What a waste of space! Signal Mtn. & E. Hamilton have been recruiting players since they opened! Bad enough that the private schools have been stealing talent, but now our new Public-Private schools are doing the same thing. I have NO SYMPATHY for the young man or the school, both of whom knew exactly what they were doing wrong and continued to do it even after being notified. Quit printing such garbage!
Downtown housing prices have locked out the majority of Chattanoogans. Although I would like to downsize, why get a one-bedroom condo for $120,000 (and UP!) when I owe much less than that on my present home, with a lower payment and at least enough room?!
Provide quality housing at affordable prices and you won't have vacancies. Northshore properties have priced themselves out of the market.
Our city is at least 50 officers short of meeting even a MINIMAL standard of protection for Chattanooga citizens.
Chattanooga has become a war zone and I don't go out at night any more. I do NOT feel safe here. Gangs are rampant. Failure to put adequate monies into crime protection, education, and infrastructure will discourage industries from coming here and encourage those who are here to take their business elsewhere.
The lunches are a small part of the problem. The biggest problem is that schools are so poorly funded that they resort to vending machine revenue to buy basic necessities, such as paper & computer supplies. What's in these machines: chips, candy, and high-sugar drinks...and kids eat daily from the vending machines rather than eat a nutritious school lunch.
Teachers have given up local raises for years just to keep the benefits package.
Now, we are being asked to not only forego a raise but pay out more for increased copays.
The lack of a decent living wage which takes into account the price increases of the past four years (as well as the recession & stock market fallout) has left teachers and policemen in dire straits. As a veteran educator of over 35 years with a master's degree, I've been forced to work a second job just to make ends meet and keep up with inflation. It's no wonder so many teachers and policemen leave their professions or choose jobs in other regions! Ignorance and lawlessness are the prices a community pays for failure to adequately compensate its educators and police force.
We don't need new schools: we need to fix up the ones we have, and fill up the ones that sit half-empty. For example: the roof at Central High is full of holes: the waterlogged ceilings are falling in, and many rooms receive water damage whenever there is rain or snow. Several computers and library books have been ruined. The hallways are freezing because the heat is out in large sections of the building. Central has four portable classrooms, yet Tyner High sits half-empty. How much sense does it make to build brand-new schools and let the ones you already have fall into disrepair?
Here are MY favorite quotes from Oscar Night 2009:
Sean Penn: "I think it is a good time for those who voted for the ban on gay marriages to sit and reflect and anticipate theor shame and disgrace in their grandchildren's eyes if they continue in this way to support. We've got to have equal rights for everyone."
Dustin Lance Black: "When I was 13 years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas to California and I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life, it gave me the hope to one day live my life openly as who I am and that maybe even I could fall in love and one day get married. want to thank my mom who has always loved me for who I am, even when there was pressure not to. But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches or by the government or by their families that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights, federally, across this great nation of ours."