Common Cause Gone Astray

Sunday, March 23, 2014
I am glad there are those who look for corruption in government. But power, too much power, even in the hands of those who are supposedly looking after the welfare of ordinary citizens can be a problem.

Sadly, someone at Common Cause is now looking at people in local government who have had various projects named for them. Curtis Adams, Tim Boyd and Warren Mackey are now targeted by these "watchdogs" for using their discretionary funds to provide buildings, benches or signs for schools in their districts.
And then, according to the "watchdogs" someone had the nerve to put that commissioners name on it.

Imagine that, a person elected to serve a district providing a much-needed and worthwhile thing for the residents of their district.

At a time when corruption is running rampant nationally, municipalities are spending more for companies to collect everything from sewer services charges to parking citations than the fees bring in, governors are selling senate appointments and Common Cause is worried about this.

Every school built since the 1920s has a bronze plaque listing the names of school board members and city or county government leaders who were instrumental in building that building. In a world overseen by watchdogs that would have never happened.

Ironically, John Gardner, who founded Common Cause, didn't object to his name being attached to the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities.

Ralph Miller

Roy Exum: Goodbye To My Scooter

The month of August turned out to be unkind, with my dog, my favorite aunt and my magnificent mother all dying within three weeks’ time. As I finally begin to push out the three newest dents in my soul, my habit has been to write something akin to a goodbye note to those I have loved. I’m not ready for Aunt Martha and Mother yet – not by a stretch -- but I remembered Scooter with ... (click for more)

A Haven For Small Business Owners

With the latest incentive recently announced by the City of Chattanooga, the community is becoming a haven for small business owners and entrepreneurs.     The small business incentive program is a win-win for both business owners, while at the same time promoting an incentive for hiring full time employees. We all know that small businesses represent the primary ... (click for more)

Sewell Says City, EPB "Close" On Amount Owed By Utility To City On Street Light Overbilling

City Internal Auditor Stan Sewell told City Council members on Tuesday that EPB and the city are "close" on the amount owed by the utility to the city on street light overbilling. Mr. Sewell said the city computed the amount at about $1.2 million, while he said EPB's auditing firm, Mauldin and Jenkins, has it at $1.5 million for an 89-month period that was audited. Mr. Sewell ... (click for more)

City Council Votes 5-4 On New Process For Naming IDB Members

The City Council voted Tuesday night 5-4 to set up a new process for naming members to the Industrial Development Board (IDB), which currently has four vacancies. The process includes three City Council panels: A (Districts 1, 2, 3), B (Districts 4, 5, 6), and C (Districts 7, 8, 9). Group A will fill two of the vacancies and Groups B and C one each. Agreement ... (click for more)

Hixson Claims Top Spot In 6-AA With Win At Central

Hixson and Central entered their volleyball match on Tuesday tied for first place in District 6-AA as both were unbeaten in three matches. The Lady Wildcats have that top spot all to themselves after pinning a 3-1 defeat on the Lady Pounders in a match held at Brown Middle School's Carole Wilson Gymnasium. Hixson won the first set with ease by a score of 25-12 before winning ... (click for more)

Boyd-Buchanan Whips Silverdale, 3-0, In 5-A Volleyball

The effects of losing six straight matches – a league loss to Grace Baptist and five in the Tennessee Tandem tournament – were still bothering Silverdale Baptist Academy in a District 5-A volleyball match at Boyd-Buchanan. But not nearly as much as the Lady Bucs’ sterling play. Boyd-Buchanan (23-13, 5-1 District 5-A), which also lost to Grace last Thursday, gained momentum ... (click for more)