Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 11:13pm

Maverick back in the barn

Former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, just wrapped up her whirlwind book tour. From all accounts it was a rousing success, drawing standing-room-only lines everywhere she went. The book sold millions, set all kinds of records, and didn't drop in price to $4.79 until the second week of publication.

I didn't buy the book on principle. The public's fascination and blind faith to this woman is astounding.

Palin can take any event that most of us would call "tragic" and spin it into a wonderful, positive experience we all should envy. Her 16-year-old unwed daughter getting pregnant for instance, and she herself at 44. Finding out her child had Downs Syndrome she declined an abortion and now parades the boy around as a badge of honor.

Bristol's relationship has ended with Levi, soon after her mom's failed VP run. Or maybe his posing nude in Playgirl ruined the blessed event?

Now Palin claims to have no interest in running for president in 2012, or at least claims to not know, which I believe. Anyone who doesn't know what's lying on their coffee table, night stand or arriving in the mail, probably isn't up to knowing where the Oval Office is either.

Paul D'Argent, 37209

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445 Comments on this post:

By: VinnyT (not verified) on 1/28/10 at 1:23

Good morning all! I want to try once more to explain that The City Paper wants to publish Letters to the Editor each weekday morning and when it doesn’t it means there was no letter to print; either the well is dry or the topic is dated and no longer relevant [i.e. legislative decisions, sentencings, elections, etc.]. There are no other scenarios at play — especially no push to remove LTEs from the site.

I have been editing and publishing letters for more than four years at the CP. When we published five days a week, we ran a minimum two or three letters a day. There were times when I had more than two dozens letters at any one time from which to choose. When The City Paper began publishing twice-weekly and then only weekly, the number dropped significantly with each move.

Perhaps submissions to an ‘editor’ is a traditional byproduct of the traditional newspaper model, and both are slowly dying. Because of this, I have been trying to find other ways to get comments published, which is how Viewpoints got started. Believe me, I don’t want to go a day without a letter just as I don’t want to go two days with the same letter. But our options at The City Paper are few.

To submit a letter or comment, you may simply click the email link at the end of every letter we publish. Or you can, as one of you correctly pointed out, email directly to editor@nashvillecitypaper.com since the letters@ function has been removed. I also want to apologize for offending any of you with my “virtual chat room” comment the other day — it was not intended as a slight.

In fact, I enjoy watching you file in each day, bringing a wide array of voices that seems to run the spectrum of politics, ethics, religions, age, class and, perhaps most importantly, wit and humor. Even the VinnyT = Mafia jokes were hilariously ‘whacked.’ And I am Sicilian.

Finally, I have no plans to keep soliciting letters by begging in this space, but I do plan to keep running the ones I get. Still, I wanted to state one last time for the record that there is no other reason for missing a daily dose of Letters except when there aren’t any to publish. And that, borrowing from age-old journalistic parlance, is a fact.

By: dooley on 1/28/10 at 4:07

Vinny thats less than honest . Dargent and myself alone keep your hopper well stocked with timely items..

By: dooley on 1/28/10 at 4:39

Loner almost had to file suit to get one published. In fact you changed the email address for letters without notice which seemed to be an effort to discourage participation . But after all it's your call. Bye.

By: eastnashville37207 on 1/28/10 at 5:14

Since Palin was governor of Alaska and once learning about HAARP I am flabber gasted how this woman could get out in front of the public and not reveal what HAARP is doing.

HAARP is located in Alaska and it is being used to create weather disasters all over the world and Palin doesn't say one word. Thousand are dropping dead, Palin says nothing because the federal government is funding HAARP.

Palin hasn't tried to stop this or expose HAARP for what they are doing. Sarah must also be part of the criminals that are into the depopulation of the world.
Keep in mind Sarah now works for Ruppert Murdock, Fox News, who is also part of the Bildenberg Group of nuts cases.

When Sarah speaks at the Tea Party ask her about HAARP.

