Letters To The Editor

Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 1:00am

Harding can't exercise its rights


As a parent of children at Harding Academy, I have been involved for years in the development of the campus. Harding has had numerous neighborhood meetings to make known its plans to have a park that improves both the neighborhood and the school. We have spent 12 years purchasing property with our intentions clearly stated.

We've also compromised with the purported "leaders" of the neighborhood. What compromises you ask? We do not use the streets of the Belle Meade Links Triangle neighborhood to take our children to and from school. But I do believe we pay the taxes to maintain the streets. We provide police traffic control in the morning and afternoon. We pay for valet services for school functions to decrease the parking in the neighborhood. We do everything possible to be good neighbors.

And now we've been told that we cannot exercise our rights as property owners and build a park because there might be a zoning change. And there hasn't been one meeting to discuss a zoning change. Our rights, your rights, everybody's rights are written in law; they are not written with a "maybe, might, could."

The voices you've published in your paper are the voices of a few neighbors; there are many families in the Links who would welcome the park. Why don't you let us be heard? Maybe because it's against the law to deny property rights on what might happen.



What gives with Harding, Links?


Your recent article about Harding Academy and Belle Meade Links begs more information (May 9, "Metro halts Harding plans," p. 1). Harding has legally acquired the 12 houses over the past 10 years, and each transaction was posted in your newspaper. We have had public meetings with our neighbors in the Links, bent over backward to accommodate their requests, and planned a beautiful addition to their neighborhood, essentially a park for their use after school hours. Now, illegally, the Mayor's Office has put a hold on well-thought-out plans because there may be legislation introduced. What gives?



Harding fields to be beneficial


My family lives on Windsor Drive, in very close proximity to the athletic fields planned by Harding Academy. While our children presently attend Harding Academy, we plan to be residents of the Belle Meade Links neighborhood for many years to come and thus have given the Harding project close scrutiny. Protection of our property values, and the potential benefit to our neighborhood children, are our foremost concerns.

It is our opinion that the Harding field project will add desirable urban green space to our neighborhood. Harding's intentions as to the use of this land has been known for years in the neighborhood; and it is the school's right to make use of this land, within current legal restraints, as it sees fit. These beautiful fields will be an attribute to our neighborhood.

Harding Academy has made it known that the fields will be open to use by all neighborhood residents and their children. The additional pledge by the school to bind itself by restricting the use of the land, and prohibiting further encroachment in the neighborhood, together provide assurance that the Belle Meade Links area will substantially benefit by the presence of the Harding fields.

Nashville needs more green space for its schoolchildren. The Metro government should give this project its full support.



Founders' give, take made nation


I would like to comment about the book review of Founding Brothers done by Larry and Saralee Woods (May 8, "Ellis rewinds the clock to 1790," p. 23). Both seem to be critical of the "Founding Brothers" for not taking strong antislavery stands; however, slavery was just emerging as an American social/political/economic/geographic issue in the late-1700s and would culminate as a major cause for the splitting of the country in 1861.

I suggest that had the Founding Brothers not made compromises on the slavery issue, there would not have been a United States to split. Our country was blessed to have this assemblage of personalities at this time in history. We were also so very fortunate that they were wise enough and flexible enough to put all the former colonies together under the Constitution, even if it still had flaws, rather than see a balkanization of North America.



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