My prayers and condolences are with the familes of the officers and the entire police department. Thank you all for risking your lives daily trying to protect and keep the rest of us safe. God Bless.
Great to hear! I really do appreciate the police stepping things up. I pray that they are allowed to continue this extra enforcement all summer.
Hotdog's comments are very ignorant. I am not a member of Pastor Adam's church and don't know a thing about the man but I am a faithful member of a local city church...can't imagine that you are (@Hotdog). Anyway, I agree that the gang members and thier parents are not reading the TFP but these community leaders are right to speak out. How ignorant to comment on an individual's personal issues that have nothing to do with the matter at hand, which is the safety of our children, stopping gang violience, and the escalating murders. Someone has to stand up and address it. Maybe those who have nothing better to do than air others' dirty laundry should go some place and start a gossip blog. I read an excellent statement by the Chattanooga Housing Authority Chairman regarding getting more strict with criminal activity involving public housing residents and sending those appeals to be heard before city court. To me that is progress and it sends a strong message. Everyone may not be reading the TFP but believe me, word of mouth travels fast around this city.
I totally agree about not letting gangs take over, but not just in North Chattanooga but everywhere in this city. When the gang problem here has been allowed to become so huge that you have to be afraid to stop for gas for fear of being struck by a stray bullet, there is a huge problem.
The kids who are not in gangs cannot even be kids. They can't have teen parties. They can't hang out at the mall, the movies, the skate rink, or apparently go on school field trips.
You're right, we can't even go downtown to Coolidge Park as a family and enjoy the city. With all of that said, the mayor needs to acknowledge this gang problem and come up with strong deterrents. He needs to team up with the Police department, Juvenile Court, the Hamilton County Department of Education, Family and Children Services and the Chattanooga Housing Authority. All of these entities need to get on the same page and come up with a coalition to stomp out this gang problem.
I don't pay taxes to be barricaded in my home. When you ignore a problem because it is not happening in your neighborhood or in your tax bracket, the problem can still touch you in other ways. These children need outreach, these adults who perpetuate gangs need incarceration, and the parents of the children living in these gang zones need mandatory awareness and then consequences - especially if these families are being assisted by the government. Although, these kids know right from wrong, a lot of times they've seen so much wrong at home, they have been conditioned to think it 'is' right or that there won't be any consequences.
I have to agree with some of the previous posts. I am the mother of a 15 year old black male whom I love dearly, so much in fact that I have taught him the consequences of having a gun and being envolved in anything remotely resembling gang activity. I have taught him that if you live by the sword it is very likely that you will die by the sword. Now, I do understand that some of our youth are forced to grow up in environments that are much more harsh than others but a 15 year old has no business carrying a gun, much less shooting off a gun and jeopardizing the safety of all sorts of innocent bystanders or even those thought to be safe in their homes. I have every sympathy for the family and friends of the child killed but I feel the officer was doing his duty which is protect and serve all while risking his own life. Lastly, what I think this city needs to realize is that although a lot of the prevention for these sorts of behaviors start at home, not all of the parents themselves are equipped to teach there children the right values so we desparately need more outreach programs for the youth before they become babies having babies and gang members.
When we avenge brutality with brutality or sadism with sadism, what makes us any better than those perpetrating the initial crime. In the end we will all be held accountable for the things we have done, not the things others have done to us. By no means do I excuse any of the crimes waged against another human being by terrorists or any other criminal, but I believe that there is man's law and man's rules and then there is God's law. I know that there are laws set up to protect us that do not always coincide with the will of God but unfortunately, to obtain some sort of civility in this world they have become necessary but we should maintain some sort of restraint instead of having an anything goes mentality.
I do believe in the old addage "believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see." The fact is many, many allegations have been made over the years. I am sure they can be researched many places other than the sites mentioned. A former U.S.Army Sgt. serving as a linguist at Guantanomo has even written a book outlining some of the things he witnessed during interogations....not saying that they are true, just saying that these things have been alledged and after seeing the behavior of the U.S. soldiers and the pictures of the treatment of the prisoners at Aubu Ghraib, I have a hard time believing there is not some truth in the allegations. There have been all sorts or press releases and discussion of this matter. One only has to open his/her eyes to see that something FISHY has been going on at Gitmo.
I agree that the detainees should not be given the same rights and priviledges of a U.S. citizen but they should, however, be treated humanely. I was reading information regarding Guantanomo Bay Military Prison on Wikipedia and MSNBC.com and there have been many astounding and mind blowing allegations of all sorts of inhumane treatment of these prisoners. I believe many of the prisoners should be tried and put to death for the atrosities that they have committed but I don't agree with torture, religious degredation, and the dehumanizing tactics that our U.S. military has been accused of using. If we act like black hearted, cruel monsters, we are no better than they are. The U.S. as a God fearing nation has a standard that we should be living up to so that we can regain and maintain the respect that our founding fathers intended us to have.
I agree that anything involving a problem of predominantly or statistically high involvement of blacks simply cannot and will not be discussed...(fairly and intelligently.) Some who want to speak so eloquently about the plight of blacks in America need to do a little more research before speaking. Some of us need to take pause and consider that maybe the reason blacks vote so overwhelmingly democratic is because that in recent times that is the only party who has attempted to reach out to blacks regarding the issues blacks uniquely face.
Please remember or research the fact that Jim Crow laws which restricted the civil rights and the civil liberties of blacks were in place all the way up through 1965 and moreover, it wasn't until 1964 that the discriminating voting practices responsible for the disenfranchisement of blacks was outlawed. Let's not even speak about unequal pay or even being allowed a job.
It is the God given right of those of us who want to stick our heads in the sand and pretend that the effects of these things, which actually were not that long ago at all, has had and is still having a devasting effect economically, mentally, and disproportionately on blacks. Poverty has been passed on from generation to generation the same way prosperity and opportunity has been passed on through generations in a country which many have been very opposed to sharing. It is very hard to pull your self up by your boot scraps
One last topic, a noose and a lasso for roping cattle are two different things. It is understood that hanging by noose had been a form an execution for criminals through out this country and the world but hanging became the main form of murdering innocent black children, women, and men in this country. Nooses, not lassos left laying around or thrown over trees, is a threat and racial intimidation and most everyone knows it, especially the well educated. Anyway, sincerely, God Bless America.
It is so pathetic that hate, division, and racism is all that some people have to hold on to. I can tell by the verbage that many of those commenting are intelligent with that said, any adult who has grown up in the south or even in this country at all for that matter with HALF a brain knows it's history and why it is so significant for all Americans especially black people to witness this occassion. It is perfectly fine for people to disagree with the views of the president elect, but don't tear down the rest of us because we want to move forward and we feel we are supporting the best person to do it considering the choices we were given. Maybe if people weren't so bitter about things turning away from the "good ole days" they would see that maybe this election will inspire people in this country who have given up hope of aspiring to anything for generations because they have been made to feel like they are nothing, especially those suffering from the legacy of slavery. Some of the negative people commenting on this blog know more than anyone how the hatred born through slavery still lingers on and continues to sqelch opportunity. Many people have been afraid of running into the type of hate and resentment that I have encountered on this blog, maybe some of those people will gain a little pride and believe they can achieve more and not have to wait around for "freebies". Our new president is highly intelligent and highly capable...the majority of the WORLD agrees. You can say whatever you want really, because just like he said...he will be your president too!!