I Get Email


I must say, the contact form (“Complain Here”) has been the greatest thing on this website since sliced bread. Not only is it a good way for people to contact me, but I also get some humdingers of emails in my inbox. Such as this one, from one BhamBlazer:

 

This person said:
Hello, I am a branding and marketing professional. I enjoy history of companies, logos and their creation and proliferation. If you take a moment to think of the Nike “Swoosh” and the McDonald’s “M” you realize that you have several logos etched in your memory. This type of branding creates loyal customers and a favorable impression of a company.

If a company does not use a consistent brand their products are often confused and looked upon as unpredictable. Companies without an established brand or logo often do not create loyal fans and purchasers and often do not flourish. The exception to this rule is government instillations like a high school.

In 1987 (according to the old La Vergne City Website) the city of La Vergne decided to officially make La Vergne 2 words and not one. Thank you for using the proper spelling in your site.

In 1988 La Vergne High was built and the plaques inside the school clearly have the name spelt in two words.

Nationally (see any interstate sign) we are two words. Any Internet search is complicated by this fact.

Given this fact: Why is LHS not called LVHS?

We are not “Lavergne and Shirley” we are LV! Please help me fix this mistake.

I have uncovered several mistakes that have created the branding nightmare that is LVHS:

- When the school was built there was not a principle assigned to the school and the current principle of the soon to be split Smryna High (B. Rakes) ordered lockers signage and other things for the school at a half-paced effort. Oddly the signage at Smryna High (where he was to be placed after the build) is all consistent and correct.

- LVHS was originally to be green, as La Vergne is translated into either “The Green” or “The Tree” both green (La verge City Website), not blue. A bad decision led to the color scheme of the school. The official colors are Blue and Silver. Black is not a color of La Vergne High. I have some details on why the colors are not used.

- LVHS was not intended to be the Wolverines. Wolverines have nothing to do with our community and they are not indigenous to this area. A large rat like animal the Wolverine mascot was chosen with another bad half-effort decision. I have heard rumors of why this animal also know as a skunk bear or a quickhatch was chosen.

- LVHS should reclaim it rightful name and color. I also would like to see a complete rebranding of the school to create a loyal following and more school pride.

Would you like to help?

This is their problem: I want to complain about this site

 

Uh. Okay. While I appreciate their passion, I cannot pretend that I even know what to say about this. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

 

And here’s a horse of a different color entirely from one “tom* taxpayer”:

 

This person said:
Seems like the new city leaders are doing the same thing as the old leaders. New cycles for police (rather expensive i might add), same old thing. It’s not our money, we’ll just raise property taxes and buy whatever we want. The vice mayor moved out of his old house and never bothers to tend to his yard, nothing will happen to him and houses around his suffer. Laws are not for city officials, they are for the governed. Wow, what if there were a town hall meeting where taxpayers could review the budget and allocated funds and maybe ask a few questions. Can’t fight city hall seems to ring true here. Bet a wooden nickel if this gets to the mayor she’ll just laugh.

This is their problem: I want to complain about the city of La Vergne

 

Well, well. I do have some answers for this one. First, and someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but the police motorcycles were in the budget year prior to the current one which includes the tax increase, and the former police chief was the one who ordered them. There is nothing “new administration” about those.

Secondly, “we’ll just raise property taxes” cracks me up since this was not a decision the board made lightly, because raising taxes is like political death in Tennessee, if it didn’t HAVE to be done, do you think anyone in their right mind would have done that? As far as the Vice Mayor, I will have to let him speak for himself, however, I do know for a fact that again, what happened with him was not some lighthearted, “oh, I don’t feel like mowing my lawn anymore, I think I’ll just move out of my house” kind of thing.

Laws are not for city officials? That’s super hilarious because the current city officials we have are some of the most honest, upstanding people I know who abide by the letter of the law in all cases.

Town hall meeting? Where were you in July, when they had one? Did you also know that all the budget meetings are open to the public? There is the chance to ask questions either at citizens’ comments before the BOMA meeting or, you could pick up the phone and call or text or email any one of the board members to ask questions. My recommendation is that you call on Alderman Broeker, he has never failed to answer a single one of my city-related questions. And he always returns emails. I remember the previous board, emailing them and NEVER receiving an email back. Funny.

And yes, I did forward it to the Mayor and she and I did have a very good laugh over this, because nothing in this email is true. Thanks for playing, though.

 

Send me some strange email via the complaint form and you could be featured here next! Woot!

 

*Pick another fake name next time, you can do better than that.

9 comments for “I Get Email

  1. auntyoya
    April 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    ROFL!!!! Sure beats the forwards I get in my email telling me to forward or my cat will die, bacon will become extinct, or I will turn to stone in 24 minutes!! Love the intellectually challenged who think they can run this city better than anyone who has come before or will ever come after!!!

  2. Sarah N
    April 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    ‘LVHS’ doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?

  3. Liberty
    April 13, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I think I might die from lack of air Im laughing so hard…..Omg….

  4. Kitti
    April 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Government “instillations”? What, they’re making whiskey in that there city hall?? LOL!

  5. Mark Dodd
    April 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    It is La Vergne. And should remain just that. I am OK with LaVergne over Lavergne.

    LV is the appropriate abbreviation for the City, think Los Angeles.

    The school should not be a factor. I never gave much thought to LHS I think it sounds better then LVHS.

    The Wolverine and the name of the field can be attributed to a movie that came out at the time the school was named. I believe it was named Red Dawn. The Wolverine was the mascot of the school in the movie and the name chosen by the freedom fighters. I also recall a point in the movie where the wolverine was described completely different by the Soviet occupiers, namely tenacious and a decisive fighter. The movie was about young people taking a stand. I think it meant something to them when THEY choose to name the LHS school mascot. I think it means the same thing still.

    I prefer to know the past. It gives reference and purpose to the future. Poor old Timothy Boucher Suer De Mont Bruin, Nashville only knows him as Timothy Demonbreun. :)

    • Ivy
      April 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Mark, you rock, thanks for the info! (Especially on Demonbreun, I had no idea!!)

  6. js
    April 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

    LMFAO… I agree. They used to have something that told how and why the school was named. Plus “rebranding” the school won’t get the rejects and deliquents from Antioch out of it. That is why the school has gone down hill so fast. Every year there seemed to be more fights and it was the kids from Antioch causing them. They would get zone exemptions to go to LHS instead of Antioch HS b/c they were putting a stop to all the violence out there. And Cedar Grove took the Timberwolf for their mascot and the same school colors. Are you going to start bashing them next? I think that you just don’t have anything or anyone to complain to so you pick stupid things that have been a certain way for over 20 years. OMG get a life.

  7. David
    April 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Anytime you get fools like the second ‘Tom’ who thinks whomever is in office is doing it wrong, there’s only one legitimate response:

    If you can do a better job, run for the office. It’s a public office and you stand a better chance at winning the seat than you do the lottery.

    Mama always said you can’t reason idiots out of something they didn’t reason themselves into, so there’s no sense in arguing with them.

  8. Kim Kleber
    May 10, 2012 at 10:05 am

    WooHoo, can we change the Wolverine as the mascot for LHS, (I’m not a Michigan fan, can you tell), because we all know this is what is important for our city and the citzens who live here.

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