Urban Chickens Can't Be Our Most Pressing Problem - And Response

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Really? Urban chickens is what our new council has on their minds? That's the most pressing problem they have?

If they are in charge or the Animal Board is in charge or McKamey is in charge? How about, if they want to worry about animals, they worry about all the unaltered animals that wind up at shelters in our community. Let's get an ordinance that requires people to neuter their dogs and cats and let the chickens alone.

Once these people get them and find out how much trouble, expense and smell goes along with chickens, they'll have them for Sunday dinner and that solves it all.

Find something constructive to do at council meetings and don't make us laugh at your pressing issues as a new council.

Jeanne Harte 

* * * 

Ms. Harte,
Is the issue of raising chickens within the city limits 'the most pressing problem?"  Probably not, however the City Council is addressing an issue that has been brought to it numerous times by many of the citizens of Chattanooga that elected the council.  The council does not have the luxury to only address what one - or a few - consider as "the most pressing problem." 

Further, you show your ignorance of chicken husbandry when you assert their "trouble, expense and smell."  I've found them to be less trouble and less expensive, than both my dogs and cats - plus there is virtually no smell as their living quarters are cleaned regularly. 

Hen chickens are more than pets. They provide eggs, a source of nourishment high in protein, they recycle garden waste, provide nitrogen rich compost, and they're pest control all in one tiny little package with small space requirements. 

In addition, unlike Fido, who your neighbor forgot outside and now Fido has barked incessantly from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. - hen chickens roost at night and don't make a sound. 

Mike Romines


No Greater Love

On this Memorial  Day, our collective thoughts as Americans turn to those men and women throughout the history of our nation who gave their all so that we might continue to enjoy the "blessings of liberty." Whether those unselfish patriots laid down their lives in 1776 as a result of "the shot heard 'round the world" or perhaps more recently as our fellow citizens gave their ... (click for more)

Memorial Auditorium Flag Disgrace

How can it be that Memorial Auditorium, which was built to honor soldiers and sailors, displays our country’s flag in such a disgraceful manner?  Out of six poles on the front of the building only two battered flags remain.  Additionally, two old banners are attached to the wall that have long ago faded and look like they’ve seen better days. This is not acceptable ... (click for more)

Guarnier Wins National Championship In Photo Finish At Chattanooga

Megan Guarnier barely nipped young sprinter Coryn Rivera at the finish line at MLK Boulevard in downtown Chattanooga to win the women's USA Cycling national title on Saturday. Tayler Wiles, who led briefly on the final lap, was a close third. Guarner, who finished second at Chattanooga last year, got some help from Boels Dolmans teammate Evelyn Stephens, who pulled away on the ... (click for more)

City Seeking Grant To Improve Signals At 32 Intersections

The city is seeking a $2 million federal grant to go along with $500,000 in city funds for a project to improve signals at 32 intersections. There would also be bike and pedestrian improvements. The routes include Brainerd Road, Lee Highway, Shallowford Road, Gunbarrel Road and Hamilton Place Boulevard. The application is for a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Grant. (click for more)

Gilpin, Stocks Victorious In Chattanooga Chase 8K

John Gilpin has done plenty of training in North Chattanooga and is very familiar with the Chattanooga Chase and the series of hills the oldest race in Chattanooga is known for. Jennifer Stocks has done more than her share of workouts on those roads, so she was fully aware of the challenge she faced when the starting horn sounded. Both were overall winners in this unique 8K ... (click for more)

Golf and Chattanooga Have Lost Another Oehmig

  It was a classic Father’ Day golf picture. No, not Jack and Arnie and their kids relaxing at Augusta National with the Dogwoods blooming. But the Oehmig men – Lew, the family patriarch, with his youngest son, King, and his then two grade school age sons Henry and John, all crowded into, what else, a golf cart and donning that Oehmig glasses look – round, turtle shell-colored ... (click for more)