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Comment Archives: stories: News: Cover Story

Re: “A diverse group of council insiders, first-timers, Army vets and at least one medieval historian vies for Davidson County's at-large seats

You're a good sport, yoyo, unless you're being snarky... I'm sorry, it can be hard to tell when all we're doing is typing words in a box!. After all, the general theme of the support I received here isn't about me being "a nice guy," but about the fact that I have something serious to say. I think that the proposals I'm making transcend the usual left-right divisions of American politics and ought to make sense to a broad spectrum of people. On the presumption you're being sincere,thank you!

Posted by brothermartin on 08/03/2015 at 1:51 PM

Re: “A diverse group of council insiders, first-timers, Army vets and at least one medieval historian vies for Davidson County's at-large seats

Martin would bring much needed change to Nashville. I don't mean the change we have been experiencing, such as demolishing perfectly good houses so they can build two skinny houses and charge twice as much. He will bring new ideas, much experience, a kind heart, and the willingness to listen. Want business as usual? Then don't vote for Martin. He has a lot of good ideas and the status quo is not one of them.

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Posted by Selina Sullivan Webb on 08/03/2015 at 11:01 AM

Re: “A diverse group of council insiders, first-timers, Army vets and at least one medieval historian vies for Davidson County's at-large seats

Despite Martin Holsinger being a member of the Green Party, which entails boosting energy prices and denial of empirical evidence that we are in one of earth's natural cycles, I'm endorsing him for Metro Council because he seems like a nice guy. (I apologize if my endorsement is the kiss of death.)

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Posted by yoyo moi on 08/03/2015 at 10:54 AM

Re: “A diverse group of council insiders, first-timers, Army vets and at least one medieval historian vies for Davidson County's at-large seats

I think the reporter missed information on Martin Holsinger. If reporting about the issues, he would have reported Holsinger stated: "I am running because Nashville, along with the rest of the world, is facing major changes as we move into the twenty-first century, and yet most politicians, along with the media and the public, "continue to act on the assumption that the coming century will be just like the last one. That's clearly not what's happening. We have to change our thinking and change our culture to meet the challenges of climate change and resource depletion that are already defining this new century. My candidacy is an attempt to get this conversation going here in Nashville. "

He would have also cited Mr. Holsingers public service in the form of: long involvement with Radio Free Nashville, the Transition Town Nashville movement, and the Cumberland-Green River Bioregional Council, a decades-old umbrella group for political, social, and environmental activists.

Mr. Holsinger has an interesting personal life. Speaks volumes about his ability to overcome adversity and persevere. Traits highly desired in a community leader.

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Posted by Victoria Golden-Thompson on 08/02/2015 at 10:36 PM

Re: “A diverse group of council insiders, first-timers, Army vets and at least one medieval historian vies for Davidson County's at-large seats

Seems pretty clear that Martin Holsinger has a unique and good grasp of people's desire for safer more cohesive communities to live in and how to create them.

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Posted by Howard Switzer on 08/02/2015 at 8:16 PM

Re: “A diverse group of council insiders, first-timers, Army vets and at least one medieval historian vies for Davidson County's at-large seats

You, know why there are so many posts for Martin? BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY OF NASHVILLE STANDS BEHIND HIM!

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Posted by Sara Smith on 08/02/2015 at 8:09 PM

Re: “A diverse group of council insiders, first-timers, Army vets and at least one medieval historian vies for Davidson County's at-large seats

Brother Martin! He's the best choice for Nashville. GO MARTIN GO

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Posted by Sara Smith on 08/02/2015 at 8:07 PM
Posted by yoyo moi on 08/02/2015 at 7:08 PM

Re: “A diverse group of council insiders, first-timers, Army vets and at least one medieval historian vies for Davidson County's at-large seats

What shameful excuse for journalism. Martin Holsinger has been a community activist and idea man for decades, spearheading and deeply committed to a number of meaningful community initiatives...and you guys focus on his house burning down and where he came from? Seriously? That's the kind of journalism they practice in high school.

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Posted by Curtis Herrick Balls on 08/02/2015 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Ten exciting Metro Council contests to watch closely on election night

I'm disappointed that this is limited to only ten districts. I'm in district 32, and while I know there are candidates running against incumbent Jacobia Dowell, I don't know anything about them or their stances. I haven't seen any coverage from here, The Tennessean, or WPLN about my district. If I'm missing it, could someone please direct me?

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Posted by Nicholas on 08/02/2015 at 6:05 PM

Re: “A diverse group of council insiders, first-timers, Army vets and at least one medieval historian vies for Davidson County's at-large seats

I was on my way out the door when I saw your comment, yoyo. Here's a fuller response.

