33 comments for “The Mayoral Candidates Speak

  1. james
    October 19, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Was there an accident at the early voting site yesterday? Someone told me they seen an ambulance there but did not know what happened.

  2. michaelinLV
    October 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    James…. Next time read just a little bit further, you might find your answer –

    "Realizing that relief was readily available, Mayor Erwin requested that the Box 100 Rehab Units park at the polls because inside each one is … a bathroom!

    Therefore if you see one of these vehicles – our knights in yellow armor – rest assured there are no major emergencies (depending on who you ask). And the armor is yellow because of the paint and for no other reason."

    • james
      October 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm

      I did read further. But what has that got to do with the question I asked?

  3. October 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Actually there was a rear-ender here. During high school rush, a kid was supposedly texting and slid onto someone's back/end. Little girl in back without seatbelt hit the seat in front of her but didn't go to hospital.

  4. michaelinLV
    October 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Sorry, the Box 100 truck looks kinda like an ambulance, so I thought that's what you were referencing.

  5. Master Drill Sargent
    October 19, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    There was an accident at the civic center yesterday, a young man was not paying attention to the car stopped in front of him because he was using his cell phone. He rear ended the car in front of him and they pulled over in the drive of the civic center to get out of traffic.

    On another note i have a question that i would like to hear some feed back on. Why is Mr. Slinker having children come to the civic center to hold his signs for him? I have noticed that the last few days there has been many children there instead of being in school. As a parent i would not won't my child there due to the traffic being heavy at times, as well as drivers being distracted because of the people out there yelling at cars going by. I drove by there today and there were several little boys letting their sign hang over the yellow tape, swinging them up and down, again i was distracted do to this. Is there anyway that we can stop these children from being there? I am only asking because these children are in harms way. Will someone please give me some answers.

    • mark
      October 19, 2010 at 9:58 pm

      he is doing things his way so this means if he gets into office this is how things will run!!

      • james
        October 20, 2010 at 8:13 am

        If I'm not mistaken kids are on fall break. I don't see anything wrong with it, it's good experience for them. One day they will be our leaders.

      • October 20, 2010 at 8:34 am

        In response to James statement….fall break has been over for some time in Rutherford County so perhaps the parents just don't care or they are from another county….either way they should not be there…..

        Wow can't you imagine the things they will say about La Vergne if Slinker gets elected…..talk about the armpit of Rutherford County….they will be able say and it actually be true….

        So Sad!!!

      • October 21, 2010 at 7:57 am

        Even if they are from another county why should children not be part of the election process? Could it not be a good experience for them?

  6. October 20, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Last week was Fall break… 🙂

  7. james
    October 20, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Sorry for the mistake Stephanie, I will agree with you on one thing. It really is "So Sad", so sad that kids are not allowed to participate in this election yet the adult supporters of some candidates are allowed to act "So Childish".

  8. Cee Dee
    October 20, 2010 at 11:06 am

    James, I agree that some are acting so childish — like telling some supporters they can't park in certain areas because that's "his space", or telling children to go under or lean over the yellow tape, or making a statement that the city of La Vergne will become "La — (insert his last name here)" after the election!!! That candidate really scares me! Children should be taught about elections & rules, but not by someone who doesn't see the need to follow the rules, in my opinion. We have enough of that kind of administration and need true leadership of the right kind.

    • mark
      October 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm

      oh my

  9. Adrianne Foreman
    October 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    So anyway, back to the article. The illegal immigration thing frustrates me. Is that really the best way to help unemployment in La Vergne? Would deporting them all tomorrow bring back the plants that closed? I'm asking because I genuinely don't know why it would be THE reason La Vergne's unemployment rate is over 9%. The way it is worded in the article seems like pandering and I want practical answers.

    Also, although I didn't see any young children at the civic center, I did see high school students which I thought was bizarre.

    • michaelinLV
      October 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm

      Adrianne, if there are an estimated 20 million illegal aliens in the US, that would be equal to about 7% of our population. So yes, if you didn't have illegal aliens it's fair to say our local unemployment rate would be less than 9%. The unemployment rate in the best scenario would be 4% – 5% (let's face it, some people just don't want to work, and other folks just won't hold a job so that number will never be 0%).

      I don't recall seeing any candidates suggest deporting anyone. Is that your suggestion? As for me, I think if you simply require employers to verify their employees have the legal right to work in the US, that would solve the problems.

      The plants that have closed have done so because the cost of doing business in this area is higher than the cost of doing business in other places (some in the US, others internationally). Part of that can be addressed locally (the M/A board can control some of the things that make La Vergne a desirable place to live and work), but some of that has to be addressed nationally (corporate tax structure).

      If you want my two cents, the reason unemployment is currently as high as it is has more to do with uncertainty more than anything else. Employers don't know what their individual or corporate tax structure is going to look like next year, they don't know what their health insurance plans are going to cost, and employees who have seen co-workers laid off are working more efficiently (and technology helps that). So employers aren't hiring right now at the level they normally could. I'm not an employer, but my company could use 2-3 new employees right now to help with some of the work.

      But think about it, most small businesses (75 or fewer employees) are S Corps, meaning that the owners/shareholders pay corporate taxes on their individual tax returns. These business owners are the ones being tagged as "wealthy" and will be seeing an increase in their taxes next year. If your business is growing at the same rate as the ecxonomy (flat) and you see a potential tax increase on the horizon along with increases in health care premiums, would you be willing to hire new wmployees?

