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Comment Archives: stories: News: Pith in the Wind

Re: “Looney Turns Down MNPS, Will Remain in Williamson County

Truth, that would not be my preferred solution. I have to reforms I would have the cake.

First, I would give the mayor and the council each two appointments to the school board. That would give the board 13 members, but elected members would still have a more than two-thirds majority.

I think these unelected members would provide representation for not just the mayor and the council but for voters across the city. I know the nine elected representatives exist but I also think that an elected members would be a benefit.

Second, I would give the council, not the mayor, the same sort of oversight of the budget that Williamson County Election for its Commission. I know Williamson and Davidson have very different situation, but from an administrative perspective, that provision has ensured Williamson County provides effective administration of its spending.

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Posted by Mark Rogers on 07/24/2015 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Boom Town Chats: What Does the City of Nashville Need?

A light rail system that goes underground once it approaches the city center. You know, a subway. It would be expensive, but putting it underground means it wouldn't affect existing roads or buildings.

Oh, and sidewalks to get to the trains stations.

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Posted by virgindog on 07/24/2015 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Boom Town Chats: What Does the City of Nashville Need?

The quickest way to lose legitimacy as a class A city is let the Titans flee. This is a problem further down the road. A comprehensive transport plan using large and small buses, light rail to satellite cities, and tourist friendly trolleys is what is needed to lure industry back to metro and enlarge our downtown tourist footprint. Hence from this expanded tax base will come infrastructure like sidewalks.

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Posted by truth on 07/24/2015 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Looney Turns Down MNPS, Will Remain in Williamson County

Spot on, local guy, but as you probably know, any legislator who proposes amending the Open Meetings law to make an exception for hiring a school superintendent (or, for that matter, a TBR college president) will be blasted in editorials across the state as an enemy of the First Amendment.
You're right, though, that this whole fiasco ought to persuade anyone who doesn't make a living as a reporter, editor, or publisher that the law should be changed.

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Posted by Henry Walker on 07/24/2015 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Has Bill Freeman Really Been Endorsed by Nine Community Newspapers?

"The GCA papers...can support any one they choose."

I agree.

The problem comes from the pretense that these were endorsements from multiple independent newspapers. These papers all come from the same publisher with a different name on the front depending on what part of town you're in. It is very rare to see any differences in the content.

It was a lie for the Freeman campaign to claim these as separate endorsements.

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Posted by Brain Guy on 07/24/2015 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Do Our State Legislators Ever Ask 'Would I Like this Done to Me?'

Funny that all his friends and family were surprised by his hidden militancy. All the signs not so much.
If you want to carry Matheny water, you better wear a cup around here.

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Posted by truth on 07/24/2015 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Francis Guess Dies at 69

I learned to say, "Hey, baby," from listening to Francis Guess.

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Posted by bubbadog on 07/24/2015 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Looney Turns Down MNPS, Will Remain in Williamson County

Mark, would not having the board solely responsible to the mayor would be the antithesis of checks and balances. The board is representative of its constituency not a central political power. Simply Democracy!

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Posted by truth on 07/24/2015 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Francis Guess Dies at 69

This makes me genuinely sad. 69 is much too young.

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Posted by bored regent on 07/24/2015 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Has Bill Freeman Really Been Endorsed by Nine Community Newspapers?

I think in a free society people have the right to choose who they wish to support. The Tennessee Tribune and The GCA papers, Anthony Cunningham, can support any one they choose. Its sad to read the negative comments. I support the free press the Tennessean
is owned my, once again the corporate machine! God bless local newspapers, Ms. Perry and Mr. Cunningham please keep up the good work!

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Posted by Eric McNeil on 07/24/2015 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Looney Turns Down MNPS, Will Remain in Williamson County

Maybe we can try to figure out a way around the biggest structural impediment to a search for a good candidate: the requirement that it be done in public.

If you want someone good, you need someone who already has a job who you can entice with mission, challenge and money, in that order.

The really good candidates don't want to endanger their current job by being publicly exposed as having a wandering eye. You have to go recruit them, too, not let them present into a process.

The Looney decision is an example of what happens when it is all in public. We get used.