I don't think there's any way to "turn Nashville into a commune," but there's a lot we can do to increase the level of community. Everybody talks about "walkable neiighborhoods," but all too often this seems to stop at the level of building more sidewalks. Neighborhoods need to have places to walk to--not just parks, but stores, schools, workplaces, and services. I would like to see Nashville be a town in which citizens do not need to own a car in order to work, shop, and bring up their children.

But it's not just about infrastructure. One of my basic premises is that we need to back off a bit on the "metrofication" of Nashville and return some of the power to the neighborhoods. Questions about development/zoning and codes would, I think, be better answered by the community involved than by a centralized city bureaucracy.

Similarly, I would like police officers to be semi-permanently assigned to the same neighborhood, and be answerable for their conduct to the neighborhood association. It would be good to offer the police a strong incentive to live where they patrol so that they are integrated into the fabric of the community.

I also would like to see a much stronger emphasis on neighborhood schools, because a shared school is an important part of what makes a community cohere, and. like police officers, I would like to offer teachers incentives to live in the community where they teach.

A "commune" is a voluntary association of individuals, kind of like a church. Obviously, nobody can make people associate voluntarily. We can, however, create infrastructure that is conducive to face-to-face interactions among neighbors, and we can democratize the city's decision-making processes in ways that give neighbors reasons, and opportunities, to share their views and come to agreement. Those are two paths to increasing the level of community in Nashville. There are others, which I discuss at length on my blog and Facebook page. You are welcome to read them.

Thanks for the comment!

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Posted by brothermartin on 08/02/2015 at 6:04 PM

Re: “A diverse group of council insiders, first-timers, Army vets and at least one medieval historian vies for Davidson County's at-large seats

In addition to giving Martin Holsinger short shrift, why is it relevant to voters for Council candidates whether John Lasiter is openly gay; or that Leroy Ellis did not return calls (He would increase express bus routes that would extend to Wilson & Rutherford Counties and would also offer free wi-fi to all passengers, who ride the bus. He would convert the Speedway to e-car racing. "Nashville’s growth must be managed to retain the character we enjoy. This includes saying "NO" to developments that will destroy city landmarks")? I am not a reporter, but maybe you should hire one.

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Posted by Peaksurfer on 08/02/2015 at 6:00 PM

Re: “A diverse group of council insiders, first-timers, Army vets and at least one medieval historian vies for Davidson County's at-large seats

Well, if the nashville fire department would have put out the fire the first time they were called, I guess the nashville scene wouldn't have anything to write about Martins situation. Obviously , the nashvile scene is caught up in sensational media and half truths to perpetuate more problems that profit their advertisers than find real sense solutions that Martin Holsinger has proposed but the Nashville Scene FAILED to deliver.

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Posted by Tanya Rominger-Bradley on 08/02/2015 at 5:44 PM
Posted by brothermartin on 08/02/2015 at 5:18 PM

Re: “A diverse group of council insiders, first-timers, Army vets and at least one medieval historian vies for Davidson County's at-large seats

Why didn't you tell your readers about Martin Holsinger's ideas for making Nashville life more sustainable? We are not concerned with the state of his housing.

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Posted by Caroline Martin on 08/02/2015 at 4:08 PM

Re: “A diverse group of council insiders, first-timers, Army vets and at least one medieval historian vies for Davidson County's at-large seats

This is hardly a voters guide since there is nothing about policy to compare. They should have done a chart like they did for the Mayor's race but I guess they didn't want to work that hard. Much better than I got back in 2006, a tiny blurb titled Politics in the Shitter just mentioning we use a composting toilet to conserve water. Well, it didn't actually mention the water issue.

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Posted by Howard Switzer on 08/02/2015 at 4:01 PM

Re: “A diverse group of council insiders, first-timers, Army vets and at least one medieval historian vies for Davidson County's at-large seats

Your article and your treatment of Martin Holsinger are shoddy at best and derelict at worst. Martin has been an activist and a fixture in the Nashville progressive community and this only goes to show that Steven Hale and by extension the Scene itself has devolved into just another vanilla corporate rag with little concern about true journalism and even less for its interest in serving the public interest. As a founding member and the General Manager of Radio Free Nashville I am appalled that a somebody actually wrote that and somebody else read it and gave it the green light. The Scene should be ashamed.

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Posted by Greg J. Welsch on 08/02/2015 at 4:00 PM

Re: “A diverse group of council insiders, first-timers, Army vets and at least one medieval historian vies for Davidson County's at-large seats

Martin Holsinger has the insights needed to guarantee a smooth transition while facing the challenges of the new century. People should get a chance of getting to know the strengths of the candidates by reading this article. Focusing on trivia doesn't help anyone in making an educated choice. For those that desire someone with a deep heart and practical wisdom in the council Mr. Holsinger is the man to vote for.

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Posted by Mike Schwingenschloegl on 08/02/2015 at 3:49 PM
Posted by brothermartin on 08/02/2015 at 3:40 PM
Posted by yoyo moi on 08/02/2015 at 3:06 PM

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