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: Dragon on 8/14/09 at 10:17

'Squeaky' Fromme out of prison
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9A2NOK81&show_article=1&catnum=0

So, trying to kill the President as well as escaping from prison results in a “Life term” of 34 years. Unbelievable.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/09 at 10:23

I don't know if it the new center will be the best thing for Nashville or not.

I understand that if we are going to compete with other cities, we will need to have a venue that will attract conventioneers.

I understand that most of the money will come from tourist dollars.

Beside if id is against it, then it must be a good thing. lol

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 10:26

Blanket, do accountants have annual conventions,
or do you only get together when someone discovers a new number?

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 10:26

Coo-El, Time! Peace, man!

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 10:31

Trust on Issues

Voters Give GOP First-Time Lead on Health Care

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/trust_on_issues

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/14/09 at 10:31

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 10:26
Blanket, do accountants have annual conventions,
or do you only get together when someone discovers a new number?

well, we do attend the spring pocket protector shows....

By: Loner on 8/14/09 at 10:31

Thanks, Mama.

Slacker, your name suits you well, if that's the case. I blab for buds.

TFT, the new streamlined business ethic in vogue these days, is an ethic that seems to value cost-savings and innovation. One person's convention is another's junket, it's all in the spin. Besides, with the continuous societal crackdown on the escort services, public drinking and indoor smoking, the fun part of a convention has been largely removed.

It's a new paradigm, as they like to say.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/09 at 10:36

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)
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slacker, Don't ask me any hard question today. I drove almost 700 miles yesterday. To much so soon after a vaction. They are trying to get a hold of me now, but I am hiding. lol

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 10:36

Time for Truth,

"Chief, you are waaaay off topic."

Sorry but that is a hazard on this board. Better get used to it.

"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."

Sorry but I don't use government-provided health care...so you're barking up the wrong tree here. As for a Town Hall meeting, it would do little good as the politicians have already decided what they are going to do...we are all just waiting to see what that is.

Oh and the nice thing about being in America is, I get ot sound off about different things...isn't America grand?

By: govskeptic on 8/14/09 at 10:36

Thanks for the letter, Mr. Lewis. Watching the Sports Authority trying to work with the mess they have is enough. Nashville Electric another. If the citizens own it, they and their reps should have a continuing say in what takes place and how it's operated. The administration likes the just pay and shut up outlet,

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/14/09 at 10:37

house, i bought this cool a$$ punk rock pocket protector this past season. it's a little too risque for work so i only wear it out to the clubs.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 10:42

Loner,

"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"."

I vaguely remember those as well...I am apparently not quite as old as you are, but I do still remember seeing that...as well as watching the Viet Nam War on TV. BTW, that's for your service, Vet! :-)

"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!""

Interesting you should say this considering how much Anthony Weiner's district is giving him...and if you consider the fact they have consistently voted him into office every 2 years...and before him, Chuckie Scumer had the office, it seemed pretty non-redneck to me. Yet, even Weiner is having problems in his district. So, to classify all the people against healthcare as "white Christian-schooled descendants, hopped-up on born-again fundamentalism" doesn't seem to fit the bill to me.

I will agree with one thing...the stampede has begun and politicians who value their political lives will not be voting for this bill.

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 10:42

Yeah, I know what you mean.
I've been asked to leave my see-through lab coat at home.

By: Loner on 8/14/09 at 10:45

I'm not an authority on these things, but maybe Nashville needs an Authority Authority. That's right, an Authority that oversees existing Authorities and authorizes any new Authorities. There would be no new Authorities without authorized authorization from the Authority Authority......what do you think?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/09 at 10:48

I did see a pocket protectors convention while is was gone. It iwas being heald in a small tent in the parking lot of some motel.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/09 at 10:51

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 10:42
Yeah, I know what you mean.
I've been asked to leave my see-through lab coat at home.
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Thank God and management.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 10:51

Loner,

An Authority Authority? Sounds like a lot of Bureaucratic Sectionalism (or BS) to me. LOL

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 10:51

LOL Loner! Perfect!

House, I would also like to thank you for your service to the country. Ditto to anyone else who has served with honor. (No, not FUNditto, just 'regular' ditto!)

By: brrrrk on 8/14/09 at 10:53

I ran across an interesting statistic last night that all you "I don't want government involvement in health care because it will fund abortions" types might be shocked to hear. I haven't completely verified it, but if it's true I'm sure hissy fits will abound...

It seems that 83% of all private health insurance plans fund some type of abortion.

SNAP!

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 10:55

Thanks, Mama. I spent 2.5 years eating bratwurst & drinking Shwaben Brau, all in the name of freedom.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/09 at 10:56

I would hate to think what Bud Adams would cost the city, if we did not have a Sports Authority.

It seems that MDHA has let the cost for the Convention Center get out of hand.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 10:57

SORRY, SNOBS: TOWN-HALL RAGE IS REAL DEMOCRACY

http://www.nypost.com/seven/08142009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/sorry__snobs__town_hall_rage_is_real_dem_184495.htm

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 10:58

heeheehee! Just thinking today of hitting the Gerst Haus sometime this weekend. Needing a fishbowl. BAD! Half-off Depot has some coupons for there too, which is a good thing!

