I’ll be honest, there are days that the comments that are both posted here and the ones I leave unposted get me really, really down. It’s frustrating when people are posting blatant lies or when they are deliberately obtuse. It’s frustrating when people are rude to me or talk about me on other, forever to be unnamed websites.
I want to be clear that I have no interest whatsoever in silencing anyone who disagrees with me. I have only banned one person, and that was on the facebook page, and that was because they were repeatedly rude to me on several occasions and he had been warned multiple times. In case you have no idea how the internet works, it behooves you to at least be polite or civil to the moderator of a website, facebook page, message board, whatever. Especially this one, and I’ll tell you why.
I do this for free. I spend a LOT of my time and energy on this. I have to try to make sure things are fair, and I have made my own friends mad by deleting their comments because they violated the rules. All I want is to try to be as fair as possible and give everyone an equal forum as long as they are following the rules. And one of those rules is that they have to be polite or at least civil to me. Sorry, but that is how it is.
But all that aside, I write here frequently on issues I am passionate about. I really and truly care about this city and what happens to it. It frustrates me to no end when people would rather pass on lies than find out what the truth is and then tell it like it is. People who know me well know how much I hate lies and the people who tell them. If you want to lose me as a friend, all you have to do is tell me a blatant lie.
And that’s one of the reasons that a couple of years ago, I was fed up with the city of La Vergne and wanted out. I very nearly moved to Murfreesboro because I was so incredibly sick to death of the shenanigans that were going on at city hall. To put things quite clear, it was a cash grab by certain people and their friends, and I was tired of our city being victimized by them.
As things turned out, I was not able to move to Murfreesboro, so I stayed and cheered Kathy on as she kept writing for this site and kept trying to keep the faith and kept doing what she could to effect change in this city. But I had dropped out. I had nothing to give. Occasionally I would comment, but I kept well out of things largely because I had a hard time caring what happened.
And then nearly a year ago, something changed. People who I could believe in ran for certain key positions in the city. Senna ran again for mayor and ran on a campaign of change. If you go back and read the questions we asked her, one of the questions we asked was whether or not she would raise taxes. She stated that she would do what she could not to raise them, but if she had to, she would.
I supported that completely. I have always believed in paying my fair share. I have long thought that people didn’t pay enough in taxes in this city. Although I somewhat resented paying taxes to a city where I felt that people in office were using the city’s money as a cash grab- heck, the former mayor used to use the city credit card for washing his car! If you don’t believe me, GO UP TO CITY HALL. The information is there.
But I thought with the right kind of leadership our city could become something far greater than it has been in the past. Greater than Smyrna, greater, even, than Murfreesboro which is the city I have loved ever since the first time I visited it when I was in 8th grade. So Senna was running and then there were some people I didn’t really know who were running.
I thought, I need to get to know these people. I went and I listened to what people had to say about all those who were running for the Mayor and Aldermen’s offices. And I shook hands and I talked to the people who were running. And I gathered enough that I could write a post about them and endorse people for Mayor and Aldermen, even though many on this website opposed our doing so.
I wanted to do so anyway, because I had met some people I believe in. People I thought could usher in a new era for this city, one where we were no longer the “armpit of Rutherford County” and where people could be proud to say they lived in La Vergne, instead of ashamed of it.
Things have transpired lately that continue to blacken our city’s eyes. I’m not even going to go back through it because if you read this website, you already know. The petition to unincorporate. The people complaining about the water and sewer rate increases and the tax increase. The people who will say anything to besmirch our mayor’s good name, saying she is greedy and is lining her pockets with these increases. It makes my blood boil. Our mayor works tirelessly and has answered calls, texts, emails consistently.
Let me ask you this: have you ever known our various board members to be so accessible before? Let me use Alderman Broeker as an example- he is continually trying to find ways to reach out to the citizens of our city. He, like our mayor, works tirelessly and uncomplainingly to make this city a better place for all of us to live. He inspires me constantly to continue to care even when I am down about the comments people make about our city or about me. If he can be strong and take it, and continually work with people to inform them of what is truly going on, so can I.
I think we have an amazing board right now, and I believe in (almost, haha) all of them. If people can stop thinking of them as the enemy and start thinking about ways to effectively communicate with them, what could our city become? You DO want it to get better, don’t you? I know I do, and I thank those who are on the board who helped me to care again.