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 5:30

Mr."T": Thank you for the explaination. You sound exceptionally eloquent and it's good to see TCP has someone on staff that seems to care.
Don't take Mr. "dooley's" criticism to heart. He posted at 3:00am and is a little cranky before his first cup of coffee and shot of Jack.
I'm glad to see we're back in business. There's no other place for me to catch up on gossip, who's sleeping with whom, health matters, home brewing beer recipies, football spreads, and lawn fertilizer tips for the spring.

By: bfra on 1/28/10 at 5:50

D7 - You seem to know a lot about San Diego, question: Traveling I-5 south from LA to San Diego, off to the left, appx. 2-3 miles from I-5 is a large cathedral type bldg. that looks like it is made of sugar (probably when the sun is on it). Do you know what it is?

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 6:13

bfra: Before or after the San Onofre power plant (oceanside)? I've been gone for 14 years now. Ask me a question about Hawai'i. (or Detroit).

By: bfra on 1/28/10 at 6:28

South of Riverside. When I am there, usually have someone with me that doesn't want to take the time to find out or I just don't get that far S out of LA. It looks like something out of a fairy tale and is very beautiful. Thanks anyway, I'll check further, next time I am there. Also, enjoy reading your opinions.

By: idgaf on 1/28/10 at 6:44

By his own admission 7 only has one side of the story an that is the propaganga side.

If you read her book and others about her you would know she has always campaigned, traveled with and close to her kids.

The $4.97 price is/was a promotion for a subscription to a publication not selling price. (more spin)

7 says

"Finding out her child had Downs Syndrome she declined an abortion and now parades the boy around as a badge of honor."

She and we should be honored that she not only talks the talk but walks the walk.

7 makes it sound like he would have killed the "retard". So much for liberal tolerace and compassion.

People that don't have close familys cannot understand what that means.

7 you would be wise to do your own research rather then repeat the talking points.

I trust her more then any other politician around , she is the only one that I recall that had the nerve to take on her own party and does seem to have the same priorities as most sane people and has accomplishments unlike your idiot that is either an idiot or the smartest enemy this country ever had trying (and accomplishing) to destroy it.

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 6:54

idgaf: 91% of women abort "the baby" when they find out it has "Down". She's a millionaire, now twice over. Many middle Americans cannot afford the special care a Down child needs. And at 44, with 4 children, it was her call, between the mother/ father and God.
You only address the obvious, emotional heart strings issue. What about her preaching "abstinence", yet her own daughter's having pre-marital, unprotected sex?
That's a hard one to tackle and paint with your Republican strokes.
The fact you say "you trust her" shows you either have the IQ of a cocker spaniel or are under her spell as an attractive woman who talks to God.

By: house_of_pain on 1/28/10 at 7:35

Thanks for the info, VinnyT...and for not whacking anyone.

By: Funditto on 1/28/10 at 7:42

Vinny's straight up. He didn't have to take the time to do that. Oh the glories of a locally run entity. We should count our blessings.

By: Loner on 1/28/10 at 7:45

Good morning, Nashville!

Thank you, Vinnie T. for your frank and revealing post. I think that we all appreciate your honesty.

You are correct, IMO, the old Newspaper/LTE paradigm is obsolete. Survival of the fittest and the most adaptable will be the rule. The journalistuc environment has changed rapidly and irreversibly. Nobody knows for certain, what direction(s) to pursue. You might say that things are in flux. Good luck!

Thank you, D7, for another great LTE. Ms. Palin is a quitter, that's the point that needs to be emphasized. When the going gets rough, Sarah resisigned and hired a ghost-writer to pen a bestseller. As US President, she might do the same.

Let's not forget that she addressed the Alaska Independence Party Convention. She is a closet secessionist. That's serious stuff, IMO.

By: house_of_pain on 1/28/10 at 7:54

C'mon, Loner, you'd let her read you a bedtime story, admit it...

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 8:03

Loner: I wrote that LTE 2 weeks ago. Since then, I've seen Palin on Glenn Beck , where she didn't know who the Founding Father's are, and saw clips of Oprah asking her and Bristol about pre-marital sex. You had to wince at both. And idgaf "trust's her".

