Well to be appointed
’s editorial calling for an end to excessive politicization of public education in Nashville is right on target, and just in time (“Why Not an Appointed School Board?” Jan. 12). The complexities of education and the burdens of politics are too great for us to rely on an elected school board, regardless of the strengths of individual members of that body. As the Scene
argues, the Board of Public Education should be appointed and Metro schools’ leader—whether titled director or CEO—should report to the Mayor of Metro Nashville/Davidson County. This would bring greater emphasis on educational outcomes and greater public confidence in our schools.
“Politics is democracy”
I must take issue with your editorial advocating an appointed Metro school board (Jan. 12). Why should taxpayer/voters not govern public schools through their elected representatives? One could as easily argue that non-political bodies of experts should replace state legislatures and Congress. Democracy has many imperfections, but it has the indispensable virtue that its officials are accountable to the people. “Expertise” in educational matters often embraces fads more than substance. Elected officials need expert staffs to assist them, but that is not a reason to take their policy-making functions out of “politics.” Politics is democracy.
OutFOXed by WSMV viewers
Just as you did, I noticed WSMV’s decision to appease the Christian right with the airing of Pat Robertson’s Miracles II
prior to the debut of NBC’s The Book of Daniel
(Desperately Seeking the News, Jan. 12). But I didn’t cast stones, because the station at least had the gumption to air The Book of Daniel
. Now I have nothing but disdain for Channel 4 and its decision to cease broadcast of the show. What do they think Will & Grace
is, a program about resolve and mercy? The station’s decision to determine what I can and cannot view is a blatant violation of free speech.
I also have no trouble casting stones at the right-wing critics of The Book of Daniel
, who condemned the show without seeing it. Yet their hypocrisy runs much deeper than just baseless jabs at one program. Where I have a real problem is with right-wingers who sing the praises of the biased FOX News Channel while its sister company, Fox Broadcasting, has aired and continues to air some of the most salacious shows on network television. After all, FOX brought us both Temptation Island
and Married by America
, a raunchy reality program that allowed viewers to choose fiancés and fiancées for participants. The FCC fined FOX and its affiliates more than $1.2 million for that fiasco—something about strippers and whipped cream, I believe. In fact, FOX’s president of entertainment was forced to testify before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet a couple of years ago because of the network’s inappropriate content. Today, I can’t imagine that the American Family Association recommends the FOX show Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy
Thus, I find it incomprehensible—and, frankly, reprehensible—that people who claim to be conservative Christians would tune into FOX News. Those who do, despite the little American flag waving in the corner of the screen, sanction and subsidize just the kind of programming they claim to denounce.
God gave us remotes; use ’em
So WSMV caved and took The Book of Daniel
off the air because there were too many complaints from viewers about the values expressed by a man of the cloth. Well, I object to the “values” spewed forth on a daily basis by Pat Robertson, but I don’t tie up Comcast’s phone lines demanding that they yank The 700 Club
. I figure that’s why God intelligently designed the remote control.
“Christian Taliban” 1, WSMV 0
So, WSMV has decided not to show The Book of Daniel
after all. This reminds me of back in the 1960s when Channel 4 refused to show Star Trek
locally. The word on the street was that they didn’t want to offend viewers who might object to the portrayal of Lt. Uhura, a black female officer on the bridge of a starship. Meanwhile, out in America, Nichelle Nichols was lauded for her groundbreaking work on that show. The future slowly gained ground on Nashville, and Channel 4 eventually aired the show. No injuries were reported. It is amusing to watch the local Christian Taliban bend the spineless management of Channel 4 to their will. What show’s next?
Curt W. Porter
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