Very helpful stuff, folks...not.
I agree feeling entitled to help/handouts and continually living with that mindset is irresponsible and downright wrong, but to be so hate-filled and nasty is a disgrace. I, too, wish people would stop at one child if money is tight or not there, but bad things do happen to all kinds of people and sometimes you need help. It's fine to have an opinion, and I share the ones stated to some degree, but that kind of hatefulness isn't helping anyone. I have two Associate degrees, one child (I was married to the father who divorced me), have worked full-time all my adult life and when I found myself laid-off I got food stamps for two months while unemployed. As soon as I got a job, I contacted my caseworker and stopped the food stamps. The point is, I wasn't about to make my child go hungry just to satisfy hateful people.
I'm not going to waste my time recounting all the reasons Rhonda Thurman should no longer be on the school board. She is entitled to her opinion, but the way she puts things (and this is a prime example) should be reason enough for her to go. Instead of divisive comments with regard to "urban" versus "suburban" schools, it should be about the schools as a whole and not just the individual districts. It's this sort of mentality that is destroying our nation...us versus them. It is also going to destroy the children of Hamilton County if we are not careful. It's time for a change on the school board. Maybe more than one.
Seems like this is what happened to me, too...things were fine for years then the vandalism started...nothing was ever written but the only thing that seemed obvious was race. I had no problems with anyone. The police can only do so much because vandalism in bad parts of town is commonplace. I recommend he get his kid out of there or she'll end up just like the people around them. Who cares what they want...his kid's safety should be more important. I got my kid out. It was worth it.
I moved out of East Chattanooga a year ago after repeated vandalism to my house and car, as well as harrassment by the Neighborhood Services Department over a limb in my yard and other "anonymous" complaints by God knows who, while many other properties were vacant and in worse shape than my yard or the house of my deceased mother the city tore down. I state all that to say this is another reason I'm glad I moved out of East Chattanooga and pray for the decent people still living there...the place is a blight and forgotten by the city...unless they want to write a citation...
In response to another comment, the Choo Choo presently hosts two large science fiction conventions each year, as well as other events. It's not perfect, but then nothing is. At least our downtown is undergoing SOME renewal, so negativity doesn't help much.