By: Kosh III on 1/28/10 at 8:12

bfra?
I-5 rom LA to SD? It does not go anywhere near Riverside.

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 8:22

Ah...back to normal...nice letter Darge...

If I write an LTE it will resemble something from the Theatre of the Absurd or a Fellini film.

Thanks Vinny, I believe you. I do. Please don't send Pauly Walnuts...I believe you.

By: sidneyames on 1/28/10 at 8:53

Vinny, Thank you for this information. I'm at the point where I can read the headline on a LTE and guess with 99% accuracy on WHO wrote it. Yep, you guessed it! Our resident "know it all - Paul". Keep up the good work Vinny. If at times it seems as though we don't appreciate CP and the work that goes into it, just take a deep breath and exhale.

And Paul, stop being so negative about Downes Syndromes human beings. They deserve a chance to breathe the same air you're polluting. The right to choose is a fundamental right. I mean, after all, your own mother chose LIFE and thus you are here - polluting the universe with your cracked up attitude towards life.

Said by sage paul: "Many middle Americans cannot afford the special care a Down child needs" Paul, apparently you've never attended a full fledge event put on by the Special Olympics - started by Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Tell the Downes Syndrome families participating what you think. They are in full force - and they ain't from rich families.

By: bfra on 1/28/10 at 8:58

True - But the place I am talking about is South of Riverside which is near what D7 was asking. I don't mean in a straight vertical line South, actually "the Castle" as I call it would be SW.

By: sidneyames on 1/28/10 at 8:59

said by Paul "I've been gone for 14 years now. " Paul, you've been "gone" for a lot longer than 14 years. Actually from the posts on CP, you've never quite gotten here in my opinion.

idgaf, the choice to abort or deliver is a right that every woman, even Paul's mother, had or has. I personally admire women who chose Life. If they choose to kill their baby, then they should have to pay the fees, not me or the government.

In South Korea, a baby's birth date is not the first year out of the womb; It's actually one year old on the date of delivery. We need to rethink life and the moment life begins.

By: sidneyames on 1/28/10 at 9:01

So Paul, what do you think people who have Autistic kids should do? Hmmmmm. Gee, John Travolta and other hollywood stars kept their "less than perfect' (according to you) children.

See you can't diagnose Autism at birth, so if they get the diagnosis at 7, should we abort them? You be de juge!

By: Citizen on 1/28/10 at 9:06

IDGAF: You're exactly right about 7 and all line-swallowing libs. All they know is dem talking points and have no concept of understanding or forgiveness.

BFRA: My guess is that the building you saw was the Crystal Cathedral, located in Garden Grove, CA just west of I-5.

By: bfra on 1/28/10 at 9:06

Downes Syndrome has a lot of stages. I have known families with children like these, which they loved with all their heart, that have accomplished a lot during their life. That is the only thing about Palin that I do like!

And yes, I do think she would use that, and anything else she can come up with to further her career.

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 9:08

Sid "Moron" Ames: Nowhere in the LTE says Palin should abort her "Down" baby. And, learn to spell the condition correctly.
You extrpolate and spill over to the "Special Olympics" and autism?
I'm sure, as you were "gone" for two days, everybody missed their favorite "target".

By: bfra on 1/28/10 at 9:10

Thanks Citizen, I have researched that on the net but can't find any pictures that look like what I see from I-5. If that is the place, their PR needs to add that picture that can be seen from I-5, when the sun is on it.

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 9:11

gdia: At work, they call me "Pauly Walnuts". Better than Mr. Tibbs, I guess.

By: bfra on 1/28/10 at 9:13

OOPS D7 - Guess I spelled it wrong also, just following the read!

By: sidneyames on 1/28/10 at 9:13

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 5:54 idgaf: 91% of women abort "the baby" when they find out it has "Down". She's a millionaire, now twice over. Many middle Americans cannot afford the special care a Down child needs. And at 44, with 4 children, it was her call, between the mother/ father and God.

Hmmm. D7, you mentioned abortion; and your implication was that she should have not chose life for her son. So, you also said "many middle americans cannot afford . . . ." and the special olympics proves you wrong, again.

