The Times Free Press is to be commended. Open public records are afforded citizens by law. Obtaining certain public records has been a laborious task in Chattanooga.
It would be within the best interest of Erlanger's human resources dept. to develop a curriculum by which to enlighten all employees on the consequences of working in the public sector. The public are shareholders and do indeed have a "right2know".
Check out http://chattablocks.com/ for more online access to public records, part of http://www.everyblock.com/ , a national initiative to enlighten the average citizen as to, “What’s happening in my neighborhood?”
it is the ACCESS to affordable groceries that is the issue...not what one purchases with their EMT card. The burden of assembling a home-cooked meal with ingredients purchased at a convenience store is an expensive and tricky proposition...as is taking public trans or cab to a grocery store miles away, and toting multiple parcels back home. In East Chatanooga, those that have ample transportation, the quality of life is exponentially improved. for those who walk or ride the bus...well, i encourage any of you to take a trip down Dodson Ave next lunch break. feel free to stop in at SunnyTown on the corner of Crutchfield and Dodson and buy a nutritional lunch.
...and merry christmas to you, conservative message board.
congratulations ms bregel and tfp for a story that is long overdue. access to nutrition (be it through proximity or price) is a huge problem in low-income neighborhoods. in east chatt, hot peanuts are still $.50, mtn dew $.99 and yet a banana can be as much as a buck. a loaf of bread $3.
As for the first commentor...what did you buy at Mapco? my guess is Mtn Dew and Jerky, as that is more than likely what one buys at a gas station...rich or poor.