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riverstronghold said...

A link to the site of the program or a contact name etc. would be more helpful than a link to some educational loan site ("application") where an advertiser has a link.

August 16, 2011 at 10:40 a.m.
riverstronghold said...

One could hope the new $1 billion plant in Bradley County might be the source.

August 16, 2011 at 10:34 a.m.
riverstronghold said...

Firearms are used in fewer crimes, including homicides, than vehicles, but we don't attach such major emotional weight to that hunk of metal. The idea of blaming the weapon for the crime is misguided. Some folks would rob with a toy rocket model in their pocket -- should those be melted down too when they are used, or should a poor kid get a toy? As William Burroughs said, "the power of death is in the hand of anyone who can lift a frying pan"

Also - why destroy anything of value when so many are struggling financially and our overall economy is so challenged? Reduce, re-use, recycle is a pretty good set of principles. If our people can be trusted with firearms, why reduce their availability and increase their cost? Shouldn't poor people be able to defend their families as well?

Certainly weapons should be taken from those who misuse them, and they must be secured. They shouldn't be sold by our government to mexican drug cartels so they can't be used by those cartels to kill our federal agents. But the general law abiding community should not suffer further from the impacts of the actions of the criminally violent, least of all by reducing the availability of legal and effective means to defend themselves and their families from the thugs and slugs of society.

August 15, 2011 at 7:41 a.m.
riverstronghold said...

Sometimes in some circumstances the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga is able to act as a fiduciary partner for not-yet-incorporated groups so that donations can be tax deductible to the donor, thus jump-starting the process and making funds available sooner than the non-profit designation takes place.

Might be worth a conversation or two.

This is just one of the powerful resources and partnerings strategically leveraged by donors and leaders at the Community Foundation.

August 12, 2011 at 3:58 p.m.
riverstronghold said...

Yeah, federal legislation about how far from your penis to pack your piece is exactly what's needed! That alone would have helped him! Why did we not save this guy?!

I'm writing my legislators immediately demanding TSA-enforced inspections of everybody for anything that might harm them. We must order immediate wholesale public searches at all malls, workplaces, and especially near grocery stores "buffer zones" and other flash points of outbreaks of stupidity.

Nevermind the economy -- save the fails!

Meanwhile, Darwinian selection goes on unabated.

August 11, 2011 at 10:07 a.m.
riverstronghold said...

Just thinking while typing...maybe all way off base...but -

Conflict of interest questions could be queried to the State partially in the context of the division of time/effort question. This could be interesting along the lines of how much of the director's time was contractually obligated under the terms of the grant and thereby paid for by State funds, and how much of his time did the State receive, and how is that documented?

The Office of Inspector General investigates TennCare fraud. In the event that some of these billed clinical services charges were paid for by TennCare, and if the Director were not providing the level of effort committed to by grants awards documents... (perhaps as evidenced by the unaccounted-for effort being sufficient to be able to operate another fairly good sized business with x employees and y operating costs, etc., "co-located" in space paid for by whom? the State?) then... although it's not as sexy as doctor "shopping," "doctor chopping" might still appear fraudulent. Or perhaps malfeasant, in failing to provide services and failing to shepherd TEAM while instead potentially profiting personally in some fashion from the diversion of effort. Or maybe i'm just a cup short of coffee and exasperated by this failure of leadership and administration across the board, shall we say, which is where the responsibility for governance belongs, if there is any. Looks perhaps remotely possible. Tragic and horrible in any event.

August 9, 2011 at 12:08 p.m.
riverstronghold said...

Could be i'm math challenged, but if debt service (amount paid on a debt per period)is $9m /year and income (taxes) is $2m a year, we're going into further debt $7m per year (more than 3x income)?

Really? In 100 years, it wouldn't be paid off, rather we would owe $700m at that point. Hmmm...This may not all be correct and complete info? And/or maybe more of us than just me is math challenged?

Much of downtown's redevelopment has been paid for with private dollars that taxpayers never did anything but enjoy the benefits of and somewhat poorly manage some of their (our) own projects that were part of the combined effort (The Passage, for instance). Much of the rest of it was financed and completed with designated dollars on schedule with financing retired at project completion. Our people have done very much very well.

I don't know what the solution to this stinky problem is, but i know this: this problem is clearly a public one which needs public solution for public benefit...in the sunshine, with public participation, informative, respectful, enthusiastically effective public servants in leadership and line positions, and electoral accountability for administration of public services.

One of the challenges to public support for combining governments locally is the reluctance of the public to trust elected officials enough to wish to give them more consolidated power. At least now when corruption is uncovered, the powers that exercise it don't exercise all the power they could if city and county powers were combined, the thinking goes.

This looks like a custom made opportunity for city and county leaders to work together on a long range mutual benefit capital investment plan to fix our sewer issues. There are distinct issues in the urban core and the suburban growth areas that will be challenging to resolve, but which are essential to long term sustainable and profitable growth. Along the way to solving these challenges we (the public) can observe carefully to figure out what structures and people can work together and what changes might benefit the public the most in effective, transparent, cost-effective, and cooperative solutions to challenging problems. Maybe a metro government would be best. Maybe that can be demonstrated. But the polarized complaints of philosophical opponents is less persuasive to the public than plain talk, pictures, numbers, and real solutions we can all gather around.

A lot of things that stink could be improved by such an approach. Urinal cakes are good too, but our city isn't a urinal, or shouldn't be allowed to be one forever because we can't acknowledge, quantify, or discuss the problem or cooperate to solve it. Let's move on to more advanced problems, and more effective solutions. Please.

August 4, 2011 at 9:39 a.m.
riverstronghold said...

Specifics on the progress of a plan to improve this situation would be more impressive and useful than variations on "it's not my fault" or "they shouldn't say that."

"Detractors" don't make the air smell bad just because they mention it.

"Supporters" don't make the air smell better because they tell us this is what we deserve for what we're paying and they know best.

But the emperor's clothes sure are pretty, even so.

August 4, 2011 at 6:09 a.m.
riverstronghold said...

Hope is good, but leadership would be a better thing for Senator Berke to demonstrate that he has.

Standing up and talking is good, and sitting down and solving will show the strength and power of his hope.

Our other local State legislators need not think they are not being counted upon -- and counted -- as well. They will be thanked and rewarded by and for their actions as well -- please step up and show you are made of compassion, courage, and creative problem solving like you were believed in and elected to demonstrate.

August 2, 2011 at 6:24 a.m.
riverstronghold said...

This story adds the flavor of State funds not being used for purposes they were awarded for, inviting inquiry as to how it is that monies intended to continue the program may be used to end it.

Add to that the wonderment that a "leader" can straight faced declare that it should take nearly $200,000.00 to send 17 layoff notices, shut the door on a file room, and tell the receptionist to instruct callers "we don't do that anymore -- have a nice day."

Seems that seeking other revenue sources and continuing services as long as possible is what a real leader would be talking about and doing. Seems that's what a State would insist on if you want our money, too. Otherwise here's 18 sheets of paper and an ink cartridge -- you have a nice day too.

Another interesting perspective on all this might be obtained from the board of this organization -- it would be interesting to know who they are and how they are working to support this vital mission, and their perspective on the director they appointed and his decisions to date.

July 21, 2011 at 6:22 a.m.

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