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Comment Archives: stories: News: Cover Story

Re: “Mayoral candidate Megan Barry on her vision for Nashville, from the future of schools to transit and taxes

Me personally, I don't want the ACLU occuping the mayors office. Additionally I think one of the key issues currently is education. David Fox, and now with the endorsement of Jeremy Kane, represent the the best experience and ideals for our Nashville children. I have personally attended one of the many debates and it helped solidify my decision that David Fox has the acumen and vision to continue Nashville's progress. While Megan Barry seems like someone I would like as a neighbor, I just just don't get the sense that she has the capability to lead our great city forward.

Posted by Douglas Jahner on 08/27/2015 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Mayoral candidate Megan Barry on her vision for Nashville, from the future of schools to transit and taxes

"David Fox represents the Washington Way."

Yes, the man who grew up here, went to school here, served on the school board here, worked at the local fishwrap, whose wife writes for The Scene, and started another local news publication, brings "the Washington Way".

Barry: "What do you think a Super PAC buys you? What kind of access?"

Probably the kind of access only a brother would have.

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Posted by DavidsonCoNative on 08/27/2015 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Mayoral candidate Megan Barry on her vision for Nashville, from the future of schools to transit and taxes

"why can't Barry commit to not increasing the property tax rate?"

No responsible city administrator (or elected official at any level) should commit to never raising taxes. It's a dereliction of duty to make that kind of pledge. No one can predict the future (say, a major flood!) and barring yourself from the ability to raise taxes as may be needed is irresponsible and foolish.

Look at the federal level and all the members of Congress who have taken Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge. And then we wonder why the national debt is $18 trillion. It's because legislators have been cowards and afraid to levy taxes at a level appropriate to fund our government properly.

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Posted by David on 08/27/2015 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Mayoral candidate Megan Barry on her vision for Nashville, from the future of schools to transit and taxes

"Where is any thought or discussion of financial responsibility to the tax paying homeowners across the rest of this county?"

I'm a tax paying homeowner in Davidson County and I am perfectly happy to see my tax dollars being invested in making Nashville a better, cleaner, safer, more prosperous city. I think that's what responsible government does.

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Posted by David on 08/27/2015 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Mayoral candidate Megan Barry on her vision for Nashville, from the future of schools to transit and taxes

Megan Barry represents the true Nashville Way that supports regular Nashvillians. David Fox represents the Washington Way that is totally dedicated to the rich and powerful. It's quite obvious that a Barry win will bring power to Nashville's middle-class. (Keep in mind that a strong middle class builds a strong economy.)

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Posted by CoyoteCrawford on 08/27/2015 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Mayoral candidate Megan Barry on her vision for Nashville, from the future of schools to transit and taxes

I can't vote for Barry based on one issue: her failure to commit to not raising the property tax rate. Nashville real estate values have exploded, so assessed values are much higher. That, of itself, should provide the city plenty of increased revenue. So why can't Barry commit to not increasing the property tax rate?

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Posted by TWC on 08/27/2015 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Looking back at a Scene list of 30 things Nashville needed in 1990 — and forward to 30 things we need today

#18 We already have a collecting institution. It's called the Parthenon. Why not fund an underground expansion fitting of an IT city instead starting from scratch with another building. Why not fund what we already have?

Posted by harriswt on 08/27/2015 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Mayoral candidate Megan Barry on her vision for Nashville, from the future of schools to transit and taxes

well, that was a nice bunch of softball questions.

I'd've asked her why she caved in to the $65 million extortion by Bridgestone/Firestone? as well as the massive welfare checks to HCA and Sounds.
Extortion is illegal? Right? But I guess when it's rich corporate donors....
Of course Fox wants to just sell us out completely to his corporate cronies.

Why she pushed for 19 million unnecessary bridge in the Gulch and is non-committal about a small (2.5mil) project in Madison which was approved in the 2012 capital improvement budget which she voted for.

What specific steps in what time frame will you make this happen: "I want to see us have complete streets all over Nashville. If I could, if every one of those pole lines could be buried,?"

I'd also ask if she would connect Madison and Inglewood with sidewalks. That would make Gallatin Pk walkable from downtown to near Rivergate.

8 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Kosh III on 08/27/2015 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Mayoral candidate Megan Barry on her vision for Nashville, from the future of schools to transit and taxes

"Out of state and super pac money".

