Let The Voters Decide On City Benefits For Those Living Together

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The city’s proposal to expand healthcare benefits to people that live together, at the taxpayers’ expense, needs the voters’ decision by referendum.  There is an early spring primary in 2014 -put this matter on the ballot.


Expanding healthcare benefits is a tax increase.

  We the people are going to be required to fund this, so allow us vote on the matter.  I have heard some really absurd untruths that a healthcare expansion to people living together is cost  neutral. That is pure hogwash.  Any increase in the delivery of services will cost someone, and these someones are the taxpayers of the city of Chattanooga.


There is no way to prove people living together are really living together. At least a government-issued marriage certificate is an indication of long-term commitment. Further, why should the taxpayers have to fund this? We don’t want to and that is the bottom line.


The liberal left claims that this is the fair approach.  I don’t think so, unless the people charged with government - the voters  approve this expansion of city expenses in a referendum.  If the voters say “yes,” then have at it. 


Until then, the city is enacting a tax increase without consent of the public.


And please, don’t even try claiming it is cost neutral, it is not.  In fact, two years ago, the City Council voted to abolish healthcare benefits to retirees at Medicare eligibility. Yet, they are expanding to people that live together. This is highly offensive. I think the city is guilty of age discrimination abolishing the benefits of older retirees, then expanding to people that say, “Let's just try living together.”


Nay Nay, Foul play. Put this matter on a referendum, and let the voters decide.


April Eidson

Good Discussions About Education

I had the pleasure to represent Tennessee PTA at the National PTA Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. I want to thank Senator Bob Corker for allowing me to speak about education and school safety to his legislative assistant. We had a good discussion about common sense school safety measures and about supporting family education. In particular, I asked for support about ... (click for more)

Can Anyone Say Who's Relieving Themselves At Downtown Establishments?

Roy, as usual you run first without getting all the facts. I've known several people, even relatives, who work or have worked at downtown restaurants or other places of business. It's not unusual for them to happen upon some individual, not a beggar or homeless person, while taking out trash or going outside on a break, spraying the side of a restaurant wall while relieving themselves, ... (click for more)

Young Boy Struck By Car On South Beech Street; Hit And Run Driver Sought

A young boy was hit by a car on South Beech Street on Saturday. He was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Police said the car left the scene. Officers were looking for two men in a red or orange Dodge Challenger. (click for more)

Clark D. Nolan, Accused Of Imprisoning And Assaulting Wife, Found Competent To Stand Trial

A Graysville, Tn., man who allegedly strangled, assaulted and threatened to kill his wife while holding her prisoner in their home is competent to stand trial, according to two forensic evaluators. Psychologist Robert W. Brown Jr. and forensic coordinator Todd Wiggins reported to Sequatchie County General Sessions Court that they evaluated Clark Dean Nolan on charges of aggravated ... (click for more)

Vols Suffer Heartbreaking Loss To Loyola, 63-62

No. 3 seed Tennessee's season came to an end on Saturday night as the Vols suffered a heartbreaking loss to 11th-seeded Loyola-Chicago, 63-62, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.   The Vols (26-9) made one last push at the end of the game, using an 8-0 run to take a 62-61 lead with 20 seconds remaining in the game, capped off by a three-point play from SEC Player ... (click for more)

UTC's Carr Run at NCAAs Ends in the Blood Round

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Bryce Carr's run at the NCAA Championships ended tonight in the blood round at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.  Carr fell to Cornell's Max Dean in the final match of his career. Carr was the aggressor early, with two takedowns in the first period.  He opened up a 4-2 lead after the first period, but could not put ... (click for more)