Shortly after Ron Littlefield was elected for his first term of office as Mayor of Chattanooga, I attended a luncheon where the guest speaker was an author Mr. Littlefield had met on an out of town trip while representing our city. The author whose name I have since forgotten said the reason he had accepted the invitation to speak was because he kept overhearing Mr. Littlefield speak of his home town in such a loving and endearing way that he just had to come see it for himself.
I have a question for you, Mr. Littlefield. What has happened in your term of office to turn you from a leader filled with pride in his city to one that wishes to oppress and embarrass those who entrusted you with the running of our city? You harass our neighbors with threats of annexation, you degrade our police and fire department until seasoned veterans are making a mass exodus. You try to coerce our Judges into dispensing your own brand of justice and then threaten and degrade them when they take a stand of honor against you. You call our court a “toothless lion” and in doing so you diminish and deflect the very laws that our city is built on, the very laws you swore in your oath of office to uphold and protect. You open your mouth to defend yourself and tell lies that a child could see through. You have lost all respect from the people you serve because you have forgotten your campaign promise to serve and have now decided you are our lord and ruler. You rule our city with the diplomacy of a spoiled, selfish bulling third grader not the dignity and demeanor of someone who has been entrusted with the care of the fourth largest city in Tennessee.
Mr. Littlefield, I know you or someone in your office will read this letter and I defy you to answer it- if not to the citizens then at least to yourself. This is a very sad day for our city.
It's too bad that the days of running people out of people out of town on a rail are over. If anybody ever needed it, it would be Littlefield.
Here we are, though. He knows the city's citizens are unhappy with him, not just for this instance, but for a number of destructive decisions that he's made during his time in office. He's clearly feeling smug because the recall effort didn't work, and now he's turning his vengeful eye on completely destroying the city before he goes out.
I remember being taught the fundamentals of acting like a responsible adult as I was growing up, and how important it was to consider the consequences of your actions, including how it affected others. The more I see the actions of the city leaders, such as Littlefield, the more I see that not all children were taught these fundamentals.