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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
It has nearly always been a routine procedure. The mayor nominates a citizen volunteer to a board or commission, and the Metro Council approves the appointment. Such was expected last month when Mayor Karl Dean nominated Eric Malo to serve on the Fair Board.
But this would prove to be anything but a routine nomination. Fairgrounds supporters from the group Save our Fairgrounds went into action the morning of Malo's scheduled confirmation.
Emails were sent to every council member as well as all local media. And what was the reason for opposing Malo's confirmation to the Fair Board?
Eric Malo is on record, and there is plenty of video evidence, that he would like the fairgrounds destroyed. He spoke several times before the Metro Council as part of a neighborhood group, all who chose to live near the fairgrounds and now want it removed. Of course the obvious question is, why would anyone choose to live next to something they despise so much?
Metro Councilman Duane Dominy mused why would Dean appoint someone to manage the fairgrounds when he wants the place closed? Good question.
Of course the answer is obvious. The fairgrounds represents one of Karl Dean's biggest and most embarrassing political failures when he failed to destroy the place in favor of a plan that did not exist.
Dean's excuse was Melo lives in the fairgrounds area and he thought it would be good to have someone from the neighborhood. And that is what is wrong with the fairgrounds. Karl Dean and other mayors have appointed cronies and the politically connected to the fair board, not people who have expertise in the activities that take place there.
The Metro Council has already determined that the fairgrounds belongs equally to everyone in Davidson County. The surrounding neighborhood has no special say in the fate of the property.
The fairgrounds has three general types of activities. First off, it is an exhibition and conference center. Then there is the speedway, and finally the fair.
Every member of the fair board should have expertise in at least one of those three activities. Period.
Let me give you an example. Years ago, I was active politically in my city. Thanks to newspapers and radio, it was no secret that I opposed the city manager. So I was surprised when he approached me one day and asked if I would be interested in chairing a city committee responsible for negotiating a new cable television franchise agreement. He explained that he was aware of my background in telecommunications and felt I was the most qualified person in town for the job. After city council approval, there I was, with my committee, sitting across the table from a row of lawyers from Cox Communications.
Karl Dean would never do that.
Instead of checking actual qualifications like that city manager did, Dean would want to know if I gave him any money for his campaign, who else did I give money too, which law firm in town do I work for and do they have any major developers as clients, do I know the "right" people, etc. He wouldn't give a rat's damn if I knew anything about exposition centers, racing or fairs.
Oh wait - I went to the county fair when I was a kid. I must be qualified!
The people in this town are aware of this. So are a majority of Metro Council members. That's why Eric Malo is not a member of the Fair Board today. He shouldn't be.
Monday, January 26, 2015
By Paul Jensen
You may recall for their first football game last season, Vanderbilt wore jerseys that had "Anchor Down" on the back of them above the numbers. That became the subject of discussion when Vandy was penalized for illegal uniforms. After some debate, Vandy was allowed to play on without penalty.
The following week, it was determined the jerseys were indeed not allowed. The NCAA does not allow mottos on the back of jerseys.
So I was watching the Belmont-Tennessee State basketball game yesterday, and on the back of TSU's uniforms were the words "Big Blue." I know it's a different sport, but would the rule be different for basketball than it is for football?
I know that is captious and it's a stupid rule, but game officials were going to penalize Vandy one timeout per half in that football game until Vanderbilt athletic staff ran to the athletic offices and produced a fax from the SEC office stating the uniforms were permitted.
The SEC walked that back a few days later when the NCAA said they were not allowed.
Belmont won the game and TSU's uniforms had nothing to do with the outcome, but is it asking too much to have the NCAA show some consistency in how they enforce their rules? Wait a minute, what am I saying?
Sunday, January 25, 2015
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