A Dog That Won't Hunt

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Rep. Eric Watson's bill to arm and train "select" school personnel for anti-terrorist protection is the most myopic solution to the current panic over Columbine and Sandy Hook ever uttered. You can't keep guns out of a school boy terrorist's hands, no matter how stringent legislation becomes. You can't prevent them from already knowing the layout of schools they've previously attended. You will not prevent them from knowing just who, exactly, the gun-toters are and single them out first. Just like police, the damage will have been done by the time they get there.

This is being reactive. We need to be pro-active.

Start with locking doors and monitoring them with CCTV. Parking lot monitoring as well. Mentoring programs with faculty and peers for those who seem disassociated in any way. But none of these will work today or tomorrow. It will take structured and consistent parenting for an entire generation to arrive back at the individual mores we are all desperate for. Society must realize that no matter what implement of destruction employed, man is the most destructive animal of all, and until our youth finds a means to re-direct their adolescent anger these problems will not only continue but they will flourish.

Training teachers in advanced counter-terrorism is not only foolish but impractical. I want to meet the dedicated lifelong educator who is so well trained with a handgun that he or she is willing to shoot through a child to get to the terrorist. Or worse, shoot the child and miss the terrorist. Teachers don't have enough time to grade the papers they have, much less spend 2-3 hours on the range every week practicing terrorist take-down.

So many are concerned about guns in the home when the number of binary agents in the home (stable when used alone but reactive when another chemical agent is mixed with it) is countless, public knowledge, available on the Internet and can be many times more destructive than any rifle or handgun.

Most of us remember a time not too long ago when a carload of post-curfew teens missed a curve on Hixson Pike and were killed. The city was lobbied to have the speed-limit changed, the road re-surfaced and traffic cameras installed, all because parents could not come to grips with the fact that their children had not illustrated the good judgment they had attempted to instill within them. It wasn't the road surface, weather conditions or time of night. It was all judgment, or lack thereof. Being a good citizen demands being there, being conscientious role models and correcting misconceptions. Rep. Watson, this is grand-standing without any realistic expectation of change.

David D. Fihn, Sr.


New School Funding Ideas

After reading the article “County Schools Prepare To Set Priorities For Next Round Of School Building Funding,” I could not help but think about how helpful it would be to have the millions of taxpayer dollars given the owners of Walnut Common apartments to build some new schools.   In case you did not know, since 2008 our elected officials have given away millions in taxpayer ... (click for more)

Silence From Rhonda Thurman

I find it deplorable that Rhonda Thurman is, once again, voicing her opinions so quickly and so vehemently.  She seems to be the one school board member that wants media and/or press coverage every time the opportunity avails itself.  However, when it comes to responding to personal emails sent directly to her…she zips her lips. I, as all of the citizens of Hamilton ... (click for more)

City Administrator Lurone Jennings Suspended For Misallocation Of Funds

Rev. Lurone Jennings, administrator of City Youth and Family Development, has been suspended for one week for misallocation of funds. He also is to be issued a letter of reprimand and will undergo ethics training. The action came after a critical audit report from City Auditor Stan Sewell. It says Mr. Jennings transferred $18,500 of funds to a program, Journey Educational ... (click for more)

New Walker County Commissioner Whitfield To Move Public Meetings To Evenings And To Larger Venue; Will Also Be Listening Sessions

Walker County Sole Commissioner-Elect Shannon Whitfield said there will be a new arrangement for holding of public commissioner sessions when he takes place at the start of January. Current Commissioner Bebe Heiskell has held Thursday meetings at 3:30 p.m. from time to time in a conference room at her office near the Walker County Courthouse in LaFayette. Mr. Whitfield said those ... (click for more)

Hixson's Courtney Jones Headed To Hiwassee

Courtney Jones is almost finished with one important segment of her life and she's not wasting any time getting on with the next part. Jones is currently a senior at Hixson High School, but she will graduate next week and heading to Madisonville where she will be playing volleyball at the college level for the Hiwassee Lady Tigers. Jones has been an integral part of Hixson's ... (click for more)

Walker Valley, Soddy Daisy Big Mat Winners

The Walker Valley Mustangs recorded pins in the first five matches and never looked back as they beat host Ooltewah in a prep wrestling match Thursday evening by a resounding 61-12 final. The match began at 120 pounds and James Jur put his team ahead with a first-period pin.  Cameron Dwyer, Ethan West, Dillon Clark and Zeth Haynie followed with pins and it never got any ... (click for more)