By: brrrrk on 8/14/09 at 11:00

Chief,

Not the New York Post again? What next? You gonna quote something from "Highlights" or "The Weekly Reader"? Well, at least they're credible......

By: slacker on 8/14/09 at 11:00

MammaG, did you go to the old Gerst Haus on 2nd. ave.?

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 11:02

Gerst Haus is pretty good, but does not compare to the real deal.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/14/09 at 11:03

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/09 at 10:48
I did see a pocket protectors convention while is was gone. It iwas being heald in a small tent in the parking lot of some motel.

Nemo, that's an underground show for those that aren't CPAs.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/09 at 11:08

Blanket:

Oh!

Now I know. Thanks. Sorry I did not go in.

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 11:09

slacker, I sure did! The last time I was there was the day the had the ground-breaking for the stadium and had the Flying Elvises and all. Some players were signing autographs and such. Afterwards, we went over the Gerst and could barely find a place to park. It was one of their last days at that location, which I loved!

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 11:13

brrrrk,

"Not the New York Post again? What next? You gonna quote something from "Highlights" or "The Weekly Reader"? Well, at least they're credible"

Hey, I look at all places, including Huffinton Post and CNN as well as FoxNews and yes, the NY Post

By: Loner on 8/14/09 at 11:13

Pain, I remember the field problems and the alerts...riding in a topless, doorless Jeep, part of a bumper-to-bumper convoy doing 65 MPH on the Autobahn, in the dead of winter. Smug German civilians would gaze at us, as if we were idiots, as they sped by in their luxurious, heated Mercedes, Porsche and BMW automobiles. We froze our asses, to protect their ungrateful asses.

But it beat 'nam...no doubt about that.

Eine grossa bier, bitte!

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 11:14

house, you're right about the real deal. For me, it's more the atmosphere. My mom likes the pig knuckles but I stick with the sausage sampler or oysters most of the time. A good grilled cheese of muenster on rye is hard to beat too. They made them at the old location but when I ordered one at the new place, it was lousy. I did make an apple cake, authentically German, with my son for his German class last year. It was so delicious! The class devoured it. (It was also a lot of hard work but worth it!)

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 11:22

Chief, why don't you look at MotherJones.com whilst you're looking for links to throw at us?

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 11:23

Loner,

Well at least you asked for a large bottle anyway. LOL

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 11:27

MamaG,

Well I actually went there and looked at an article for Town Hall meetings. It was kind of ironic because they were saying the right had advocated violence...yet the only violence I've seen on Youtube were of the union guys beating up the black conservative guy.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/14/09 at 11:49

Republicans Resorting to Death Threats, Lies and Violence at Town Hall Meetings

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/113724

chief wears blinders.

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 11:50

chief, that would be ironic for Youtube, not for MJ. If you want to read an article on Town Hall meetings, go to American Chronicle and read that one.

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 11:51

Geez, blanket! Great minds!!!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/14/09 at 11:51

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1205999/Only-America-Gunman-waits-outside-town-hall-meeting-Obama--police-say-OK.html

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/14/09 at 11:53

just goes to show how miopic he is.

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 11:56

Doesn't someone have any good trivia questions for today?

By: Dragon on 8/14/09 at 11:57

Chief, these are the same people who say it's OK for Black Panthers to stand at the polling place doors. i'm sure any "counter demonstration" will meet their approval.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 11:59

Blanket and MammaG,

Ok...I see the article saying they've resorted to violence... but no explaination of what violence was caused. I have seen, however, video of violence perpetrated on conservative. Now if you are talking about the people who were hitting the doors and yelling "You work for us"...well that, to me at least, isn't violence as they simply wanted to get into the room to have their say.

I'm not saying there was none against liberals...simply saying I've not seen any video of same.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/14/09 at 12:00

Mama, as long as he doesn't look at it he can continue to make his point - lol!

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 12:02

Blanket,

Ah yes, the gunman...I figured you'd bring him up. But he never drew it, it was legally licensed, it was legal for him to carry it.

If anyone fell down here, it would have been the Secret Service for not taking his gun away.

But I saw NO violence perpetrated by the man.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/14/09 at 12:03

so intimidation is just fine with you. got it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/14/09 at 12:04

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/8140/leftvsconservatards.png

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/14/09 at 12:07

Based on the news that health care events are edging into violence, an anti-health care reform protester in New Mexico named Scott Oskay is calling on his hundreds of online followers to bring firearms to town halls, and to 'badly hurt' SEIU and ACORN counter protesters.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/08/anti-health-care-reform-protester-encourages-physical-violence-use-of-firearms.php

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/14/09 at 12:09

how appropriate that Kostnic was standing in a church parking lot with his gun. Yet it was wrong to point out how conservatives cling to their bibles and guns. huh.

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

LOL blanket!
Chief, no matter to me one way or the other. As you've pointed out many times here, it is your OPINION. I can respect that without agreeing with it.

gone for lunch. someone needs to come up with something fun for the afternoon as the board is quite boring today.