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Comment Archives: stories: News: Garrigan

Re: “One case from the growing ranks of the homeless on Nashville's streets

MNPS reported 2,831 homeless students in December 2013. That is TRIPLE the numbers you reported in this story in 2010. The National Conference of Mayors report on December 17, 2013 ranked Nashville as City with #1 increase of homeless FAMILIES in 2013 alone!

Where are we, you ask? We are working our butts off to keep motel rooms!! And that "Certified Homeless" certification we get from Metro Social?? Yea, that's a joke. It doesn't even so much as come with a waiver to be exempted from the TOURIST tax on the motel rooms we try to house our families in!! Moreover, as the documentary aired on '60 Minutes' revealed a few weeks ago, it doesn't even get us consideration for the new 100000 Homes Program!

Meanwhile others are "camping" and WISH the campgrounds stayed open year round so that electricity, water and reasonable degree of safety could be enjoyed.

If you want to help the homeless families, your not gonna find us passed out under a bridge at 3 o'clock in the morning. We're trying to maintain "normalcy" for our children ... at 3 a.m. we're asleep so we can get up in the morning, get our kids to school, & go work some day job to pay the next night's room rent .... oh yea, AND that "tourist tax" ...

You see, the numbers are NOT "over estimated" ... living homeless as a family means we face the daily challenge of trying to keep our children away from the homeless single folks. Thus we're seldom part of their "counts" ... you wanna help us, please direct some of the voucher funds toward the MNPS HERO program (via the McKinney Vento Act). They know & keep up with where the homeless kids & their families are.

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Posted by Gracie Nunyabiz on 03/19/2014 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Famed documentary filmmaker George Butler means to tell an iconic American story — the May Town Center battle in Bells Bend

Can you help me? I am trying to reach George Butler and do not have a current email address.

Thank you. Lee Moskof lmoskof@aol.com

Posted by lee moskof on 09/14/2012 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Nashville floods, and Las Vegas and Atlanta waste no time in poaching our convention business. Classy. Did your mothers raise you in a strip-mall casino?

Hear hear Liz! Great piece and I agree 100%. Don't listen to the nattering nabobs.

Posted by Taterman on 06/17/2010 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Nashville floods, and Las Vegas and Atlanta waste no time in poaching our convention business. Classy. Did your mothers raise you in a strip-mall casino?

Sure Liz, like Nashville hasn't ever, or wouldn't do exactly the same thing if the roles were reversed....and you wouldn't shed one tear over it, either. Grow up.

Posted by packrat on 06/17/2010 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Nashville floods, and Las Vegas and Atlanta waste no time in poaching our convention business. Classy. Did your mothers raise you in a strip-mall casino?

So judging by the... well judgmental tone of your post, I will assume that your "research" found that Nashville didn't do the same things to Toronto, New Orleans, etc. I mean if you were posting such scathing words at other cities then it MUST be because Nashville has NEVER done the exact some thing.

Anyways, all they did was take some business away from places that couldn't accommodate them. Plus unless they released them from entire contracts most of those people sign multi-year contracts (although often not consecutive years) and will still probably be back here in coming years. Opryland has bookings out past 2020. I'm sure we will survive other cities trying to support their workers in a tough economy.

Posted by Cassondra on 06/17/2010 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Nashville floods, and Las Vegas and Atlanta waste no time in poaching our convention business. Classy. Did your mothers raise you in a strip-mall casino?

Ah, Liz, I was with you until you called the Arizona situation "anti-immigrant buffoonery." The buffoonery is debatable, but the AZ lawmakers are certainly not anti-immigrant, they're simply anti-ILLEGAL immigrant. They're enforcing the laws of the land and protecting their borders, and God bless 'em for it.

If you must inject liberal politics into an article chastising others for their immoral poaching, at least get the political facts straight.

Posted by Lance on 06/12/2010 at 12:00 AM

Re: “Nashville floods, and Las Vegas and Atlanta waste no time in poaching our convention business. Classy. Did your mothers raise you in a strip-mall casino?

So Butch is crying that Vegas would lure away a convention
from their great friend Nashville. The CVB over hipes every
event they do get and now wants to over hipe what they
might be losing. All effort need to go to attempting to fill
the "Pink/Green Elephant" that is to be built in SoBro!

Posted by NeverFear on 06/11/2010 at 7:01 AM

Re: “Retired Jersey City firefighter Tom Murphy has spent the last 10 days helping strangers in Nashville. We have Save the Manatees to thank.

Funny that a man who spent his entire adult life serving his community still feels the need to help others around the country- But that is a firefighters spirit! Built to serve, something that should be applauded and nurtured in our society.
Murphy is right that volunteers, no matter how small the donation of time, can find a place to fill their patriotic duty. It is something that almost all of us can do!

