Did we just lose an experienced County professional who was female to a rich white male with no experience in executive government?
Why are we paying these people to destroy what our people need and work for? Why is the last Chief of Staff not continuing? Why is her successor not being promoted?
Are we to believe that everyone with experience in managing County departments is so unqualified to take over that we have to get some politico from Riverview to stop investment banking long enough to take a salary from us instead? How is this a good idea? What about the people we have on hand already?
Why were we not shown a list of 10 candidates for this job? Why were we not told what the assessment requirements were? Why can we not see the full framework of this decision process?
Inexperienced, unqualified, political appointment for $125,000: that's what we just got as Chief of Staff.
So, the outgoing lady got paid more because of years of service that show she was actually qualified to be chief of staff, huh?
How nice of the new guy to not get paid as much.
His six figure salary is still disgusting. We do not approve the self-appointing actions of Chattanooga's local rich. The average male in Chattanooga takes in near $32,000 a year. Why are we paying this already rich person six figures to be second in command to a person we did not elect and do not want?
We should not continue this practice of letting local rich kids appoint themselves to offices that get themselves and their friends paid six figures.
These payments are being made involuntarily, and at the expense of the poor. Cutting social services to promote and pay for crony self-appointment is well outside our collective expectations for lawful and ethical government. It's far more an egregious breach of public trust that we ever saw in some fictious entrapment scheme like "Tennessee Waltz."
Where is the FBI to stop these people? We need these self-appointed officials sued immediately into not taking money from the poor to serve themselves at these outrageous rates.
They just paid $328,000 for a website! Add in the $125,000 a year this guy gets, and it's nearing a half a million dollar loss to open corruption.
How much is Coppinger paying himself for appointing himself to office? I take it that's also six figures.
Notice what happened last time Corker's boys got appointed to political office: at the state Republican GOP. First, they ousted Robin Smith, then they covered up Republican funding for Tea Party events. Robin Smith was keynote speaker at Chattanooga's first Tea Party rally. She openly and proudly proclaimed that the state's GOP was behind organizing that event. They got the stage. They provided the keynote speaker and the entertainment. They signed public documents to get the permits.
Corker's boys get up there? No mention of their Tea Party payoffs. In line with a nationwide cover-up, they denied payments and associations they had publicly admitted just before.
This person is not trustworthy because of his already demonstrated ability to lie to voters to get money. We should not trust him, much less pay him six figures. We did not elect these people, they do not represent our interests.
Get them out, get their paychecks back, and have an election.
By the time this is over, we will have paid individual rich people personal payments that far exceed the arts or human service budgets they so complain about.
At this rate, it is not hard to imagine a $1,000,000 plus payoff at the expense of the poor. Get these people out of office and get the money back now!
This disgusting greed is going to end up causing direct and personal harm to some innocent person. You need to help the poor, not take from them.
Helping yourself to money by ripping off the mentally ill!
There is no need to improve anti- or counter-terrorist laws in Tennessee. The Tennessee's State Police have prevented a significant number of problems through routine traffic stops. They actually have among the higher catch rates of law enforcement agencies in the US.
Notice also that most of the people who get caught and charged with terrorism aren't ethnic minorities or of Islamic religions. Instead, our homegrown terrorist is likely to be an under-educated white male who is low on money and high on frustration. Every so often one person lashes out, and we get a "terrorism" incident suitable for broadcast on the comedy channel.
We need to offer compassionate and reasonable support to people who come to this country. If our own people had to go through this, they would not be so self-righteous in their short-sighted statements.
We need to rescind changes to immigration laws made by Republicans which effectively prohibit legal immigration for common people.
Welcome people to America. Stop acting like selfish jerks. These children are about to be sent away from their mother. The reality is, they are not likely to have their family reunited. If that was happening to a fat white kid from Signal Mountain, the Golf and Country Club would have a stroke.
In poor taste and not newsworthy.
I am a food critic for an influential local website.
The GOP's "Rest of the Story" is called the Bush Administraiton's single handed creation of The Second Great Depression. This is just the first shock wave. We're aware the GOP spent us into massive deficits to subjugate their own countrymen and make money.
We'll welcome his return like the next outbreak of herpes on the homecoming queen.
President Obama was not only correct, but mild, in what he had to say. The GOP can stop playing golf with their payoff buddies and get back to work in Washington.