We Need Common Sense Oversight On Big Government Projects

Monday, December 16, 2013

Re: Roy Exum: Woeful Care Of Veterans 

Thanks for your recent column on the poor state of veterans’ health care. But your column neglected to mention how sequestration has hurt veterans and troops over the last year by furloughing staff at on-base health clinics and cutting job training programs.

Instead of cutting funds for veterans, Congress should exercise some common sense oversight on big government programs that are clearly failing to deliver. A good example is the Pentagon’s Joint Strike Fighter. A defense watchdog group recently discovered that the program is riddled with flaws. Military experts have been disappointed with its slow speed and poor maneuverability. Yet the JSF is expected to cost a shocking $1.5 trillion, making it the most expensive defense contract in history and a colossal waste on the order of the Air Force’s infamous $7,600 coffee maker from the 1980s. 

Canceling such waste just makes good fiscal sense. It would also leave plenty of funds left to improve veterans’ services.

Dr. John Charles Logan, Jr.
President/CEO
Logan Communications, Inc.
United States Army
Private First Class
Vietnam Era.
January 1969 to November 1969
Honorable Hardship Discharge

Congrats To Super Citizen Helen Burns Sharp

Congratulations to super-citizen Helen Burns Sharp on both her initial IDB lawsuit and on Chancellor Fleenor's ruling.  Also, I wish her well on her current action. It's a shame that a private citizen such as Ms. Sharp has to invest so much time and money to keep a government agency honest.  Three cheers and thumbs up.  I thank her.  R.J. Johnson (click for more)

Conservation Easement With The Land Trust Isn't The Answer

Like Councilmember Annette Allen's committee, I support preserving our Signal Mountain park lands and green spaces and applaud the committee's time and attention to their mission.  But a conservation easement with the Land Trust for Tennessee is not the answer.  There are many other alternatives, if necessary. The attorneys for the town and the Land Trust for Tennessee ... (click for more)

Erlanger Finishes Fiscal Year With $18 Million Profit

After a major loss the year before, Erlanger Health System finished the fiscal year with an $18 million profit, officials announced Monday night. It was well ahead of the $2 million gain that Erlanger had budgeted for, and far better than last year's $8 million loss. The profit was boosted by a first-time $19,587,000 from a Public Hospital Supplemental payment and essential ... (click for more)

Chancellor Rules That IDB Must Reimburse Attorney Fees, Other Legal Costs For Helen Burns Sharp On TIF Lawsuit

Chancellor Pam Fleenor has ruled that Helen Burns Sharp, who sued over the validity of a $9 million Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for a planned major development on Aetna Mountain, should be reimbursed her discretionary costs as well as her attorney fees. Ms. Sharp said in a recent court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka were $74,427 at the time. The ... (click for more)

Tennessee Gets Down To Final Preparations For Georgia

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.   – Tennessee’s first Southeastern Conference road trip to Georgia on Saturday (noon kickoff on the SEC Network) will be a homecoming for 17 Vols. That fact is not lost on those players, from freshmen wanting to make a first impression to those, like   A.J. Johnson , playing against the Bulldogs and in their home state for the final time. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Golf Team Second At Wolf Run Intercollegiate

The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team is tied for second after 18 holes at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. The Mocs and Florida Gators each shot 295 over the opening 18 to trail Illinois by 11 at 285 at Wolf Run Golf Club. The day’s docket had a scheduled 36 holes. Afternoon storms sent teams from the course prior to finishing. The remaining holes will be completed starting at 9:30 ... (click for more)