At the eastbound intersection of Harding Place and Estes Road (on the shoulder) there is a string of axle intolerant pot holes large enough to host Olympic swimming trials. If this area is a public right of way, can someone at Metro authorize a crew to repair this multi-year nuisance?
What about these problems
If the leaders of Nash-Francisco jumped on other problems as quick as they did with Airbnb we would be a much better city. Such as garbage strewn alleys, vacant properties that attract drugs, prostitution and drunkenness. You might enjoy an Airbnb next door.
Managing Chronic issues
In the USA we have twenty or more chronic issues, such as urban education, race relations, poverty, jobs and trade, that cannot be “solved,” only managed well or badly. We can implement good pragmatic policy, with workable compromises among differing views. Come on, politicians: make pragmatic deals and compromises to manage our chronic issues better. When extreme views battle extreme views, with the resulting deadlock, the opportunity to implement better working policies is — tragically — wasted.
Bad guys control cultural heritage
To the writer who referred to those bad guys controlling how history is being remembered: let’s get something straight about the heritage part. The word ‘heritage’ means, in simple terms, tradition. When heritage is used to describe standing up for a monument, memorial, or name on a building, it reaffirms this notion of our rebellious ancestors who stood up to the federal government, a government that they felt were violating the Constitution. These very ancestors we honor carried the DNA of their rebellious Revolutionary fathers, who had once stood up to declare their independence from the British crown which was not treating its subjects fairly.
Many of the Civil War era soldiers, both North and South, did not fight to preserve slavery or abolish it, as said so by the historians who for decades poured over thousands of letters from these soldiers writing home. According to historians, a fraction of the letters acknowledged the soldier’s intent was to preserve or abolish slavery. So why did Southerners fight? Because they were illegally invaded. Each and every time a Union soldier asked a captured Confederate why he was fighting the answer was “because you’re here.” The Confederate soldier answered the call of his country and stood by fellow countrymen to defend their homes. That defense of home is the tradition we embrace.
Fact: only four of the eleven states that seceded identified in their respective declarations of secession the intent to preserve slavery. Tennessee, however, was not one of them! When Tennessee held its convention on secession, although heavily debated, they voted not to secede from the Union. It was only afterwards when President Lincoln requested southern states to provide troops to suppress the rebellion that Tennessee and several others refused to fight against their neighboring states. Ten- nessee subsequently reconvened their convention and vote to secede, becoming the last state to join the Confederacy.
Ever heard of the Morrill Tariff Act? Prior to this act, any state had the right to trade with any other country in the world, yet, the federal government did not want this happening without their prior consent, a power they did not have the authority to administer. The tariff was about money–or love of it more the less—that considerably raised the cost of living and commerce in the South, while protecting Northern industrial interests. The Morrill Tariff placed severe economic hardship on many Southern states. Even more appalling was that as much as 80% or more of these tax revenues were spent on northern public works and industrial subsidies, further enriching the north at the expense of the South. Southern states, as you can imagine, cried foul.
Even northern papers agreed that the act was creating a hazard for the South and a money pit for the North. One Illinois newspaper indicated that the act was at the root of much of the problems with making it impossible for the South to stay in the Union.
There’s no question about it—slavery was an issue, but not the only issue. Sure, slavery seems the easy response when asked about the cause for the Civil War, since once the war ended slavery was subsequently abolished.
So why do us ‘bad guys’ call it defending our heritage? Because our American ancestors once upon a time felt that the federal government was not upholding the Constitution and were exercising laws that were not exclusively authorized to do. It could be argued that the legacy of slavery and hate later gave rise to Jim Crow and segregation and a multitude of hateful atrocities, and did in fact find its way into our laws, but please understand that these monuments are not intended to enshrine hate, but give honorable recognition to American soldiers who fought for what they believed was a flawed government. These were not traitors, but Americans!
