If Chattanooga wanted to control schools, it shouldn't have abdicated. Better two school systems than the constant bickering. The county's error was in treating the matter as a merger.
"U.S. Supreme Court decisions have said out-of-state retailers cannot be compelled to collect sales taxes by states or local governments unless they have a physical presence."
For all practical purposes as a retailer Amazon will have no physical presence in TN. There is no showroom - no place to look, browse, touch, etc. It is simply a shipping address that could instead be CA, NY, TX, or GA; something pretty much transparent to the buyer. If the consumer chooses to buy from Amazon, it isn't a decision based upon the location of the distribution center; however, that distribution center, wherever located, does put jobs and income in the hands of those living locally. Making the stand to collect sales tax and losing the industry is simply winning the battle and losing the war. Face it; right or wrong, state and local governments make very lucrative tax deals to lure industry for the jobs - for the local economy - simply another variant of peer pressure.
Of course, the connection between events like this and using unmarked cars for traffic enforcement goes ignored. Clearly marked cars intended to be readily recognized deter incidents like this because the public understands that an unmarked car is not the real thing. A high profile vehicle on the other hand is likely a bit too obvious for an impostor. It would be difficult to identify a car with blue lights behind you at night in any case, but light bars on top are far better than hidden lights in the grille or windows. I've always wondered who was driving the cars with virtually black windows, standard plates, and nearly invisible blue lights. And what better means of transportation for a terrorist than an unmarked police car.
Haven't we gone through this same argument with phone and, at one time, cable companies? You deliver your service to my house, and I will decide how to use it. Of course, cable companies have a way around that with their own version of "smart meters" - set top boxes. The good will that the EPB was gaining with an alternative to Comcast is fading quickly in my opinion.
"The smart meters, when linked with controllable appliances and programmable thermostats, can automatically turn on and turn off heating, cooling and electronic devices to limit energy waste."
Excuse me for maybe missing the point or possibly being dense here, but isn't that what my thermostat is supposed to do? Is someone else planning to tell me what is warm or cool enough in my own house or, perhaps, when I can do laundry? Sorry, but I don't want Big Brother looking out for me.
There is also the security issue. Nothing so far has been impervious to hackers. Why should this be any different? Who might turn your power off? Or perhaps someone might adjust your usage and rates - not a bit comforting to me. Keep it simple, stupid.
First of all to Salsa and MountainJoe - great comments.
Secondly, and far less charitably, can some of you be that stupid and still breathe?
"Councilwoman Deborah Scott said she had received a number of calls from city residents upset that they were being taxed to cover some costs of county fire services and got no benefit from it." "Councilwoman Sally Robinson said, 'We hear over and over that people in areas to be annexed have the services they want. Now we have begun to realize it's because our city taxpayers are helping to provide it.'"
We pay a yearly subscription fee for fire service in the county (http://www.tricommunityfire.com); you don't sign up, you have no fire protection. We pay for garbage collection. There are at least three companies that provide collection in my neighborhood. Those two items come to a whopping $340 per year. Less a third of what city property tax would add. Oh, that other great benefit - water and sewer. Eastside Utility District does just fine to the tune of $15 to 20 per month - we have septic tanks. That sewer service adds just a bit to your bill; doesn't it? So the city subsidizes exactly what, and could provide me exactly what but at extra cost? Yes, we have the services we want, but not because somebody else pays for them.
OK, we use you roads. Wow. We pay your city sales tax, too. For that you have no obligation to us because we have no say in city matters. On the other hand city residents are also county residents and do have a say in county matters. MountainJoe, I promise not to even get started on Rip Van Winkle, but I suspect our thoughts would lead to similar acts of mayhem. You fools did get rid of Walter Williams and for a while Ron Littlefield, but you got stupid and brought Ron back.
Metro? Absolutely NOT. You want to be a part of the county for real; dissolve the city. You abdicated with respect to the schools; finish the job. We want less government - not more, so leave the county residents alone.
Thank you to the Hamilton Co Republican Party. Any governmental body forcing its will on those who oppose it violates the spirit under which this nation was founded. Ron Littlefield is elected by all city voters. Seemingly he lacks the intelligence to realize that he is not that popular with his current constituency and would be bringing in many new hostile voters - not the best way to continue in his current job if that is his plan.