  10. October 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I think it's good to teach civic pride and about elections & government… and as long as they're safe, why not?

  11. nclb
    October 20, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Did anyone consider the high percentage of home schooled children in this county, it's a great educational experience for them to participate, if it's a safe environment..

  12. james
    October 20, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    It seems like the real reason most people think its wrong is because Mr. Slinker is the one doing it. If My memory is correct Mrs. Mosley"s daughter and several of her friends did the same thing when Mrs. Mosley won her first term as Alderman.

    • Senna Mosley
      October 20, 2010 at 9:13 pm

      Yes, James you are correct. My daughter was there and was 15 (going on 30) at the time. The location was at the City Hall. Sure wish she could help this year, but she is in college. She's cute!!!

  13. Theresa
    October 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I agree with this being a great learning tool. However, the safety of not just the kids, but adults too, is paramount. Several adults were too close to the street when I went on Saturday. One little slip or a distracted driver could result in a tragedy. And Saturday it wasn't just Slinker's team.

  14. yoya
    October 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I took my child with me to vote and also to volunteer at the polls. I think it is a great learning experience however someone should be notified if those kids "volunteering" attend rutherford county schools as fall break is over! I am elated that the caution tape was moved back even further since some of the kids were practically in the road. If the parents aren't there to supervise they are 100% the candidates responsibily no matter whom the candidate may be. Just a few words of wisdom to the candidates—- > if you want people to think your volunteers are there because they support you and think you are the best candidate for the job you might want to make sure no one hears you griping that you are paying them too much for them to be standing around not holding your signs! Just Saying!

    • Sarah N
      October 20, 2010 at 9:43 pm

      Ok, dying to know who that was!

  15. Sarah N
    October 20, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    When I was in elementary school we were let out of class to campaign at election time. I think it was considered a lesson in civics. However, we didn't leave school grounds because it was a polling place.

  16. Justin
    October 20, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Stephanie, I think that James is correct about the supporters of some candidates acting childish. Even worse, I have heard that the Candidate running for Mayor is acting worse than the children that he is employing to help him hold his signs. I have also heard that he has cried to everyone that might listen to him over the phone. I even heard today that he wants to rename La Vergne, La Slinker.

  17. Katherine Kandy Pier
    October 20, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I want to agree that it is a wonderful thing that the caution tape was put up Saturday and moved back further this week. We have always stood in the ditch at the civic center for early voting. As for the young people, this is educational and can be a great learning experience, but not when they should be in school. Monday was an early dismissal day, but Fall Break was the 4th through the 8th of October and early voting started on the 13th? As a parent I have the right to decide for my child his activities, but I hope everyone would be concerned for him if he was in danger. Especially, if I was not there. My sons have not been there due to work and school, but my youngest will be holding a sign on November 2nd and I will most likely be at a different polling site. Safety and education should be priority when it comes to our youth.

  18. October 21, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Please do not take any of my comments as in favor of or against any candidate. I personally am undecided in both mayor & alderman races.

    Master Drill Sargent – How are kids standing on the side of the road in harms way?
    Stephanie – why should children/teenagers be barred from campaigning for those they support?
    Elizabeth – regardless of age anyone could get hurt. If we stop people from campaigning because of "what ifs" their would be none
    Justin – your "hearing" sounds very much like gossiping.
    All: a few questions because during my adult life I've only lived here for three years but use to visit every other weekend for 10 years.
    1. For mayoral race it it majority vote wins or is it a specific percentage or more? Why is it the way it is?
    2. Any thoughts on adding an option "none of the above"?
    3. Do you believe that the city should hold a debate or town hall meeting for all candidates??

    • Theresa
      October 21, 2010 at 10:11 am

      Jason, I can't respond to questions 1 and 3 but as for the "none of the above" option you seek it is very simple. Do not push a button for that office. If there is not a candidate you feel would best represent you, you do not have to vote for that office. Basically you are abstaining. Or another option would be to select a write in ballot and vote for anyone you want. My mother used to vote for Mickey Mouse quite a bit as she believed he would be a better candidate than those running.

  19. Cee Dee
    October 21, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Question: If someone is "paying" someone to hold his sign, does that have to be disclosed on his next "disclosure statement" with the Election Commission & does this "payment" come from his election funds? Just curious as to how this works.

    • Theresa
      October 21, 2010 at 10:13 am

      Cee Dee, even if it is true and had to be reported, betch a dollar it won't be. Pretty bad if you have to pay someone to campaign for you!

  20. Master Drill Sargent
    October 21, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Jason Cole
    Having children learn about politics is great because as someone said they are OUR next generation to be in office. But again let me say that these children were standing to close to the road, what if a car was to take the side of the road or even the ditch to avoid a wreck. Be it adult or child they would have been hit. But the children are not as observent as an adult of their surroundings. I am only one person saying what i think about it, but again they were not my children. I am just asking that if there are children going to be out there they need to stand away from the road and be supervised.

  21. Steve Noe
    October 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    All this sure makes for great reading, Wish I had a laptop so I could take it to the library with me, guess I stay with my Sporting News. Please keep it up though, What to do, what to do after the election????

  22. Meg
    November 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    It would be nice if people posting here would post things relevant to the election instead of all the gossip. I'm interested in learning about the candidates platforms as all La Vergne residents should be!

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