Like Ashley Judd donating to your campaign from out of state kind of money? Cool.

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Posted by 44allin on 08/27/2015 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Mayoral candidate Megan Barry on her vision for Nashville, from the future of schools to transit and taxes

AS the co-mayor of the city, sharing a partner's desk with Mayor Dean, Megan
Barry's only regret, when asked that question, was that they didn't spend even more money on higher salaries. She even fudged or hedged her answer on should the city continue the TIPS financing in the redeveloping areas. Like the sponsoring Tennessean, there is no project or policy she's not ready to spend even more on! Where is any thought or discussion of financial
responsibility to the tax paying homeowners across the rest of this county?

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Posted by NeverFear on 08/27/2015 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Even at one of Nashville's most privileged public schools, MNPS faces grim achievement gaps among poor children and students of color

Lots of racism going on on this thread...

Surely I didn't see someone say that POC are not economically disadvantaged and that this data is due to POC not being as smart as whites, SURELY...

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Posted by Olivia Adams on 08/26/2015 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Political veterans and upstart challengers compete across the city in September's Metro Council runoffs

Did anyone get this was a Wu reference? Like the Davidson Co touch.

Posted by 44allin on 08/26/2015 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Even at one of Nashville's most privileged public schools, MNPS faces grim achievement gaps among poor children and students of color

Race has nothing to do with academic achievement. People of the south are mostly a bunch of breeds of a thousand shades. White vs. everybody else is political, with no scientific basis. Who makes the visual determination?

Taking yellow people out of the sample is an example of cooking the stats to match your political agenda i.e. white vs. everybody else.

Another problem is that "achieving at grade level" is a meaningless standard set by a committee of faceless bureaucrats. and these standards are not available for examination. I doubt that they are in themselves predictors of success, and probably have something to do with a bell curve.

Family wealth or family structure have nothing to with intellectual capacity, curiosity, or THE MOTIVATION TO WORK HARD. These have been proven to be largely genetic in basis, but it helps if your mom doesn't smoke or drink while she's pregnant with you.

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Posted by Despise the Lies on 08/25/2015 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Even at one of Nashville's most privileged public schools, MNPS faces grim achievement gaps among poor children and students of color

The most valuable resource missing with these lower achievers is something that "more" cannot be supplied by the schools or boards. That being some reasonable amount of attention and direction in values and personal worth from the family from birth to kindergarten or pre-K! This factor is totally
deliberately ignored in spite of all the studies to show it's truthfulness.

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Posted by NeverFear on 08/25/2015 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Even at one of Nashville's most privileged public schools, MNPS faces grim achievement gaps among poor children and students of color

YTH, operating under a black ID, should think this over-most of us do not care or do not believe brain function is different in different races . Small stature is inherited as in pygmies, white skin color surely is heritable; so could brain function be an inherited thing, different among the race?. I know, I know but I am willing to accept the outrage here.

Efforts to examine this question have been suppressed when the results come out "wrong{"

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Posted by the emperor on 08/24/2015 at 6:17 PM

Re: “A grieving son finds no justice on Rev. Maury Davis' path to redemption

I fully understands Pastor Davis' need for forgiveness and to be forgiven. I understand Mr Liles need not to forgive. There is pain on both sides that is as real to one as the other. We seem to forget that Moses was a murder, Noah was a drunk, Jacob was a con man, and Rachael had a drug addiction problem(look up mandrake).

Hopefully with God's help let there be some peace and comfort to both sides of the coin.

Posted by Loretta Collins on 08/23/2015 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Even at one of Nashville's most privileged public schools, MNPS faces grim achievement gaps among poor children and students of color

Even if you have to work 3 jobs to support one of the more reasonably priced
private schools, if you child is beyond 3rd grade you best get them out of
any Metro Public School. That is if you want them to have any chance at success.

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Posted by NeverFear on 08/21/2015 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Even at one of Nashville's most privileged public schools, MNPS faces grim achievement gaps among poor children and students of color

A few years ago there was a professor at Stanford U. who was reviled and dismissed for writing a book describing what these charts illustrate.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 08/21/2015 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Even at one of Nashville's most privileged public schools, MNPS faces grim achievement gaps among poor children and students of color

Andrea Zelinski is the MVP of the local writing community

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Posted by Hudson on 08/21/2015 at 11:48 AM

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