tarheeljosh's comment history

tarheeljosh said...

Patty Lane, “Basically we have a bull’s-eye on our back. A lot of people are, I don’t know if you want to say jealous, but we have a large amount of good athletes that decided to stay home (on the mountain) instead of going to Notre Dame, Baylor, McCallie.

The attitude that surrounds this program is adding to it's problems. Many of the citizens of this community care nothing about the win/loss record of Signal Mountain football, but care greatly about the quality of individual that the school produces. The adults involved with this program keep falling back to "you're jealous", while rumors swirl around that rules are bent for their athletes. Teach these young men that there are consequences to actions, even if ignorance is to blame. I actually felt they presented a reasonable defense...until Ms. Lane's statement. We're not jealous; but we, as citizens of this community, have a vested interest in these young men's future. We need more men to step up like Mr. Roberson apparently has to show these young men that focus is necessary to improve themselves and less to take on the attitude that they are entitled to do as they please and everyone (including governing bodies) who disagrees is just "hating". Ugh.

October 20, 2011 at 1:41 p.m.
tarheeljosh said...

I don't have a dog in this fight. I hope the Eagles football team does well in the future, as well as any teams that make the playoffs as a result of the forteiture of wins. I only hope that the parents and adult supporters of this troubled program pay attention to the way they defend it. With a growing list of incidents in the very short history of this program, the aggressive, "you're just jealous and by the way, we're better than you" defense tactics only expand the perception that the character of the program is questionable. I genuinely hope that these young men will develop into great men and great athletes and fill up trophy cases with championships. Please, Signal Mountain supporters, remember that character and success are not mutually exclusive, but the greater of the two is unquestionably character.

October 19, 2011 at 9:47 a.m.
tarheeljosh said...

I try very hard not to allow my emotions to push me to overreaction, so I am trying to compose myself as I write. My neice is completely dependent upon her parents due to her disability. She is in a wheelchair, cannot speak, walk or feed herself. She cannot even use the bathroom like most children her age. All responsiblity for her life and wellbeing falls on her parents. It is difficult, but they accept the struggle, because her smile is a portrait of joy and she is genuinely loved. It takes a special person to be a father. Even more so, a special needs father. This man was not a father. This little boy deserved so much better. PLEASE, if you have a special needs child and you are struggling with the weight of the journey, ASK FOR HELP! There are so many who are willing to help if you only make your needs known. It really does take a village to raise a child. Don't let yourself feel alone. My heart is broken.

August 16, 2011 at 9:46 a.m.
tarheeljosh said...

I'm sure Ringgold will thoroughly enjoy their new Amazon warehouse when our legislators decide to back out of the deal. Jobs+No sales tax revenue is better than No Jobs+no sales tax revenue. While the state won't see any sales tax revenues directly from Amazon, it will see many additional employed residents (or neighbors) who will have money to spend in the local economy, which really should be the main priority here. I'm sure Gov. Haslam would like to see the revenue come into the state (which is a reasonable expectation in most well-structured deals), but thankfully doesn't seem to be ruling out the possiblity of letting the current deal stand. Hopefully our politicians will make the right call here and keep Amazon in state.

August 11, 2011 at 2:52 p.m.
tarheeljosh said...

I genuinely hope that the community on Cagle Mountain has not targeted this woman because of her race. The racial slurs and (potentially) the destruction of her mailbox are sad examples of continued discriminatory attitudes that need to be corrected. That said, she is apparently not endearing herself to her neighbors. First and foremost, that warning shot came down somewhere. That is one of the most irresponsible actions a person could take. She could have killed someone completed unrelated to the situation because she wanted to make a point. In case she is ignorant of our state laws, Tennessee Code Annotated section 39-11-614 (c) clearly states that “Unless a person is justified in using deadly force as otherwise provided by law (loosely defined as reasonable fear for one's life), a person is not justified in using deadly force to prevent or terminate the other’s trespass on real estate or unlawful interference with personal property.” She needs to be very careful in her approach to this situation and her promise of "deadly resistance". If she seeks out someone on her property with a shotgun again, the trespasser could possibly have the law on their side in a gunfight, because they have reasonable fear for their own life while the property owner has gone out of her way to hunt down the person on her property taking real estate pictures. Hopefully they can build a relationship with their new community and everyone will be better for it. We've seen enough violence around here for quite a while. (I'm not a lawyer, nor am I giving legal advice. I've just done a little research on the topic.)

August 9, 2011 at 3:56 p.m.
tarheeljosh said...

