David Briley’s mayoral challengers should offer more constructive solutions

The constant refrains from Mayor David Briley’s challengers highlights the negatives while providing zero solutions. Mayor Briley discusses Nashville’s public schools during his State of Metro address. Mayor David Briley, Facebook.com livestream You know what? I like Nashville and I kinda like living here. Actually, I like living here a lot. Don’t you? It makes me wonder if the candidates

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CULTURE-CHANGING ACTIONS BY HASLAM THAT ARE UNDER THE RADAR

By Bo Roberts As the sand runs out on the Bill Haslam gubernatorial time clock, there were two major accomplishments during his eight years that few recognize, but which will change the culture of state government and higher education. Gov. Haslam’s major achievements, particularly in education, have rightly been praised in these pages and nationally, as well. A prime example

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How Sen. Henry made me a political hypocrite

It was a sweltering August day seven summers ago when my loyalty and allegiance to esteemed state Sen. Douglas Henry (a friend of four decades and a marvelous mentor to many), momentarily turned me from a person of steadfast conviction into a bit of a political hypocrite. This story actually began in early 2009 when I made an appointment to

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Metro School Board: Do You Really Believe Anyone Wants to Work for You?

A message to Metro School Board members: To coin a phrase from that highly regarded 20th century philosopher Groucho Marx, “I wouldn’t hire someone who would come to work for me.” Groucho’s reference was to not belonging to a club that would have him as a member. His words came instantly to mind while assessing the Board’s dysfunctional operations during

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Fifth Ave. of the Arts testament to Brown

On the first day of June at 5:15 p.m., Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, surrounded by a sea of jubilant constituents, will dedicate the new Fifth Avenue of the Arts streetscape with its sensational strands of festive, over-the-street lights. As we break out the party hats and prepare to celebrate this grand achievement, we want to commend the mayor and Metro government for

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A humble introduction to music biz

Here’s the first thing I learned about the music business when I moved to Nashville more than 25 years ago: You’re either in it or you’re not. There’s no middle ground. The people “in” the business know precisely who they are; everyone else is part of a different realm. And that’s not an indictment of the music business; it’s just

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Metro “sugar” makes the tax medicine go down easier

Most of us are familiar with the lyrics from the famed ‘60s Disney musical film, Mary Poppins: “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, the medicine go down…” The “medicine” I’m referring to is the current proposed property tax increase in our fair city while “the sugar” is something I have enjoyed ever since moving to Nashville

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