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Posted by local guy on 07/24/2015 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Looney Turns Down MNPS, Will Remain in Williamson County

Jim,

With respect, the school board is made up of politicians. They are the choices of voters. And it is a basic premise of our approach to government that there should be checks and balances. Perhaps rather than independence, the Board needs more checks.

I think Dr. Looney would have been great for Nashville. Perhaps, rather than blaming him, people in Nashville should consider if he decided that our school board was more dysfunctional than Williamson's. You could hardly blame someone for that conclusion, given the behavior of various members.

At least there is one good outcome. Local talk wacko Michael DelGiorno sounded like Radio Berlin in early April, 1945 this morning. He keeps promising to leave Williamson County but, sadly, never follows through.

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Posted by Mark Rogers on 07/24/2015 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Do Our State Legislators Ever Ask 'Would I Like this Done to Me?'

Make fun of Judd Matheny all you want but Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez read the works of Anwar Alawaki the famous American jihadi who was killed. Mohammad showed all the signs of going jihad, killing our soldiers as ISIS asked.

from Politico:
"Tennessee is the Capital of American Jihad"
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/07/chattanooga-shooter-carlos-bledsoe-120530.html#.VbJmIvlvBkq

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Posted by Joan French on 07/24/2015 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Boom Town Chats: What Does the City of Nashville Need?

A better bus system, more sidewalks, and more bike lanes.

CEO_Kehoe: if the billionaire Adams family wants a new stadium, they can build it on their dime or relocate the Titans to San Antonio or Portland or whatever idiotic municipality will pay for one. Study after study proves these stadium deals are nothing but bad for the cities handing billionaires money.

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Posted by No_New_Stadium_For_The_Titans on 07/24/2015 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Looney Turns Down MNPS, Will Remain in Williamson County

I sincerely hope that I am wrong about what's next for WCS. I have many friends there and about half of them are pleased with Looney. I hope he doesn't screw that up.

I would have been happy with Huff. I would have been okay with Looney. But I think we can do better with a search firm that will actually search. I hope that how the board came together during the search firm comforts any potential candidate in knowing that they can make things work and it's a good job to have.

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Posted by Lesley Eats on 07/24/2015 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Francis Guess Dies at 69

One of the best people I've ever known. This is a real loss.

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Posted by Henry Walker on 07/24/2015 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Looney Turns Down MNPS, Will Remain in Williamson County

I agree about the refund part (and pretty much only that part) of Lesley's comment. I'm also pretty happy (despite Williamson's shady interruption of our search process) that it seems both counties are making progress towards improving our public schools. I hope this is a sign of good things and that the school board remains focused and unified for the best possible outcome.

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Posted by tracyhotd on 07/24/2015 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Looney Turns Down MNPS, Will Remain in Williamson County

It's been said by many here, but I just want to add weight to it in case anyone with pull actually reads these threads: Start the search over. While the other two candidates were fine, surely we can find someone with better experience and no baggage. It might be worth raising the superintendent's pay to snare such a person; any business person who is in charge of 5000+ employees (and 80,000+ de facto employees) makes well over $280,000 a year.

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Posted by TennesseeJed on 07/24/2015 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Looney Turns Down MNPS, Will Remain in Williamson County

MNPS needed a search firm to hire a guy from an adjacent county.

I need to start a "search firm". Seems like a very difficult

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Posted by ImStartingASearchFirm on 07/24/2015 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Looney Turns Down MNPS, Will Remain in Williamson County

This will probably be the only time I disagree with Pinkston, but I do not think he'll be in WillCo for a long time. I believe he *never* intended to take the job and was disingenuous in his replies to questions about it. He knows he cannot replicate the student outcomes in Davidson that WCS had. I also believe he would have had clashes with Steele and some of the other top administrators at the central office.

Looney played the game and was smart about it. He's bulletproof now in WCS. And after his youngest graduates, he will entertain other offers. I dont' think this will negatively affect his ability to move forward. He'll continue to get pressure from Curlee, et al and he'll happily resign and go on his way to another leafy suburb.

As for MNPS, we have to pay for another search?? Great. I think we need a refund from HYA for recruiting and recommending a candidate who turned down the job.

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Posted by Lesley Eats on 07/24/2015 at 10:51 AM

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