" Yeah, perhaps Senator Stacey Campfield is right....the UT administration ought to be spending some..."
Rachel Walden is scared that the Metro Transit Authority's public hearings next week may mean she has to find a new way to work:
They note that “rising diesel fuel and operating costs” are behind the possible changes, but I’m guessing these changes come at a particularly bad time for many riders - the buses I ride have been fuller every week. Of course, I’m biased, because one of the routes MTA may cut or change is the one that gets me to work in the morning, and already has limited service in my view because the last one out of downtown runs at just after 5 (meaning that most people working an 8-5 job can’t get there in time and have to find another route home). Personally, I’d rather they mothball the $40 million downtown hub (or find some other solution), because actually getting to work is more important to me than waiting comfortably indoors for a bus.
May 2, 2008 2:44 PM
Joe Lance learns a little something from the unfortunate journalism of the Fox News Channel:
I checked Wikipedia after writing the title to this post, just to be sure the eminent abolitionist (and so much more) Mr. Douglass did not, in fact, ever run for the United States Senate, and learned something today: he was named (but did not really run as) the vice presidential nominee in 1872 for the Equal Rights Party. But during the era when Abraham Lincoln was famously debating Stephen Douglas, Frederick Douglass was still fighting for his brothers and sisters to be free.
May 2, 2008 2:32 PM
Pretty soon, you won't be able to know:
Gov. Phil Bredesen has signed into law a measure to close public access to state and local government employees' home addresses and telephone numbers. The Senate voted 20-11 in favor of the bill sponsored by Sen. Raymond Finney after the Maryville Republican said he made revisions to ensure it would not include elected officials.
May 2, 2008 1:53 PM
The editor of the Memphis Flyer asserts that impounding the vehicles of men soliciting prostitution is not going to solve any problems:
The inescapable bottom line is that the sex industry is huge — and hugely profitable. Hotel-room pornography takes in two billion dollars a year. Sex sites are the most popular and profitable websites on the Internet. Heck, thousands of hookers don't walk the streets anymore; they use the Internet to make their "dates." Taking a few johns off the street makes for good television, but it doesn't have any real effect on the core issue. And taking their cars is just showboating. Human beings will find sex. They always have. And as has been demonstrated by moralistic preachers and politicians countless times, the ones doing the most grandstanding are often caught with their own hands in the cookie jar. What happens between consenting adults is their own business, not the government's.
May 2, 2008 1:38 PM
...many of whom have wives, children, sick relatives, that sort of thing. David Oatney on the impending government employee layoffs in Tennessee:
As for the rest of the State "cuts," you'll pardon me if I am not overly sad at the thought of a few less bureaucrats running around the State Capitol and the Andrew Jackson Building.
May 2, 2008 1:32 PM
Communication czar for the Tennessee Republican Party and blogfather and godfather to much of Nashville's blogosphere counsels the media on how to maintain their blogs:
Imposing a typical newspaper editoral management structure to reader blogs and reader comments - putting the newspaper in charge of deciding what voices get to be heard and what voices don’t - runs 180 degrees counter to what makes blogs successful. Monitor the blogs for violations of the comments policy. Mine the blogs for story tips and a sense of what the public is thinking. But don’t manage the conversation. It can’t be managed anyway, and a media company that tries to manage it will see it migrate to somewhere else.
May 2, 2008 11:31 AM
Greg Siskind notes that although pro-immigration protests were smaller this year so to are the forces array to oppose them:'
The numbers were smaller than in years past, but anti-immigration groups also seem to have lost some of their steam. The public's ranking of immigration as their most important issue has dropped rapidly as other issues like the war and the economy occupy the public's attention. Only three percent of the public now considers immigration the most serious issue facing the country. That's a two-thirds drop from what the same poll showed just a year ago.
May 2, 2008 10:55 AM