1) The Carter bill returns to affected residents the right to vote on whether or not to be annexed. That right was removed by the state legislature in the late 1990s. 2) Chattanooga’s budget and debt problems did not come about by suburban residents not paying “their fair share” through sales and use taxes. They resulted from poor planning and bad policy decisions by previous administrations that negotiated unsustainable city pensions and kicked necessary infrastructure improvements down the road. 3) Joe Signal also drives on state and county roads (they are not all city roads, Harry). He operates a business in Chattanooga that pays his employees, some of whom live in Chattanooga, a fair wage. He pays federal taxes, which have provided infrastructure improvements to such state and local projects as the Olgiati Bridge improvements and EPB’s fiber optic business. I’d say Joe is doing his part. 4) It’s awfully presumptuous of city residents to ask county residents to do more without giving them a voice in the first place. The county provides important services for all its residents, too, including the public schools and county infrastructure (such as the landfill). It’s hardly a one-way street.
"Mean Republican bully"? What adult talks like that?
The differences between Watergate and Benghazi are simple. One president lied to cover a botched burglary. The other president continues to lie to cover up his obvious complicity in four men's deaths - four men who were loyally serving their country. The Commander-In-Chief failed them. The buck stops with him, from lack of security despite frequent requests to failure to send help during the attack even though help, by all accounts, was standing by within an hour's flight from Sigonella, Sicily. The military commanders were ready to respond. Somebody ordered the standdown. That call was of such import that it would have been beyond the SecDef's paygrade. All the president has to do is prove the skeptics wrong.
Are you serious? Global climate change has happened since the beginning of time. It's been colder/warmer than what we've seen. There's been more CO2 before (back when volcanoes were more active). What separates man from other animals is his ability to adapt. There's no evidence man can influence the weather, one way or another. Deal with it. Move to Realville already!
Cry all you like about fossil fuels, but our ships and planes still use them almost exclusively (except for nuclear power to propel aircraft carriers). Don't think you're going to get the navy to go back to the age of sail or the Air Force or naval air to use - what? - kites? Sailplanes? What power source do you propose to transition our 245-ship fleet and air forces to use, and at what cost?
"Industrial strength police and sewer services"? From an undermanned police department and sewer infrastructure that did not meet EPA guidelines, thus resulting in sharply higher stormwater fees after years of kicking the can down the road? Also, presenting VW's selection of Chattanooga as based on the city's services is patently false; most people in the know that County Mayor Claude Ramsey was primarily responsible for engineering that coup. He organized the clearing of land at just the right moment and the county paid for it. You'd also think from reading this that county residents never paid a penny of tax within the city, through sales and use taxes. Chattanooga has way too many problems they're not doing a good job of coping with right now to take on more responsibility.
I'll just point out that the House passed 15 spending bills that were held up and not even allowed to come to a vote in the Senate. The Senate has not presented a legally mandated budget in the past two years. The House has done business in regular order; the Senate has forced these last-minute, take-it-to-the-brink temporary resolutions. So, how do you negotiate when one party isn't interested in real negotiation and is playing political games with our nation's future?
Wow! So 130 years after his death, President U.S. Grant is bringing more Federal influence to the Tennessee Valley!
Some would say Chattanooga is such a livable city largely because of its conservative and strong Christian values. Look at the many strong nonprofit charities and foundations based here. These didn't all spring up from secular humanists; many were founded by church-led or -inspired organizations, such as the Chattanooga Area Food bank.
I don't think voters will be attracted to candidates who bicker about such minor issues as the basis for another establishment Republican endorsement. Instead, I think they will be attracted by the creative thinking of Van Irion, who is actually doing something by filing a class action suit against Obamacare on behalf of nearly 30,000 American citizens. It's precisely this kind of clear thinking we need in Washington. Add your name to the suit by visiting www.obamacareclassaction.com.