What can we do? It doesn't do any good to speak up. In fact in doing so besides being prevented from testifying you might be tortured by our public officials because they are afraid that your testimony would lead to disciplinary action that will put them in prison permanently. Sadly that is what needs to happen in the best interest of our community. The US Attorney, Court of the Judiciary, the Governor's office, Hamilton County, etc. Those misbehaving children need to be made to accept responsibility for their actions and the harm they have done and continue to do to countless families.
I feel quite certain that the drug trafficking and violent crimes that are perpetrated by several of our public officials on a regular basis is a more significant contributing factor to ongoing gang violence than FaceBook. We need to prosecute those criminals first and the young people will have no reason to participate in gang related activity. They also need positive role models and mentors. There should be programs to engage them in a productive and ethical manner.
The real problem is the Judge that supplies the gangs and in return they pay for his campaign. Look it up. Jeffery Hollingsworth has received campaign contributions from Harriet Tubman. There would not be any gangs if there were not kingpin public officials trafficking enormous quantities of narcotics and covering it up. They also distribute from the The Sinks disc golf course and under the guise of Scenic City Recycling blatantly from state property. Punish the real criminals and the hood will clean up nicely.
It is a challenging growth period for our young and blossoming Chattanooga Zoo. The tremendous progress that has been made over the last decade is worthy of appreciation to the dedication and hardwork of the staff and management team. As the zoo grows in size it becomes a more complicated entity to operate. While the team may not have management experience with a mid or large cap firm which is considerably different their intimate familiarity with the facility and its inhabitants is vital to its success. Consulting should be sufficient to see them well into the future and retain an important educational opportunity for the children of the community.
With regards to private funding. I have provided the Chattanooga Zoo with spreadsheets with contact information for each and every foundation in five surrounding states and offered to assist with grant writing. While I have been busy academically the last few months and have read of their many challenges throughout this winter season and the transition to FOZ Management I am certain that they have been doing their best. I do believe that an appropriate foundation with a mission similar to their own could be selected and approached which would facilitate their own fundraising efforts and ease any burden on the city and its taxpayers.