Letters to the Editor

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 10:44pm

What’s that sucking sound?

Hopefully the people of Nashville will let their elected officials know that they do not want a Convention Center Authority. Mayor Karl Dean is creating the Convention center Authority under the provisions of Public Chapter 474, the Convention Center Authorities Authorization Act of 2009.

This 22-page law greatly increases the size, scope, and power of government and then vests that power in a small group to be known as the Convention Center Authority.

When the size, scope and power of government grows individual liberty shrinks. Creation of a Convention Center Authority will greatly undermine the libertarian values so deeply cherished by the people of Nashville.

All of Nashville should come to the public meeting on Convention Center PR on the Aug. 17 and to the rally planned to oppose the Convention Center Authority on Aug. 18.

In the meantime let us flood Metro Council with phone calls, e-mails and letters opposing the Convention Center Authority. Metro Council should listen closely to the sound of $1 billion being sucked from the local economy for this project.

Daniel Lewis, 37217

Send comments via e-mail to letters@nashvillecitypaper.com

211 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 8/13/09 at 11:17

wow no comments on this?

By: dargent7 on 8/14/09 at 5:20

Everyone is still in bed or at other wives houses. Boring LTE. And to think it has to tide us over 'til Monday. Titans play this weekend?

By: dargent7 on 8/14/09 at 5:47

"OFF" Topic Div. trivia: Who is L. William Polsfuss better known as?

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 7:19

He was just in the news, d7. Too easy.
I have no use for convention centers.

By: slacker on 8/14/09 at 8:02

Other than N.A.M.M, and other music oriented organizations, I don't know why any group would want to have a convention in Nashville.
I hate to be negative about my city, but we don't have that much to see, or do here. I hope someone that's knowledgeable on this, will explain the reasoning for promoting a larger center, at this time. It seems to me, the city should use those tourist tax dollars, to clean up the downtown streets, & alleyways. I was downtown last week, and Printer's alleys walkway is in shambles.

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 8:09

slacker, do you play fantasy football?

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 8:17

Well, the waivering is starting...the pressure is going to keep mounting until they either break or until they pass the law with the full knowledge they will not will the majority in Congress in 2010.

Newly elected Democrats waver on health plan

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/72feb2fa-8846-11de-82e4-00144feabdc0.html

By: slacker on 8/14/09 at 8:29

pain, no I don't, never got interested in in.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 8:31

Wow...what a LOAD of crap! This Congresswoman was VERY disrespectful to her constituents and shows how little regard she had for them. Not only that, but she's tapdancing around CNN questions!

Sheila Jackson-Lee Claims Video Of Her On Cell Phone May Have Been "Doctored"

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/08/13/sheila_jackson-lee_claims_video_of_her_on_cell_phone_may_have_been_doctored.html

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 8:32

Just checking. I started last year.
We need another team in our league.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 8:34

Oh yes, Fudge DOES have the right to throw anyone who disagrees with her out of HER meeting...but by the same logic, THEY have the right to try to throw HER out of her office with their votes.

Dem Congresswoman Throws Out "Disorderly" Town Hall Goers

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/08/13/dem_congresswoman_throws_out_disorderly_town_hall_goers.html

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 8:40

How low can you go.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

By: Dragon on 8/14/09 at 8:42

All the smoke and dust about "death panels" and the promises by some Senators that that section will be removed. Have any of them bothered to read what's there?
Page 424 starts sec. 1233
http://docs.house.gov/edlabor/AAHCA-BillText-071409.pdf

They do seem emphasize the living will and determining life-sustaining treatment, instructing physicians to explain “the reasons why the development of such an order is beneficial to the individual and the individual’s family" and requiring the will be signed and dated by the physician. I can see where it can easily be interpreted as patients being counciled to resist extraordinary care.

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 8:44

Les Paul was on 'Nashville Jumps' this morning.

By: dargent7 on 8/14/09 at 8:44

"House": Yeah, it is easy. But who should I award the prize to? That being a date with one of your sisters?

