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Written on Legislative Supremacy: GOP Supermajority Can Appoint AG, Veto Judges, Take Power From Governor:

Don't sweat it, Frank. Haslam's focus is elsewhere. He has been delegated by the legislature to protect us from the unions.

Written on How Lakeshore Helped Create Bearden:

Been out there, Jack? Seen the chapel that's to be torn down. Nice piece of work.

Written on Will Oakwood Elementary Survive its Storm Damage?:

This is standard operating procedure for a number of our government organizations. At a time when the city is desperate for housing for the chronically homeless, the city is allowing several cottage-style buildings (and a fantastic church) to rot away on the Lakeshore campus. Motive is not hard to figure -- if the buildings fall apart, ball fields can be built which will create a buffer zone so that well-to-do neighborhood residents need never fear that people who are homeless find a place to live near the too-tony-to-care.

The U of T is allowing the Williams mansion to rot because they don't know what to do with it and don't want to do the things with it that Ms. Eugenia wanted done. Motive: property is more valuable without the house.

Actually, the school system has more justification than the agencies above -- school buildings can be tremendously difficult to repurpose. The Lakeshore cottages could be used easily for the homeless with basic renovations.

Written on Recalling TVA's Nuclear Missteps:

Excellent column, Frank. Nuclear may be necessary, since we don't seem to be able to restrain our consumption, but it has to be done right. Off the shelf technology with no corner-cutting vulnerabilities.

Written on The Henley Dilemma:

As a native of Sevier County who used Chapman Hwy for decades to get to Knoxville, I need to mention that there is life beyond South Knoxville -- it's called Seymour, Boyds Creek, Knob Creek, Sevierville, and Pigeon Forge. Chapman Hwy (calmed or otherwise) does not belong to South Knoxville or the downtown. It belongs to all who have a use for it.

The current JWParkway/Moody dogleg is at least twice the distance of the Henley/Chapman route, wasting additional fuel and creating twice the pollution.

Had the South Knoxville Connector/James White Pkwy not been delayed for such an unconscionably long time, calming Chapman would be possible, even advisable. But until there is an interstate-equivalent roadway to connect Knoxville to points south, the Henley Street/Chapman corridor needs to stay the (uncalmed) main route.

Written on A Veteran Pollinator’s Take on Colony Collapse Disorder:

My father was a serious beekeeper in the '50s, '60s, & '70s. Pesticides were a major problem back then, especially when Stokely, Bush Bros, and other canners sprayed their river bottom fields of bean, corn, etc. I think hive collapse is a new phenomenon, not linked to pesticides, which pretty much killed bees immediately after the fields were sprayed.

Written on Madeline Rogero Makes Her Mark:

It's great to see Metro Pulse following up on Madeline Rogero's career inside city government and out of the limelight. The accomplishments that Joe details in this article are not the highly visible issues that most politicians like to be associated with, but they represent Rogero's strong, competent response to the actual needs of the city and its citizens.

Those of us who supported her in her candidacy for mayor a few years back knew she had the right stuff to make a positive impact on city government. She gets the credit for smart work, hard work, in areas where positive outcomes can be hard to come by.

Mayor Haslam also deserves generous credit for reaching past the heat of a hard-fought political campaign to include Rogero in his administration. Smart thinking, Bill, and magnanimous to recognize your opponent's strengths and skills and to put her to work for you and for the city.

Written on Biscuit Brain Trust Reject:

You need not be apologetic, Rose. We're at our best when we appreciate differences, even when we don't understand them.

I know people who look at a beautiful sunset and notice that the clouds obscure the sun, who hold a newborn and think only of poopy diapers, who look at half a glass of beer and mourn the half that is gone. So I'm prepared to accept that you might look at a plate of scratch biscuits doused in steaming sawmill gravy and turn away in disgust. There are people like that.

Obviously you do not succumb to the olfactory and gustatory pleasures of the dish, so I need not list those; but you should pay attention to other positives. There are medicinal uses.

When I have a sore throat, I always treat it with biscuits and gravy -- the warm gravy is soothing to raw tissues, and the compliant bread is the perfect medium of application. Even when I think I might be coming down with throat issues in the next three or four weeks, I'll take a dose prophylactically. B&G is also a very effective treatment for anorexia, despite the side effects -- obesity, diabetes, heart disease.

But there are other important uses for biscuits. Put a piece of country-fried steak on one or a piece of sugar-cured ham and a slice of tomato. Use them to push the last of the okra and fried corn onto the fork. Or dress them with brown-sugar syrup and butter. With such a versatile provision, one could survive the Depression. Many did.

Nevertheless, I applaud your iconoclasm. Were it not for people like you, the bell curve would cease to curve, lose its extremes, and turn into a square blob with no meaning. And that's a service to our society, I think.

Best.
Bill

Written on Apocalypse? Now?:

It's a little disconcerting to see an apparently unsigned piece describing 1st-
person perceptions and experiences.

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