Monday, January 16, 2017
ANOTHER LETTER TO THE EDITOR...IGNORED
From my business/life partner, Larry and my perspective, as California natives who grew angry and frustrated with the state of affairs there; just coming off huge unaddressed by the proper authorities financial crimes committed against us we chose to move to Tennessee, the Volunteer State, to heal; enjoy our favorite music, and start our numerous businesses. Of course we’d start with just one; the smallest least expensive and with the lowest overhead.
We’d heard so much about how many businesses pulled up roots from back home and moved everything to Tennessee.
We got settled into a wonderful West End, Nashville, TN apartment complex; started walking everywhere we went almost; ate at fun cafés, took a walking tour of Music Row, spent time in the little college town near Vanderbilt; walked and picnicked in Centennial Park.
We’ve had some very pleasant times.
However, this is what we found in spite of the media blasting Nashville’s praise across the whole United States. Yes, we’d visited Nashville, in the past, for just a short vacation back in 2000 at Christmastime, but never saw what a year of living here has revealed.
Larry and I went downtown to take pictures of the sights, beautiful buildings, churches and fun bars. However what I recall the most was the stench of warm beer and urine that cover the sidewalks on Broadway. Additionally we’re continuously shocked by the many “paddy wagons”, so to speak, full of drunken dancers? How is this not against the law when otherwise a driver would be arrested for not wearing a seat belt?
What's more we couldn’t get over how many homeless we saw? We assumed this was because of the many music artists that come to Nashville dreaming of becoming a star, only to end up on the streets with no money?
From our apartment we experienced the outrageous, unpleasant music, (noise) coming from the Hookah Bar down the street; this started back in June 2016 for us as we first moved in. Since, as the months have passed, in spite of nightly calls to the local police, the noise, drumming, cars racing and yelling have escalated, instead of subsided. At first the loud music would only be on Thursday evenings around 11.00PM and last until perhaps 3:00AM; now it’s every night of the week, even sometimes on Sunday, and it starts sooner and ends much later.
Half of the residents of this apartment complex, on our side of the building, are up in arms about it; there isn’t a resident who hasn’t complained…continuously.
I mean people work and today many, in this apartment complex, are so tired all the time, from little sleep, they have a difficult time functioning.
The authorities do nothing! To me this is the biggest issue; it’s so serious that it trumps all the crime and encourages more! Larry and I have seen, and experienced, a lot of the same in our lives concerning authorities that do nothing about crime and disturbances…we actually came to Nashville, TN with so much promise thinking we’d finally gotten away from this…not!
I now understand why there was a drug killing right outside our door the other night and why a California resident, visiting Nashville, was murdered by a Tennessee couple awhile back, actually September 26, 2016?
Larry has even had horrendous experiences with employers in this area, who were extremely dishonest, for quite awhile, before he landed a strong position.
Then one day back in September 2016, Larry tripped on a two-inch lifted cement sidewalk, that otherwise was in pristine condition, while the lift was not marked in any way. He fell flat on his face and hasn’t been the same since…he can’t work as yet and hasn’t since September 21, 2016.
I reported the accident to the City of Nashville claims department the day after Larry fell.
I’ve done some extensive research and found the City of Nashville is absolutely responsible for their neglect in caring for this sidewalk; the roots of the trees planted beside the sidewalk have lifted the corners of the expansion seams all the way down the block. Public Works should have done something years ago, but they are claiming they didn’t know?
It’s their job to know!
And I know for a fact that Public Work’s claim isn’t true…they knew. With negligible research, on my part, I found many others who have complained.
What's more it's Public Works and the City of Nashville's business to know how to safely build a sidewalk for safety over a long period, in this case the sidewalk is only ten years old. Why else must contractors, of all kinds, need permits, from the city, to do anything in this world.
Right after Larry’s fall, however, Public Works scurried over to 18th Ave North and quietly repaired the whole block.
Consequently they are refusing to pay for the damages to Larry’s life; better said his ability to work for a while. They closed the investigation, non-investigation I should say, without interviewing Larry, or seeing medical records.
I’ve written all the city councilman/women there are at the City of Nashville in Nashville, TN…all forty of them; I also wrote Mayor Megan Barry, Vice Mayor David Briley and our own Councilman Ed Kindall.
I was ignored by every last one of them except Councilman Russ Pulley, who actually requested a meeting with Jon Cooper the director of the City of Nashville Law Department.
The City of Nashville has so far refused to re-open the case; instead from behind closed doors of secrecy they have agreed to re-evaluate, (notice play on words) but they still apparently aren’t interested in interviewing Larry.
This accident has rendered Larry unable to work for awhile, consequently we have lost a major part of our income and we are at risk of becoming homeless, without a car; not even the ability to move our belongings out of our apartment to store them.
Last but not least, I have never in my life seen more “help for the homeless” as one “Google Fests” the Internet; I’ve never seen so many churches in one state as I’ve seen here in Tennessee…the surprising and disturbing part of these agencies and houses of God?
NO ONE ACTUALLY HELPS! So where are all these donation dollars going?
Here’s the question I have for you, “How does Nashville, Tennessee think anyone would be interested in coming to Nashville to build businesses, and live here, under the circumstances I have just described?”
And, just wait until Nashville, TN sees what we were planning to create here and the jobs our ideas would have offered; now all we want to do is leave:>(
If you’re interested in calling the City of Nashville and talking to any of your city councilmen/women I encourage you to do so by going to nashville.gov website. Their numbers are listed.
Ask them this question, or rather ask the City of Nashville's claims department this question, "May I see the file on the investigation into Larry's fall please?"
With the answers to the above questions, tell me Nashville, Tennessee doesn't set out to create homelessness in their city...on purpose.
I found the below government crest during the "Google Fest" I ventured into as I brought up images on the homeless on the Nashville page. It's quite a metaphor to me to find this City of Nashville crest on the same page as the homeless photos.
I realize crime is everywhere, but when the authorities refuse to work at controlling it then crime becomes a holocaust for the citizens. I believe Nashville, Tennessee is a holocaust of unaddressed by the proper authorities crime creating homelessness, then out of the other side of our governments' mouth's they are claiming to help and stop homelessness. The point is there should be no homeless in this country, and certainly not because of unaddressed by the proper authorities crimes...most of the time financial crimes committed by the corrupt financial elite, financial institutions and leaders.
Thank you very much for your time and attention.
Deborah Breuner Davis