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

Duke Haters

I am a Duke fan and disagree with Randy Smith's article. Unfortunately, success is hated more than admired in the world of sports, especially on the college level. Approximately, 98 percent of the athletes graduate and have the same academic admission as students that do not participate in sports.  Please read the statement on NBC Sports News that Duke was disadvantaged ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Bring The Bees Back’

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City Council Winner Anthony Byrd Told He Cannot Continue Working At The County And Be On City Post; Resigns At Criminal Court Clerk's Office

Anthony Byrd, who upset City Council Chairman Moses Freeman in the District 8 council race, has been told that under the city charter he cannot remain on his county job and hold the city post. Mr. Byrd has worked in the Criminal Court Clerk's office for the past 22 years. Criminal Court Clerk Vince Dean said Mr. Byrd got the news of the ruling on Tuesday. He said, "No one ... (click for more)

Judges Say Judge Bales Has Not Signed Letter To Governor On Medical Disability; They Can't Find Him

General Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes said fellow Judge David Bales apparently has not yet signed a letter to the governor saying he plans to take medical disability. Judge Starnes said, "We can't reach him. He does not answer any of our calls or texts." He added, "We are concerned about his well-being." Judge Bales last Friday, after a sit-down meeting with the other ... (click for more)

'Canes Bounce Back With 8-7 Win Versus Trojans

Soddy-Daisy one-hit East Hamilton on Monday in a 6-2 win. The Hurricanes gathered for a little chat after the game, and discussed their plight more before Tuesday’s batting practice. Apparently, a few words went a long way toward yanking the ‘Canes out of a slump starting the season. “The players and coaches talked after Monday’s game and we got some things ... (click for more)

Jones Sends Vols Through First Spring Practice Session

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --  Tennessee took the field for the first of 15 spring practices on Tuesday , putting in two hours of work in helmets and shorts at Haslam Field. "I liked the energy. I liked our approach," said Vols coach Butch Jones after Tuesday's workout. "Everyone was trying to lead. That gets back to everyone can lead in their own way, shape and ... (click for more)