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Matthew Shepard bill is a casualty of war


co-congress.jpgHow many perfectly good pieces of legislation have faded to oblivion by virtue of being “attached” to an unpopular bill doomed for failure.

Such is the case with the hate crimes bill, familiar to many as the Matthew Shepard bill, a meticulously drafted act that would have categorized crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation as hate crimes. Matthew Shepard was a young, gay university student in Wyoming who was beaten into a coma and subsequently died.

The Matthew Shepard Bill was a bill whose time had not only come but was terribly overdue, but being incorporated into a package of military spending (i.e. Iraq War funding) resulted in a kill on the battlefield of equal rights and civil liberties. Matthew Shepard and gays across America have become casualties of war. «Read the rest of this article»

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DAC artists showcased in annual exhibit


co-downtown-logo.GIFThe annual DAC Membership Art Show opens tonight with a gallery reception from 5-7 p.m., featuring music by Red River Breeze. The exhibit showcases the work of sixteen artists.

In addition, downtown shops will remain open through 8 p.m.,  and will showcase the work of an additional six artists.

Participating businesses include Posh,  HodgePodge, Front Page Deli, Rogate’s Boutique, and Yesterday’s Antiques (both shops).

The Roxy Theater will host a wine tasting, with a virtual walk through of the proposed Center for the Arts, followed by a performance of The Chimes.

The DAC Membership Show will run through December.


The Chimes: The Roxy’s gift to Clarksville


co-roxy-narrator-and-veck-3rd.JPGChimes, often referred to as Charles Dicken’s “other Christmas Carol,” is an elaborate and intricately staged holiday production told through a mix of narrative and dialogue. The play runs through December 22 at the Roxy Regional Theatre in downtown Clarksville.

This adaptation, written and directed by the Roxy’s own John McDonald, also features McDonald in a supporting role as Browley, Lord and ostentacious husband to Lady Browley (Nikki Ferry who has a dual role in this show), both representing a piece of the aristocracy. They are only equaled in this theatrical rendition of the upper crust by the Alderman (Luke Eddy), whose disdainful arrogance for the poor and “unworthy” make one want to jump up from the audience.

Fern and Veck admire Baby Lillian

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Cracker candy: Sweet crunchy temptation


madaI hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with family, friends, love, and laughter. This week I’m bringing you yet another wonderfully delicious and terribly fattening recipe. Of course, those are the best kinds of recipes and they happen to be the ones I excel at. This recipe is for cracker candy.


If you’re fond of Heath Bars, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The flavor is very close. It’s a rich and gooey treat with minimal prep time that will have everyone asking for the recipe. I remember this food growing up around holidays and it always takes me back home when I have a bite. As always, comments and criticisms are welcome in my inbox. Enjoy!

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BoSox bat prices out of the park


co-bosox-lg.gifSitting here in Clarksville, where the Tennessee Titans football is much closer that the World Series winners in Boston, I realize I am a long way from Fenway Park and its famed green monster. Not that I am a baseball fan. Or a fan of football. Or basketball. Or hockey. Or any of those mainstream team games. Don’t care. Never did. Never bought the T-shirt.

Nonetheless, as I read last week’s edition of my hometown’s non-traditional newspaper, and knowing that team sports play big across America, I couldn’t help but be captivated by a commentary on the state of ticket prices in major league sports: the announcement that Red Sox tickets would be pricing out at $125 per seat per game for the 2008 season. Wow! «Read the rest of this article»


Who is your e-machine voting for? UnCounted offers disturbing anwers


Recently the Secretaries of State in all fifty states received subpoenas in the National Clean Election lawsuit, according to Bernie Ellis, founder of the Nashville based group, Gathering to Save our Democracy. There is still time, Ellis said, to require a paper trail for the 2008 election.

uncounted-art.jpg“The lawsuit aims to establish that all computer systems (or other systems) which hide the ballots from the people for even a short period of time before the count is accomplished and the results are posted – are unconstitutional…The lawsuit argues persuasively … that the use of computer and machine election systems violate each citizen’s right to vote, as defined at least twice by the Supreme Court of the United States. ”

– Jim Condit Jr., NetworkAmerica.

The reason for the push to have paper verified elections is evident in the recently released documentary, UNCOUNTED, by David Earnhardt. The film will make its Clarksville debut Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. the Unitarian Universalist fellowship on Highway 41A South. The event is free. «Read the rest of this article»

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Blue lights honor law enforment officers


A Clarksville Police Department CarConcerns of Police Survivors, Inc. provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria. COPS provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues. «Read the rest of this article»

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Fox News doesn’t want you to see this ad


The Fox News LogoFox News has censored the Center for Constitutional Rights free speech by declining to run an advertisement by them titled “Rescue the Constitution” which has actor Danny Glover saying, “The Bush administration is destroying the Constitution” by the use of renditions, torture, and other tactics. Fox News offered this explanation as justification for their decision:

We cannot approve the spot with it being Danny Glover’s opinion that the Bush Administration is destroying the Constitution. If you have documentation that it is indeed being destroyed, we can look at that. Sorry about that,

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Christmas Parade delights thousands


parade-santa-2.JPGThousands of families lined the streets of downtown Clarksville Saturday for the annual Christmas Parade, which this year was staged at sunset and coincided with Downtown for the Holidays event of shopping and entertainment.

Santa, in his brilliant red suit with white fur trim, returned in his sleigh, and paused to listen to children’s wishes at Courthouse Square.

This year’s theme was the Sights and Sounds of Christmas. The Parade kicked off at 5 p.m. and included a host of city officials, civic, business, cultural and spiritual organizations, school bands, color guards, Clarksville’s mounted police and motorcycle units, regional fire departments and their decorated trucks, and a number of floats. The parade included several floats with Fort Campbell troops. The Roxy Theater contingent, celebrating 25 years of productions, appeared with a horse-drawn carriage and the costumed cast of the current production of Charles Dickens’ Victorian Christmas play, Chimes.


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Dec. 3 information session precedes meeting on Madison Street development


Clarksville, TNA public meeting sponsored by City Councilman Bill Summers (Ward 10) and City Councilman Bill Forrester (Ward 11) will be held Dec. 3 from 6:30PM to 8:00PM at the Gas & Water Building located at the corner of Madison Street and Richview Road. The meeting is designed to inform citizens of the general concepts under consideration in the Madison Street redevelopment plan. The meeting is designed to allow citizens a preview of the approach to this project and allow preparation of questions or ideas for the Dec. 4 meeting with the consultants involved in the redevelopment effort.

The Monday session will be held at the Gas and Water Building. Participants are asked to enter through the main front entrance. Please arrive at or before 6:30PM as the doors will be locked for building security and admittance will not be allowed after that time. For additional information, please call 645-7444.

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