Cooperation key for pets on bridge
Once I served on the board of a small non-profit whose mission was poverty relief. While we met minor challenges ourselves, surmounting greater ones required the aid of our fellow travelers. Doing so tested reserves of patience, tact and empathy all around because others brought their own methods and visions to the collaboration. Success depended on the give and take that ultimately made us better people.
New to Chattanooga, I see an opportunity to bring that lesson to bear upon the issue of reopening the Walnut Street Bridge to pets. If we may again walk our dogs across that bridge, everyone must know the value of leash laws and why waste must be picked up. Pets are but a symptom of this quality of life issue. Human attitudes underpin the problem.
I gather that some healing between the Humane Educational Society and McKamey Animal Center would be welcome. Let the Walnut Street Bridge become a metaphor for that process. The combined resources of our community shelters could provide the necessary clout and consciousness-raising to ensure that return of pets to the bridge is a cause for celebration.
A few things to remember
All the talk about changes, aren't we forgetting a few things:
(1) Bridges falling down, but we have to support a 30 something who doesn't have health insurance.
(2) The present administration presents us with a budget of $3.5 trillion and we don't have a balanced budget constitutional amendment.
(3) The federal income tax system has been raping people for years, but we can't consider the fair tax or the flat tax.
(4) The Constitution has been trampled on for years, now we consider a judge who feels their gender and the racial background qualifies them to serve.
(5) We can't legalize marijuana because it leads to harder drugs, when 99 percent of those who use the drug had drunk alcohol or smoked cigarettes first.
(6) We have a license to drive an automobile and register that vehicle, but we don't for a gun (of any type).
(7) We can drive an automobile and text (or simply use a cell phone), but we can't do it if we aren't wearing seat belts.
(8) We accept as truth the comments on cable news, and can't read a newspaper for more information on the subject.
Officials must return Freddie, Fanny funds
A recent edition of Judicial Watch, a monthly magazine that keeps track of how our elected officials use (or misuse) our taxpayer dollars, points out that the following men were the top four recipients of money from the failed Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The two subprime lenders were found guilty of massive fradulent bookkeeping.
These four men are:
1. Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.;
2. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. (now our president);
3. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.;
4. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.
Chattanoogans need to write Rep. Zach Wamp and Sen. Bob Corker and demand that these men be rebuked (at least) and made to return their ill-gotten gains. They should furthermore be made to step down from their powerful chairmanships where, even today, believe it or not, they are still responsible for "oversight" at the above-mentioned lenders.
If we make our voices heard loud and clear, maybe we can begin to change the "business as usual" corruption in Washington!
Changes coming are not good
Momentous changes are coming to our nation, changes that I can sense, feel, smell and almost taste. As a student of history I have studied these changes beginning with Teddy Roosevelt, and what I sense is not good.
We have dumbed down our schools until many graduates cannot read, write or articulate clearly. We have deindustrialized our economy, nationalized our auto companies and given control to the unions. Into this potent mix we have allowed that radical group called ACORN to subvert our election process. No one protested. Why?
We have elected a person to the presidency who has demonstrated no management ability.
All his known associates are extreme radicals and everything he reveals about himself, dab by tiny dab, is radical. He wants to install a 4-million man internal police force. For whose protection?
I now know how the moral Germans of the 1930s must have felt. Their savior was a smooth-talking thug from the streets. He elbowed his way into political power with smooth talk and deft political maneuvering. He smiled and waved a lot and those who disagreed were silenced by his internal police force.
Obama should offer comfort for war dead
I saw on the news where President Barack Obama sent a letter of condolences to the family of Michael Jackson. Farrah Fawcett died the same day, but there was no mention of her family receiving a condolence letter from the president. Our troops die every day and their families don't receive a personal letter from the president. I think it's sad when the president thinks more of Michael Jackson then the men and women who are defending our freedom. Michael Jackson will be missed, but I think our president needs to show the same sympathy for the families of our fallen troops.
City employees rude, demeaning
Over a year, I've battled crime in Highland Park. I've spent hours talking to police, council people, the mayor, the landlord and an investigator. With no improvement, I wonder if this effort is hopeless.