By: Dragon on 8/14/09 at 8:47

"Les Paul was on 'Nashville Jumps' this morning."

I'm sure they were either playing his songs or replaying an old interview.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/14/09 at 8:49

I was disappointed with Nashville Jumps this morning. They're doing a doo wop show. I much prefer blues.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 8:52

Guess the name of the game in the White House is Let's Make A Deal.

Internal Memo Confirms Big Giveaways In White House Deal With Big Pharma

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/13/internal-memo-confirms-bi_n_258285.html

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 8:54

I almost didn't recognize the show.
I only kept it on for about 10 minutes.

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 8:57

d7, here's the Kentucky definition of 'virgin':
any girl that can still outrun her brothers.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/14/09 at 8:57

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 8:54
I almost didn't recognize the show.
I only kept it on for about 10 minutes.

yeah, me too.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/09 at 9:13

Good morning

By: slacker on 8/14/09 at 8:02
Other than N.A.M.M, and other music oriented organizations, I don't know why any group would want to have a convention in Nashville.
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slacker:

Nashville is a very popular place to live. A few years back it was ranked in the top 10 cities to live, It is a good conversion starter foe me when I am in other cities. People want to know what it is like to live here and plan to visit.

There is more to Nashville than country music. We are no longer Hill Bill's, we are now Hill William's. lol

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 9:14

G'mornin' all. Peace. love and happiness to you all. Loner, were you at Woodstock? Were any of our posters at Woodstock?

Saw a new bumper sticker on the road this morning:
I'd Rather Be Waterboarding
You may have seen it. It was my first time.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/09 at 9:16

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 8:57
d7, here's the Kentucky definition of 'virgin':
any girl that can still outrun her brothers.
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I have a freind that was married to a woman fro Kentucky. I will tell him this. He will love it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/14/09 at 9:18

nice bumper sticker, Mama.

btw, TGIF!

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 9:23

I saw a pretty good bumper sticker the other day:
BORN O.K. THE FIRST TIME

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/09 at 9:25

It is Friday? This week has gone by fast.

By: Loner on 8/14/09 at 9:32

Good morning, Nashville!

Another spectacular day on the Erie Canal...big fish are jumping on the widewaters, a stone's throw from my front deck. A little latte, to clear the head and I'm ready to post....

As for the LTE, Convention Centers always seem to involve sweetheart deals and rosy scenarios. Seems to me that, with teleconferencing and the advent of the internet, conventions themselves may be waning in popularity and feasability.

If a city has a xenophobic streak, then maybe that city is not well-suited for the convention business. English Only ordinances, gay baiting, overly-aggressive cops and rebel flags send out a negative message - it's like putting out an Unwelcome sign. Of course, Music City isn't like that, is it?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/14/09 at 9:32

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 9:23
I saw a pretty good bumper sticker the other day:
BORN O.K. THE FIRST TIME

LOL

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 9:33

So now protestors are not only unAmerican, and nazis but are also like the anti-civil rights demonstrators.

Unbelieveable.

Clyburn: Town Hall Protests Like Horrid Anti-Civil Rights Demonstrations

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/13/clyburn-town-hall-protest_n_259118.html

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 9:34

It seems to me anything else to do with the Convention Center is a moot point now anyway. The ground-breaking has already taken place or is about to and it is going to happen.

By: Dragon on 8/14/09 at 9:37

"This is all about activity trying to deny the establishment of a civil right. And I do believe that health care for all is -- a civil right," the House Majority Whip argued.

Anyone opposed to government furnished healthcare is the enemy.

By: slacker on 8/14/09 at 9:40

Hey nemo, hope I didn't imply that I don't like Nashville, I love it.

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 9:43

Dang slacker, I was already heating up the tar & bagging feathers. I guess you're off the hook now.

By: Loner on 8/14/09 at 9:45

Good mornin' Mama! No, I wasn't at Woodstock. I was in Stuttgart, Germany, working in a communications center, as a soldier in the US Army. We didn't hear about it right away....back then, it was easy to keep the troops in the dark, even those working in comcenters. The growing anti-war movement at home was kept out of the Stars and Stripes neswpaper and on Armed Forces (AFN) radio. When I got out, November '69, the tipping point had already passed, Americans were getting fed-up with teen-aged draftees coming home in a box.