Thanks to all that have helped

Posted by rschroy on 05/20/2010 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Drying Out

Check out Chris Crimmins blog, a local contractor who won Best of Nashville Scene has amazing practical advice on how to avoid scams, deal with insurance companies, and the first steps to taking care of your house after the flood www.chriscrimmins.com

Posted by marygrace on 05/07/2010 at 5:34 AM

Re: “As culture war idiocy among lawmakers gains more traction, it might be time to consider lanyards with bullet pouches

Posted on Ridley's piece 4/18. Thought it might be appropriate here.

Ms Garrigan's piece nailed a persistent hiccup in Tennessee's attractiveness to outside interests. How can urbane, cosmopolitan business moguls from places like New York, Chicago or Los Angeles take red-neckism seriously enough to allow themselves to be subjected to it? Unlikely, wouldn't you say?

Another little glitch in our cultural attractiveness seems to be becoming more and more precvalent as well. Specically, young African/American stallions wearing their pants hanging below their asses while they hang onto the fronts to keep from having them fall down around their ankles. Jesus Christ!

You know, I began to think about it and decided that if I happened to be a testosterone saturated young black man who wanted to make a fashion statement I could do better. By God I would buy myself a good sturdy codpiece. And presuming I was hung in a manner similar to most Africans, I'd hang my dick out of my pants and hang my pants on it. By God that would attract some attention from those in the market for reproductive services. As well as allow me to use both hands for doing shopping or whatever.

Probably wouldn't improve Tennessee's attractiveness to outside investors though. Oh well. Just a thought.

Posted by Sam Cynic on 04/21/2010 at 5:33 PM

Re: “As culture war idiocy among lawmakers gains more traction, it might be time to consider lanyards with bullet pouches

Posted on 4/18 on Ridley's piece. Thought it might fit here.

Ms Garrigan's piece nailed a persistent hiccup in Tennessee's attractiveness to outside interests. How can urbane, cosmopolitan business moguls from places like New York, Chicago or Los Angeles take red-neckism seriously enough to allow themselves to be subjected to it? Unlikely, wouldn't you say?

Another little glitch in our cultural attractiveness seems to be becoming more and more precvalent as well. Specically, young African/American stallions wearing their pants hanging below their asses while they hang onto the fronts to keep from having them fall down around their ankles. Jesus Christ!

You know, I began to think about it and decided that if I happened to be a testosterone saturated young black man who wanted to make a fashion statement I could do better. By God I would buy myself a good sturdy codpiece. And presuming I was hung in a manner similar to most Africans, I'd hang my dick out of my pants and hang my pants on it. By God that would attract some attention from those in the market for reproductive services. As well as allow me to use both hands for doing shopping or whatever.

Probably wouldn't improve Tennessee's attractiveness to outside investors though. Oh well. Just a thought.

Posted by Sam Cynic on 04/21/2010 at 4:09 PM

Re: “As culture war idiocy among lawmakers gains more traction, it might be time to consider lanyards with bullet pouches

Nash: "I feel certain that most of those 2.5 million defensive gun uses you mentioned were at a residence not at local bars and restaurants. Taking the gun battle into the public will not lessen the number of victims, it will increase it exponentially. "

You feel "certain". Why don't you look it up instead of just blessing us with your unfounded opinion? If citizens were mowing down their fellow innocents, then you should be able to find statistical proof. Have at it and let us know what you find.

Another approach might be to read Kleck's original work. It might very well answer your questions.

Posted by Jim In Houston on 04/17/2010 at 9:43 AM

Re: “As culture war idiocy among lawmakers gains more traction, it might be time to consider lanyards with bullet pouches

THIS time, Tennessee wants to get rid of the onus of being the last state to secede, the first to go back into the Union. THIS time, Tennessee wants to be first to destroy itself by being stupid stubborn, defending to the death of its citizens, its economy and all that is good about us because of idiotic populism. The kind of populism so violently defended by the commentors here in response to your very ON TARGET article. There's a reason Mississippi is Mississippi. They have a huge contingent of pols who pander to the populace who are basically on the side of "Contrary" whatever that may be.

Posted by commentator on 04/17/2010 at 8:32 AM

Re: “As culture war idiocy among lawmakers gains more traction, it might be time to consider lanyards with bullet pouches

Theaton, no one says you can't defend yourself and your family, no one said anything about your "right to keep and bear arms". I'm just saying what the other millions of us whose life circumstances don't revolve around always being on the defense believe - - keep your battles at home. I feel certain that most of those 2.5 million defensive gun uses you mentioned were at a residence not at local bars and restaurants. Taking the gun battle into the public will not lessen the number of victims, it will increase it exponentially. Having a gun doesn't make you a bad person any more than having a carry permit and packing a gun makes you a crack shot. The majority of folks will uphold your right to keep and bear arms all you want; we just don't want you to come "bearing" them while we're trying to have a meal or enjoy our friends.

