Way back in August, just after we had learned that Nashville would be deciding whether Megan Barry or David Fox would be our next mayor, I wrote a blog post expressing some reservations I had about now Mayor Barry's campaign and concerns about her priorities as she governed. Certainly, I'm no political expert, but over... Continue Reading →
The Disappearing Advocate
Okay, it seems time to come up for air after far too long of being dormant on this site. I suppose one could argue that the silence from my office on Nashville issues is a sign that all is well, and in some ways they crisis mode that seemed to be inaugurated during Karl Dean's... Continue Reading →
Everyone gets knocked off their feet
My friend never thought he would need it — until he did. He discovered that need several years ago when his mother, a woman with limited resources, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Her illness progressed more quickly than anyone could have imagined, until suddenly they were faced with the reality that her decline required... Continue Reading →
Some Further Comments on Councilwoman Megan Barry
Tonight Joey Garrison came out in the City Paper with a profile of Councilwoman Megan Barry in which I am quoted as the pompous pundit of record. When I was talking with Joey, I thought I would be a minor voice among many others, but since I'm above the fold in the story, I want... Continue Reading →
A Post Election Letter to Mayor Karl Dean
Dear Mayor Dean, Congratulations of succeeding in your re-election effort. Of course, it really wasn't much of a surprise, for you had accomplished your goal of squashing serious competition months ago, but you were successful in obtaining a second term and while I may question that strategy, we have to move on from here as... Continue Reading →
I’m really trying . . . really I AM!
Okay, I'm really trying to rekindle some support and respect of Karl Dean and his administration. After all, the fact that pretty much no one was willing to take him on must mean something . . . right? His re-election is all but a coronation -- which was affirmed in the e-mail I received today... Continue Reading →
The Great Disconnect: Why the Can-Do Repeal Matters
For longer than I would care to admit, I have been hearing from my Libertarian and Republican friends about the woes of big government, most particularly, about the intrusive nature of the Federal Government on the rights of states. These folks complain about the federally imposed mandates placed upon them, arguing that the Federal government... Continue Reading →
When Is Conventional Wisdom Wrong?
This morning it was interesting to see @joeygarrison offer up a piece in the City Paper about the possibility that either Eric Crafton or Michael Craddock might run against Karl Dean to be mayor of Nashville. Garrison did a good job of trying to get these guys to commit before they are ready to announce... Continue Reading →
Let’s suppose that I am a bishop in the United Methodist Church (quit laughing…anything is possible…but it IS pretty far fetched). And, let’s suppose that I looked out over the congregations that I administer and see one that I think may be nearing the end of its life. It’s not one that I have... Continue Reading →
Is MNPS Too Large to Succeed or Too Big to Fail?
My wife Kay and I were having a conversation yesterday about school closings after another day of dealing with our kids out of school. “Why is it,” she asked after hearing that the main reason for the closing was a few distant areas which received heavy snow while most of Nashville didn’t, “…why is it... Continue Reading →