"favorite target". Thanks for the compliment. And for sure, I'm not as "gone" as you are, you wacko!

By: VinnyT (not verified) on 1/28/10 at 9:13
bfra: If you are asking about the stark white cathedral with double spires sitting east of I-5 just north of San Diego, that's the Mormon Temple. It blinds you by day with sunlight and by night, when it is completely illuminated. I was at San Diego State when it was designed and it is quite impressive.
By: sidneyames on 1/28/10 at 9:16

"Demographics The incidence of Down syndrome is about one in 800 live births. It affects an equal number of male and female babies. The majority of cases of Down syndrome occur due to an extra chromosome 21 within the egg cell supplied by the mother (nondisjunction). As a woman's age (maternal age) increases, the risk of having a Down syndrome baby significantly increases. By the time the woman is age 35, the risk increases to one in 400; by age 40 the risk increases to one in 110; and, by age 45 the risk becomes one in 35. There is no increased risk of either mosaicism or translocation with increased maternal age."

Paul, you're just lucky; you got to be one of the remaining 799 born. Stop bashing those who chose life. It's unbecoming to you.

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 9:18

bfra: I really never made it North on I-5 past Dana Point. I used to surf at "Tressels" by the San Onofre plant. Last lived in Carlsbad.
You know, Tenn. is alot like the California coast; minus the sun, sand, ocean, palm trees, and forward thinking people.

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 9:18

Sid, many people can't afford a special needs child. Hell, apparently even Palin. She quit her day job so she could earn more money.

By: bfra on 1/28/10 at 9:18

Vinny T - I think you nailed it! Have never seen it by night, but will definitely make that on my priority list next visit. It is east of I.5 and north of San Diego. Thanks

By: rldavenport@com... on 1/28/10 at 9:19

D7, you display your total ignorance about people who have special needs children. Get out of your glass house and look around at the many middle-class families with children who have Downs and other physical and mental difficulties. They are more than able to handle the costs and other responsibilities necessary to care for their children, because they are willing to make those sacrifices. Your judgment about Palin "parading" her child is nothing but a cynical perception on your part. If it were a Democrat female politician with a special needs child, you would be showering effusive praise on her. Your problem is that you don't believe any Republican female politician has any intelligence or ability to do an effective job.

Your 91% aborted stat is pure hogwash. But then again, liberals don't believe they have to document their evidence.

By: bfra on 1/28/10 at 9:21

D7 - Don't forget the birds of paradise that grow there like iris & day lilies here.

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 9:22

Davenport, so you assert that Palin parading her special needs child and unwed mother-to-be daughter all over creation was genuine and not politically driven?

Bwhahahahahah!!!

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 9:23

"Cousin Vinnie": Oh, that's what he's talking about. The exit is Genesse before the 805. I toured the Temple during it's introduction, maybe 1994? Bizarre religion..."Celestial Staircase", and the Baptismal Bowl on 12 oxen is to die for.
Thought it was a hot tub.

By: sidneyames on 1/28/10 at 9:25

rldavenport said "If it were a Democrat female politician with a special needs child, you would be showering effusive praise on her."

YOu are correct davenport. D7 is the resident expert on "everything" according to HIMM (His Imaginary Mental Mind).

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 8:18
Sid, many people can't afford a special needs child. Hell, apparently even Palin. She quit her day job so she could earn more money.

G, how come you see so many of these special needs folks on the planet? Somebody's affording them. Sarah Palin resigned so she would not cause more problems for the state of Alaska regarding law suits and being a lame duck gov. Obama should resign NOW; cause he's the lamest duck on the planet, next to D7.

Last night was a hoot. Nancy Peolsi could hardly hold her head up; must have taken a few drinks or tokes to actually show her face. He talked in circles all night. And said zero.

By: idgaf on 1/28/10 at 9:25

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 8:08
Sid "Moron" Ames: Nowhere in the LTE says Palin should abort her "Down" baby.

