Letters to the Editor

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 11:44pm

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

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211 Comments on this post:

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 3:18

We do need more seats at the stadium. We have a sizable waiting list for tickets.
I agree about Jimi, though.

By: brrrrk on 8/14/09 at 3:22

hop said,

"We do need more seats at the stadium. We have a sizable waiting list for tickets."

You know, I've always wondered about that. I've been to several "sold out" games and I've yet to be in a section where all the seats were filled. Scalpers stuck with tickets maybe?

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 3:27

If we had an anti-scalping law, real fans could afford the tickets.
I can't ever get tickets when they go on sale, and can't afford scalper prices.

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 3:37

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/14/09 at 3:14

"But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless."
Titus 3:9

Quarreling? I thought we were having a discussion about the law.

Chief, I'm just using biblical scripture to counter yours. I don't write it myself.

By: MamaG on 8/14/09 at 3:38

Have a good weekend everyone! You too, chief!

By: house_of_pain on 8/14/09 at 3:38

"Thou shalt not quibble during happy hour"

By: brrrrk on 8/14/09 at 3:44

house_of_pain said

"If we had an anti-scalping law"

Scalping's illegal in my original neck 'o' the woods...

By: Captain Nemo on 8/14/09 at 3:45

Oh go quibble something. ;->

By: nvestnbna on 8/14/09 at 6:24

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!

Not sure if anyone else caught it, but the Gerst House moved from 2nd Ave at least 10 years before the Titans came, I'm thinking it was more like 20. BTW, I do remember it, barely, my father took me there one time.

By: dick658 on 8/15/09 at 1:57

Gentleman, Slacker, (just kidding)
The Gerst Hous was originally downtown near the Gerst Beer Brew Co. many many years ago. I mostly remember them being about where the Juvenile Justice Ctr. is now then they moved to their present location which was a Tourist Info Ctr. across from Shonneys Big Boy. If we had a bigger stadium that held more people then we would run the risk of not having a sell out therefore no sell out of tickets no broadcast on TV. It is against the law to sell tickets without a permit and the NFL does not allow the sell of tickets on the property or the footprint of the Stadium.

By: MamaG on 8/16/09 at 9:52

nvestnbna, I was speaking of the Gerst that was on Woodland St, where the parking lot for the stadium currently is. Actually, Interstate Dr. where it sits now, is an approximation of where 2nd Ave. would be. N. 1st St is the one beside the Juv. Just. Center. That's what I was thinking of.