Third District Ethics - And Response

Thursday, April 10, 2014

In yesterday's daily Exum opinion piece, Roy cited several elected officials that Weston Wamp respected or, in the case of Senator Corker, adored. I'm having a difficult time believing Senator Tom Colburn, President Obama and Senator Corker would give much respect to, or in the case of Corker, adore a politician who surreptitiously recorded an individual and his wife in their own home and then had the nerve to attempt to blackmail them with their own words.

A sincere sign of respect or adoration, for that matter, would be to practice the ethics that Coburn and Corker are known for and demonstrate regularly. I wouldn't opine on practicing the President's ethics but Mr. Wamp should give it a shot and see how that plays in the Third District.

Fred Decosimo 

* * * 

I haven't read or heard anywhere that young Mr. Wamp has tried to blackmail anyone. Elder Mr. Mayfield made public that the recording took place. Mr. Wamp said he had no intention of making it public. I don't blame Mr. Wamp at all, especially in politics.  

In a he said, she said world, a recording makes the truth blatantly clear. Mr. Decosimo, have you ever heard the saying, "Don't say anything you will regret later?" Or does that not pertain to your style of politics. 

It's obvious that your candidate is trying to find a way to cast aspersions on Mr. Wamp. Perhaps he, or you, think that the Decosimo and Mayfield names carry some weight and make your diatribes more believable. Or maybe it's just a wag the dog tactic. Is this to divert voter attention away from issues like your candidate's stand on issues, voting record, availability and response (not auto-generated) to constituents? 

This fed up, not-so-young, cynical voter finds your attacks on Mr. Wamp tiresome. It takes two to fight, and you haven't been able to bait him into one yet. Please stop trying. 

Macel Holloway
Signal Mountain



Roy Exum: Tipping The Preacher

I got an unusual telephone call the other day from someone I love who asked my help in solving one of life’s delicate mysteries. It is a tough question: “How do you tip a preacher?” In the first place, you never tip a preacher. It’s the preacher who gives out the tips, helping to keep you on the straight-and-narrow in your quest to waltz through the Pearly Gates. But there are ... (click for more)

Proper English

According to a news report, the University of Pittsburgh is now telling students what is and is not proper English. This "suggestion" has nothing to do with a desire to create a more expressive, imaginative, or beautiful world of language. "Proper" is that which is "gender-inclusive" and "non-sexist." Use of improper language in classrooms and elsewhere on campus will be considered ... (click for more)

Fire Destroys Highway 58 BBQ

A fire destroyed a barbeque restaurant on Highway 58 on Friday afternoon.   Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to the Highway 58 BBQ around 6 p.m. The business is located at 4921 Highway 58. Though the business was housed in a small building, the flames and smoke could be seen from a long distance away.  Captain Teri Rose with Quint 6 said the ... (click for more)

2nd Independent Candidate May Be On Walker County Ballot

A second Independent candidate may be on the ballot for sole commissioner of Walker County in the election on Nov. 8. Perry D. Lamb, Jr. has been working toward collecting the necessary 1,640 signatures of registered voters on a petition. His campaign said he is close to the goal. Incumbent Bebe Heiskell is running an an Independent. Election officials said since she was ... (click for more)

Gonsalves Earns First Double-A Win in 5-3 Victory Against Jackson

Left-handed pitcher Stephen Gonsalves only allowed two runs on six hits while striking out six batters in five innings to earn his first ever Double-A win. The Lookouts 5-3 win was there second of the second half and improves their overall record to 38-35. For the last six weeks or more, many have been wondering when Gonsalves would be promoted to Double-A. Tonight, he made ... (click for more)

Prep Football Jamboree is Aug 12-13 at Finley Stadium

Highlighted by a match-up of state semifinalists in Baylor and Notre Dame, the 57th annual Prep Football Jamboree is set for Aug. 12-13 at Finley Stadium with five games each night. Baylor (10-3) reached the D-II AA semis before losing to eventual state champ Brentwood Academy, while Notre Dame (10-4) reached the D-I 3A semis before losing to eventual state champion Alcoa. ... (click for more)