By the way, I am glad that slavery was abolished, and that today we do live under a federal system in arguably the greatest nation the world has ever seen, which I am dedicated and proud to be a fellow American. But to draw such hasty conclusions that we should not honor our ancestors and eradicate their monuments because of things that happened long after the war ended is just ludicrous. Blaming a general’s name and monument for a crime committed is just wrong. You can take it all down and claim “it’s a good start,” but it will not eradicate hate. Haters are still gonna hate, you know. The ruling culture you refer to has no intentions of preventing you from honoring your heritage, but don’t hamper ours in the process by claiming it’s evil intended and the reason for the troubles in our Nation today.
NES salaries are too high
Anyone who is the subject or surf of king NES should be ticked off about the obscene salaries these overpaid, under-qualified fat cats make. Not including bonus checks and other perks they get. The last issue of this paper printed the salaries of the top 150 positions in Nashville. Out of this 150, 49 of these work for NES. No wonder our electric bills are so high and the statements show increases every month. Is there any reason why the CEO of NES,who is the highest paid person in Metro, should be making $433,643.20 a year? What about the second highest paid person in Metro that works for NES. She brings in a measly $335,296 a year. It wouldn’t surprise me if NES employees get a big discount on their service. It’s a shame that none of us can really do anything about it. We can’t go with another utility service or go off the grid. The people who are under this servitude of NES are getting screwed and we should be getting a discount or credits on our statements,or much better service than we get now.
History can be pretty ugly
If you are honest, history can be pretty ugly in all cultures and none have advanced freedom and prosperity like the west. You don’t see people in the West trying to get to all the third world hellholes to live but you see mostly economic refugees (not political refugees) trying to get here. Today’s news had an article about two professors that had the audacity to write on promoting the idea of hard work, getting an education and staying off drugs and the response from their colleges was that was racist. Even something as important as free speech is being threatened by all the cowards in black masks who call themselves anti fascist and yet are acting and even dressing like fascists. Monday all the news was about the narcissistic fools in Hollywood patting themselves on the back and their hatred for the president. I don’t know what makes these people geopolitical ex- perts. I’m not a Pelosi fan but seeing her being shouted down by a bunch of illegals is absurd. Locally there was an uproar over the centerpieces at a college dinner made with cotton plants. They were actually quite pretty but somehow even that is racist and the college dean was slobbering all over himself apologizing. Should all the people wearing cotton also apologize? People should ask themselves if the alternative to our culture is really what they want before they destroy this one.
Raked over the coals
Yes I’m that mean horrible person who has been raked over the coals because I made a statement that bicyclist should pay their way. I have to say my statement was grossly misunderstood and I was not talking about paying an extra tax but I was talking about paying for a license to operate a bicycle and to be familiar with rules of operating a vehicle with automobiles who pay for a license.
Offending people is not being tourist friendly
Our governor is touting the tourism impact on our state economy, saying that we have more than $19 billion from tourists this past year. About a third of this revenue comes from the city of Nashville, right around $6 billion. The top five cities accounted for more than 60 percent of the tourism revenue. That is the good news.
Here’s the thing, in our state capitol of Nashville the legislative body is composed of many folks not from Nashville. You can count on one hand the number of Nashville representatives to the state legislature. So when you see the Capitol Commission ensure Confederate military monuments and statues adorn our state buildings it makes our local job of getting tourists to our city even harder. Our state legislators think paying homage to a general named Forrest, who was not a United States of America general, is good for business. Any chance Tennessee will see the light and understand offending people is not tourist business friendly?
Can’t do any better than Nashville
With Nashville being a competitor for Amazons new headquarters, do you know that Tennessee has a $2 Billion dollar surplus? That’s right, a surplus! We don’t have a state income tax or an estate tax here either. We do it by incentivizing businesses to relocate here and bring their productive employees with them. We offer companies tax breaks, great financial packages as well as a wonderful place to live and raise a family. We have top universities and a wonderful healthcare system headed by Vanderbilt Medical School. Amazon should join the dozens of Fortune 500 companies that are moving their headquarters and factories here. Our low crime rate, the region’s cultural and athletic epicenter, combined with a housing boom, make choosing Nashville a “no-brainer”. Bring on any city. Companies thinking about moving can’t do any better than Nashville, Tennessee. The bid is in the mail.