What, no stirrups?
Republican Representative Scott Desjarlais accepted $960,000 in Citizens United style superpac money during the 2010 campaign. All the while, he lied to his supporters about his views, his history, and his ability to carry out public policy. Apparently, he didn't think Republicans themselves were smart enough to figure it out. Republicans have re-elected a national embarrassment to Tennessee.
Don't worry, Republicans: he won't resign.
Representative Desjarlais accepted $960,000 in "Citizens United" style superpac money during the 2010 elections. How do people who paid over a million dollars to get him elected feel about his representation now? Maybe we shouldn't have sent someone to Congress who can be so easily bought off. Not only has he embarrassed our state, but his ethical failings have cost people a hefty sum.
Scott Desjarlais: untrustworthy.
Training and education are important concepts for commercial progress. In the past 20 years, we have seen Tennessee's commitment to higher education drop by 50%. In the 90s it was common for the state to pay 60% of public higher education costs. Today, it's closer to 30%.
Veterans know: the military expects constant training. It's a principle that has made our military a successful organization. Look at what training civilians get provided: one-shot, disposable certifications that some in our society have chosen not to regard or value.
Our military expects significant training at least once every five years: that is, the Soldier will go back to a career path school at least once every five years. Really, once every two and a half years, excepting time for combat, is more likely.
Meanwhile, our typical civilian goes to school once and then leaves. Many of our local business leaders who have failed us have not been in a classroom since Elvis and The Beatles were at the height of their careers.
Today's commercial world requires lifelong learners. The days of going to school once in a lifetime are over. All commercial training after high school will be expected to be provided by public higher education institutions. Meanwhile, our commitment to those organizations which provide that training and education drops every year.
Republicans are choosing to force economic failure on our community by refusing to pay basic upkeep and maintenance on the workforce. It is up to us to require them to stop being ignorant, stop stifling innovation, and start facing reality.
Tennessee needs public education that counts, that works, that fosters creativity in difficult topics. Being cheap and selfish and stupid went out with the arrival of the computer. Face reality and lead local people into doing better. That means leaders are going to need more training.
Support higher education. Immediately double our state's percentage contribution to that cause. It's what's needed just to make up the ground we've lost to ignorance in the past 20 years. Prepare our kids for a decent post-secondary education by running high schools year round, as North Carolina does in Raleigh.
Face reality. Start training our people to be successful. Tennessee is worth it.
I returned home from my fourth war campaign to find this city in economic ruin. On Veteran's Day, you chose to provide this disgusting editorial insulting teachers. Our city is desperate for adequate education. Public education is the only practical answer to our commercial needs.
Of course, the Free Press' position is that we should be too selfish to pay for education.
No editorial on war. Insults about education. The continuum of intellectual failure continues from the Republican party.
Guess why you lost the election. No one wants or needs a bunch of haters who choose to be ignorant. That's what's become of the Republican Party. Changing that starts with you.
Happy Veterans Day. Tennessee has had Soldiers deployed every day since 9/11. Hope you enjoyed your day off from thought in editorializing.
Thank you for your Veteran's Day editorial.
Thank you for acknowledging that the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library is important to all of us.
It was the city, on the initiative of Mayor Ron Littlefield, who refused funding for the library when the city refused to renew a long standing tax agreement.
Trying to place the blame on the county is not only outright false, but also it's an insult to the intelligence of your readership. Who on the Free Press wrote this Times editorial?
Face facts: your patrons' favorite son, Ron Littlefield, has been the worst mayor ever. The entire city, and most of the county, will celebrate the end of his term in office. It's likely that the library staff will, too.
Get the facts right. Read your own articles. Notice the observable truth: it was the City of Chattanooga's Mayor, not the county, that destroyed funding for the library. We all saw who initiated that mess, who insisted on refusing the tax agreement, and who to this day will not fund important and essential services for the city and the county like the library.
Lying to cover it up for your patrons' ad dollars won't do you any good when we have all seen the facts.
We look forward to seeing a Times-Free Press editorial supporting the continuance of the city/county tax agreement as soon as possible.
The article falsely states the effect of the city's current recall law.
The state's approach to recall and the city's approach to recall make for a balanced and working pair of laws. Under the state's approach, a large number of signatures is needed to affect a recall. Under the city's recall law, citizen signatures --AND-- a vote of the city council is required to remove the mayor.
