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Assaulting Ashford

Assaulting Ashford

Although the Scene bills itself as an alternative to The Tennessean, when it comes to political issues like a state income tax, your editorial position is in liberal lockstep with that of the morning daily.

Phil Ashford is apparently of the opinion that we are all here to serve the ”needs“ of the state (as defined by liberal elites such as himself, of course) instead of the state being here to serve us. Anyone who disagrees with his big government worldview is beyond the pale.

Sorry Phil, but the merits of a big—and growing—state government involved in all the things it’s currently doing is strictly your opinion—not objective fact.

Some of us ”rabble rousers“ are smart enough to know that all the talk about the state’s ”needs“ and vital ”services“ are camouflage for income redistribution and social engineering—activities that are near and dear to the hearts of liberals. These activities are not the function of government at any level—federal, state, or local.

Phil says none of the legislators has proposed a philosophy or guiding principle on how the state should get its tax revenue. Well, let me help them out. All government activities should be funded on a user fee basis—just like the gas tax. If you use a government ”service,“ you, not the guy down the street or across the state, pay for it. Any government service that could not be sustained on such a funding basis would be eliminated. Of course, such a notion is anathema to liberals because it would squeeze all the socialism right out of government.

You guys just keep on doing what you’ve been doing—arrogantly telling people they’re too stupid to know what’s good for them and that you members of the self-appointed intellectual elite know better. It’s really worked well for you so far, hasn’t it?

Gilbert Martin (Smyrna)

Classless behavior

Matt Pulle’s article, ”Taking Flight“ [June 15], on the plane incident at MBA’s Honors Convocation, raised the issue of Ensworth’s traditional status as a ‘feeder’ school in speculating who the party behind the mysterious plane message might have been. I have a great deal of respect for Brad Gioia and his goal of a more diverse MBA student body, and I felt the plane incident showed a lack of class that soured the entire honors ceremony. I only hope the rumor that an Ensworth parent had something to do with the plane and banner calling for his ouster is untrue.

Perhaps Mr. Pulle would better serve the readers of the Scene if he did not report student speculation about who the responsible party may be, no matter how juicy it may be to West Nashville readers. In support of Mr. Gioia’s statement to The Tennessean, I would add that my MBA graduating class (the first during Gioia’s tenure) started out with 13 Ensworth graduates (out of only 15 Ensworth males in my graduating class—all of whom were accepted to MBA). Four years later, only seven members of that original 13 graduated from MBA. Ensworth is a fine institution and still the best private elementary school in Nashville; however, if nearly 50 percent of its graduates are unable to graduate from MBA, I don’t see why MBA should grant the school any special status in admissions as they have in the past. Frankly, I don’t believe money should play any role in admissions decisions to MBA or Ensworth, and I’m sure the admissions directors of both schools would agree.

Paul Thompson

MBA and Ensworth graduate (Nashville)

Parade this casserole

In regard to Kay West and last week’s column about the ”parade of casseroles“: You are in the South now. Get used to it. We give food to people because we care, not because we have to. Stick to criticizing restaurants, not acts from the heart.

Beth Prince (Nashville)


Last week’s Mondo Nashville column incorrectly stated that Louis XIV was beheaded, when in fact it was Louis XVI who was beheaded.

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