Don't let government tell us what to do
Ask yourselves if you want government to say what your kids are taught in school. Do you want government to determine what doctors can treat you for and what medications you may take? Do you want government to determine how you heat your house or cool it? Do you want government to determine your mode of transportation? Do you want government to control every aspect of your life?
That's where we are headed with the massive "spending" bill, passed in Congress by the liberals, and President Obama's signature will be Obama's "Obomination," leading us to a path of socialist government, a path that Russia followed in years past.
Tennessee should refuse the billions offered and practice more restraint to bring its own budget under control. Other states should do the same. If not, then we should all pay attention to Dalton Roberts' article in last week's paper and (quote), "start learning to speak Chinese." To quote my dad in the late 1940s, "Figures don't lie, and liars sure can figure."
Naivete will get us nowhere. Duty, responsibility, honesty and values will. Our liberty is at stake. Can we expect Congress to keep us free?
to cutting spending
For much too long our City Council has spent money on anything and everything presented to them, regardless of necessity.
The last few years we have spent thousands of dollars for studies of sewer "odors" downtown.
Your City Council spent $86,000 on golf carts last year.
And the budget includes at least $100,000 per year for artwork.
The city spent $5.6 million for a sewer "gas scrubber" that has yet to work.
We also continue to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in college scholarships without even determining if the recipients ever even graduate from college.
In good economic times when there is "extra" money to spend, it is nice to be able to buy things that are not necessities. However, in these economic times we cannot continue to spend as usual. City Hall's spending affects everyone's pocketbook. With a $415 million long-term debt and declining sales tax revenues, we taxpayers will have to make up the difference. We must be active now and vote for the City Council members who are committed to reducing spending. In District 1 that is Deborah Scott.
in tough times
We are in some very scary economic times right now and in regard to the race for the mayor of Chattanooga, we certainly don't need to "change horses in the middle of the stream." We need a leader who can lead our city through these difficult economic times. Now is not the time for on-the-job training. We need a leader with proven experience. I believe that person is the current mayor, Ron Littlefield.
Berz's strategies help improve quality of life
Dr. Carol Berz has represented District 6 with competence and integrity. She has worked to preserve the residential neighborhoods in the district and ensure that all areas receive an equitable share of city services.
Councilwoman Berz has also focused on bringing new economic development to Chattanooga in order to provide muchneeded employment to our diverse population. She seeks input from all interested parties as she develops strategies to improve the quality of life for all.
I am confident that District 6 and Chattanooga as a whole will benefit greatly by re-electing Carol Berz to the City Council.
JOHN KILLEFFER JR.
Rutherford will work hard for everyone
Marti Rutherford is best for District 6.
I wish I could vote for Marti. I live in District 5 and know firsthand what a wonderful job she did for us. You knew she would always answer your call. We even asked for her help when we called Duke Franklin and did not get a response. She did not say, "Sorry, you aren't in my district."
No job is too big or too small for Marti to tackle. Picture this: She and a male neighbor chased and captured a rooster and three hens that were in our neighborhood years ago. The Humane Society said they could not come but would supply a crate to put them in. They chased those critters all over the neighborhood, crated them up and the Humane Society found them a happy home.
Vote for Marti. I know she will work hard for you. I truly believe she wants what is best for all the people of Chattanooga. She is strong and will stand up for your rights.
aid city's residents
We love living in downtown Chattanooga. We moved here from Signal Mountain just a little over two years ago. So, for the first time, we are honored to have the opportunity to vote in an election for our city mayor. About 18 years ago we moved here from Washington, D.C. At the time, we could live in most any city that had an airport. Chattanooga was our first choice. We built a lovely home on the side of Signal Mountain and for several years benefited from the cumulative growth and development provided by city and county leaders in government, industry and business. A few years ago, I wrote the book titled "Chattanooga: River City Renaissance" to express my love for our city.
Living downtown, we have had greater opportunity to know Mayor Ron Littlefield and his wife, Lanis. Not only do they truly care about our city, but the mayor's efforts in community leadership and business development provide many opportunities and services to our citizens. During a time of economic downturn, we need proven governmental experience. That is why my husband and I will vote and vote early to re-elect Ron Littlefield for our city mayor.
JUNE SCOBEE RODGERS
needed to lead
George Patten is the ideal candidate to represent District 3 on the City Council. He has demonstrated high integrity in his successful business career and as a dedicated father. I have known and conducted business with George going back to his manufacturing days, when he successfully managed a local manufacturing plant. We were in the YMCA Indian Princess program together with our daughters. He is communityminded and has the experience necessary to help lead this community to the next level. He clearly understands what it takes to deal with the growth challenges right around the corner as a result of the new VW plant. We in District 3 are fortunate to have a candidate of this caliber willing to step to this challenge.
Drilling in ANWR
won't solve problems
Your editorial ("Energydependent forever?" Feb. 16) defended drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by using propaganda often cited by oil industries and recently parroted by Gov. Sarah Palin.
The refuge is in no way a holy grail. Drilling here would impact gas prices by only a few pennies per gallon, and not for 20 years.
The refuge is indeed frozen in the winter, but this does not equal low biological productivity. The refuge is home to 250 animal species and serves as a breeding ground for birds from all 50 states.
The amount of refuge land that would be affected by oil development is far more than the figure quoted. Industrial development would require roads, gravel pits, pipelines and air landing strips that would spread across the entire coastal plain of the refuge. To say that oil development's impact will be contained to 2,000 acres is like saying a car's only impact is restricted to the area where its wheels touch the road.
Opening the refuge to drilling will have few benefits and many costs. Congress and the Obama administration should focus on increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable technologies. Focusing on the refuge is not the answer.
Alaska Regional Director
The Wilderness Society
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