We Are All Invested In Volkswagen

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I have chosen to stay out of the fray about the UAW as there are many elected Republican officials making statements, and I honestly didn’t need to add my voice.  However, this opinion has changed as my counterpart with the Democratic Party has decided to get into the discussion. 

There seems to be one critical point missing in all of the rhetoric against the Republican elected officials who decided to speak out against the UAW.  I, as a citizen of Hamilton County and the state of Tennessee, have a vested interest in VW and its success.  The reason I say that is because I, along with every other taxpaying citizen of this county and state, have invested more than $600 million in VW and the Chattanooga manufacturing plant. The difference is that unless you are one of the more than 2,000 employees working at VW, we have no say in the final vote on allowing UAW to organize workers at the plant.

Our state and county have invested a lot of time and money to ensure Hamilton County and VW have a bright future. Despite what some may believe, the UAW coming into VW will not be good or positive step for our community and its business outlook.  Just look towards Detroit and the shuttered VW plant in Pennsylvania to see how the UAW and their actions have affected these communities. 

Senators Watson and Gardenhire and Reps. McCormick, Carter and Floyd did not threaten anyone over the vote at VW.  They just told the truth to the voters.  The result of the UAW vote does matter, and it will have consequences.  I believe the employees at VW need to hear this information so they can make an informed vote.  If I’m not mistaken, that is what most people learn as they are growing up – there are consequences for the actions we take in life.

While I, any of our elected Republican leaders, and most of the Hamilton County area will have no say in this election, we will know the results this Friday when the votes are tabulated.  At that point, we will all know which way our community will be going in the future – for better or worse.  

I believe we can all agree that everyone has a vested interest in that.

Tony Sanders
Chairman, Hamilton County Republican Party

Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com; Include Your Full Name, Address, Phone Number For Verification

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to  news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. This includes your home address and phone number. We do not post the contact information, but need it for verification. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Luther’s B-17 Showed Up

I am a huge sap for our veterans and just the other days a reader shared the ultimate story about a guy who returned to his sweetheart at the end of World War II. The little town of Miller. Missouri, is located in the southwest corner of the state and the biggest thing to ever happen in Lawrence County is when a native son, James Lawrence, hollered “Don’t Give Up The Ship” in the ... (click for more)

Smith Denies He Told Young To Shoot Holsey In North Chattanooga Drug Deal That Cost A Life; Asks Jury To Spare Him Life Sentence

Briston "B.J." Smith told a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon that he never ordered Adram "A.B." Young to shot Charles "Chas" Holsey in a North Chattanooga drug deal that cost a life. Smith, who was 18 at the time and is now 20, asked the jury not to put him behind bars for life. The state is seeking a life sentence (51 years) on a first-degree felony murder charge. ... (click for more)

12 "Johns" Arrested In Multi-Agency Prostitution Sting Operation In East Ridge, Including Doctor, Teacher

A joint operation was conducted on Wednesday by the East Ridge Police Department in cooperation with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Chattanooga Police Department, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to combat human trafficking and prostitution complaints within the city of East Ridge. The operation was conducted over a two-day period when online advertisements ... (click for more)

Lookouts Open Second Half Play With 6-1 Win Friday Over Pensacola

LHP Stephen Gonsalves threw seven innings, leading the Chattanooga Lookouts over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in a 6-1 win on Friday night. Rain was in the area, but had no effect on the game. The Lookouts were supposed to begin the second half of their season on Thursday, but rain pushed the game to Friday. Gonsalves was on the mound and had a terrific outing. The left-hander ... (click for more)

Cleveland High School Selects Joey Knox As Head Wrestling Coach

Cleveland High School has selected Joey Knox as the next head coach for the Blue Raider Wrestling program.  Coach Knox has been with the wrestling program as an assistant since 2013.  During his assistant coaching tenure, the team has secured six Team State Championships, including five individual State Champions and 20 State Medalists.    Cleveland High ... (click for more)