Beware of what you ask for; Tweak don’t revise transfer of governor’s powers

“In its wisdom, the General Assembly….”  Is a sentiment that could be an oxymoron to some. However, over the long haul it usually applies. The discussions of changing Tennessee’s constitution to address the transfer of powers should a governor become unable to perform his/her duties has led, in my mind, to a “rush to elect” a lieutenant governor.  Let’s slow

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The Gold Rules, Voters Pay

It’s not exactly true that “every Tom, Dick and Harry” is running for president, but it seems like it.  There are, so far, at least two Toms, two Johns, a Sam, a Joe and a Mike.  They are joined by Dennis, Duncan, Barack, Rudy, Mitt and Hillary.  Who knows who else might surface (a Newt? an  Al?). Now if you,

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C’mon teachers, get real

It’s easy to get “furiouser and furiouser” watching educated people kicking, not just looking, a gift horse in the mouth. I don’t know who volunteered to anonymously donate $400,000 for incentives to help in producing better results in some of Metro’s most troubled schools, I know that they must be a generous and dedicated citizen.  However the “who” is not

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Lightening Never Struck

I left the early-voting location with trepidation. Surprisingly, lightening didn’t strike. I thought immediately of my deceased mother, hopeful that she wasn’t watching from above.  My just-completed, totally unprecedented action would really disturb her:  I had just voted in a Republican primary! As a life-long Democrat, I confess to voting on rare occasions for a Republican candidate  in a General

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The Faces of Energy behind the Music City Center

Like me, I’m sure that you have often heard the ubiquitous phrase: “They said.”   Quite often the person citing “they” is hard pressed to name the actual source that said something, anything or, even nothing. As the effort to educate Middle Tennesseans about  the benefits of the proposed Music City Center moves forward, we might lapse into the “they said”

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Brilliance+Wisdom+Trust=Health Care Solutions

As an astutely brilliant former Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives once told me: “Neither party has a monopoly on ignorance;” his statement framed one of my earliest, most significant political lessons. The current furor over the nation’s health care reform is an excellent demonstration of that Speaker’s insightful adage.  The idiocy of the right, railing about death panels

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Music City Looks Ahead

A friend of mine figured prominently in two recent stories of great significance to our community. It was no coincidence that Butch Spyridon was quoted in both front page articles in the Tennessean: One announced plans for a world-class Music City Music Festival, and the other presented the report for the Music City Center, Nashville’s hoped-for new convention center. In

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The Fallen Hero

Pride and pain. These words resonated again after a recent Nashville Tennessean article on the mounting casualties in Iraq for the 101st Airborne, headquartered in neighboring Clarksville. As a veteran, I am filled with pride by living near the historic 101st, and feel, if only tangentially, the pain suffered by the parents, spouses and children of those who, no doubt,

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A Different Kind of Politician

Over the past several decades, I have had the pleasure (and occasional displeasure) of knowing many politicians.  Some were good, some were great, some were not so good, and some were outright bad; yet most of them reflected what their constituents wanted in their elected officials. I suppose that’s why I find it so ironic to see Governor Phil Bredesen’s

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Maybe we need another helicopter ride

There was no strain as the helicopter carrying 1200 Nashvillians took off and flew us into the future. Most of us were mesmerized as the then-mayor, Phil Bredesen, piloted the virtual helicopter six years into the future.  We looked out in amazement to see a new Nashville arena, and, wait, across the street a new downtown hotel…and, wait, can you

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