David Melson

Dimming a colorful city

Posted Friday, April 3, 2009, at 10:06 AM
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  • Murfreesboro has been going through this, with disastrous results. The city has spent time and money focusing on sign conformity, while patently ignoring the drive-by shootings and other crime going on in poorly lit, lower-income neighborhoods. The city has been sued more than once over the sign issue and I think the money they've spent on legal fees could have paid for additional law enforcement for those areas it is sorely needed.

    I hope the town fathers here don't get so caught up in micromanaging signs that they lose sight of more urgent needs.

    -- Posted by MotherMayhem on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 10:23 AM
  • Your closing comment about UT and Vandy fans reminds me of a time past when the pole that holds up the street sign on Eastland Ave. was painted either Orange and White or Black and Gold depending on who the winner of the football game was that particular year. Some people thought that Shorty Campbell was behind the start of that tradition when Vandy actually did win one year.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 10:57 AM
  • I think the last known letter of Teddy Roosevelt sums up the situation pretty well:

    We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin.

    But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn't doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any flag of a nation to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.

    -- Posted by quietmike on Fri, Apr 3, 2009, at 11:12 AM
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