I hope the residents of Signal Mountain and the parents involved with the school will start to take notice of the issues that are compounding and demand appropriate changes. The lack of good judgement displayed by the football program alone (and the apparent lack of responsibility for their actions) over the last couple of years is giving Signal Mountain High School a strong reputation as a place to avoid. Jealousy is by no means a motivation here. Winning without class is not winning at all in the grand scheme of things. Your objective should be to created young men with character, not arrogant teens with entitlement issues. As is the norm, I'm sure the majority of players on the team are great young men, but the school should take a strong stance to teach all of these young men to be responsible for their actions. I appreciate the school's ban of the parent(s) involved. That crossed a line that should never be approached. In summary; we all love the game, but it's just that...a game. It's time for us all (myself included) to take some of the emotion out of it and recognize that it really is supposed to fun; a temporary escape from the seriousness of daily life.

August 3, 2011 at 9:03 a.m.
tarheeljosh said...

While Ms. Thurman’s comparison was controversial, it was accurate, yet taken out of the context of the discussion by Ms. Favors. In no way was Ms. Thurman calling for the restoration of slavery or asserting that the residents in our inner city should be viewed as slaves. Neither was she belittling those slaves who were enterprising enough to fight through their circumstances and obtain an education; quite the contrary, actually. Her complaint is simply one of investment vs. return. While there is no doubt that there are many in our inner city who are struggling to get along, it would be truly ignorant for them to claim that their circumstances are worse than those of slaves. Slaves who had a desire for education found ways to study and to gain what they desired, without any investment from outsiders. Today, our inner city schools are receiving additional funding, yet many of the students are not performing. The truth of the matter is simple: more budgeted money will not increase a student’s passion for learning. More budgeted money will not increase a parent’s willingness to work with his/her child. If these children and their parents truly want to get out of the circumstances in which they currently reside, there needs to be a restoration of the passion of those strong enterprising slaves. Take advantage of and maximize the benefit of all resources you come in contact with that grant you an education. Until parents and children alike long for real change and take advantage of the educational opportunities that they’ve already been given, no amount of additional money matters. By definition, money spent with no resulting benefit is loss. Please inner city students, dive into your educations. Decide that an education is important to you and worth investing your time and focus on. At that point, this discussion becomes obsolete and you will control your own future. You owe that to yourselves and you deserve it!

July 7, 2011 at 9:27 a.m.
tarheeljosh said...

Lib, we'll agree to disagree on this one. I feel like it's a perfectly reasonable request. It's like leaving my pocket knife in the car when I go to the courthouse to renew my tags. I only use my pocket knife to open packages and letters, but some irresponsible people will use them incorrectly. While I'm not the one who would cause a problem, I know in advance that I can't bring it in. As a result, I leave it in the car. It's a preventative measure to keep those who would misuse the pocket knife from causing a problem in the courthouse. Same with the lack of alchohol. You know in advance it won't be there. It's not there so that the festival can make sure that faith and family night doesn't have to deal with the irresponsible drinkers who would attend and damage the intended atmosphere of the evening. As a result, if you want to attend that night you leave the drinking behind. Unfortunately, many of the adults at Riverbend earn the need to be treated as children as a result of their consumption. Just for one night, they try to prevent that. I can't make you like this practice. I just hope you can see from the other side of the argument.

June 15, 2011 at 3:11 p.m.
tarheeljosh said...

I don't quite understand your concern Libertarian. The city isn't locking down the liquor stores in town on faith and family night. If someone wants to get blitzed, they can walk a couple of blocks and get hammered at home. After all, from what I understand it's a whole lot cheaper that way. If you just want to argue for argument's sake, I've got better uses for my time. It's a good evening of wholesome entertainment. A rarity these days. Again, good job Riverbend!

June 15, 2011 at 12:13 p.m.
tarheeljosh said...

If you recall, Riverbend used to shut down for a night. Faith and Family night was the result of a few enterprising Christian sponsors who felt it would be a good use for the off night. If you aren't a fan of faith and family night, that's fine. It's not designed for your interests. You shouldn't feel cheated, though. For you, it's just Riverbend's night off. Yes, many Christians do drink. I think the lack of alchohol is primarily to remove the motivation for irresponsible patrons (Christians and non-Christians alike). The night is designed to be family friendly. It's hard to keep that mission when Jimmy and his buddies had a few too many and are now stumbling/drooling/worse all over the families you're trying to attract. I say good on 'ya Riverbend!

June 15, 2011 at 9:12 a.m.
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