Attorneys favor those in control
I am an active member of the Westside Community Association. It seems to me that City Attorney Mike McMahan is confused. I can understand that since he is supposed to represent the citizens of Chattanooga, their City Council and their mayor equally and simultaneously.
According to your reporter, Cliff Hightower (article Metro front, Aug. 25), McMahan said that our president, The Rev. Leroy T. Griffith, gave him a petition with the proposed ordinance on it but "with zero signatures." The petition Griffith gave him was from the WCA to the City Council asking that it consider our proposed change in the city's zoning code. That petition was introduced by Councilman Andrea McGary and was referred to council's Legal and Legislative Committee for it consideration and recommendations to the council for action. It still is there lazily lingering in political inaction.
Our ordinance was then submitted to the Hamilton County Election Commission as an initiative petition for its action regarding its conformity with laws regarding placement on a ballot, according to state law, the governmental first step in the initiative process.
Because lawyers work for those who hire and fire, it's no wonder city attorneys seem to benefit governors over the governed.
Romney out of step with times
What a potential diplomat we have in Gov. Mitt Romney.
No sooner had he arrived in London than the whole world was exposed to his Olympic-sized gaffe. Ire quickly rose from the prime minister, mayor of London and the British press and pubic.
Shortly thereafter, he met with Labour Leader Ed Miliband, and appears to have forgotten his name. Worse happened when he disclosed to the press his private meeting with British spy chief Sir John Sawers. If President Obama met with him, and he probably did, nobody heard about it.
All this will not be forgotten by the English people aware of the reference to their country in (Romney's) book: "Britain is just a small island that doesn't make things people want to buy. Its roads and houses are small."
The experience of my travels in England, Scotland and Wales would seem to contradict everything Romney had said. This "small island" produced some of the world's greatest literature, and the British Empire, which once controlled much of the world.
Demonstrating a cold war mentality and an inability to deal with reality, Romney's foreign policy adviser and staff refer to Russia as the Soviet Union which ended in 1991.
JOHN BRATTON, Sewanee, Tenn.