Supporting Yusuf Hakeem For District 9

Monday, February 18, 2013

One of the most difficult parts of an election is choosing between a long time friend and a neighbor, both of whom are distinguished. That is what I have faced as Yusuf Hakeem and Peter Murphy vie for the District 9 City Council seat.  It would be easy to just sit back and take no position under those circumstances, but I haven't been known to keep my mouth shut. Therefore, here is my opinion.

I first encountered Yusuf at a Glenwood neighborhood meeting in the mid-70's, when I was struck by this young GE appliance repairman who captivated the crowd with his demeanor and grasp of issues on revitalization and community. We proceeded to work together in establishing a Neighborhood Housing Services program in Chattanooga's first successfully integrated neighborhood. 

Through his neighborhood leadership, Yusuf was elected to the city's school board, where he served with the respect of an otherwise divided group. With the demise of city schools and the change of city government, he was elected to the new City Council. Again, he emerged as the voice of reason with a bitterly divided Council at the time, often choosing policy over politics. He was always at our Ridge meetings. He always listened, but asked good questions. My golfing buddy, Gene Roberts, and I always referred to him as the "gentle giant."

After his service on the Council, Yusuf was appointed by the governor to the Pardons and Paroles Board, where he served with integrity and without scandal. Now, he has offered himself again to represent his district. 

I don't know Mr. Murphy very well, but I find him reasonably accessible and a dedicated and intelligent public servant. I commend his work on the Orchard Knob Reservation and other issues. If he wins, I will support him. 

But, in the final analysis, I would strongly recommend electing Yusuf Hakeem to the seat, based on his above record.  

 Mark Rudisill


Raise Your Voice In Behalf Of Education

I am lifting my voice in support of education for our children in Chattanooga's Hamilton County Schools, to include funding and rebuilding education. On Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and via personal letter to elected officials I wish to express that until we are able to do better, do what we can. We must always be committed to education, no matter what, because "people perish ... (click for more)

311 Inefficiency

I must agree that the city's 311 system is inefficient.  I have been struggling with them for two years over various items.  The system needs auditing.  Things to look at: a.  Work orders closed without the work being done b.  The software used ---needs upgrading.  It has unnecessary redundancy as well as other limits c.  Clarification ... (click for more)

Winning Bid For Huge River Tract Near Dayton Is $4,370,000, But Sellers Not Willing To Accept

A huge tract on the Tennessee River/Chickamauga Lake near Dayton, Tn., brought $4,370,000 at auction at the site on Saturday. However, the auction firm later said the high bid was not accepted by the sellers, John and Edyth Buxton. Henry Glascock of the John Dixon firm auction firm said, "It was a gorgeous piece of property, but we just didn't quite get there. "We had a willing ... (click for more)

Olympian Kristin Armstrong Sets Course Record; Talansky Is Men's Winner

Two-time Olympic goal medal winner Kristin Armstrong won the USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Championship in a record time at the Volkswagen course on Saturday morning. She finished the 19.2-mile course in 42 minutes, 8 seconds. The time trial victory assures the 41-year-old Armstrong of a spot as one of three American women to compete in the world championship time trial ... (click for more)

Baylor Beats GPS 6-4 For D-II Softball Title

MURFREESBORO – Oh, what a difference a year makes. The GPS Bruisers came through the losers bracket a year ago and beat Baylor twice after losing the first five times they played, but those two were the biggest as it gave the team in blue a state D-II softball championship. The situation was similar a year later, but the results a bit different as the Lady Red Raiders beat ... (click for more)

Flames Fall In NCCAA Baseball Championship

The Lee fans waited and waited for the big hit that had ignited the Flames in five other wins during the 2015 NCCAA World Series. The hit never came and neither did the big inning in the 6-2 loss to Fresno Pacific in Saturday afternoon's championship at Prasco Park. It marked the second straight year that the Sunbirds defeated the Flames in the NCCAA final. Lee wraps up the ... (click for more)