Posted by GuiltyDog on 04/16/2010 at 4:59 PM

Re: “As culture war idiocy among lawmakers gains more traction, it might be time to consider lanyards with bullet pouches

I support the driver's license exam being conducted solely in English for safety reasons. There is no rebuttal that a motorist who cannot understand an English written road delivering a message of safety, warning or regulation doesn't pose a danger. Permanent motorists residing in TN must take the driver's license exam in English to ensure safety on our roads.

Regarding the gun law, I experienced a situation the other evening after leaving a downtown Nashville restaurant. An unidentified, unknown male approached me and my date asking for money. After three repeated statements to leave us alone, the person reached into their jacket. Not knowing what he was reaching for and what would occur, I reached for my weapon held in a waist holster and accompanied by a legal concealed permit.

To protect myself and my date, there was no other choice. The unidentified male pulled out a box cutter but when he saw my 9 mm, he ran the other way.

This law will offer a layer of protection to those of us who are legally carrying a weapon and are law-abiding.

I don't want you sympathy when I am laying in the morgue from an assailant and you have denied my right to defend myself.

Eddie Garcia

Posted by Nashmusic on 04/16/2010 at 4:30 PM

Re: “As culture war idiocy among lawmakers gains more traction, it might be time to consider lanyards with bullet pouches

GuiltyDog, what a sorrowful life it must be to fear that your house is going to burn down, that your going to die early and leave your family with no means of support, that your going to get sick and need to go for medical care. You buy insurance for all of these eventualities. Why do you belittle those that wish to be able to defend themselves and their families? We don't care if you don't want to protect yourself or your family but you have no right to tell us we can't be prepared to protect ours. There are around two and a half million defensive gun uses each year. That would be an additional two and a half million crime victims each year if everybody took your advice. Violence can happen anywhere. We have a right to keep and bear arms and that right shall not be infringed.

Posted by theaton on 04/16/2010 at 3:11 PM

Re: “As culture war idiocy among lawmakers gains more traction, it might be time to consider lanyards with bullet pouches

So Liz,
What type of vehicle was Henry Weisiger driving when he went on his anti-Obama rage? We need to know so we can ban any vehicle of that type, because under your rational it was the cars fault not Mr Weisiger's, and cars of that make, or model should not be allowed at bars, or restaurants that serve alcohol!

Posted by Taurus609 on 04/16/2010 at 2:57 PM

Re: “As culture war idiocy among lawmakers gains more traction, it might be time to consider lanyards with bullet pouches

Well Liz, you imply the Tennessee Drivers License written test is offered in Japanese and German. The heat you feel is from your pants being on fire.

Fact: 49 out of 50 states allow law abiding citizens to carry a gun in public.

The number of guns owned by lawful citizens has surged in the past year as has the number of citizens allowed to carry concealed. Violent crime dropped to its lowest rate in decades. The nation's leading gun elimination group is the Brady Campaign. They issue a "report card" annually on how many gun restrictions each state has. California got their "best" grade at 79. Only one state got a zero. The zero state had a homicide rate of 1.4 per 100,000 of population. California (with the nation's most restrictive state laws) has a homicide rate five times higher. Washington DC is even more restrictive and has a homicide rate of over 20 per 100,000. THINK LIZ!! The place with the MOST RESTRICTIONS also has the highest murder rate - the place with the least restrictions has the lowest. Engage the brain, girl. Pull your head out and look around. The mass killings are happening in the "Gun Free Zones" and not where the good are allowed to protect themselves. I am... E. Zach Lee-Wright

Posted by E. Zach Lee-Wright on 04/16/2010 at 2:37 PM

Re: “As culture war idiocy among lawmakers gains more traction, it might be time to consider lanyards with bullet pouches

What a sorrowful life it must be to fear that everyday someone is going to attack you, that armed robbers are going to target you and your family at every restaurant and bar you frequent, and that everywhere potential danger is lurking with you and your family in its sights. If this was Juarez, Mexico, I could understand it, but Tennessee? So if you are such a target for dangerous thugs, do the rest of us a favor and stay home. Arm yourself to the teeth to fend of those looking for you. As for the rest of us, let us enjoy our life without fear of you and your enemies going at it.

Posted by GuiltyDog on 04/16/2010 at 9:55 AM

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