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Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

Publicly funded magnet schools are for a limited number of students v. public funded education is for ALL. Your words, Jim, not mine. So which is it--limited or ALL?

I'm supposed to believe that an unnamed grocery store on Riverside was impacted by a Walmart on Gallatin Road? Don't think they have the same customer base. BTW, 'suffered' does not equal 'drove away'--again your words not mine.

I care about students actually learning, not about protecting the MNPS system.

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Posted by Kay Brooks on 10/15/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

" MNPS school lottery" is for Magnets, designed specifically for a limited number of GIFTED students in advanced programs, based specifically on academic ability, not the same quagmire as charters now is it?
Once again (you fail to grasp the simple reality), public funded education is for ALL (do I need to operationalize that term AGAIN?) students, not just for those who benefit from involved parents. IF you care about East Nashville or ANY MNPS school, dedicate your efforts to improve education for ALL ( see how it is the main concept here)!
As for the groceries, several small independents have suffered and at least wto are gone, one on Gallatin road, and one off Riverside. Others are suffering (I was in the business for a number of years).

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Posted by Jim Collins on 10/15/2014 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Tipper Whore Announces 'Bandanasia,' Offers Cheap Records to Celebrate Final Shows

Further proof why this band and those it comprises of are simply the best.

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Posted by Amber Love Reese on 10/15/2014 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

Give me some shorthand - ENB is black? Is that it? And ENU is overwhelminghly white and (self-styled) middle-class?

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 10/15/2014 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

Chance: see MNPS school lottery which is necessary due to demand because they refuse to open the kind of school students need and allow parents to choose the school they feel is best for their child.

Exactly! "Choice is not power when the options for choice are all manufactured to benefit one side's very specific agenda."

What local grocery store went out of business as a result of the Walmart Market?

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Posted by Kay Brooks on 10/15/2014 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Sam of Sam's Sushi Is Joining Upcoming Acme Restaurant on Lower Broad

Sam is now open at the Acme, and it's a bummer. Tiny rolls, double or triple the price, and he isn't even making the sushi himself.

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Posted by No Sushi for Me on 10/15/2014 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

BTW: Kaybo, the true reason for the majority opposition to WalMart in East Nashville was the anticipated death of neighborhood business (groceries in this instance) which often occurs several years after the WalMart infection. But good try with the misdirection.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 10/15/2014 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Register Wants to Give Jere Baxter Chance To Turnaround

"simple truth is for whatever reason, the blacks create more problems by percentage than do the whites in school"

Tell me NF, where do you get those robes dry cleaned, for they shine so very WHITE?

Riddle me this, David Duke, is lack of discipline a racial thing or a parenting thing tied very often to poverty and poor parental training? It seems to me you are asserting a racial angle perfectly inline with your brother in robe clad arms yoyo/gast/xray/john/and assorted other sockpuppets. Say it ain't so, Mein Freund!

Posted by Jim Collins on 10/15/2014 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Democrat Urges Democrats to Vote...Someone For Governor

Informed Republicans? Who are also single-issue anti-abortion zealots? Good luck with that.

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Posted by Perry Aubric on 10/15/2014 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

@Kay Brooks, if we are to continue with the metaphor of the grocery stores, then let's look at what happened after the Walmart Grocery came in. When it first opened, the market was clean, fresh, and cheap! Everyone said, "Oh, what a wonderful place to shop." They even won a beautification award. Competitors decided not to open nearby. Now, if you walk in that store a few years later, it's filthy. The grocery selection is poor, and the service is horrible. It doesn't matter to Walmart - they already accomplished what they needed. They opened the store and got the tax credit, initial applause, and drove away competition. Choice is not power when the options for choice are all manufactured to benefit one side's very specific agenda.

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Posted by Erin K on 10/15/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

"The gentrification community": An odd choice of phrase from those who generally tout the virtues of those advocating for the more economically and socially gifted. One would guess they simply eschew the values of any who understand the fact that the better education for ALL (keyword all, not just MY child or business interest) is in the best interest of the community future and that of ALL (there I go using ALL again as opposed to me and mine) citizenry. Of course being that one is a confirmed Tea flavored conservative who abhors that which is public government in favor of the all mighty profit motive, even unto denying such, and one is a stooge of the Charter movement and former (though for an amazingly short time) school board (that is until her 1st election when she was thrown out to the cheers across her district), there sentiments are simply expected and IMHO rather mercenary.

Choice is a misnomer in the use it is offered via the Pro Charter Cadre, CHANCE seems the more apt application here, given that there is nowhere close to a guarantee that there child will find a seat in these corporate offerings. Limited seating equals not so limited left out of this (so called) educational utopia being sold by the fore mentioned. What guarantees are there that these corporate offerings will not enroll many and then eject the least rather early for the purpose of enrollment inflation (for exaggerated public funding) and "puffing up" test scores artificially, especially given that MNPS must (and justifiably so) accept ALL (that pesky word again). Such dishonest tactics seem to be the history of charters so far. And pray tell, what about the quality of education for the remainders; those left behind when this admittedly separate but unequal strategy is implemented (worse case scenario)?
THEN is when the VOUCHER strategy becomes the elephant in the room. Charters are a gateway drug to VOUCHERS, a predatory movement to have the public pay for private school education. While this may wet the whistle for those out there with golf clubs in their trunk, the rest of the citizens will simply be left out again; the great unwashed and socially undesirable.

We ALL (yep) want the best for our children, but we should ALL (get the drift) should want what is best for ALL (yep) children, for a totally educated citizenry will likely reduce crime, poverty, and despair. Plus the advantages to the work force is boundless. So you see, business will benefit more from a better MNPS, which should be the goal of ALL (damn, will he ever stop using that word, "socialist" bastard)!

