Up for Debate: Council's health benefits

Monday, October 8, 2012 at 1:34am

The Metro Council is considering a bill that would eliminate a policy that offers former two-term council members the opportunity to continue to participate in the Metro health care plan for life. What are your thoughts on the policy and do you think if should be eliminated?

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232 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 9:50

Blanket - I don't go to Green Hills any more than I just have to, their traffic is worse than NYC.

By: slacker on 10/8/12 at 9:51

bfra.. I think the ''Starlite'' dine and dance club carries it.
Redneck intellectuals only. They've cleaned the place up after you roughed up that guy with a beer bottle.

By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 9:52

Loner - One positive fact, you know more about current events, including our local topics, than the trolls that drop their turds on the board.

By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 9:54

slacker - Haven't been that way in a long time. Who owns it now? The guy, Vanderbilt student, had the broken beer bottle he was threatening with.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/8/12 at 10:03

bfra, I only use the back roads to get into Green Hills and I usually go during weekday evenings or Sunday morning. Those are the only times the traffic is tolerable. I do like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods and a couple restaurants.

By: Loner on 10/8/12 at 10:04

"Starlite"? Didn't Boots Randolph own that place, years ago?

Awww, shucks...thanks for the compliment, Bfra...I have "adopted" Nashville, in a sense, I live far enough away to be able to see the forest, instead of the trees. And I have no dog in the hunt and few local prejudices....so, I think that I can offer an honest outsider's opinion on local issues...unsolicited and unvarnished opinions, of course.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/8/12 at 10:04

Boots Randolph used to own a place in Printer's Alley.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/8/12 at 10:06

He opened his own nightclub, Boots Randolph's, in Nashville. The club, located in Nashville's historic Printer's Alley, would be the sax player's home for the next 17 years. He occasionally took time out to play special concert events and TV shows, or make high profile recordings with the likes of Atkins, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, or rock group R.E.O. Speedwagon. After leaving his successful supper club in 1995, Randolph shared a bill with Danny Davis at a theater across from the Opryland Hotel called the Stardust Theater.

Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/boots-randolph#ixzz28iy4XGhI

By: Captain Nemo on 10/8/12 at 10:08

Blanket is right, it is the only way to get in and out if GH.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/8/12 at 10:10

If you know the backrounds it's not too bad. I can come in the back way and get straight to Trader Joe's then take the back way home. It's not so painful that way. Just stay off Hillsboro Road at all costs! LOL

By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 10:10

Loner - Blanket is right. Boot's place was in Printer's Alley. Never heard of him being connected to the Starlite. Slacker would know.

Blanket I like Trader Joes also. Love their chicken salad!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/8/12 at 10:12

There's not much I don't like at Trader Joe's! Their hummus is great and they should have some good cider right about now. I need to make a trip over there!

By: slacker on 10/8/12 at 10:15

Mary ''Sis'' King started the ''Starlite.'' Sis is long gone. I don't know who has it now, but I think its still in business.

By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 10:18

slacker - Wasn't she Bob Frinsley's Mother-in-law?

By: Loner on 10/8/12 at 10:20

Thank you Blanket...I stand corrected...Boots co-owned the Stardust Theater....not the Starlite club...IMO, Nashville should celebrate a Boots Randolph Day....he helped to put Music City on the map....if I were on the Metro Council, I would propose such a thing....maybe even invite every sax player in the nation/world to come and busk on the sidewalks of Nashville...A Thousand-Sax Tribute to Boots Randolph?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/8/12 at 10:21

I think Boots is completely under appreciated here in Nashvegas.

By: slacker on 10/8/12 at 10:24

bfra, yes she was.

By: slacker on 10/8/12 at 10:27

I was a proud member of the ''Dirty Bop'' club.
Very vulgar gyrations.

By: Rasputin72 on 10/8/12 at 10:27

LONER............You may be a "nutjob" but you are at least a well read and an intelligent "nutjob".

By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 10:28

Loner - Floyd Cramer (piano) is another great entertainer that never got the recognition he deserved.

By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 10:29


By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 10:31

slacker - Back when, I might have even danced with you at sometime. LOL

By: slacker on 10/8/12 at 10:36

bfra, the tall, good looking guy, that was me...

By: Loner on 10/8/12 at 10:37

Let's start a movement...to recognize the contributions of Mr. Randolph to the positive image of the city of Nashville, TN.

Long live Boots Randolph...as you all may have guessed, Boots is my personal hero, his music inspired me to learn to play the sax..it inspires me today...IMO, he was a genius on the tenor sax....he could play in many genres, not just "country sax"....he could play jazz and rock with equal expertise....I dare say that Boots could have played classical sax with any philharmonic orchestra.

