published Thursday, August 9th, 2012

EPB employees trained, not greedy and other letters to the editors

EPB employees trained, not greedy

Reply to the Chattanooga Free Press editorial (Aug. 5) "EPB workers rake it in."

Yet again, the Chattanooga Times Free Press has chosen to use the Freedom of Information Act, in an attempt to pit worker against worker. In this case you want to see city workers outraged at EPB employee salaries. The same attempt to outrage the public was used this past spring by targeting those who work at the TVA.

You portray the average employee as greedy tax-grabbing bandits. EPB employees are highly trained and highly skilled workers. Their jobs demand dedication and attention to detail to ensure that residents in the Chattanooga area have electricity for their homes. Would you send just anyone out to repair transmission lines when power is lost?

Simply put, most of us strive to make a modest income. This paper is attempting to outrage the public of this fact and divide the working people of this city and region. Please have some respect for working folks and be thankful your refrigerator is cold this evening.

ARTHUR LEE, Dunlap, Tenn.


To cyclists: Move to safer areas

Just want to say an "Amen" to Cindy Cooke's letter in the Aug. 1 paper. I live in McDonald where bikers love to ride. It is usually frustrating to encounter them because most of our roads are so hilly that we can't see past the bikers, or so winding that we can't see around them. Also, when we can eventually pass them, we are mostly on the wrong side of the road. I'm amazed that we have not had accidents here.

One day last week, there were five cars being held up around a curve, waiting for the biker to get around so they could see to pass.

I understand their love of riding, and I'm glad they are staying in shape. I would just love to see them ride where it is safer for them and for motorists!

CHARLENE WILSON, McDonald, Tenn.


Officer assessment of oxide is right on

Navy VADM Ronald Eytchison's Aug. 3 commentary about mixed-oxide fuels for U.S. nuclear power generation is especially relevant today. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will "halt final decisions on granting new and renewed licenses for reactors nationwide." Court ruled that the NRC "must assess the environmental risks of storing radioactive waste." It's not "waste." It's spent fuel and can be used in MOX to reduce cost of producing electricity "without polluting the air or emitting greenhouse gases."

As a U.S. Naval Academy officer with an engineering degree, the admiral is a qualified nuclear engineer with experience in operating nuclear reactors aboard U.S. Navy submarines. He commanded those submarines and squadrons of them. He was former TVA senior vice president for nuclear operations.

Gen. John Castellaw's 1972 B.S. degree in agriculture and his helicopter piloting experience in the Marine Corps are limited credentials for an earlier article (July 29) recommending expensive biofuels use by U.S. military. The U.S. Navy being forced to pioneer biofuels is akin to financing Solyndra, a frivolous waste of tax dollars.

JOHN A. LYNCH JR., Captain, USNR (Ret.) Whitwell, Tenn.

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shen said...

Mr. Lee from Dunlap is right. EPB can proudly boast of some of the highest skilled and trained workers in the area. They once had an apprenticeship program where they hired and sent out for training locals who were either military veterans or from some of the poorer areas of Chattanooga. Unlike today, employers haven't always been kind to returning veterans, and even less friendly to some of Chattanooga's poorer population. EPB wasn't like that. Not only did they hire, but they made sure their workers got the training they needed. Periodically, their workers had to take classes to keep their skills updated. There's a small group operating in Chattanooga, mostly behind the scenes, that's using the old divide'em and conquer'em technique. Hopefully, most in the city are smart enough that they won't fall for the scam.

Instead of attacking EPB, you'd think its attackers would want more employers like this company. Aren't these the same individuals who are always crying about Chattanooga's lack of a skilled labor force? EPB was on the cutting edge of hiring and training its workers, more than fifty and sixty years ago. Many of who were women, veterans and minorities grew up in America's poorer neighborhoods.

August 9, 2012 at 12:47 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

I like The E.P.B. I have since 1978 when I moved to Tennessee from Iowa. (A little history for anyone who can use it).

August 9, 2012 at 2:22 p.m.
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