I'm a 38 year Conservative resident of Chattanooga, who must take issue with the EPB section of this editorial. The city-owned electric utility fiber optic internet, telephone, and HD television product is superb. The fiber optic smart grid is superior as well - rerouting and restoring electrical power within seconds as a result of high winds associated with a storm or other calamity. I have experienced this amazing self-healing ability a number of times in my home since our local smart grid has gone online. I have 100 bps of internet service (the lowest tier) in my home at a very reasonable cost. A town our size would have been waiting for YEARS for high speed internet and smart grid technology to filter down to our community (when and if?) these types of speeds and efficiency were made available by national cable and telephone conglomerates. Instead we lead the country with a home-grown effort that even embarrasses the great Google monolith in the scope of its implementation. For this bit local government risk taking and entrepreneurship I must take exception and say "well done".
So just because the Tennessee Aquarium is now 20 years old it is no longer relevant? The river walk is a few years old now, is it no longer an attraction? What is this perceived need for a new shtick?
Both my kids have been involved with team sports since their early teen years. Yes it takes parental involvement and investment in family resources, but the kids are much better developed in the long run. It's far too easy just to invest a couple hundred dollars in a video game console, park them in front of a TV, and hope for the best. Once again, the ball falls into the court of responsible parents. Re-introducing Physical Education in the public schools is a good start, but it will not be enough to keep our kids in shape.
Sadly, although illegal, being in the "fifty-something" age range places her at a disadvantage as well. Age discrimination, particularly in this employers market, is alive and well - which is ironic as people in the 40+ age group have an exemplary work ethic that was once highly valued in the workplace.
Attention all "study" hucksters. Bring your study concept to Chattanooga and chances are very good it will be funded. Here is an idea, how about hiring some extra sales force to go out and promote the Chattanooga Airport?
Attention law school students! Great opportunities for study in the bankruptcy industry! I'll go ahead and beat the Democrats, liberals, and progressives, and proclaim it to be all George Bush's fault. All of the thousands of new regulations that take effect after the first of the year thanks to Dodd-Frank, and Obamacare will likely push recovery out until 2020 if we are lucky. Too much regulatory uncertainty for CEO's to plan for anything but survival right now.
With the rising cost of health care insurance deductibles, going to ANY hospital is like spending money at the Ritz-Carlton. Might as well get a little extra TLC while we are there. Can we expect fluffed up towel figurines, overpriced in-room food bars, warm cookies, and a chocolate mint on the pillow?
It is amazing to me how EPB with the capability to add an "infinite number of channels" still refuses to add the NASA Channel in High Definition to educate and inspire of the children in our community. NASA TV does not charge a dime for the HD version of their signal, yet EPB refuses to invest in the equipment necessary to receive it. I guess it is far more important to see Big Ten Sports or listen to Joe NASCAR and Buford the Bass Fisherman than to consider educating and enlightening the minds of our young people.
A card laid is a card played. Governor, if you go back on your word on this issue, you will forever have egg on your face, and will have blackened the eye of anyone trying to bring more jobs to the Volunteer state. Don't make us out to be a bunch of buffoons!
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