What To Do With Gang Members And Help Schools At Same Time - And Response

Friday, February 28, 2014

While I applaud the GED initiatives in prisons, I would like to suggest an idea to help our schools and give the gang members an viable option for future employment.

Why don't we take the GED program one step further, initiate a more mandatory technical training program.  With those skills, have the people incarcerated working on the schools? I would much rather see my tax dollars being used to have the inmates cleaning up schools, parks, retirement facilities, and recreational facilities.  Now, I am paying for a person to remain in jail and watch television, work out, and whatever else. Perhaps the inmates could work at least on Saturdays so as not to be in contact with the students.   

I am the only one who sees this as an option?  Would love to hear some other solutions.

Angie Williams

* * *

I agree with Ms. Williams, offenders should not be sitting on the taxpayers' dime watching TV, working out, playing cards.  I say bring back the chain gangs.  They can paint public buildings, clean up trash, etc..  I believe this would make them think twice about going back to jail if it's like going to work.
I also feel quite strongly that Mayor Berke should not have dismantled "The Future Is Ours / Gang Task Force".  They were working with the youngsters to avoid gangs before they joined and give them other options. 
Netta Dean



Roy Exum: I Am Very Privileged

A California professor who teaches sociology at San Diego State told her students she would give each extra credit if they would participate in a “White Privilege Checklist” the other day. Understand, there is no pass or fail but, the more of the 20 statements you agree with, reveals you are “more guilty” of being white and therefore more “privileged” than those who are not. ... (click for more)

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)

Witness Says Morse Told Him "His Emotions Got The Best Of Him" At Triple Killing In Lookout Valley

A witness told a Criminal Court jury on Friday that Derek Morse told him "his emotions got the best of him" at a triple killing in Lookout Valley. Michael Shavers also said Morse told him in detail about the slayings of John "Jake" Lang, Jon Morris and Caleb Boozer and the shooting of Matthew Callan at the Rolling Hills Trailer Park on April 9, 2014. Morse is standing trial ... (click for more)

Prosecutor Calls For "Meaningful Punishment" For Dyer, Brennan In $4.9 Million Swindle

Federal prosecutor James Brooks is calling for a "meaningful sentence" for Doug Dyer and James Brennan, who are charged in a $4.9 million swindle. He rejected arguments that they should receive leniency due to their age and health problems. They are set to be sentenced next Friday at 9 a.m. by Judge Travis McDonough. Prosecutor Brooks said concerning Dyer, "As this Court ... (click for more)

Lethargic Tennessee Struggles Past Minutemen 17-13

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Lethargy was Tennessee’s constant companion here Saturday. With the Vols’ offense sputtering like an old Ford Pinto hitting on two cylinders, the defense kept winless UMass at bay and Tennessee managed to post an uninspired 17-13 victory before a crowd announced as 95,324, although the in-person total at Neyland Stadium appeared much less. “At the end ... (click for more)

John Gilpin Wins Raccoon Mountain 10K Saturday

John Gilpin had done some training runs a few years back atop Raccoon Mountain, but he had never raced there. He had his first experience with a race there on Saturday morning and he finished in his usual spot, first place overall with a time of 35 minutes, 18 seconds in the annual Raccoon Mountain 10K. John Sillery was second overall in 36:29 while defending champ Dean Thompson ... (click for more)