SO EXPLAIN THIS

"Finding out her child had Downs Syndrome she declined an abortion and now parades the boy around as a badge of honor."

LEFTY WORD GAMES?

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 9:27

bfra: Be forewarned. "The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints" does not take kindly to strangers and tresspassing. They allowed Catholics and Jews to tour for 1 week prior to closing the place to anyone but Mormons wearing two sets of clothes.

By: sidneyames on 1/28/10 at 9:27

Paul, I repeat: So Paul, what do you think people who have Autistic kids should do? Hmmmmm. Gee, John Travolta and other hollywood stars kept their "less than perfect' (according to you) children.

See you can't diagnose Autism at birth, so if they get the diagnosis at 7, should we abort them? You be de juge!

And you have not address my question. What should autistic children's parents do? Come on now. Give me your wisest answer.

By: bfra on 1/28/10 at 9:29

VinnyT - You solved a mystery for me, found the picture on the net. Thanks

By: sidneyames on 1/28/10 at 9:30

By: idgaf on 1/28/10 at 8:25
By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 8:08
Sid "Moron" Ames: Nowhere in the LTE says Palin should abort her "Down" baby.

SO EXPLAIN THIS

"Finding out her child had Downs Syndrome she declined an abortion and now parades the boy around as a badge of honor."

LEFTY WORD GAMES?

IDGAF, Paul has ADD (attention doodie disorder). He can't recall what he says because he says so much. HE is a self-annointed expert on EVERYTHING, including the rights of the unborn.

He thinks he hurts my feelings, when in fact he gives me courage to march onward and upward. If he ignored me, I might go away. But it's too hard for him to maintain that type of concentration.

Go, paul, go paul, go paul! Retort now!

By: Dragon on 1/28/10 at 9:31

VinnyT

Thanks for doing what is many times a thankless job. As you can see, comments quickly spin off-topic and sometimes turn into private conversations. May I suggest a "sandbox" section for free-form comments and conversations, reset every day? Many posters can not visit frequently and comments on the subject letter are no longer relevant.

By: idgaf on 1/28/10 at 9:31

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 5:54
idgaf: 91% of women abort "the baby" when they find out it has "Down". She's a millionaire, now twice over

"IT"?

Guess she was a special lady then and she wasn't a millionair when she made the decision.

If you don't want to BUY the book get it from the library as well as the one by Hillary which verifies much as she said.

The only thing you and your ilk have on her is your attack talking points that you got from somewhere/one else.

Admit it she scares the crap out of the left.

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 9:32

idgaf: True statement.
Read the "behind the scenes" account of how Palin referred to "Trig" from Levi Johnston. And he was there. Her personna in front of the cameras, as dopey as it is, is different from the bobble headed nit-wit you embrace in reality. Vote for her in 2012. Make yourself feel better and convince yourself you're changing the planet and doing God's work.

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 9:32

"Gee, John Travolta and other hollywood stars kept their "less than perfect' (according to you) children."

So Hollywood stars are middle class? I must be under the poor house...lol

Let's agree to disagree. I personally know people who have been faced with that decision and it's not easy. They agonize and consult with doctors, pastors and family. Anyone who thinks that it's a decison like deciding to eat pizza rather than steak is a complete moron.

If that offends anyone, call someone who cares.

By: gdiafante on 1/28/10 at 9:33

"Admit it she scares the crap out of the left."

She should scare the hell out of everyone...she's a nutjob.

By: sidneyames on 1/28/10 at 9:34

The impact of these changes on the Down syndrome community is going to be huge,” said Dani Archer, a mother in Omaha who has set aside other Down syndrome volunteer work to strategize about how to reach prospective parents.

The 5,500 children born with Down syndrome each year in the United States suffer from mild to moderate mental retardation, are at high risk for congenital heart defects and a variety of other medical problems, and have an average life expectancy of 49. As adults, some hold jobs, but many have difficulty living independently.

By: dargent7 on 1/28/10 at 9:36

Idgaf & Ames: Palin is a waste of time. What scares me is that you two can walk the earth and Darwinism hasn't removed you, yet.