One must not forget that all those newly employed individuals will be able to purchase groceries and maybe some luxury items, like a new winter coat, upon which sales tax is levied. These folks will be paying more sales tax and will be able to pay their property taxes on homes they will be able to afford when they are once again earning a living instead of drawing down the state's unemployment funds.
With one of the highest sales taxes in the union on just about everything, including food and clothing, Tennessee needs to be careful here. Brick and morter companies may complain about an unfair advantage, but those retailers don't charge customers shipping. I think it's fair competition. However, the little shops and big box stores may have to be a little more creative in marketing to offset the convenience of shopping at home in one's pajamas!
The starlings are a problem, but by fogging the trees I wonder if the other more welcome migrating and native birds will also steer clear of the whole region. I'd hate to see that happen.
This was a hot debate about 20 years ago in Massachusetts. Now, it seems strange to me to hear the words God or Jesus uttered in a public setting. Our issue was not just about school prayer, but also about starting a town meeting with an invocation, a 300 year old tradition that predates the constitution.
We resisted also, but the fact remains that if we don't want government's nose in our religious business, then we shouldn't insert our religious business in a government-run event. It works both ways. And, as I understand it, the constitution was written to prevent government from influencing religion as well as to prevent religion from influencing government. Although it seems as if a right is being revoked, the freedom to choose how you worship ends at the folded hands of your neighbor. (Like the right to punch someone in the face ends at the tip of his nose.) So, be happy we have a choice but be sensitive to the fact that our choice is protected by the same constitution that prohibits us from sanctioning one type of prayer over another at a public event. Time for Chattanooga to catch up with the rest of the country, which has already tested it, and recognize that there are all kinds of religions and Christianity is not the only one, even in the bible belt. Say your prayers at home before you leave for the game, or quietly by yourselves on the field. God isn't just in the bible belt. God is also still up there for the folks in Massachusetts. Just look at the Patriots this year!