published Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Unfortunate recall conflict

It is very unfortunate for our community that the residents of Chattanooga and Mayor Ron Littlefield have been drawn into a conflict about whether the mayor should be recalled from office, a challenge which, if successful, would require a new election for mayor.

There is no indication that Littlefield has committed any act that is illegal, improper or immoral. The objections to the mayor are based solely on policy differences that have aroused substantial dissent among our citizens. Such differences may be justified — but they do not justify a recall.

The mayor was elected to a four-year term. Lacking substantial improprieties, he should serve out that term.

The recall effort is highly complicated by the fact that state and city laws regarding a recall differ in substantial ways.

Recall advocates have filed their petitions. Littlefield has filed suit in Circuit Court in Hamilton County to block a recall election. So the next step will be a hearing in court concerning the conflicting laws, requiring a decision by a judge as to the legal proprieties.

We are fortunate in our system of law and government that the people have the right to elect our officials, from the president of our nation to local officials.

Few officials at any level please “all of the people all of the time.”

We have the right to express our views — in support or dissent — and thus seek to influence policies and actions by our officials from the local level to the national level.

But to establish and maintain stable and responsible government at all levels, citizens should abide by majority rule in the terms for which our officials are elected — unless an official violates the law.

Many Chattanoogans disagree with the mayor on several issues, as many disagree with officials from the president on down. But a proposal to remove any official in mid-term should not be made lightly. Mere policy disagreements should not be sufficient.

Lacking substantial evidence of some illegal action — and there is none — our citizens should allow our officials to serve out the terms to which we have elected them, at which time we may make whatever choice we prefer.

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MayGun said...

Oh big surprise...nothing I haven't read before...granted this is an editorial but Journalism is dead, seriously. One time I wanted to dig up stories and share facts but through school and observation of "journalism" around me I have learned that it is only about bullsing to sell a brand of bulls*t from one bulls*er to another...excuse my frankness but it would be nice to see someone do his or her job especially in writing on this historical effort to refresh this old old system.Whether you like it or not keep that to yourself. Recognize that this is a post partisan effort reflective of a new self-empowerment in taking on the political system. OVER 12,000 PEOPLE SIGNED THE THING! Why don't you seek them out and hear their story. This news paper is losing all credibility..Give me intelligence and dig up facts..don't just be some rag that spouts the same complaint I can find on some Facebook message board.

September 2, 2010 at 2:53 a.m.
Allison12 said...

Mr. Editor lets rephrase your perpetual argument that the Mayor has committed no act justifying a recall. More accurately stated would be the TFP emphasis on editorial journalism and sugar and plums stories to ensure that you hear no evil, see no evil, or investigate no evil. The TFP is well known as the public relations arm for Chattanooga government. The TFP actually perpetuates corruption in government for their failure to report and investigate news. When a check in the amount of approx. $700,000 of taxpayer dollars was cut to buy the Farmers Market property that was scheduled for auction on the court house sets for 3 years in back taxes, the TFP sugar coated and failed to report that the property could have been purchased for next to nothing or acquired for the $177,000 in back taxes. Please editorialize on how it benefited the taxpayers to give former Blanton bag man $700,000, instead of buying the property on the court house steps for back taxes. TFP did a blurb, and omitted that the property was owned by former TnPar bag man William Aubry Thompson. I will continue to believe that the TFP was aware of additional political ties that far exceed Mr. Thompson being a financial contributor to the Littlefield campaign. Then, there is the developer loan for the Littlefield campaign manager for the Frazier Ave. land deal, then there are the fleet of cars purchased from N. Ga. that were not advertised for bid, and purchased on a contract that was expired for two years. Then... Mr. Editor your position that the Littlefield admin has committed no act warranting a recall is only a viable argument because TFP has chronically chosen to see no evil, hear no evil, or investigate or report no evil by choice. So hurry Mr. Editor, and get busy there is an art festival that needs your immediate journalistic coverage.

September 2, 2010 at 8:15 a.m.
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