Did the note say, "Please look after this bear. Thank you"? Was it signed by a woman calling herself Aunt Lucy?
I love Tennesseans who rail on about "Obamacare" and "big government." When did Tennessee EVER put tolls on one road? It was people in other states who paid for I-40 to be built. Teabaggers in Tennessee forget that all those high-paying jobs in Oak Ridge (whether enriching uranium to a more fissile grade, or cleaning up the subsequent mess) were GOVERNMENT jobs. Oh, that's inconvenient. "We're not against government." No--teabaggers are only against the notion that transfer payments will go to those in need so that they can help themselves to achieve, as opposed to "helping" a multinational company build a big new factory in a pasture, at a huge subsidy which has nothing to do with either real market costs or real economic advancement. As we see right now, the Saturn complex in Spring Hill isn't much more of an economic dynamo than the Volta Dam.
At least Tennessee isn't as slavish as Alabama, or South Carolina, where basic public services like education are shorted so that a huge public subsidy can go to ThyssenKrupp, or BMW. Of course, neither AL nor SC want to discuss the fact that they remain poor, and that their workers are so low-paid that they "out-compete" Romanians or Bulgarians on the downward spiral, or that their workers are functionally illiterate to the point of car factories having pictographic instruction manuals simpler than a MickeyD's register. But I digress.
That's precious. Now how about restoring a bottle deposit, so little Tennessee kids can be environmentally AND economically savvy? And how about expanding that old-school deposit to include all recyclables, which would attach market value to after-market waste? Nashville schools are FAR from the worst (ask some NashScene staffers who came down from Cleveland), yet a revenue-impaired Tennessee locale is supposed to cough up for some boozhie school in L.A. fire country? Hell, save your money, get out your 8-track, and be ready to pour some gas around Harpeth Valley while you listen to Jeannie C Riley. WHICH IS NOT TO SAY that anybody told you (collectively or individually) to pour gas around and/or burn down anything near that school.
Thank you Jesus! For once in the past 25 years, neither Eric Crafton, nor Metro PD, nor Channel 4 will be citing Hillwood as a place which manages to accommodate IB programs and Barney Fife!
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