I hit my wall recently while calling the drug tip hotline. I watched a repeat visitor approach my neighbor, give him money, and receive something the size of a pill or a small rock. The woman on the hotline started with the demeaning tone I've experienced before. I've experienced rudeness with many arms of our city. Officials tell me to keep fighting, and "don't let the bad guys get you down." Ironically it's the good guys who make me feel the most discouraged and humiliated. Is this just the way city employees cope with a system that's wrong and ineffective? Have they discovered by being louder and more overwhelming than the citizens, they'll keep us at bay?
There are wonderful things happening here that encourage a culture of listening, initiated by people who are not employees or elected officials, but do care about creating good for the people of Chattanooga. I wish I could experience that same caring spirit among those who are paid or elected to do so.
Appeasement wrong for despotic leaders
It is a sad fact of world history that seldom do governments learn from past mistakes concerning dealing with despotic leaders. From 1937 through 1939, the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain attempted an "appeasement approach" in negotiating with Adolf Hitler in Europe and ended up capitulating to the demands of Hitler, resulting in the takeover of the Sudetenland, Austria and Czechoslovakia.
President Carter's soft approach from 1979 to 1981 to the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran holding American hostages was not successful, and it ended up with an unfortunate and embarrassing rescue attempt. Reagan was elected president in 1981 and immediately threatened Iran if they did not release the hostages. Result: hostages soon released.
Numerous examples exist from early civilizations to the present day of this fact: Despotic leaders will not listen to reasonable arguments and advocating to "keeping world peace." President Obama's soft touch in his responses to the belligerency of North Korea and the lack of encouragement to Iranians protesting a rigged election is wrong. A democratic government cannot successfully negotiate with tyrannical leaders who will respond positively only to a show of strength (words and actions) and not weakness (inaction and a meek approach) to dealing with their outlandish actions and behavior.
Demand freedom from takeovers
In the past 54 months, the federal government has run amuck with stimulus bills, closing of auto plants, banks, trying to pass health care bills, climate control bills and who knows that else is on their agenda.
We've a president who named 17 czars to advise him. The president apologized to foreign countries for Americans, while they laugh behind our backs. He needs to study history.
Americans fought for our freedom since the Revolutionary War, French and Indian wars, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. Why do you think these patriots, who truly believe in their cause, should be apologized for? My husband fought seven campaigns in Europe during WWII; he was a true patriot as were other members of his family and mine.
Americans have a right to demand the bankrupting of our country stop now. No more spending bills.
Congress is there for the will of the people, not the will of the president. All the millions that those running for office raise, the money leftover from campaigns should be immediately returned to federal coffers.
This 4th of July is a good time to demand independence from government takeover of our lives and declare our liberty and freedom.
Allow sale of raw dairy products
Please vote to pass HR 778, a bill which would enable consumers to enact their right to buy raw dairy products should they choose to do so.
Currently, consumption of raw dairy products is legal in all 50 states, while its sale remains illegal in some states.
Why should the consumer not be able to choose milk that hasn't been robbed of its freshness and many nutrients? Why shouldn't we be able to buy from a local farmer, or someone who only has one cow to supplement their income?
Our family has been drinking raw milk for years, with no ill effects at all.
Please give farmers the right to produce raw milk for discerning consumers who will not give any other milk to their families.
Norcross needs to be repaired
Norcross Road was one of, if not the first roads to be desecrated by Mayor Littlefield's regional paving solution: crack-seal. Judges and citizens alike vilified this plan as dangerous and myopic and after months of defensive public relations spins, Ron Littlefield finally admitted it to have been a poor decision.
The six streets initially crack-sealed took only days to ruin. But of them all, Norcross has probably the highest traffic count and is in the worst condition. Yet the Public Works Department and City Engineer's Department have repaved the five other streets, but refuse to return my phone calls or simply offer non-committal lip service on when Norcross will finally be properly repaved.
Mayor Littlefield, your State of the City address was little more than political non-sequitur. You posture yourself as future oriented. If I have to go door-to-door to complete the petition for a recall vote to remove you from office, I will do it happily. Fix Norcross Road!
DAVID D. FIHN SR.