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Posted by Jim Collins on 10/15/2014 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

What has happened in many cities appears to be happening here... A large number of the reformers of the urban school districts have been members of the African American community. In cities like Cleveland, D.C., and St Louis the biggest proponents of charter schools and school choice have been activists within these communities.

These folks have been standing in opposition to the political folks who have been accustomed to being on the same side of the fence with these folks. This leaves the urban politician in a weird situation, stuck between the public sector unions (also with a fairly large percentage of African American membership) and the public with an interest and involvement with their children's education.

The gentrification community is a stereotypical "dogooder" class that views the public institutions in their neighborhood as something to save and protect (even if it is just for historical value). The long time residents (the ones that care anyway) have a longer history with that institution and do not have as much trust that it can get better soon enough to help their kids who may be going there right now or in the near future. The teachers and their families just wish people will get involved with their schools but are tired of the input, accountability, and criticism that seems to come along with the involvement.

One group which had sucked the oxygen out of the room until now got beat at its own game by another group with some different ideas. Yes believe it or not there are interested parents, with kids in the schools, who do want more for their kids, and they do not think your path is the right choice for their families. Let the White activists squirm while the African American families choose the path they feel is too conservative.

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Posted by Moost on 10/15/2014 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Late First Bite: The Hop Stop

I want to like it, I really do. I'm in the neighborhood, I love beer. I want them to succeed.


They have priced themselves out of common sense. There are a dozen bars in East Nashville offering 2 for 1s, happy hour specials, etc. and that's not even taking into account the token system that most use so that you can save that 2nd beer for later...

Why would I frequent a place that is attempting to charge $6-$7 for low gravity pints? I can get at the same selection at any other bar in town, including high gravity pints for $5 and on a 2 for 1. It just doesn't make any economical sense. I don't think it is a negative that they are low gravity only, but then charge appropriately. Who pays $6 a pint for a local brewery?

The breaking point for me was seeing Stone's Go To IPA (4.5% ABV session IPA) for $7.50 a pint. That is absolutely ludicrous. I've paid $7.50 in NYC for pints of Ballast Point Sculpin (7.0% ABV and world class), but Hop Stop wants $7.50 for Go To IPA?

All that said, I like the layout, the darts, the booths, the vibe. No complaints there. But if your beers are vastly overpriced, and you don't offer a happy hour/2 for 1, and every other place does, it is difficult to fiscally justify stopping in for a pint.

I may be drunk, but I'm not stupid or bad at math.

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Posted by pc on 10/15/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Democrat Urges Democrats to Vote...Someone For Governor

Most informed Republicans will skip voting at all in the Governors race to make
the YES vote on Amendment 1 more affective.

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Posted by NeverFear on 10/15/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Register Wants to Give Jere Baxter Chance To Turnaround

I would suggest Mr. Collins answer for the discipline problems in our schools is that of AG Eric Holder, let more of them slide instead of discipline. The very simple truth is for whatever reason, the blacks create more problems by percentage than do the whites in school. The right answer is to make sure absolutely all are treated equal in both reasons for any discipline and the punishment given.

Posted by NeverFear on 10/15/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

Reminds me of the East Nashville battle between the gentrifying who didn't want that evil Walmart Neighborhood market (Trader Joes!!) vs. the just trying to get cheap groceries and a decent job to pay for them West side of Gallatin Road residents. It's the same battle. The Walmart Market is still there PLUS an Aldi. Choice is power.

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Posted by Kay Brooks on 10/15/2014 at 9:53 AM

Re: “A former Nashvillian attempts to get around on our public transit, with mixed results

The many dollars Metro continues to pour into this project knowing that both
Federal and State dollars are not likely to ever appear is just appalling. It
also shows a majority of these Council Members that approve them are as
smart as a piece of granite.

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Posted by NeverFear on 10/15/2014 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Best Chance for Tennessee Democrats

Ms. Sherrell has indicated nothing in actions nor words to prove she is capable of handling this attempt at a job. The incumbent has voted exactly as he indicated he would in his first campaign. The same cannot be said of many of our Congressmen.

Posted by NeverFear on 10/15/2014 at 9:44 AM

Re: “The MNPS schools director's determination to fix East Nashville schools may leave his successor a major headache

Thus far the Director wants 3.5 more million in dollars to improve a few East Nashville schools that have failed for years. Yes, he will also fire, or likely transfer, 5 of the worst performing teachers to improve these schools. The TEA and NEA will cry foul when in fact a likely number of 20-25 should be dismissed.
Throwing dollars and adding administrators has worked so well for the last 25+ years.

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Posted by NeverFear on 10/15/2014 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Late First Bite: The Hop Stop

It blows my mind that they are charging 6 bucks or more for half their beers, beers from breweries that are as close as Birmingham, and other nearby places. Especially when every other bar in town, depending on the night, you can walk in and pay half that, or get two for that price.

Go to other cities, major cities, and you're paying less than we are in Nashville for better beer. It's like businesses are latching onto the "craft beer movement," which isn't new, and thinking they can charge whatever they want. I've paid less in San Diego, Denver and Chicago all in the last few months.

And no happy hour, no specials? Is it a bar?

It's the closest bar to my house and I'd love to go there, but they've priced out the regular guy. You and your gal go in, grab two beers, and you're paying 24 bucks plus a tip for a couple of IPAs per?

Maybe I just see it at the wrong time, but as I walk past it as I enter/exit the bar next door, I want to wonder why it's not packed, but know why.

And I like a hot dog as much as the next guy, but that's a pretty limited menu, especially when they're asking you to pay 12 bucks for two dogs and chips.

Aye yi yi.

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Posted by yg on 10/15/2014 at 9:35 AM

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