By: slacker on 8/14/09 at 9:48

pain, I was born here. I know all the dirty little secrets of this town, that I could only divulge to Chuck Norris.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 9:52

Krugman gets p3wned on Canadian Health Care

http://tinyurl.com/kvj8c9

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/09 at 9:53

slacker:

Nashville is an island of 21st centure citizens in a sea of 19th century Red and you are a 21st century citizen. lol

By: Loner on 8/14/09 at 9:55

With a little waterboarding, Slack, you'd divulge the dirt to your interrogators - even if you were forced to fabricate the filth. That's the beauty part......100% confession rates are not uncommon when using the Bush-Cheney method.

By: slacker on 8/14/09 at 9:55

MammaG, yeah, they have bought the land for it, so I guess you are right, it is a done deal.

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 10:01

Loner, I just thought since you lived in NY it was a possiblity. (Thank you for your service to our country!) I was too young for Woodstock and too young to understand what the war was all about back then. As I've gotten older, I'm surprised that I grew up at that time and didn't know anything, really, about it. It was certainly not something I was taught in school! My step-dad did 2 tours in 'Nam and frankly, it was not something he talked about, although he loved to talk about his life-long military career. That part of it was taboo. He would never attend funerals, even those of his parents, because he said he had seen too much death in his life already and didn't care to see any more. He was a lot of fun and is surely missed.

Thanks for letting me reminisce...sorry to have gone on and on!

By: slacker on 8/14/09 at 10:01

Loner, that's true. Actually, I'd spill the beans for a free drink.

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 10:03

Loner: "...from AP, UPI, and the major American nitwits, the news is next, on AFN..."
I was stationed in Wiesbaden.

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 10:06

By: slacker on 8/14/09 at 9:55
MammaG, yeah, they have bought the land for it, so I guess you are right, it is a done deal

Slacker, I just know that the landport, where the kids catch the bus is being demolished for the building to begin. That is the basis of my information, I could be wrong. (Not bloody likely!!! LOL)

By: slacker on 8/14/09 at 10:06

Far across deep blue waterrrrr, lives an old German's daughterrrrrrrrrr

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/09 at 10:07

Yes it is a done deal.

The first convention is slated to have the AAAN, (Americans Against Anything New). idgaf and sid the Beach Ball will entertain the anti-group. lol

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 10:10

Verrrrry good, Cap'n!!!

By: Time for Truth on 8/14/09 at 10:11

Chief, you are waaaay off topic. And if your screen name is indicative of your career, that would make you a hypocrite since you likely already have some form of government-provided health care that we the taxpayers are providing for you. Read the letter and comment on it, don't just pick a random spot for your far-rightie venting. Go and yell at a Town Hall meeting or something.

I am not sure if Crafton is correct in saying that this Convention Center Authority act has a codicil weasling around a referendum in it. But if that is the case this needs to be addressed. The voters need to approve or disapprove this montrosity, we don't need Deanie-Weenie sneaking it past us.

Loner, you're right, conventions are headed the way of Betamax and tube televisions. Mama, I was there. It was pretty amazing.

By: Loner on 8/14/09 at 10:12

Chief, I remember B&W film clips on the evening news brodcasts featuring hopped-up white folks carrying signs, waving rebel flags and chanting, "Two - four- six - eight. We don't want to integrate".

Today, their home-schooled or Christian-schooled descendants, hopped-up on born-again fundamentalism, are equating healthcare reform with sinfulness and evil, wicked tyranny.... "Forced abortion and euthenasia at taxpayer's expense? Git a rope!"

Sadly, the masses are asses - the stampede has begun. Politicians who value their political lives will be getting out of the way of the panic-stricken herd.

By: slacker on 8/14/09 at 10:12

nemo, you are on today mate, hope you ain't on that bloody speed again.
(must answer in Cockney)