The Public's Voice - And Response (7)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Councilman Hakeem questioned the process and said the referendum sets a precedent by residents to push back on other issues that the City Council puts forward. "We are elected to make decisions...and the referendum process hinders that.  We should not be bullied or cajoled by any one group of people." 

Can you believe the arrogance of this person elected to represent the people?   Democracy in action is bad and.... we the Council members shouldn't have to put up with that. "We should not be bullied." So he is so superior that he "knows what is best at all times" and how dare we the citizens of Chattanooga question that.  

"Bullied by the citizens"....I hope this echoes in the ears of all citizens wanting to live in a free society where we have a voice in what happens to us.

Larry Turner 

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Larry, you've made a good point but I have to admit, I first thought you misspelled Obama. 

Michael Burns 

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Mr. Hakeem is irritated that the citizens have opposed the Council's opinion.  Does it not occur to him that the Council should decide in line with what the citizens by and large support.  Should Mr. Hakeem and the Council deliberately go against the views of most Chattanoogans?  Or, are they so out of touch they don't even know what those views are.   

This is a wake-up call for Mr. Hakeem and others.  Start listening, and stop bullying the public.  Otherwise, the electorate will have to look for new leadership.

James West
Ringgold 

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I applaud Mr. Turner's description and views of the City Council.  I believe that I described the Council in a previous response as "alleged demi-gods."  It appears that Mr. Hakeem has made my point.  Thank you for your help, Councilman Hakeem.  Perhaps you should run for the mayoral office next time?  That may, of course, cause the need to change the mayor's title to "dictator?"

In addition, Mr. West made some fine suggestions in that the City Council needs to stop bullying the citizenry of Chattanooga and pay attention.  However, I do find it very troublesome and sad that our internal city problems have become so well known that residents of other states are showing their support.  We should be ashamed.  We are supposed to be working for the common good and not for the elected officials to rule by tyranny.  With that being said, Mr. West again made a fine point when he shared that over 10,000 signatures were gathered all because of five out of touch politicians.  It appears that tyranny in Chattanooga is on it's way out. 

Rusty Munger
East Ridge

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Wait, James, didn't the public also, not once, but twice petition to have Ron removed? Where were you when we needed you then?  Ron defended Marty, as well as paid out plenty of money to 'block' his recalls. 

"Should Mr. Hakeem and the Council deliberately go against the views of most Chattanoogans?"  No, but Ron did.

At a time Ron was cutting police protection, he was spending on worthless art and his pet projects. This is a wake-up call for James and others. Start listening, and stop bullying the public. This is nearly the year 2014. We can no longer live in the antiquated times of years past. My company has insurance for domestic partners, rather same sex or non. In the multitude of years, I have not seen any change in the quality of life in heterosexuals. When it was decided to allow this, my insurance rates went up by $5. So for $60 a year, I am donating for equal rights for everyone. 

As Ron did, we need to sue to have at least 4,000 of the signatures removed. After all, it worked for Ron. Any lawyers willing to assist? 

Rene A. Wood
Chattanooga 

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The City Council is bullying it's citizens?  Are you hearing yourselves? 

This mob mentality and fear mongering in Chattanooga has gone far enough.   

Thanksgiving weekend when people should spend time with their families and loved ones, there were hundreds of people knocking door to door with tales of 'skyrocketing taxes' and the 'destruction of the traditional American family'.  The bigotry, either blatantly displayed or using financial reasons as a ruse, needs to end. 

Thank God for leaders who do what is right, even in the face of loud, obnoxious, hate filled banter.  If our leadership does not take the right stance now, the same stance that nearly every major municipality in our region has either long passed or is well on its way of passing, then we will find ourselves on the wrong side of history.  Chattanooga will be an embarrassment. 

Fact: The movement for equality among your fellow gay and lesbian citizens (here and throughout the world) will eventually be taught right along side the abolition of slavery, creation of labor laws, women's suffrage, and the repeal of Jim Crow laws. 

Stop. Soul search.  Is fighting so hard to deny a city of Chattanooga employee healthcare for a loved one... or protection from those who may discriminant... really worth this?  Think.   

Justin Strickland 

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I was slightly perplexed by Mr. Strickland's comment regarding people knocking on doors over the holidays to sell a political agenda. 

Were these the same Democratic Party politicians who were dispatched by the Obama administration over Thanksgiving holidays to hard-sell ObamaCare to their constituents while they were home? 

Or were they the people recruited by Enroll America and Organizing for Action to go home and hard-sell ObamaCare to friends, acquaintances, and to their family during an otherwise peaceful and  enjoyable holiday? 

As you can see, you need to be specific when you point fingers these days. 

I happen to live in a neighborhood with a young and very nice city employee who has been living with a girlfriend for over two years now.  He hasn't been a city employee that long, and she works only part-time.  They are great neighbors. 

However, while we are removing promised benefits from people who spent an entire career working toward them, this delightful co-habiting couple with short city government tenure will be entitled to benefits that are being robbed from retired career employees at a time when they need them the most. 

Doesn't seem fair to me.  Does it seem fair to you and Mr. Hakeem? 

Mya Lane 

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Ms. Lane,

"Benefits that are being robbed from retired career employees," spoken well just like all the "Westites..  However, where is the political pressure, the petitions for these folks demanding their benefits be restored even if it takes tax increases to do the right thing.  When It happened I heard no such clamor from West and his bunch it has only been given lip service to further the hate and prejudice of a class of people who are being treated better and fairly in other more progressive and caring communities. 

I feel certain that Tennessee will one day recognize gay marriage, the vote coming just before Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina, the three states who consistently fall below Tennessee in education. 

Michael Lawrence


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