Letters To The Editor

Wednesday, July 2, 2003 at 1:00am

Nashville airport has been fortunate


This letter regards your June 30 editorial, "Nashville airport flies above, beyond Knoxville," which describes Nashville as having cheaper airfares than Knoxville.

Not so many years ago Nashville was catering to and praising American Airlines for its Nashville "hub." It even encouraged people to use American Airlines over other carriers. And the city was preparing to pay several million dollars to get the London-to-Nashville" direct route for American.

Soon after the route was awarded, a lot of politics took place. Ticket prices increased, as is the norm for most hub cities with minimal competition. Then American Airlines pulled the hub and reduced flights drastically. Supposedly, the London flight was somewhat profitable, but it was also abandoned. As I recall, Delta then had the only service to Atlanta. The cost of a roundtrip ticket was near $500.

Then we got lucky. Southwest Airlines, even after being ignored by the city, stepped in and saved us. I suspect Southwest is the primary reason we have lower airfares and very good service to many U.S. cities. I understand Southwest is now the major carrier serving Nashville.

We may be laughing now, but I am not sure our laughter is the result of clever planning by local politicians and the airport board, but rather a stroke of luck and Southwest's decision to expand here.



Animals rule in E. Nashville


I wonder if the arms of the proposed new garbage trucks could seize the dogs that run rampant through our neighborhoods and maybe dump them in a separate compartment of the truck and haul them away. Apparently, as I've been informed by Metro Animal Control, they don't have enough manpower to keep these wandering strays and/or unleashed pets from roaming through our yards and frightening the devil out of people.

I have packs of up to seven huge dogs and several unleashed neighborhood pets stroll through my yard like they own it. The pets run and bark at me in my own yard; the homeless dogs sun themselves in my driveway. Not only do they use my yard as their own personal bathroom, but also I have no way of knowing how hungry the abandoned animals might be or just how ornery someone's pet might be.

What a terrible danger to children and adults alike should they be confronted outdoors by these homeless scavengers and unleashed pets.



Give president credit if it's due


I have read and reread the Constitution of the United States and wonder why there is so much misdirected praise on one hand and anger on the other to President Bush. People who like the president heap all kinds of credit on him regarding taxes and spending. On the other side of the fence, people who do not like the president heap all kinds of hate on him regarding taxes and spending.

Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution is quite clear. It provides that Congress alone has the power to collect taxes and the power to spend money. Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution provides that the president is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and responsible for foreign affairs. With this in mind, is there someone that can explain why we are either giving credit or discredit to the president rather than to our people in Congress?

Also, since the president is not empowered to raise or lower taxes or to spend money, it seems to me he should not go around stating he is going to do something that only Congress can do.



Big spenders ruin good thing


Mayor Bill Purcell may be trying to follow former Mayor Phil Bredesen in backing sports and public venues that soak up taxpayers' money like a black hole in space pulls in stars.

Bredesen gave the keys to the city vaults to Bud Adams. He sponsored three tax increases and saddled the water department with millions in debt along the way.

Mayor Purcell reportedly is backing the building of a new downtown baseball stadium on the bank of the Cumberland River, giving valuable city property away to do it, and building a new convention center. The two present convention centers have never paid their way and represent a constant drain on the city budget.

Now after going through the surplus created by his massive real estate tax increase just after gaining office, Mayor Purcell is talking about another real estate tax hike in the next four years to finance his spending binge.

I never saw a politician that did not like to spend money, whether he had it to spend or not. Almost every metropolitan city in the country is in dire financial trouble. We need to cut spending until the economy is better as we have not seen the end of this recession.

As a taxpayer, I don't want New York-type property taxes. One thing that makes Tennessee and Nashville desirable is low taxes. The big spenders are going to ruin that.



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