Letter to the Editor

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 10:05pm

What most people don't understand is that the fairgrounds and racetrack do generate tax dollars and have sustained themselves for all these years. We have other venues such as the Municipal Auditorium and Farmers’ Market that Metro has subsidized for years. So why are we not tearing them down and building something that will generate tax dollars?

Also the racetrack had an average of 7,000 people in attendance this year, and the Nashville Sounds only averaged 3,000. So to me, this is a no-brainer. Let's invest in the fairgrounds and make it the best fairgrounds in the country.

Posted by “Inglewoodlife” 

72 Comments on this post:

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/23/10 at 12:43

that's a cop out, yogi.

By: brrrrk on 12/23/10 at 12:57

yogiman said

"I'm ahead of you on that reading, brrrrk. I read that book in my childhood. I enjoyed it back then, but consider; how much difference is there in our society now?"

Why Yogi, you're absolutely right. Society has changed. And given your "medical history" and the fact that you're likely living on social security, chances are that in Scrooges time you would have long ago died from hunger or exposure to the elements. Yep, those were indeed the good old days.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/23/10 at 12:59

could be that yogi sees the world differently now because he is an adult and aware of what is going on around him. he pretty much indicated that he had an idyllic childhood - which is really awesome but it makes him think the world was safe. it was safe from his protected perspective....

By: dargent7 on 12/23/10 at 1:06

Speaking to the lowest common denominator, which I always find comforting and a safe place,..does anyone what to join me and get drunk on New Year's Eve?
Don't be shy.

By: girliegirl on 12/23/10 at 1:09

Dargent7...my address is..... (never mind, since I'm going to be assembling hoho items) Never ever try to assemble while under the influence.

By: dargent7 on 12/23/10 at 1:17

Girlie: You should try getting married under the influence. Brings a whole new meaning to, "I do".
Your orthogonality post was beautiful. I'm still stuck on dots and dashes.
Morse Code kind of guy. That's what I post on e-harmony....funny...no takers, yet.

By: brrrrk on 12/23/10 at 1:28

Good point Blanket,

And what most people fail to recognize is that Christmas, as we currently celebrate it, is more a creation of Madison Avenue than of biblical tradition. It wasn't until the 1800s, shepherded in by the poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" and Charles Dickens' book "A Christmas Carol," that the modern American version of Christmas took form. And even that owed more to secular ideas about Santa Claus and charity than it did to conservative Christian theology. And let us also not forget that it was those pious pillars of faith (our fundamentalist founding fathers if you will), the Puritans, that attempted to completely outlaw the observance of Christmas.

Yes, OUR Christmas is a mish mash of cultural practices and I find the fact that we have fundamentalist Christians staunchly embracing and practicing our "traditional" Christmas ironic at best. But having said that, I observe the holiday, not for any Biblical reason per se, but because I believe that we would all be better off if we practiced "good will towards all men".... not just one day of the year, but all days of the year.

By: yogiman on 12/23/10 at 2:24


It is obvious Christmas is a great season to be jolly. After all of your obdurate comments to, and about, me, you say we would all be better off if we practiced "good will towards all men". How about setting a prime example for the rest of us to follow?

By: yogiman on 12/23/10 at 2:40


Yes, I am drawing social security but I sure aren't living off of it. I'm living off the retirement benefits I worked 38 years to earn.

brrrrk, hopefully, you will gain a little bit of new knowledge every day of your life. More for the better, I hope, but after reading so many of your posts, I wonder.

You are right, there has been much better things in life today than there was in my childhood. Something you obviously have no knowledge of. In my childhood the doctors came to your home to take care of you. Not many people had an automobile back then. Telephones were few and far between. In case you haven't ever heard of them, they had "party lines". all of your neighbors could just pick up their phone and listen to what you had to say to whomever you were talking to.

The only reason I would want to swap my childhood for you "children" of today would be it would make me young enough to be in the middle of the rebellion coming up in our nation.

I hope you young'uns have had enough of the government of today. If you haven't, get ready for the ultimate 'takeover' of your lives.

Stupid old man? I hope so. Time will tell.

By: brrrrk on 12/23/10 at 3:09

"There are some upon this earth of yours," returned the Spirit, "who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us." - The Ghost of Christmas Present.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/23/10 at 5:22

Christmas here in the modern US is not was Christmas was. in the late 1800's it became a commercial thing. other countries consider hanging up the tree on xmas eve and using candy and fruit as ornaments that the kids eat the next day is the ideal xmas. i can't help but agree.

did anyone catch the documentary last night on pbs regarding the translation of thebible into the english language? anyone who is not familiar with the catholic church or is an apologist for it could learn a lot. it's good knowledge for those of us who do not understand the political play and power behind the translation (loosley speaking) of the bible.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/23/10 at 5:24

yogi, good for you for having a protected childhood and a pension. those are two very important things that are elusive to many folks. consider yourself lucky and try not to be so harsh on those who haven't had the benefits you received in your life.

merry christmas to you and try to find charity in your heart for others less fortunate.

By: Loner on 12/24/10 at 8:53

Merry Christmas, Nashville!

I'm in Canfield, Ohio, enjoying the holiday with my family. I am finally getting to meet my youngest grandson, he's just three years old. I gave him a recorder (flute-type instrument) and he immediately got some notes out of it...the kid's a natural; I'll have him wailing on a tenor sax before too long, LOL.

I'd like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year....Captain Nemo, Darge, BN, GD, House, Slacker, Funditto, Mama G, Yogi, Tree frog, Bnakat, Ben Dover, Brrrk, Bfra, AmyLiorate, GirlieGirl and Budlight......and anyone-everyone else who loves the Nashville City Paper.

I'd also like to thank the owners, managers and editors of the NCP, for hosting this excellent site.

Party on!

By: Captain Nemo on 12/24/10 at 9:23

Good morning Loner, you are only 200 miles from where I am now.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/24/10 at 9:29

Actual it is 238 miles from here, by Map Quest.

By: Funditto on 12/24/10 at 9:30

Same to you Loner and everybody else. Hope you all have a great Christmas!

By: Captain Nemo on 12/24/10 at 9:45

I am so glade that you are getting to see your grandson. He sounds like a chip off the old block.

Happy Holiday to you fun

BTW I got here safe and almost on time. The only rush hour traffic that occurred was in Ann Arbor.

By: AmyLiorate on 12/25/10 at 9:20

Merry Christmas everybody!

If any of you drop in to read. We have an awesome snowy day, I know kids and adults will remember this year for a long time.

Merry Christmas Loner, Nemo, Girlie, Budlight, GD, Dargent7, Blanket, Brrrrk, House, Slacker, Funditto, Yogi and all the others too! Happy New Year!

By: BenDover on 12/25/10 at 6:56

Merry Christmas everyone!

By: AmyLiorate on 12/25/10 at 9:38

Ben, where have you been hiding lately? Merry Christmas to you too.

By: budlight on 12/26/10 at 3:12

Yogi, et al, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. For God SO LOVED . . . . and his son gave his life for our salvation. Love to all. 2011 will be a challenge, but we'll get through it.

By: localboy on 1/3/11 at 9:46

Trolls? Trolls?
Go 'Dores!