Disgusted At High Crime Ranking - And Response (3)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Today I found a report ranking Tennessee as the number one dangerous state in the country. I guess we have to be number one at something but this is disgusting.  

This is not just a city problem but a state problem. Last week Chattanooga was ranked as one of the best cities to retire to because of the low cost of living. Who will want to come and live here now as the chances of being murdered, robbed, raped or mugged is higher than elsewhere in the country. 

Okay, governor and mayor, what are we going to do about this situation? 

Michael Ellins 

* * * 

Don't worry, they are on top of it. 

I just recently read where Chattanooga/Tennessee is still increasing its parks and trails. They even got a plan B. They are cutting into the pensions of the police and fire personnel. 

Makes perfect sense to me. (pardon the pun). 

Michael Burns

* * *

Well, Berkes first reaction upon being elected was to shut down the Gang Task Force as well as the prevention group The Future Is Ours. So what did he expect, that our crime rate would drop on it's own accord?  

His goal was either his ego: defeating the programs that were working for his predecessor; or getting the word "gang" out of the Chattanooga tourism arena.  

Well, the tourists hearing about our high crime rate will keep the tourism money out of our coffers.  

My main question now is this: How many lives will his ego cost us?  

Netta Hall

* * * 

The report that ranked Tennessee as the highest in crime was for last year, using FBI numbers from 2012. So that is the violent crime rate under Mayor Littlefield and the Gang Task Force, hardly programs that were working for "his predecessor." 

I watch the news regularly and Berke has done more to deal with crime in just a few months than his predecessor did in years. Berke has shut down event halls where gangs shoot at each other. He added more cops and hired a prosecutor to put gangs members away for longer.  

If you recall, Littlefield wouldn't even use the word "gang" when the first shooting happened in Coolidge Park. Littlefield held a press conference to call it a flash mob. 

So if we are going to talk about the crime rate in Chattanooga, we should understand how we got to where we are today and be thankful we have a mayor and a new City Council who are actually doing something about it.  

Samantha White
Hixson


Kaepernick Needs To Learn What Real Courage Is

Since becoming a nation, the United States has suffered well in excess of one million combat deaths.  The number of maimed and injured, physically and emotionally, is many times over.  The same numbers of families have dealt with the loss of a bread winner, loved one and community leader.   Nearly all of these patriots were killed or injured defending the American ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why I Adore America

If Heather Cross weren’t married and didn’t have such a fine-looking family I’d swear I might propose. The dazzling lady just wrote a “By Gumbo! letter” to all the major news outlets in the world to inform them that half of the Pelican State is still submerged by “a 1,000-year flood” and where the heck are they with their cameras? She knows it is vital for the rest of America to ... (click for more)

City Councilman Larry Grohn To Run For Mayor Of Chattanooga

City Councilman Larry Grohn said Tuesday he plans to make a race for mayor of Chattanooga. Mr. Grohn, who will be giving up his District 7 seat on the council, said he has been "extremely frustrated" with the administration of Mayor Andy Berke. It is not yet known whether Mayor Berke, the former state senator, will seek a second term. City Councilman Ken Smith from District ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Short Term Vacation Rental Operators Praise System; Freeman Says Council Has To Get Some Rogue Operators Under Control

A host of Chattanooga residents who make extra income and meet new friends by renting out their homes told City Council members on Tuesday that short term vacation rentals are part of the new way of living. Commission Chairman Moses Freeman said those who came to the public hearing do it right, but he said a new ordinance is necessary because some who are not responsible "cause ... (click for more)

Luthringer, Boyd Win Prep Cross Country Races

High school cross country runners didn’t get a break from the weather at Camp Jordan Tuesday afternoon. It was the first day of competition in the Chattanooga Cross Country League and even though the usual 5K distance was shortened to just two miles because of the heat and humidity, the effort was there as was plenty of sweat as 213 varsity runners representing 17 teams stepped ... (click for more)

Ooltewah Gets Past Improved McMinn, 3-0, In District 5-3A Volleyball

McMinn County may not be the patsy it once was on the volleyball court. Ooltewah, which have won a combined 26 regular season and District 5-3A tournament titles, 10 region tourney crowns and appeared in earned nine state berths with two second-place finishes, learned the Lady Cherokees have made significant improvement since the 2015 season. The Lady Owls (14-4, 4-0) ... (click for more)