I found the wording almost laughable. Yesterday, they were able to "free up" 5 million dollars for road work....today, there is a hardship to come up with $280,OOO for children to have a chance at a better life. I know they come from different funds, I just found the wording ironic. It almost indicates what many feel is more important. As much as they work on the roads in this city...can't they get the roads right? Seems like they work on the same areas OVER and OVER again!
This is really news? Americans have been living well beyond their means for YEARS! I WANT IT NOW is the mentality of this country! Gone are the times where people can be thankful for what they have...MORE MORE MORE is the attitude! Give me my family over things ANY DAY! I am American, but growing up in a different country, seeing others truly struggle, makes me appreciate the little things. It is a vicious cycle....people are miserable so they go buy something to make themselves "feel better". Then they have more bills so they become miserable again...go buy something. SIGH!
@ Wilder...I am very aware of the fact that there is an increase in single parent homes. However, that is no excuse. I do have to say the government is making it appealing to have kids,giving people housing, food stamps, and other government assistance. That is not a good reason to have a child...more children, more assistance. It is like the government is shooting itself in the foot and they have done it for so long, they don't know how to make it right. As someone mentioned in a previous post, you see people on welfare for decades. What do you have to do for said welfare? Basically nothing. Why work when you can get more for doing nothing? Then you have people with too much time on their hands. The whole welfare system needs to be revamped. There is a need for change now! Several people I work with, get frustrated because as soon as they DO get even a minimum wage job, most if not all assistance is cut off and they are fairing worse than when they did nothing! So basically, they are being punished for TRYING to do better for themselves. I say that if you are abled bodied and you receive welfare, you should have to do some kind of community service, be in job training, or SOMETHING! And I can't tell you HOW many people I know sell their food stamps! It is UNREAL! But let's spend millions beautifying the city....it is more important! But look...we have people killing people! There is no value of human life because many people do not value their own! "Give a man a fish, he can eat for a day, TEACH a man to fish, he can eat for life!" I am not saying that we shouldn't have a beautiful city! Just said that to make a point! We need to re-evaluate what is REALLY important. I love our beautiful city but if people keep shooting people, how SAFE is it really?! Can we really enjoy what we have? This country has watered down their justice system so badly, criminal look at it as a joke. In other countries...there is lower crime rates because they KNOW the consequences are severe!
Many of the posts here, sadden me! Being involved with both black and white communities, they are more similiar than people choose to believe. A lot of times, kids get involved in drugs, alcohol and crime because something is missing at home or they are trying to just "fit in" with their peers. This is true throughout all social backgrounds. Acceptance...EVERYONE wants to be accepted. More involvement at home, knowing who your children's friends are, knowing WHERE your children are going. We, as adults, have to decide what is really important. There are always going to be exceptions, but getting back to the basics, would be a good start! My belief is that you don't have to beat your children to make them mind. It starts as soon as they have the ability to understand right from wrong. We invest time in everything else...how about investing it in our most precious assets...OUR CHILDREN! Parents need to understand that once they have children, it is their responsibility to raise them to the best of their ability..if you are not willing to do that...DON'T HAVE THEM! So many parents are too self-absorbed to sacrifice the time or effort to actually RAISE their children!
Congratulations, East Hamilton! So proud of you guys! When you came to Signal Mountain for our game, I knew that you would make it. You played a good game then and improved throughout the season. I even commented to one of your coaches that I was impressed with your team! Take it all the way!
For anyone that cares, Tim McClendon is holding up well. Why? Because he has an amazing group of teammates, fellow students, and an entire community standing behind him! Is he disappointed...absolutely. Glad to have him here on the mountain! We know our team worked their butts off and we know that they achieved a lot! What really is a championship win worth for whoever goes... winning it this way?
Anyone who knows anything about this situation, KNOWS that we, here on Signal Mountain, have been behind Tim 100% from day one. That is never going to change! As a fan, I am so proud of the young men, on the team, that would rather stick by their teammate than to turn their backs. I really would have liked to see our guys go to playoffs but, more importantly, I have seen true friendship overcome! Sure, each and everyone of them are probably disappointed. But, no one can say that the community doesn't feel blessed to have Tim here. He is a remarkable young man. He has overcome a lot of adversity in his life, he will overcome this too! He may not have not gained a chance at a playoff but he has gained so much more...FAMILY!