My personal Boots favorite is his solo on Brenda Lee's, " Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree".... they gave Boots a demo voice track and fifteen minutes to come up with the sax part..he nailed it...first take...it stands the test of time...the sax solo begins @ one minute into the tune....it's a 28 second tenor sax solo...here it is:



By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 10:40

slacker - That is the only type I would dance with! That & they had to be a good dancer. Not like the nerd from Vanderbilt! LOL

By: Loner on 10/8/12 at 10:41

Floyd Cramer? Oh yes, he too is under-appreciated, IMO...my favorite: "Last Date"

Here it is...try not to cry:


By: Loner on 10/8/12 at 10:55

I just whipped out a penny whistle and jammed with Floyd on "Last Date"seems to be in the Key of C....I think that a sax part on that tune would have been wonderful...if Boots had played with Floyd on that one...it would have been cosmic....no doubt in my mind about that.

If I ever do put a band together, we will play Last Date...guys will put down their beers and dance with their women to a slow, evocative tune like that...we need more lyrical and sensitive tunes like that one, IMO....any "amens" on that?

By: yogiman on 10/8/12 at 10:58

Well, Loner, if you are an "intellectually interested" man, may I offer these quotes from Barack Obama in his autobiography "Dreams from My Father":

"I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating my self to whites."

"I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race."

"There was something about her that made me wary, a little too sure of herself, maybe, and white."

"It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names."

"I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa, that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself: the attributes of Martin, and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela."

And from his book; "Audacity of Hope": "will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

Interesting, isn't it?

By: gdiafante on 10/8/12 at 11:10


By: Loner on 10/8/12 at 11:12


By: Captain Nemo on 10/8/12 at 11:19


By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 11:26


By: Loner on 10/8/12 at 11:27

It's another Protest Monday...gotta run...keeping the faith...thinking globally....acting locally.....same signage: HOLY WARS SUCK....maybe Rasp is right, maybe I am nuts...nuts enough to think that my actions might influence public opinion and that public opinion still counts for something in this day and age....I'm only human...I too am susceptible to self-bullshitization....but hey, it makes me feel good so I'm doing it...later.

By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 11:45

Do you think this War Horse isn't itching for another War?

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney said Monday the risk of conflict in the Middle East "is higher now" than it was when President Barack Obama took office. He proposed that the U.S. take a more assertive role in Syria and claimed Obama's withdrawal of troops from Iraq has jeopardized U.S. interests.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/8/12 at 11:49

In the mean time, Obama sanctions of Iran has cost their money to drop drastically, while Mitt says war, war, war.

By: gdiafante on 10/8/12 at 11:57

I don't think Mittens understands much of the foreign issues. First, the Iraq withdrawal was on a timetable that Bush agreed to, Obama just kept to it. So if Romney doesn't like it, he needs to talk to Bush (yeah right, the GOP seems to have memory loss from 2000 to 2008) and Iraq.

Second, we're vetting the rebels in Syria before we give them weapons. This makes sense as we really don't know if the rebels are any different than the regime in power. To go in blindly and start handing them weapons is irresponsible, IMO.

Much of the other stuff (nukes, Afghanistan timetable) is much like the President's, so if he thinks Obama's weak on that part, look in the mirror.

The main difference is that Mittens is cowboy. He wants to shoot first and ask questions later. Thanks but no thanks. I'd prefer a level-headed, rational response.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/8/12 at 12:01

Romney was raised on a Golden Rocking horse.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/8/12 at 12:19

Back on the subject, I think there needs to be a law that would limit a council person from lobbing the council some years after leaving office on a professional base. The same should be for anyone one in any government department.

By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 1:12

IMO, Lobbying is just another way of bribing elected officials.

By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 1:14

I don't think Mitt even thinks, he is jumping up & down, yelling "I want to be President".

By: yogiman on 10/8/12 at 1:31

But it's OK for Barry to say look out Libya, we're gonna whup your a$$, huh, bfra? So which one do we want to start a war? Maybe Barry because he's already attacked Libya without Congress' OK. Will he continue to ignore them to attack again?

By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 1:34


By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/8/12 at 1:35


By: yogiman on 10/8/12 at 1:36

Well, bfra, I'd rather have a president rather than a dictator, and that's yo' boy Barry's goal.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/8/12 at 1:42

I agree about the whole lobbying thing. I don't know why that was allowed in the first place.

By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 1:47


Blanket - IMO it set up a way to make bribes legally.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/8/12 at 1:49

I agree.

By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 1:51

Speaking of bribes, I know a councilperson that lived in Donelson. If you walked into his basement, you would think it was a liquor store. Even had shelves like one. I don't think in my wildest imagination that he bought all that liquor.

By: bfra on 10/8/12 at 1:58

Interesting read on how little Mitt knows:


By: yogiman on 10/8/12 at 2:09

Living in the good old USA!!

"Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen."

"And now, any of those who refuse, or are unable, to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance, paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens." - Ben Stein

What a great guvmunt we've got, ain't it? So much great illogical thinking.