paralyze them for life, be sued for $5. million, settle for $350,000., and have my life turned up-side down for a dollar piece of crap paper.
It's that simple. Get a job at McDonalds, Taco Bell, Mr. D's, Shoney's, O'Charlys, ...etc.

By: BenDover on 4/25/11 at 3:16

"This tail must wag the dog!", Antisocialite

By: budlight on 4/25/11 at 3:20

Said by Global citizen "This is no small consideration during rush hour when people are frustrated anyway. I've seen traffic backing up all the way to the interstate."

Global, I've been in Nashville since '89 and this event has been occurring for a good deal of that time, ie, "traffic backing up all the way to the interstate". I'm hard pressed to blame it on a paper vendor.

In other cities, regular newspaper vendors are often in the streets with no problems. Let's just slow down, pay attention and let the free market reign.

By: global_citizen on 4/25/11 at 3:35

I've been in Nashville since '91 and I've seen and I've seen it too. But these guys are making a bad situation even worse.

By: slacker on 4/25/11 at 3:44

It's called impeding traffic. It has nothing to do with the 1st. amendment, or how long you have lived in Nashville, or how much your heart bleeds. Its dangerous for everyone involved, and should be stopped.

By: serr8d on 4/25/11 at 7:02

What is an 'entitlement, antisocialite dirty socialist, is for motorists having a public street clear enough to proceed with safety. It's bad enough in this town with every other vehicle's occupant yapping on their cell phones or holding up a green light whilst reading e-mails or texting without also having a peddler pushing wares that are of little use or value.

Remember the New York - New Jersey homeless sorts who would wash your windshield at a stop, then get angry if you didn't pay them for the 'service'? Some would damage radio aerials or break wiper blades in 'retribution' for non-payment. Finally, that practice was outlawed and the perpetrators punished.

Here's an idea for you and any other LeftLibProgg who is feeling 'gracious': buy ALL the papers from EVERY vendor before they hit the streets. That way you can smirk and feel all elitist and smug, AND have plenty of newspaper for doing your business in your crapper. Maybe you'll stay in there longer, and give us all a break.

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