Missed Opportunity In Missing Republican Leadership - And Response

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

So the President announces that he will give a speech in Chattanooga. A speech in which the advance word stated he would offer reducing corporate tax rates in exchange infrastructure spending. 

Now here in Chattanooga we have a big infrastructure project that we have been trying to get funds for.

I'm talking about the repairs on the Chickamauga Lock. Repairs that if not completed will result in the end of traffic and commerce on our section of the river. 

One would think the governor, our two senators, and two local congressmen would be concerned with that. One would think when the President came to our town offering to lower corporate taxes, a Republican goal, in exchange for infrastructure work these Republicans should want that they would be here to deal. It would to be a win-win for local Republicans

But our congressmen and senators could not give their voting proxies to trusted colleagues and fly down on Air Force 1 for one day.

Our governor couldn't make time for the President. In fact except a few City Council members, state legislators, and former Congressman Zach Wamp the Republican shut out was complete.

Apparently supporting the Republican team narrative was more important than working with President and getting the people's business done. 

Guys it is called governing. You might look that word up sometime.

R.W. Young

Chattanooga 

* * * 

Thank you so much, Mr. Young, for explaining the importance of respecting and working with those in leadership, no matter the party affiliation. 

I also would like to thank Congressman Zach Wamp for respecting the commander in chief and not fading into the sunset.   You are truly missed by all who care about the Chickamauga Lock repairs. 

Cynthia Stanley-Cash
North Brainerd Community


Lessons From My Dad, Marty Haynes

Enough is enough. I have heard Marty Haynes’ name drug through the mud for far too long. Let me tell you a few things that I have learned from my father, that now as a family man myself I realize are far more important than anything else.  1. Be Faithful in your Service- My dad learned this trait from my grandparents, Dub and Norma Haynes- Mr. and Mrs. Hixson High 1951, ... (click for more)

TVA Coal Reductions Could Come With High Price Tag

Reliable, low-cost electricity has always been the backbone of the Tennessee Valley economy. Low-cost power from the Tennessee Valley Authority, generated by a balanced mix of coal, natural gas and nuclear, drives the valley’s manufacturing economy and makes the region an attractive destination for business. In the process, Tennessee has developed the fourth largest automotive manufacturing ... (click for more)

Firefighters Stop Fire At Local IHOP Restaurant

Chattanooga firefighters did not have far to go when fire broke out at the IHOP on Highway 153 in Hixson around  9 a.m.  on Friday. Battalion Chief Don Bowman and firefighters with Quint 16 had just enjoyed a nice breakfast there while having a morning staff meeting. When the firefighters returned to their fire truck and were getting ready to drive off, one of the firefighters ... (click for more)

City Councilman Chris Anderson Gearing Up For Election A Year Away

City Councilman Chris Anderson is already gearing up for the next city election, though it is over a year away. In the financial disclosures due Feb. 1, he reported receiving $24,165 for the reporting period from July 16, 2015 to Jan. 16, 2016. He spent $4,887 during that period. Councilman Yusuf Hakeem took in $11,110 during the period. Councilman Russell Gilbert reported ... (click for more)

Tyner Overcomes Central's Hot Start To Claim 47-42 Win

Central raced to a 12-0 lead, but decided to sit back and enjoy Senior Night. Tyner went to work. Tyner battled for 29-plus minutes before taking its first lead, fought off every challenge Central could muster down the stretch and knocked off the District 6-2A regular season champions, 47-42, Thursday night at Central High School. “Central came out clicking on all ... (click for more)

Clemons, Lynn Named Miss Basketball Finalists

Baylor's Kaleigh Clemons and McMinn Central's Jacobi Lynn were named finalist for Ms. Basketball on Saturday. There were no local nominees for Mr. Basketball from the Chattanooga area. The awards will be presented to the top girls and boys in five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on the floor of Murphy Center on the campus of MTSU on Tuesday, ... (click for more)