The statement above, that signatures immediately affect a mayoral recall, is false. This newspaper has repeatedly stated this falsehood. It is not reflected or supported by the city charter.
The charter clearly states that emergency actions to replace a mayor require action by the city council. It also shows that the city council must act of its own accord. It's not required to automatically rubber stamp anything. The council makes its own decisions.
The editors have repeatedly and habitually misled the public by not conducting basic research like reading the charter's articles about installing and replacing the Chattanooga Mayor.
The cold fact is that the current laws have a fair and balanced approach. If many signatures are collected and not acted upon by municipal officials, maybe then the state would have call to step in and take action. Meanwhile, the smaller number of city-required signatures in conjunction with city council action represent a reasonable level of community involvement for mayoral recalls.
Read the law. It is written so that you can understand it. Notice that mayoral recalls have the same requirements for response that any other emergency might have. Notice that changing that law might make it harder to replace a mayor in the event of his death, illness, or inability to carry out office for reasons other than unpopularity.
FInally, once again, the latest recall effort failed because it failed to gain the crucial second half of support required under the existing and functional recall law: there was no support on the city council for removing Littlefield.
As it is, the editors' patrons may have been scared to see their golden boy get rebuked by the populace, but the law should stand as the sound and reasonable and functioning legislation that it is.
Read the law for yourselves. It's in the city charter.
The tractor trailers will drive over all four lanes of traffic and back over whatever they please long before they use some small side street. Get real. That's what they do now.
The large wall that lines the property is about 50' high. How many stories tall would the building have to be in order to keep its roofline from intruding? Face facts: people who live on top of a hill and look down will see rooftops.
The grocery store would have to be at least four stories tall to get close to meeting the ridgeline of the hillside. How many obese, deep-fried, Southern-cooking Chattanoogans do you think will be walking up flights of stairs to a fifth story of a grocery store? Even if Paula Dean were waving some confectioner's sugar over a batch of fresh donuts, we still couldn't lure a deskbound journalist to hoof it up there.
Under those circumstances, just how much commercial value would you expect to find in an off-traffic fourth story walkup? Since there's none, guess how reasonable it is to get the thing built.
The cold reality is that Chattanooga's North Shore is not too good for "suburban blah" grocery stores. Who believes that it is? Look around. No one wants to drive to WalMart for groceries. Most downtown whites won't set foot in Buehler's Market. Guess what's going to happen? Market forces will respond to the needs generated by racist suburbanites and install a white person grocery store to compete with Whole Foods paycheck ripoff at Greenlife Grocery.
Trying to stop that with ultra prissy zoning laws is a waste of time. People gotta eat.
And while we're on it, East Ridge has the same problems as every other community in this area. If you want to see business blight, look no further than Broad Street, Hixson Pike, Dayton Boulevard, or Brainerd Road. All are covered in defunct businesses. Singling out East Ridge is unfair and unrealistic.
The next generation of monied families in this area left. They sold off the paper to Hussman instead of slugging it out in the hellhole that was a news organization. Same-same for many of our city's old, has-been "name" industries. We have had significant losses.
It's up to us to save ourselves. That saving is going to come from ordinary people like the barber insulted in the editorial up above. Many times in war and emergency, I have seen our local people do a helluva lot better than one might expect. An old sergeant once advised me that our people will do well when they realize a certain task is important. He's turned out to be right repeatedly. Our people are coming to understand just how bad our business crisis is; specifically, they're coming to understand how important business image is to commerce overall.
That's not only happening in the microcosm of East Ridge, it's happening all over. It's just that in East Ridge, the community is small enough to be influenced by grass roots populist support more quickly. For businesses in the county and city at large, take note because large corporations are not saving you. They are paying their CEOs $12.25 million a year while "laying off" hundreds in for-profit terminations. Amazon is claiming employment figures for people who will not go to work for years, if ever, really. VW is now asking to pollute more. Wacker just killed two people by using the cheapest concrete contractor possible. It's one corporate handout after another because people don't believe that they can compete.
The barber who might not look super-cool and super-smart: he's an ordinary guy who showed up. That's called demonstrating initiative, and it's one of our citizens' stronger qualities.